Tag:Will Muschamp
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:12 am

8/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Number one overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham talked about his recruitment.

- Junior wide receiver Travis Johnson has his top 10 set.

Defensive tackle Jordan Watkins is down to three, Georgia, Florida and Stanford.

With Texas A&M possibly moving to the SEC, could Florida have an advantage in the state thanks to Will Muschamp?
Running back Barry Sanders Jr. may be the only back on Oklahoma State's radar.

Michigan State is still in the mix for running back Will Mahone.

Florida State is back and recruiting better than ever.

Recent Alabama commit Geno Smith was feeling the Iron Bowl rivalry before his pledge.


Arizona added a cornerback from Texas to their recruiting class.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:40 am

8/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams will announce his commitment on CBS Sports Network in mid-September.

Kentucky commit Patrick Towles and Auburn commit Zeke Pike have found some common ground.

Will Muschamp has Florida off to a fast start in the recruiting process.

More on Auburn commit Trey Johnson making his pledge to the Tigers.

Top running back Keith Marshall said Georgia would be one of his three official visits, along with Notre Dame and Florida.

Offensive lineman Patrick Miller has LSU, Auburn and Miami in his top three.

Good profile of Oklahoma commit Durron Neal.

Arkansas is in the top three for hard-hitting safety K.J. Dillon.

One FAU recruit thinks former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach will be the Owls next head coach.


Chris Santini committed to Boise State Monday night.

Defensive back Erich Wilson verbally pledged to Colorado.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:10 am

Ranking the SEC recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Florida (#3 overall according to MaxPreps)

Three top 100 players and a solid foundation on the offensive line give Florida the top spot at the moment in the SEC. Plenty can change but this class brings a mix of players who fit Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis' style and who are terrific athletes.

2. Alabama (#7)

This class also has three top 100 players and it would be no surprise to see the Crimson Tide end up in the top spot come Signing Day. They lost out on in-state quarterback Jameis Winston but picked up a good replacement signal-caller in Alec Morris and this class features a lot of really good athletes who could play multiple positions.

3. LSU (#9)

The Tigers have two top 100 commits but one of them, Avery Johnson, is on shaky ground and is still pretty open with his recruitment. That said, this class is full of talented athletes that can play on either side of the ball and, though it might take a year or two in the program, could have some impact defensive players.

4. Auburn (#10)

Auburn has certainly seen a championship bounce in their recruiting, grabbing three top 100 recruits for 2012. Tight end Darrion Hutcherson can come in and play right away, as can several others out of this group.

5. South Carolina (#12)

The Old Ball Coach Steve Spurrier has mopped up in-state talent as of late and is doing so again with this class. Shaq Roland is the lone top 100 recruit but this class fills needs and brings in several talented skill position players.

6. Georgia (#20)

Despite Mark Richt being on the hot seat, he certainly can recruit. They have two top 100 players on either side of the line in Jonathan Taylor and John Theus and they've added several other quality players on defense so far.

7. Vanderbilt (#23)

This class is headlined by top 100 recruit Brian Kimbrow but there's also a lot of other talented recruits that Commodores fans have been unaccustomed to landing. James Franklin and company have particularly gone after the defensive line and have hit Georgia and Tennessee hard for recruits.

8. Arkansas

There's no big name for the Razorbacks in this class but it's a solid group of athletes with a lot of potential. The wide receivers in particular could take some time to develop but have the physical tools to be very good in Bobby Petrino's system.

9. Kentucky

Loaded with Blaylocks (three players with the last name) and linemen, this class has done a good job honing in on a few diamonds in the rough. Quarterback Patrick Towles is an Elite 11-level quarterback and could play early in his career.

10. Tennessee

This class has some momentum after being one of the smaller classes at the beginning of July. At the linebacker position in particular they've done a great job of landing talented recruits but have to address other areas to rise up this list.

11. Ole Miss

It's a solid but not spectacular effort so far for Houston Nutt. They are bringing in several good running backs but need to continue their course if they want to move up the pecking order.

12. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs have mined the in-state talent and gotten several above average athletes but there is no big name you would expect after having a big season.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:05 pm

Florida nabs Illinois linebacker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With Will Muschamp running the defense down at The Swamp, one would expect a few defensive players to flock to the program even if he hasn't coached a game there yet. Bolingbrook (Ill.) linebacker Antonio Morrison was certainly interested in playing for the defensive mastermind and made a verbal commitment to Florida on Tuesday via his high school's Facebook page.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder gives the Gators some much needed size at the linebacker position. He is the third commitment at the spot and 16th overall for the program.

Morrison also held offers from Alabama, Miami, Illinois, Oregon and others. He racked up 82 tackles and four sacks last year as a junior.

Posted on: July 22, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 9:52 am

7/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

-- Recruiting services were a topic at SEC Media Days.

Michigan has been the biggest benefactor on the recruiting trail from Ohio State's troubles. 

Recruiting is an everyday process, according to Will Muschamp.

Karl Joseph is down to six schools, including UCF.

Florida State commit Mario Edwards Jr., all 6-foot-3, 270-pounds of him, can do a backflip.


Devin Vandyke has committed to Virginia Tech. 

Virginia added local player Kyle Dockins and might pick up another player. 

Texas cornerback John Gibson committed to Arkansas.
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 6:27 pm

Gators reach double digits with Thompson commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida reached the double digit plateau of commitments Thursday with the pledge of Warminister (Pa.) tight end Colin Thompson.

The Gators have not had to go outside of the state too often for recruits but they've done well in targeting players north of the Mason-Dixon Line under new head coach Will Muschamp lately and Thompson is the latest to head south to play some SEC football.

"It was a place where I could feel comfortable with the coaches, players and the school," Thompson told Rivals. "All three fit and I just liked the school overall, the players, the kids, the teammates. A few of my new teammates texted me so I'm definitely excited about that."

One big factor in Thompson's decision to pick Florida was the presence of former NFL offensive coordinator and Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

"I want to start a regime at tight end there," he said. "It's something they really haven't had. So that's something new there that Aaron Hernandez started off and now will continue with Charlie Weis. I think coach Muschamp picked the right guy to coach my position.

"Him being in the NFL is a big deal for me. He coached in the NFL and cultivated guys in the NFL. That's definitely big for me and his offense is tailored to my skills."

The 6-foot-5, 250 pound Thompson selected Florida over Wisconsin and Boston College. He was also recruited by assistant Derrick Lewis and becomes the fifth offensive commitment for the class of 2012.

Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 4:36 pm

Gator four-star signee McRoy transfers to Tx Tech

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For Tommy Tuberville and Texas Tech, an impressive Signing Day haul has turning into an impressive Signing Spring haul as prospects around in the country have turned towards Lubbock after electing to leave their original destinations.

Per Red Raider Sports, Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Javares McRoy has asked for his release from Florida (one the Gators have granted) with the intent of transferring to Tech. A consensus four-star prospect who Maxpreps' Tom Lemming ranked the No. 24 wide receiver in the class of 2011 , McRoy is the second major catch for the Red Raiders in two days; just yesterday, Pennsylvania top-10 defensive tackle Delvon Simmons (who asked for a release from North Carolina after his defensive line coach left the Tar Heels) announced he would also be attending Texas Tech.

As for McRoy, he originally committed to Tech back in early 2010, following in the footsteps of his brother Ben McRoy, a sophomore running back for the Red Raiders. But he later switched his commitment to the Gators, stuck with it even after the hire of Will Muschamp, and enrolled early in Gainesville to go through spring drills.

But apparently those spring workouts under Muschamp and Charlie Weis didn't go smoothly, and with his brother already there and his preexisting familiarity with the Red Raider coaching staff, Lubbock was a natural landing spot.

And so at week's end, what was already one of the best 2011 classes in the Big 12 has gotten much, much better. (And what was already a somewhat underwhelming first effort for Muschamp -- by Gator standards, anyway -- has gotten a little bit more underwhelming.)

Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:33 pm

Cornerback flips from Miami to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The state of Florida is known as a recruiting battleground and that was true once again on Tuesday afternoon. Previously committed to Miami, Hallandale (Fla.) cornerback Willie Bailey informed recruiting websites that he had flipped his pledge to Florida.

"I talked with all the coaches and Coach (Will) Muschamp and (defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson)," Bailey told Scout. "Coach Muschamp said he's real excited and ready for me to get up there and be a Gator."

The 6-foot-1, 175 pound corner has made several trips up to Gainesville to see the school and the most recent unofficial visit seemed to have swayed his opinion of the school enough to switch his commitment.

"Last weekend, I visited Florida and I just liked the whole campus and everything else about the school," he told the website. "I'm very close with (recruiting coordinator) Aubrey Hill and T-Rob (Robinson) and I just love all the coaches as a whole and the direction they're going in. I'm very excited. I talked it over with my entire family and they love the Gators."

Bailey is the ninth commitment in the class of 2012 for Muschamp and Florida. He is the first in the secondary to join the Gators' class.

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