Florida’s biggest recruiting news in the last week didn’t come in the form of a commitment, it came in a reaffirmation.
The Palm Beach Post first reported Sunday that Oviedo Hagerty quarterback Jeff Driskel is still committed to Florida after speaking with new coach Will Muschamp.
While the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the country isn’t doing many interviews as he prepares to graduate later this month, his mother, Mary, was more than willing to talk to The Gainesville Sun about her son’s future.
“All indications now are that he’s going to be a Gator,” Mary said about Jeff’s commitment status. “He starts school in January.”
Jeff is committed now, but there was concern when Jeff and his family received news about Urban Meyer’s resignation last week. Mary said her son was obviously upset about Meyer’s sudden decision, but never wavered on his commitment to Florida.
“As a kid, you always get a little concerned about that,” Mary said. “The immediate news was a little disconcerting, but it didn’t take long for him to say, ‘I committed to Florida. That’s where I want to go. That’s where I want to be.’ ”
There was an initial sting to Meyer’s resignation, but what worried the Driskels most was the thought of losing quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. Jeff and his parents grew very close to Loeffler during Jeff’s recruitment and would prefer if Muschamp kept Loeffler on staff.
“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Mary said. “We really like the relationship and Scot’s ability to teach. That was one of the key things that made our family decide that Florida was a good fit for him.”
There were rumblings shortly after Meyer’s resignation that Jeff might open his recruitment up if Loeffler left Florida’s staff. Monday, Mary said that wasn’t the case, but having Loeffler on staff would make Jeff’s life at Florida a lot easier.
Mary said no other schools have been in contact with her, but she wasn’t sure if any schools have talked to Jeff. With no word from Jeff, she assumes Florida is the only school communicating with him.
Now, all the Driskels can do is wait. They’re waiting to see Muschamp’s hire at offensive coordinator, if Loeffler will be retained and Muschamp for an in-home visit. Mary said Muschamp will visit the Driskels this week and if an offensive coordinator isn’t named at his introductory press conference tonight, she hopes for more clarification when they meet face-to-face.
“Hopefully we’ll get a little more indication,” she said.