Remember when some Gators fans thought Will Muschamp wasn’t getting it done on the recruiting front? Remember when that Florida ledge seemed to be getting shorter and shorter because the January recruiting stretch wasn’t pretty to look at?
Well, it looks like Muschamp has everything in order now that the 2012 class is here. There’s much less stress and more time to really create some meaningful relationships.
After securing the two 2012 commits from the Urban Meyer days, Muschamp has reeled in three this month, including two of the top running back prospects in the Southeast.
Florida could sign 25 in the class, but let’s take a look at the five Florida has right now.
WR Latroy Pittman, 6-1, 200 (Citra North Marion) — He was the first in this class to commit to the Gators back in October. While some have listed him as a potential safety in college, there’s no question he’s an absolute playmaker at receiver. He was one of the top prospects at last year’s Friday Night Lights, showing great hands and speed, and he proved that he was again one of the top receivers during the Under Armour and U.S. Army junior combines in January. He’s very solid in his commitment and will enroll at Florida early, but recently received verbal offers from Alabama and Miami.
DT Omari Phillips, 6-6, 270 (Venice) — He could play offensive tackle or defensive tackle, but Muschamp made it clear to him that the staff wants him on the defensive line when he arrives. That was exactly what he wanted to hear when he visited and reaffirmed his commitment to the Gators during Florida’s first Junior Day. On the field, he’s one of the more athletic linemen around and should be one of the top at his position in the state of Florida this fall.
RB Matt Jones, 6-3, 215 (Seffner Armwood) — Meyer always wanted that big, bruising back, but with the spread offense, it was always tough to lure one to Gainesville. Only a few months on the job, and equipped with a pro-style plan, Muschamp has one of the top prospects in the southeast. There are questions about his technique and whether he runs too upright, but he has a year to correct that and should be one of the more exciting running backs to watch this fall. He’s already taller than any of last year’s top SEC rushers and is close to most of them in weight.
RB Mike Davis, 5-11, 185 (Stone Mountain, Ga., Stephenson) — Florida ended its recruitment of running backs when Davis committed this past weekend. He’s not as big or as powerful as Jones, but he’s shiftier and appears to be faster on tape. He should be a solid complement to Jones in the backfield. His verbal could also help the Gators with three other big-time prospects at Stephenson High.
LB Jeremi Powell, 6-2, 200, (Largo Pinellas Park) — Few may have known about him before he committed to Florida over the weekend, but once more of his film comes out people will start to notice. He’s not a huge linebacker, but he’s got great speed off the line. Most of the tape on Powell shows him playing linebacker, defensive end and some tight end/receiver. He truly is a pure athlete. The way he performs at camps this summer should only pump his name up to fans and other schools.