Florida coach Will Muschamp discussed a handful of recruiting topics during his Monday press conference.
Despite a 2014 class that has filled Florida’s major positional needs and ranks in the T0p 10 on ESPN and Rivals with 20 members, there’s a perception that UF has fallen behind on the recruiting front.
Muschamp doesn’t see it that way.
“Not at all,” he said. “Considering we didn’t have a great season, I feel very comfortable where we are recruiting wise.”
Muschamp is still looking to add a second quarterback and running back as well as two more receivers in this cycle. Given that the Gators have ranked worse than 100th nationally in total yards for three consecutive years, what is his sales pitch to offensive recruits?
“Help us improve,” he said. “I think a great opportunity to walk into a great situation to improve and play in an exciting offense. This is still the University of Florida. It’s a great education. We’ll compete and play for championships. That hasn’t changed. Not in one year, that hasn’t.”
On how he and his assistants have been able to flip recruits:
“You stay on guys and try to make valid points you’ve made throughout the entire recruiting process all the way through. Some guys, again, recruiting is happening so early sometimes maybe they don’t have all the information and they make a decision before they’re ready. For whatever reason, that’s kind of the way it’s fallen out.”
On the recruiting process seemingly getting crazier and more dramatic:
“The earlier and earlier recruiting goes, you’re going to continue to see this. That’s not stopping. I think the earlier it is, young men are making decisions before maybe they have the information or they’re sure of what they want to do or how they’re going to do it. I think you’re to continue to probably see this. You’ve got to recruit through it, understand when signing day is and know that you settle that there and at the end of the day, you’ll find out in a year or two, three years sometimes, what kind of a signing class it was as opposed to that day. That’s for sure.”
On how he has divided up the in-state recruiting areas among his staff:
“Mike Summers will be recruiting the Panhandle, which he recruited while he was at Arkansas and Louisville. Brad Lawing is going to go to the local area, which really entails most of all North Central Florida and up to Baker County. Kurt Roper has had Jacksonville before, but he and Travaris Robinson are going to take, kind of split Jacksonville up a little bit there. That’s such a good area for us.
“Travaris will continue handle Dade and Broward. Joker is going to handle Palm (Beach) county up through south of Orlando. Coleman (Hutzler) will handle the Space Coast area up to Duval County. D.J. Durkin will handle southwest Florida, down in Fort Myers up through south Pinellas County. Derek Lewis will have Polk and Hillsborough counties. And Brian White will have the central area of Florida moving west from Orlando to North Pinellas County.”