Gator Nation is worried about the state of recruiting following Florida’s loss at Alabama last weekend.
But UF coach Will Muschamp feels one game, whether it be a big win or disappointing defeat, doesn’t define a recruiting class.
“I think guys look at the total body of work, how they’ve been recruited by a school. I think it goes a lot further than wins and losses,” he said.
“Obviously, winning helps. I’m going to say that it doesn’t. But again, I think it’s a total body of work and those sorts of things in recruiting.”
Muschamp’s opinion holds some merit, because Florida wouldn’t have signed a consensus top-10 class in the last recruiting cycle if winning is all that mattered.
However, offensive lineman Tyler Jordan — one of UF’s strongest commitments and most active recruiters — said a few prospects he spoke to after Saturday’s game had concerns.
“I talked to some guys and they told me they’re kind of worried,” Jordan said. “I’m not going to name names, but they just feel uncertainty. They kind of don’t know where this season is headed.”
As for Jordan, he and most of the future Gators in the 2015 class remain confident in Florida. He said he wants to see Muschamp improve the secondary and play the quarterback — no matter who it is — that gives UF the best chance to win.
“I think the season is going in a positive direction,” Jordan said. “Alabama is a really good team, and everybody knew it was going to be tough to beat them.
“Our main commits, I know that they’re solid and they’re looking at the big picture. It was only one game. We’ll be fine in the long run.”
Moving forward, Muschamp said there will be several factors that determine how recruits make their decisions.
“All situations are not the same,” he said. “Some guys are attracted to a school for different reasons, whether it’s by scheme, position, the guy who recruited him, the coach or whatever the situation may be. But I don’t think you can put your finger on one thing and say, ‘This is the reason why guys choose these schools.’ ”