Florida coach Will Muschamp completed his staff Monday with the hire of Mike Summers as offensive line coach, a position he has held for the past 11 years.
The 57-year-old Summers spent 2013 at Southern Cal and served under current UF receivers coach Joker Phillips when he was head coach at Kentucky.
Prior to that, he worked with Bobby Petrino for seven years in college (Arkansas, Louisville) and the NFL (Atlanta). Summers had more than 20 years of coaching experience before his time with Petrino.
Two of Florida’s commitments were happy with the hire of Summers.
“It’s great that someone is coming in with experience. Hopefully he’s a great guy I can build a relationship with,” said offensive tackle David Sharpe of Jacksonville Providence.
Another Jacksonville pledge, Raines guard Travaris Dorsey, is looking forward to meeting Summers during the contact period, which begins Jan. 16.
“I don’t know him,” Dorsey said, “but he sounds like a great coach and I’m ready to work with him. Coach Muschamp told me (Summers) is going to come to my school as soon as he can.”
Also excited about the Summers news is five-star recruit Damian Prince of District Heights (Md.) Bishop McNamara.
The Gators’ No. 1 remaining target tweeted “UF got Mike Summers” with smiley faces. Prince also called him “the king” and told one of his Twitter followers that he loved the hire. The Under Armour All-American officially visits Florida on Jan. 24.
Apoka’s Martez Ivey, one of top offensive tackles in the 2015 class, was recruited by Summers at USC and thinks he’ll help out the Gators.
“He knows what he’s doing,” Ivey said of Summers, “and he’s going to coach up that offensive line.”