During his press conference at the 2012 SEC Media Days on Wednesday, Florida coach Will Muschamp was reminded that his team’s Gator Bowl victory over Ohio State prevented UF from having its first losing season since 1979.
“Yeah I know,” Muschamp said. “I was told a couple times.”
Then he was asked how Florida has been able to reel off 22 consecutive winning seasons while other top-tier SEC schools have suffered some losing seasons over the last two decades.
Muschamp credited UF’s facilities, administration and previous coaches for the success, but his primary praise was placed upon the pool of prospects in the Sunshine State.
“You’ve got a great recruiting base,” Muschamp said. “You’re able to have access to really good players. Within a 300-mile radius, you can win your league by recruiting just those players. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
With the state of Florida producing the best prospects in the nation annually, it’s easy to understand why.
In the 2013 recruiting cycle, Florida has more recruits in the ESPN150 than any other state with 29. And that’s the case nearly every year.
The Gators have 18 verbal commitments for the 2013 class and a dozen of them are in-state recruits. All of UF’s seven commits in the ESPN150 are from Florida as well as 10 of the 12 that made the top 300.
With recruiting resources like that, few head coaching jobs rival the one in Gainesville.
“I work in a great state for players and high school coaches,” Muschamp said. “When you have a recruiting base like we have, it makes your job a little better than some other places because you have such a great recruiting base (in Florida).”