Young’s departure hurts players more than prospects

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Florida’s Bryant Young resigned from his position as co-defensive line coach Wednesday to spend more time with family.

His departure will hurt Florida’s current and incoming players more than its prospects for 2014 and 2015. Young wasn’t a world-beater on the recruiting trail, but without him, the Gators wouldn’t have landed any of the defensive tackles they signed in last year’s class — Jay-nard Bostwick, Caleb Brantley, Darious Cummings, Jarran Reed and Antonio Riles.

Senior Damien Jacobs also tweeted he wouldn’t have came to UF if not for Young.

“I don’t think it will mess up anything they have coming in the future classes since those recruits haven’t had time to build a relationship with him,” Brantley said. “But the people who signed in 2013 will be mad about it because he’s one of the biggest reasons we came. He was a player’s coach and everyone could relate to him because he’s been in our shoes.”

It appears Florida anticipated or already knew of Young’s exit heading into spring. Brantley said he when visited for practices, he noticed Young didn’t have his usual workload and new defensive line coach Brad Lawing was way more involved with the unit.

One of Florida’s top 2014 defensive tackles targets, Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest, told the Sun he never even met or spoke to Young. He visited UF twice in the past month.

“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Gaillard said. “The Gators are still leader. Everything is the same.”

Here is more recruit reaction to Young’s resignation:

Hollywood Chaminade Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark — “That sucks that he left but I still feel real good about Florida.”

Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman — “It’s not too big of a deal. But he was cool and I would have loved to be coached by him.”

Opp (Ala.) defensive end Denzel Ware — “I’m not committing to a coach, I’m committing to a school.”

McDonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive end Andrew Williams — “I’m surprised, but I understand coaches aren’t why you go to a school and it doesn’t hurt Florida’s chances with me. It’s all good.”

19 COMMENTS

  1. Well it is another evidence of why you should commit to a school since coaches come and go. Good to hear that future students understand this and are not just jumping ship. Hope to find a great replacement that current players will be happy with since they can transfer. At least he is not going to work elsewhere and perhaps will still be in Gville and can have a personal relationship with some players.

  2. I figured when Brad Lawing was hired, Young was going to move on. Why would we have a DT Coach and a DE Coach, doesn’t make sense. But all the best to B. young, and lawing will be our DL Coach. No we need a coach for ST.

  3. Bryant represented the University well and I am delighted to have had him. I wish him and his family all the happiness in the world. Coaching is a year round ‘war’ so to speak, and our troops are out there red-lining it everyday in order to build a greater Gator Nation. Unfortunately for them, to build a perennial championship contender, the endless grind is a must (right now). In due time we will have our annual harvest from the blood sweat and tears that our staff and players are putting forth today in union with the work of those who came before them. Go Gators!

  4. I recall that Young did not receive either a raise or an extension last year when many of the other coaches did, and wondered about it at the time.

    Next, Lawing was hired from South Carolina. I wonder if Young was not simply reacting to the proverbial writing on the wall.

    ~BB

  5. Good luck to Bryant. Regardless of what was going on in the background (if anything at all) he said and did all the right things and performed his duties with class.

    I read somewhere that Ron Zook would be a consideration as a ST coach. That would be awesome – great recruiter and excellent ST guy.

  6. I for one was very sad to hear of Coach Young’s departure. He represented Gator Nation very well & seemed to be genuinely engaged in the whole college atmosphere. He nurtured Shariff, Dante, Jonathan, & Dominique into NFL caliber defenders and for that I thank him. With that being said, I’m also glad to hear the recruits say that they’ve committed to a SCHOOL & not a coach. That speaks volumes for what Coach Muschamp has done in terms of the quality of ball UF plays & the quality of young men he & his staff recruits. The future looks bright still for UF-GO GATORS!!!

  7. I agree with “E.” The hand writing was on the wall, so to speak when Brad Lawing was hired. Young was more then likely going to move on sooner or later. You don’t normally have a DT Coach and a DE Coach. However, Coach Lawing is a very good coach and will do a super job for our Gators! My very best to Coach Bryant Young! I hope everything is fine with his family. I know he will be missed by some of the players. I would like to see a Special Teams Coach hired also. GO GATORS!!

  8. i met him and his family a few times when they came into our office and joked with him…still looks like he can play..i told him that i didn’t use to like him because he was San Fran best defense player at that time and i was a cowboy fan..lol…but i wish the best for him.

  9. Ron Zook?! Get real! Thank God that aint gonna happen! He was gator d cord and sucked! He was head coach and gave new meaning to the word S UCK!!!! Whats with you people? You want Steve back, You want Urban back, and now you want Zook back! They are gone people! GET OVER IT! Think about it for a moment. There is a reason none of them are here anymore! We now have the best young coach in cfb! He will make a great choice adding to his staff. Zook would be nothing but one hugh destraction that Will would have to let go before long. Zook had his shot, now ride off into the sunset Zooker!

  10. Jeeeez, ron. Lots of hate there. Zook was a bust as a head coach, ain’t no ’bout adoubt it. As a D coordinator, he was serviceable. Special teams are important and he brought a focus on them that we’d never had before at Florida. It cannot be argued that he has a great eye for talent and can recruit with the best of them. But, were he to come back, where I would not want him involved is in planning for player development, because you are right he sucked at developing his players.

  11. B Young is one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Stings when a good man leaves for whatever reason. Hope he stays around town and close to the players he recruited.

    Don’t want SS back, don’t want Urban back, but yes… bring back the Zooker. Can you imagine the sideline fireworks with Champ & Zook going off at the same time!!

  12. I thought hindsight was supposed to be 20-20? Ron Zook was not even a serviceable D coordinator, why else would Spurrier demote him from that position?
    Coaching ability/record aside, having worked in many organizations with a hierarchy , bringing in a past head honcho in as an underling would be a disaster! Zook is not the last available ST coach on the planet, nor is he a youngster with a fresh view on that aspect of the game.
    Do not worry about, or shed tears for Zook. Some program in the the Big 10/12/14/…16 will hire him eventually.
    Go Gators!

  13. The Zook ideas are just silly. Muschamp learned from the Weis debacle that retreads don’t work. Zook would be a “one and done”, because the guy obviously interviews well to keep getting premium jobs. He wouldn’t take the job anyway, I’m sure it would make a lot of people uncomfortable having around.