Florida’s offensive recruits finally have some Pease of mind.
UF head coach Will Muschamp called his 2012 commitments and targets Tuesday night to inform them of his new offensive coordinator — Boise State’s Brent Pease — and the news immediately had a positive impact.
“It’s a great hire,” said Land O’ Lakes commit Kent Taylor, who is the top-ranked tight end on Rivals.com. “I’ve just been waiting to see who would come in. I might have taken some other visits if I didn’t like the new coordinator, but I’m very happy with (Pease) and I’m 100 percent solid now.”
Taylor thinks he will thrive in Pease’s pass-friendly offense, which was one of the nation’s best in 2011.
“It’s going to be very exciting,” Taylor said of playing for Pease. “I know we’re going to throw it a lot so that will be great. And we’ve got the quarterbacks to do it.”
Florida’s hiring of Pease also excited another top prospect — five-star receiver Stefon Diggs.
“I know he likes to throw the ball a lot, so I guess we got somebody good,” said the standout from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Md.
Diggs attended Friday Night Lights in July along with Taylor (pictured below) and the trip reportedly put UF in the driver’s seat.
But when Charlie Weis left for Kansas, Diggs wasn’t sure if he’d still officially visit Gainesville or even consider the Gators as a serious contender.
Pease, however, has already changed his tune and he plans to visit on Jan. 20.
“He has a great offense from what I’ve seen,” said Diggs, the nation’s No. 8 overall prospect and second-best receiver according to Rivals. “The first thing I think of is Kellen Moore. He’s a great quarterback and he’s in a good system. That’s the type of system I wanna play in and be familiar with.”
“I just wanna see how they’re gonna implement me in the system and how they’re gonna run things next year. I don’t wanna throw a bunch of questions at him because he just got the job. I’m sure he’ll give me the run down when I visit. I’m just looking forward to meeting him.”
So where does Diggs stand with the Gators now?
“I’m still open,” he said, “but Florida is where everybody is at right now.”
Pease should also sit well with Nelson Agholor, another five-star wideout from Tampa’s Berkeley Prep. On Jan. 3, UF saftey commit Marcus Maye said Agholor recently told him Florida was his top school. The two have been friends since they were 10 years old and roomed together during Under Armour week.
Taylor believes the new coordinator could seal the deal for both receivers.
“I think this should help with Stefon Diggs and Nelson Agholor,” Taylor said. “I definitely think Nelson is gonna go to Florida. I know he’s interested in USC too, but in my opinion he’ll be a Gator.
“I don’t know as much as Maye does because they’re real close, but if I had to name a leader for Nelson it would probably be Florida because he likes us so much.”
Agholor took his official visit to UF on Dec. 9 (pictured below) and bonded with Taylor, Maye and early enrolled WR Latroy Pittman.
“It was great,” Taylor said of the trip. “He wanted to be around some of the kids that are committed and we all enjoyed it.”