Muschamp making recruiting rounds


New Florida coach Will Muschamp is making the rounds on the recruiting trail for the Gators.

Muschamp talked with Florida’s official visitors Saturday and is currently traveling around to talk with committed and uncommitted prospects on Florida’s board.

Pensacola Pine Forest defensive back Louchiez Purifoy said he spoke with Muschamp shortly after he accepted the job and seems happy with the hire.

“It went good,” Purifoy said of his conversation with Muschamp.

Purifoy is still scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend and will visit Alabama in January. Both trips were planned for a while, Purifoy said.

Purifoy also said he’s been wavering “a little” on his commitment to Florida for a while and that “a lot of factors” have gone into it, but he wouldn’t comment on what they are. He says he’s still committed to the Gators.

Plantation linebacker Ryan Shazier said he’s also committed to Florida, but could be wavering a bit as well. Shazier officially visited LSU last Friday after hearing the news of Urban Meyer’s resignation. He then hosted Ohio State coach Jim Tressel for an in-home visit this weekend.

Shazier said the visit was “real good” and he will officially visit Ohio State on Wednesday. Shazier has spoken to Muschamp but said he doesn’t know where he’ll stand with his commitment after the visit. reported earlier Monday that Muschamp spoke with uncommitted prospects Curtis Grant and Ray Drew. Grant (Richmond, Va., Hermitage), is the No. 1 linebacker in the country, according to Rivals. Grant has had Florida at the top of his list for most of the recruiting season. Drew (Thomasville, Ga., Thomas County Central) is ranked by Rivals as the nation’s top weakside defensive end.


  1. Perhaps in your next ‘Ask Aschoff’ column you might address what makes a coach “a great recruiter”. We hear that term applied to so many people that it doesn’t seem particularly special anymore. Are there any terrible recruiters? I never hear about them. Can you be a lousy recruiter at a big university (UF, Texas, USC, etc)and simply let the brand sell itself?
    What’s the difference? Thanks.

  2. Dang, two of our running backs robbed the book return tent this morning. When running away, both were reported to have dropped the books they were stealing. I drop they ‘throw the book’ at our fumble fingers…