Florida’s football season is over, but Will Muschamp is still a busy man.
He’s trying to replace two coaches and hitting the recruiting trail hard with his assistants.
I’ll have a recap Monday of who they went to see during the first week of the contact period, and Robbie Andreu posted a blog yesterday with some news and notes on offensive coordinator candidates.
I think Arizona State’s Mike Norvell is a name to keep an eye on moving forward.
As many of you saw in my recruit reaction story, Muschamp is telling prospects he wants to have more of an up-tempo, no-huddle offense.
On to the questions!
Any chance we actually lose some offensive recruits now that we are allegedly moving back to a spread offense? — ChocoGator, Joe
It should be noted that there’s some differences between a typical spread offense and the spread option offense, which is what Florida ran under Urban Meyer.
I don’t think Muschamp wants to move back to that. I see him going for more of an Air Raid attack to jump start the passing game, while also trying to maintain a power running game given the style of backs on the roster.
This will certainly help Florida’s recruiting efforts on the offensive side of the ball, and quarterback commit Will Grier should be able to thrive under this system with his dual-threat ability.
What’s your gut on Dalvin Cook? — Keith
Man, that’s a tough question.
First of all, I don’t view him as a member of the Gators’ class right now.
Cook has signed three financial aid agreements with Florida, Florida State and Miami. He took an official to FSU and will officially visit UM this weekend. Conversely, he isn’t using one for UF and hasn’t been to Gainesville since July.
He’ll make a final decision on Dec. 14 at the state championship, which doesn’t bode well for the school he’s supposedly committed to. Is he really going to gather his team and the media after the game just to say he’s sticking with Florida?
My gut tells me no. That wouldn’t be logical, but we’ll see. Sometimes recruiting doesn’t make sense. I really don’t know where he’s headed, but it doesn’t appear to be UF at this time.
That might change by next Saturday after an in-home visit from Will Muschamp, who knows. This is a very fluid recruitment, and every week offers new twists and turns.
I can give an argument and scenario for each school to land him, and any of them could happen. But one thing is for sure: Cook’s decision will not be final until he sets foot in a college classroom next month.
After his announcement, Cook will still have 22 days of three coaching staffs being able to contact him because of the papers he signed. He’ll also get bombarded by recruits committed to those schools for a week at the Under Armour practices and game.
I would say grab your popcorn, but it hasn’t even started popping in the microwave yet.
What is the deal with offensive linemen Damian Prince and Jordan Sims? Will not having an offensive line coach deter them from UF? — Devin
It will with Sims, who said Tim Davis’ firing would “definitely slow things down” between him and Florida. The coaches have tried to get him on campus several times to no avail.
Prince has UF in his Top 5 and plans to officially visit on Jan. 24, but the Gators are third on his list at best. Maryland and Florida State seem to have separated themselves from the pack, and I was told the Seminoles stopped recruiting David Sharpe because of how confident they feel about Prince.
Sharpe is the top overall target on Florida’s board as well as the most realistic shot at adding another offensive lineman for 2014. He’s making his commitment next Thursday, and my prediction for him remains UF.
How many more possible five-star recruits can we get? — Jonathan
By more, you must be referring to 247Sports or Scout. They are the only recruiting websites that have any of Florida’s commits rated five-stars (Ermon Lane for both, Cook for 247Sports).
Sharpe is rated a five-star recruit by just 247Sports, so the addition of him would give the Gators three on that site. The other five-stars on both 247Sports and Scout that UF is in the running for are defensive ends Lorenzo Carter and Gerald Willis III, linebacker Clifton Garrett and athlete Adoree’ Jackson. Safety Jamal Adams is also a five-star recruit on Scout.
ESPN rates Carter and Jackson as five-stars, while Rivals has Jackson and cornerback Jalen Tabor, who officially visits Florida this weekend.
Of the aforementioned recruits, the Gators have the best chance with Adams, Carter, Jackson and Sharpe.
I know that UF is currently graduating 17 seniors, but which juniors do you see declaring for the draft early to open up recruiting slots? — Jake
UF is actually graduating just 10 seniors excluding walk-ons, and any returning walk-ons who were on scholarship this season won’t count against the recruiting numbers for 2014. They get awarded on a yearly basis.
With that in mind and Loucheiz Purifoy already gone, the Gators currently have 69 scholarship players returning next season. That leaves room for 16 signees, which is the number of commits they have right now.
I expect them to lose Ronald Powell and/or Marcus Roberson, have about 3-4 transfers and finish with a class size of 20-22 signees.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to leave your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below.