Will UF pursue another QB after missing Buchanan?


UPDATE: Tim Boyle committed to Boston College Wednesday.

Florida missed on another quarterback Monday, as Jackson (Miss.) Prep prospect Ryan Buchanan chose Ole Miss over the Gators.

UF has offered a total of nine QBs (all out of state) in the 2013 recruiting cycle, and now seven have committed elsewhere. One of remaining uncommitted targets is Rivals100 member Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), but he’s a long shot for Florida.

The other is three-star Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier), who visited Gainesville on May 26 and has UF leading. However, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder does not have a committable offer yet.

So with Buchanan off the board, what will the coaching staff do at quarterback?

Boyle has Florida as his leader. (Photo by Rivals)

That question should be answered this weekend.

On Boyle’s trip, UF coach Will Muschamp said he would have to wait for Buchanan’s decision and another quarterback target to be evaluated.

“He told me about the quarterback situation,” Boyle told 247Sports on May 29. “He mentioned Ryan Buchanan and another kid they are looking at, I can’t remember his name. They are waiting on seeing the other kid throw and get on campus. I know if I tried committing, they wouldn’t really accept it. They want to see the other quarterbacks and they wanted to take their time and make sure they got the right choice.”

Woulard is a dual-threat QB. (Photo by 247Sports)

That other kid is former USF commit Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder will attend the Will Muschamp Football Camp this Saturday and throw for the coaches.

Also camping will be Heys McMath, who is Florida’s last option at the position at this time.

Woulard said new UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease informed him an offer will come if the workout goes well.

“He pretty much likes me, he just wants the other coaches there to see me so they will know for sure,” Woulard told 247Sports on June 3. “He said if I throw it like I normally do, then there is no doubt I get an offer.”

Boyle and Woulard are likely the last options Florida will pursue at the position. Although each prospect still has some other summer visits scheduled, UF is the best offer for both of them and the coaches should be able to land whichever one they want.

After experiencing the disaster of starting a true freshman in the SEC, Muschamp seems determined to sign a QB — regardless of their rating — in each recruiting cycle for depth purposes.

“We’d like to sign a quarterback every year, I think that’s important,” Muschamp said during his National Signing Day press conference on Feb. 1.


  1. I played QB. Fast on my feet and throw well too. I’m only 62 years old but I’ll need a little advance notice to get back into shape if the Gators don’t sign Boyle or Woulard and start pulling people off the streets instead. If I get a scholly, it won’t affect my Social Security will it?

  2. Can anyone please help me figure out why QB’s avoid us like the plaque all of a sudden? We seem to get past up by all the great prospects lately. It sounds like we are going in the right direction.

  3. Gator Jay may be the answer. But I, too, would like W/M and staff to ‘evaluate’ me. Although I am 68 years old, I am a UF graduate and played football in high school. I like the ‘(all out of state)’ comment in the Jay’s article. If I am not mistaken QB-Cooper Bateman is from Utah—Utah!! And he committed to Bama. The Gators should have gone after him. Oh, wait, I think W/M and his most recent OC did go after him!!

  4. Arvinator, they’re not avoiding us like the plague. But when you have Driskel, Brisset, Murphy, Morninwheig, another perfered walk-on and another QB or two on the roster why would you want to sign? We’ll be in much better shape by recruiting season next year for a good QB. Right now, the depth chart is just way to full.

  5. As far as why the QBs don’t feel us, let’s start with the top two of Bateman and Cody Thomas. Both will get a chance to play a lot earlier. I think Bateman was the top choice, but he gets to go to Bama and start three years (assuming he redshirts and then sits his RFR year under McCarron) with a loaded team; can’t blame him. Thomas is closer to home and could start as soon as 13. After that, we were just too far behind on the other guys, and kids like Buchanan didn’t feel wanted, as they were clearly our second- and third-tier targets. I wouldn’t be surprised if Boyle got tired of waiting and gave his commitment to a northeastern school. I say the coaches put on the absolute full court press for Williams – main competition would seem to be Rich Rod at Zona.

  6. Either Driskel or Brisset will start next year. One or the other will transfer. Murphy has not played a down at QB in three years. Morninwheig was simply an ‘after-thought’ at QB. Then, we are down to ‘walk-ons’ at QB. Is that what we have now become!! To me it is both sad and maddening!!

  7. Hey, I too played QB in HS, at Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Now, that was 42 years ago, when it was a non descript little school, but I have kept in shape, and at 59, I am much younger than Gator Jay (no offense) and EMK. And I am not yet on Social Security, so no conflict with the scholly!! Call me!

  8. Not sure why folks are getting so bent out of shape about this.

    EMK: you are clearly following the team closely but are you missing the bigger picture? We were an average team at best last year. We are clearly in a rebuilding mode after the mess Meyer left. Yet, despite that we have two QB’s on the roster who were considered to be future college stars at QB and they are just sophmores.

    Not signing the star QB this year is not surprising given all of that.

    I dont even understand your post: “Is that what we have now become!! To me it is both sad and maddening!!”

    What’s the issue?

  9. OK, all you guys over the age of 19 don’t drink milk before you go to bed it makes you dream of the good ole days. At those ages you need your rest but dreaming is a strain on your on your old mind, you guys wake up tired. Do as I do sit back and be good cheerleaders for the young legs, hearts, minds that can perform the task at hand. I for one REALLY appreciate the willingness to give it the ole college try once again, but Shands has had enough work over the last 4 months with real tough gators, thanks again for the offers. GO GATORS!!!

  10. I hope your most recent OC can coach better than he can recruit; what is he so far 0-6? But alas there are still some good ones on the Board. There is Gator Jay (old but fast on his feet), a determined Dan Dixon (‘put me in coach’), Bill Hotchkiss (rested and ready!!), Carolina Gator (Who said WM can’t recruit outside the State of Florida). The list goes on and on. Look out Bama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina we are back, Big Time!!

  11. You got Drisset for 3 years and a new OC. Doesn’t paint a rosy picture for kids trying to maximize their opportunity. Says alot about Brisset though. That kid was willing to come in and go toe to toe with the heir apparent and overall #1 QB prospect in Driskel. Those are the guts you’re looking for. Can’t see that on the internet. Unless Pease pulls a Weis I think next year will be much more attractive. You focus on the tools around the QB right now; RB, WR and OL, which they are doing. That will sell the top tier QB’s next year. We have 3 good years of quarterback play in front of us, I’m looking forward to it.

  12. Creek Gator; enjoyed your post. One thing us old guys need to keep is our sense of humor, which helps us to enjoy what all sports, inlcuding Gator football, really are, and that is fun and entertainment. Go Gators.

    By the way, I was an All County baseball player in HS. Does Kevin need help at 3rd base? My wood bat is ready!