Monday, Rivals.com released its annual recruiting coaches awards. Topping the list for Recruiter of the Year was California defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. That probably means absolutely nothing to Gator fans, but what will please you is that Florida interim coach/offensive coordinator Steve Addazio made the top 25 list of recruiters for 2010 and was named the SEC Recruiter of the Year.
For all the bashing that Addazio receives for his offensive play-calling, you have to admit that he’s one of the best recruiters in all of college football. Most of Addazio’s favorite recruiting spots are in the northeast, where he’s gotten the likes of tight end Aaron Hernandez (Bristol, Conn.), defensive end Justin Trattou (Ramsey, N.J.), linebacker Brendan Beal (Bethlehem, Pa.), Will Hill (Jersey City, N.J.) wide receiver Stephen Alli (Andover, N.H./Toronto, Canada) and quarterback Jordan Reed (New London, Conn.).
This year, Addazio was responsible for the recruitment of top defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Dominique Easley (Staten Island, N.Y.). It just so happens that Floyd and Easley were regarded as two of the nation’s top defensive tackles and they resided in the northeast. Wethersfield, Conn., quarterback project Tyler Murphy was also heavily recruited by Addazio. He also recruited in-state offensive tackles Ian Silberman (Fleming Island) and Chaz Green (Tampa), safety Jonathan Dowling (Bradenton) and quarterback Trey Burton (Venice).
Like all of Florida’s coaches, Addazio’s ability to pull guys — and keep them — throughout Urban Meyer’s health saga was quite remarkable. Floyd, Easley, Green and Murphy all committed after Meyer announced his leave of absence.
While running backs coach Stan Drayton will likely be named UF’s recruiting coordinator, Addazio will still have a major role in the recruitment of 2011 players, especially with Meyer officially on his extended vacation.
Rivals also named tight ends coach Brian White one of the top recruiters in the SEC. White was in charge of the recruitment of five Gator commits, including the nation’s top overall player, defensive end Ronald Powell. It was his recruitment of Powell (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and cornerback Joshua Shaw (Palmdale, Calif.) that won White acclaim from Meyer during his National Signing Day press conference. Reaching deep into USC territory and snatching two of the top players from that area was huge for Florida’s recruiting season. The Gators aren’t known for traveling out west and having a lot of success. Wide receiver Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.), athlete Travon Van (New Berlin, N.Y.) and tight end Michael McFarland (Tampa) were all recruited by White as well.