Muschamp changes Benjamin’s mind


With new Florida coach Will Muschamp hitting the recruiting trail on a dead sprint, things went from gloomy for the Gators’ 2011 class to chipper in a matter of days.

Muschamp has been in contact with most of Florida’s committed players and uncommitted targets since taking the job Saturday. While his first task was to keep committed guys on board, he made the biggest news Monday night when a simple conversation with one of Florida’s top wide receiver prospects completely changed that recruit’s commitment plans.

Belle Glade Glades Central receiver Kelvin Benjamin was all set to make his college announcement Thursday, with Florida State the overwhelming favorite, until he talked to Florida’s new coach Monday night.

Now, Benjamin isn’t just postponing his announcement, he’s waiting until after he takes an official visit to Florida before he makes any sort of decision about his future.

“I am pushing it back (to) Signing Day,” Benajmin said about his commitment date. “I want to get to know Muschamp. I just talked to him and I want to get to know him (better).”

Benjamin will visit Florida in January and it appears he’s down to Florida, Florida State and Miami.

Florida was the favorite for most of the recruiting season, but after having a less-than-stellar offensive attack this season, Benjamin began to waver and eventually named Florida State as his leader. There were even rumors that he silently committed to FSU after the Seminoles’ 31-7 win over Florida last month and was seen over the weekend wearing FSU apparel.

Florida currently has two receiver commits in Brooksville Nature Coast’s Ja’Juan Story and Lakeland’s Javares McCroy.


  1. Go get em’ Coach MusChamp!
    Best wishes on your first head coaching job, I’m already thinking of all the nicknames GatorNation will give you if you succeed.
    There is of course, Coach Must-b-Champs, Coach MusChomp, or maybe just Coach Chomp for short, the possibilities are endless!
    Go Gators!

  2. I am not going to lie. I am an FSU student and I love my Noles, but I really wish Benjamin the best. I hope he makes the best decision for him and he has a successful college football career at what ever school he decides to attend.