Florida took care of business at Tennessee and will now reap the recruiting benefits of that must-win this weekend.
Despite the Treon Harris investigation taking place (more on that below), prospects are still going to show up in droves for Saturday’s game against LSU.
It is the biggest home game of the year and will give recruits a chance to see if UF can compete with one of the premier programs in the SEC.
Florida’s upset of LSU in 2012 has been Will Muschamp’s biggest win at home to date, and that victory did wonders for recruiting.
The same could happen this year, especially with last season’s 4-8 record and the future of Harris and Muschamp in doubt.
On to the questions!
Considering how popular Treon is with recruits, regardless of the outcome of his investigation, is the damage done permanent? — @heyitsme0o
First and foremost, the most important thing for recruits, fans and everyone else who is involved and/or has interest in this investigation is to let it play out.
This is a very serious situation, but there has yet be an arrest made, charges filed and an uncensored police report released. Until those things do or don’t happen, it’s premature to presume that Harris is innocent or guilty of what he’s been accused of.
That’s why I’ve yet to take down or change the title of my Harris story from Sunday morning, as some of you asked me to do. Despite his university suspension, he’s still under scholarship and a member of the football team.
Hopefully the truth comes to light as soon as possible and justice gets served.
As far as Harris’ popularity with recruits, that’s in limbo right now. Whether he’s convicted or exonerated, I think his situation won’t cause many (if any) recruits to eliminate UF as a school.
This is an isolated incident, and Muschamp has had admirable disciplinary approach during his tenure.
Harris will obviously be dismissed if he is charged and convicted, and for any prospects/parents who have concerns about the players in Florida’s program and the punishment it administers, Muschamp can point to his track record.
If Harris is not prosecuted and even exonerated, that shouldn’t affect UF much like it didn’t Florida State, which signed a consensus top-five 2014 class and added 10 recruits to the 28-member class after Jameis Winston was not charged following his investigation into an alleged sexual battery.
Are there any other quarterbacks the Gators can target for 2015? — @mmajosh
Florida currently has one QB committed in consensus four-star recruit Sheriron Jones, an Elite 11 finalist who has 1,338 passing yards and 16 total touchdowns (14 through the air) in five games played this season.
With the possibility of Driskel losing his job and maybe not returning next season, and/or the Gators losing one of their true freshmen quarterbacks in the future (either by transfer or dismissal in Harris’ case), UF may try to sign a second prospect at the position in the 2015 class.
Florida coach Will Muschamp offered Louisville commit Lamar Jackson of Boynton Beach last week and is trying to get him on campus for a visit. He’s rated a four-star QB by Rivals and 247Sports.
Anybody on commit watch this weekend? — @RobLou56
As I wrote last week, this isn’t the time of year where you see a lot of commitments happening.
Typically you see recruits pulling the trigger before or after their senior season. That being said, visitors who witness a school win a big game can sometimes pop.
A few to keep an eye on this weekend are receivers Javarius Davis and Ryan Davis, offensive lineman Jalen Merrick, linebacker Derrick Graham and cornerback Jeremy McDuffie.
Another recruit to watch out for is Devonaire Clarington. The four-star tight end from Miami Booker T. Washington is considered a heavy lean to the Hurricanes, but the Gators are very much in the picture for Clarington and could win him over with an impressive atmosphere and a win Saturday.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to leave your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below.