The next two weeks are going to be chaotic for Jermauria Rasco.
The Shreveport, La., Evangel Christian defensive end has a bunch of schools still coming after him and he’s got room for two more visits. Those visits, according to Evangel Christian coach Phillip Deas, are expected to be to Florida and Arkansas. Deas cautioned that those are the schools Rasco told him he wants to visit, but neither visit is “set in stone.”
But Deas said both schools are high on Rasco’s list. LSU and Florida State are also on Rasco’s list, with Texas trying to make up a lot of ground.
Texas was in good position for Rasco earlier in his recruitment because of Will Muschamp. Deas said Muschamp visited Evangel Christian “three or four times” during the year, and both Rasco and the Eagles’ coaching coaching staff really got along with the former Longhorns defensive coordinator.
However, Texas fell off considerably for Rasco when Muschamp was hired as Florida’s head coach. Rasco immediately put Florida on his list of favorites and is now looking to make his first trip to Gainesville before his National Signing Day decision on Feb. 2.
“I think Florida has a great chance of landing Jermauria,” Deas said. “He loves Coach Muschamp.
“You know, once they get these kids on campus, it’s easy to get them into The Swamp.”
Rasco said in San Antonio, Texas that he didn’t know much at all about Florida, but knew enough about Muschamp to become very interested in the Gators.
Deas said a major factor in Rasco’s recruitment is program stability. Right now, all four schools he’s looking at are all on stable ground at the moment. The news of LSU coach Les Miles returning was refreshing for Rasco and might be enough get him to Baton Rouge before signing day.
Florida might have a new staff in place, but Rasco and his coach expect those guys to be in Gainesville for a while. There’s comfort in knowing that Muschamp could be a long-term coach at Florida.
“Sometimes, going in with a guy that just got there can be the best situation for you,” Deas said.
“There was not a better college job out there for him (Muschamp).”
While Florida has emerged as the sexy team in the race for Rasco, LSU still has an enormous stronghold on the state of Louisiana. Deas said he encourages all of his players to look around, but it can be hard for guys to turn down the Tigers, especially with LSU paraphernalia littering the state.
Even if LSU doesn’t get an official visit from Rasco, the Tigers are only about a four-hour drive away. Deas said LSU is very much in the picture for Rasco and an official visit might not be necessary at this point. Getting one will only hurt the other teams in the Rasco race.