With defensive line coach Dan McCarney taking the head coaching job at North Texas, I thought we’d take a look at the impact it could have on Florida’s recruiting.
McCarney didn’t have the biggest responsibilities of the Florida coaches, but it’s never good for a school to lose a coach during the season. One thing I always noticed about McCarney was how interactive he was with players when he saw them. And kids loved his attitude and presence during camps. When he pushed guys, they actually looked like they enjoyed it. You don’t see that a lot.
McCarney was definitely one of the guys recruits loved to interact with, so his loss could be felt more there than maybe anywhere else.
Here are guys McCarney was personally responsible for in the 2011 class:
FB Hunter Joyer
WR Ja’Juan Story
CB Nick Waisome
DE Anthony Chickillo (Tampa Alonso) Miami verbal
DT Darian Cooper (Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha)
OT Zach DeBell (Tarpon Springs) Georgia verbal
S Alex Dixon (Clearwater Countryside) North Carolina verbal
Florida’s current commitments who McCarney was in charge of aren’t jumping ship anytime soon. They are all very solid with their Florida commitments. Even though Waisome visited FSU this past eekend, he came back saying that he’s still committed to Florida.
Another current Gators commit, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan, has been recruited more by linebackers/special teams coach D.J. Durkin.
Sunday, Urban Meyer called Chickillo, who is upset with the firing of Miami coach Randy Shannon, and told him that he’ll be personally recruiting him from here on out. That’s pretty big when the head coach makes you a priority. Meyer said after the Florida State loss that he plans to crank up the heat on recruiting, and going after a guy like this is definitely a way to show that.
One guy to keep an eye on is Lake City Columbia defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. He’s still looking at Florida, but has LSU, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan as his top four schools. McCarney was a part of his recruitment, and whenever he’s talked about Florida he always mentioned McCarney as a guy he talked to a lot. Jernigan will be another guy whom Meyer puts the full-court press on. He was Meyer’s guy from the beginning, but Meyer’s interaction with him will only increase.