At this time a month ago it appeared that on the surface Florida’s recruiting efforts had slowed. A team that had 10 commitments entering the month of June last year had just four this time around.
Fans prepared to leap off buildings, while analysts questioned whether head coach Urban Meyer’s time away from the road was hurting Florida’s recruiting. Recruits were no doubt concerned about Meyer. He wasn’t traveling like his usual self and it had to be tough for recruits to be really sure Meyer was close to being back to his old self.
Then came Florida’s summer camps.
Just looking at Meyer walk around (or drive his extremely fast, red golf cart) you could see more life in him. His face looked fuller and displayed more color. He even looked like he was putting on a little more weight — and not in a bad way. However, watching him run stadiums, I have to say that he could improve his speed a little. It’s all about explosion going up the steps, coach.
Anyway, it’s easy to say that recruits saw the same thing I did. Camps started June 12 and since then the Gators have gotten verbals from five players. One —Lakeland wide receiver Javares McRoy — committed June 11.
During camp, it was hard to tell that Meyer was ever sick. He was very lively and energetic around recruits and coaches. I counted at least 10 smiles in an hour during one session. He was high-fiving, yelling, jogging and laughing.
But looking good and feeling good are two different things. Recruits won’t exactly know how Meyer is feeling until the season starts, but as of now, they trust Meyer. They trust that he’ll be coaching Florida this fall and them when they get on campus.
Florida’s recent recruiting surge should make it hard for opposing coaches to sell recruits on Meyer’s health being an issue this fall.