Florida sees Roper effect on recruiting trail
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:34 p.m.
With the hiring of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who will run more of spread system at Florida, the Gators changed the way they recruited offensively during the last month of the 2014 cycle.
UF added quarterback Treon Harris, running back Brandon Powell and receiver C.J. Worton after Roper took the job, and all were players who may not have been pursued prior to his arrival in Gainesville.
“At quarterback,” Muschamp said, “we needed to be able to be more mobile at that position, to be able to have a dual‑threat guy that can throw it and run. And we wanted to be able to add a running back with more movement skills as far as a guy that can play in the slot and at the back position to be able to match up one on one in more situations.
“Then recruit more of a slot receiver, a true slot that can win in some matchups inside. So being able to have Kurt, I think, certainly helped solidify things with Ryan (Sousa) get C.J.”
Muschamp feels like the Gators were able to recover at the running back and receiver positions following the losses of Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane to FSU.
“I'm excited about Brandon Powell,” Muschamp said. “A guy that's got great speed, he's a dynamic guy with the ball in his hands, a guy that was on our radar. We were really going in the class wanting to sign one back, and you've gotta continue to recruit because of things you never know may happen.
“And then at the receiver position the two guys we signed ... slot receivers in Ryan and C.J., a little different than what we signed last season. Alvin (Bailey) is kind of similar to them, but good change‑of‑direction guys. You know, Ryan caught over 100 passes (as a senior), and C.J. was as competitive a guy in the state championship game as you'll ever see, three touchdown catches in the state title game there for South Dade. ... So I'm excited about those two guys.”