You guys have probably already read the visitors list story from earlier, but I wanted to share some more info on Shreveport, La., Evangel Christian defensive end Jermauria Rasco.
His coach had more to say, and I thought I’d fit it in here.
Rasco, whom Rivals.com ranks as the No. 8 weakside defensive end, will be in Gainesville later today and as you’ve read, he’s very excited about getting to Florida and hanging with Will Muschamp. Evangel Christian coach Phillip Deas said Muschamp has been to his school more than any other coach and that is huge for Rasco. He is probably closer with Muschamp than any other coach.
“Time builds up that rapport and there’s no substitute for that,” Deas said of Rasco and Muschamp’s relationship. “Obviously, he’s a great coach. He’s a great defensive coach — that speaks for itself. That relationship builds that trust factor and when you get into a whirlwind and people spit out statistics and recruiting numbers, it comes down to who you really trust. That’s why I think Florida has a great shot at getting him.”
However, being only a few hours away from LSU, it will be very hard for any school to pull him away from the Bayou Bengals. He’s gotten a lot of love from the Tigers’ staff and many around him would love to see him in purple and gold.
“They’ve done a lot to make Jermauria feel wanted there at LSU, as well,” Deas said. “He really likes it. Obviously, it’s the state school and our defensive coordinator has been his position coach for the last few years and played nose tackle at LSU and is a big LSU guy. There are a lot of people here who would love to see him go to LSU because they’re LSU fans.
“I’m sure he feels a little bit of that enthusiasm for the Tigers and Tigerland. He’s going to make the best decision for him and I feel like he’s going to do that.”
UCLA and Florida State are also still in it for Rasco and Texas coaches did an in-home visit with him Thursday night.
Personally, I think Florida is very much a possibility for Rasco because of the Muschamp factor, but will he be comfortable with a program he knows very little about? I’m not sure.
The next few days should be pretty hectic for Rasco and he’ll make his final decision on National Signing day at 2 p.m. EST.
“At the end of the day, we’ll celebrate wherever he goes,” Deas said. “He knows that, too, so he’s very much loved and respected here at Evangel. We’re going to be fans no matter where he goes.”