From the start, it didn’t seem as though Will Muschamp would dip too much into Texas’ recruiting territory during his first few months at his new job. It’s not that there wasn’t talent there, but that Longhorns stronghold is tough to break in such a short period of time.
However, Muschamp’s popularity in Austin, Texas has got one recruit interested in Florida for the first time.
Shreveport, La., Evangel defensive end Jermauria Rasco was once considering just Florida State, LSU and Alabama, with Texas still getting some interest until Muschamp left UT for UF. That move and the fact that Bama defensive line coach Bo Davis is now at Texas, has Rasco rethinking his entire recruitment.
“Honestly, it kind of messed up everything for me,” Rasco said following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday.
“Me and mom are going to have to talk about everything when I get back to the house.”
Now, Rasco said he’s looking at Texas, Arkansas, Bama, Florida, FSU and LSU. Rasco said Muschamp getting the Florida job is the only reason he’s even considering the Gators.
“That was the main reason I was interested in Texas because he was the coach in-waiting and I knew the coaching staff was going to stay steady,” Rasco said of Muschamp.
“Right now, I don’t know anything (about Florida). All I know is Coach Muschamp is the head coach there and he told me if I could get a visit there he wouldn’t mind.”
Muschamp also coached Rasco’s high school coach/defensive coordinator Phillip Deas when he was at LSU. Rasco said Deas has been very supportive of Muschamp and his hiring at Florida.
His visit hasn’t been set up, but Rasco said if he were to head to Gainesville it would be the weekend before National Signing Day. A late January visit is usually a very good thing for the team getting that visit.
Rasco said he will have a signing day announcement on Feb. 2, but is dreading the next few weeks. With all the new research he’s going to be doing, he’s going to trust a higher power to guide him through the final stages of his high school career.
“It’s fixing to get crazy,” he said. “I’m just leaning on God on this one because he knows what’s best for me. I can’t control this one.”