Muschamp will bring recruiting prowess to Gators


Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.

Florida's hire of former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp should help Florida in one of its most important areas — recruiting.

Muschamp spent 10 years in Gainesville at one point and has been immersed in the world of SEC recruiting with his four years as LSU's linebacker coach and defensive coordinator and his two seasons as Auburn's defensive coordinator.

He helped LSU grab the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2003 and the No. 2 class in 2004, according to Rivals.com. As Auburn's defensive coordinator, the Tigers grabbed the No. 10 and No. 7 Rivals classes in 2006 and 2007.

Muschamp's reputation as a strong recruiter was only bolstered when he arrived at Texas in 2008. The Longhorns spent 2009 and 2010 in the top five and currently have the No. 1 class in the country in this year's recruiting season.

"He's a tremendous recruiter," Urban Meyer said of Muschamp. "I have bumped into him many times over the years on the road while on recruiting trips."

So far, a few of Florida's current commits don't know much about Muschamp and are more satisfied that Florida's coaching search came to an end rather quickly.

"I'm not really sure who he is, so I'm going to have to get to know him," Citra North Marion 2012 wide receiver commit Latroy Pittman told The Gainesville Sun Saturday night.

The only thing Pittman said he knew about Muschamp prior to his hire at UF was that he was Texas' defensive coordinator. He said he's still solidly committed to Florida and looks forward to meeting Muschamp soon.

Trinity Catholic safety commitment Chris Johnson said he thinks Muschamp's hire is "good" and still remains firmly committed to Florida. He told The Sun Saturday he plans to text a lot of Florida's 2011 commitments and some uncommitted prospects to help get them excited about Muschamp's hire.

Muschamp's name barely rang a bell for Kirkland, Ohio, Lake Catholic offensive line commit Chase Hounshell, but he always planned to remain committed to Florida.

"I don't know anything about him," Hounshell said. "I have to do some research."

When asked if his lack of knowledge about Muschamp worried him, Hounshell told The Sun it didn't and he has yet to waver on his commitment.

"Hell yeah (I'm committed to Florida)," he said. "I'm all Gator."

What Hounshell doesn't know is if he will enroll early at Florida, which was his original plan.

"I have absolutely no idea," he said. "Right now, I don't think I will."

Florida's recruits will no doubt get more familiar with Muschamp in the coming weeks.

Aside from his SEC background, Muschamp could also help Florida's recruiting pipeline stretch into the state of Texas.

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