Some random thoughts:
• In the UF release announcing that cornerback Janoris Jenkins is returning for his junior season, it sounds like Jenkins made his decision based solely on the information he received from the NFL. Many were projecting Jenkins as a first-round pick if he came out. Maybe he was hearing something different from those who actually know — the NFL guys who scout, study tape and judge these players. It seems pretty obvious Jenkins’ shoulder surgery in December played a role in this. While recovering from a torn labrum, Jenkins would not have been able to work out for the NFL coaches and scouts heading into the draft. Granted, the NFL has plenty of impressive tape on Jenkins from this past season alone, but some teams may have been reluctant to use a first-round pick on someone they could not work out. Jenkins is a great pro prospect, but not quite that great.
•Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have been eliminated from the playoffs, new UF offensive coordinator Charlie Weis should be making his way to Gainesville in the next day or two to start shaping the Gators’ offense (and do some recruiting). Word out of K.C. is that Weis had his play-calling duties taken away from him by head coach Todd Haley in the second half of Sunday’s one-sided loss to the Baltimore Ravens. If true, it further explains why Weis would leave the NFL for the same position at Florida. This is an accomplished offensive coordinator who, I imagine, would find it intolerable to work under a head coach who would be so controlling. By all accounts, Weis will be free to run his offense and call the plays at UF.
• While Weis is on his way to UF, the Gators new defensive coordinator, Seattle defensive line coach Dan Quinn, will continue his run in the NFL playoffs. After upsetting the defending Super Bowl champs Saturday, the Seahawks travel to Chicago on Sunday. Some are wondering if Quinn’s absence at UF will have a negative effect on recruiting. I don’t think it will in the least. Will Muschamp is/was one of the best defensive coordinators in college football, and it’s his defense the Gators will be running. When he talks to the defensive players UF is recruiting, he can point that out. He can also point out that the Gators’ new defensive coordinator is having an impact on one of the eight remaining teams in the NFL playoffs. So, it’s all good. I don’t see the Gators losing any recruits because their defensive coordinator is involved in the NFL playoffs. Quinn will get here when he gets here.