It wouldn’t be recruiting season without a little more drama.
Florida picked up its 19th commitment for the Class of 2011 Friday night when Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett announced his intentions of attending UF before his basketball game. He will reportedly fax in his letter of intent by Monday.
Until then, while Florida fans rejoice in Miami’s loss, it appears things aren’t over, yet. Brissett’s mom, Ellicia Brown, made it perfectly clear she wants her son to attend Miami. It isn’t just that she is a Hurricanes’ fan, but she wasn’t thrilled with the way new coach Will Muschamp recruited her and her son to Florida.
“Not my choice,” Brown said. “I’m very disappointed. I didn’t like the way Florida handled the process. I’ve never been able to meet the head coach … I’ve never met (Will Muschamp) face-to-face and I find that very disrespectful and I’m just hurt with the whole process with the Gators. I was hoping that he would respect me and go to ‘The U’ because ‘The U’ showed respect to his mom.”
Brown was upset that an in-home visit wasn’t conducted with Muschamp, but, it appears he didn’t have the chance to make that visit with Brissett and his mother.
Per NCAA rules, a head coach may make in-person, off-campus contact with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) only during one calendar day. This contact can occur both at or away from his school. A coach can visit the school and then make an in-home, but it has to be on the same day.
A source told The Gainesville Sun on Saturday that during the time in which Muschamp visited Dwyer he was unable to make an in-home visit with Brissett during the contact period. Because he made his trip down there he couldn’t make an additional trip to Brissett’s home.
Brown could have visited Muschamp and Florida, but didn’t.
This saga will only end once Brissett’s national letter of intent is faxed to Florida. According to Brown, she’ll push Miami until he does.