Christmas has came and gone for Florida coach Will Muschamp, but there are some presents that haven’t made it under his tree yet.
With six weeks to go until National Signing Day, here are five things Muschamp still hopes to get from Santa.
1. Pick up another DE
Florida currently has 25 commits for 2013 and the class is already complete. But if UF could only sign one more prospect, it would need to be a defensive end. Joey Ivie and Antonio Riles will start out at strongside DE , but they could eventually become tackles once they put on weight. Jordan Sherit will play weakside, but he’ll likely redshirt next season because of the torn ACL he suffered in early October.
So it’s important for Muschamp add another pass rusher to this class, and he has a few targets in sight. Elijah Daniel might be the surest shot. He has Florida high on his list and officially visits on Jan. 11. The Gators also host Auburn commit Tashawn Bower on Jan. 18 and USC commit Jason Hatcher on Jan. 25, and they’re still in contention for Alabama commit DeMarcus Walker.
2. Reel Robinson back in
Muschamp lost receiver Demarcus Robinson to Clemson earlier this month, but he isn’t going down without a fight. Although the Dead Period began the day after Robinson decommitted, Muschamp is still able to contact him because he’s a midyear graduate and applied for early enrollment at UF. The two have spoken over the past week, and I wouldn’t count Florida out until he’s sitting in a Clemson classroom. The Gators should be able to find a fifth wideout if Roberson sticks with the Tigers, but he’s the one they want first and foremost.
3. Hold on to Hearns
With defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and linebacker Daniel McMillian now solid in their UF pledges, James Hearns is the only member of Florida’s class who is a soft verbal. The Tallahassee Lincoln linebacker is 80-90 percent committed and takes an official to Ohio State on Jan. 11. Fortunately for the Gators, they get the last visit the following week and a chance shore up his commitment. UF has cooled on linebacker Trey Johnson, who is expected to choose Ohio State at the Under Armour All-American on Jan. 4. With Jarrad Davis flipping to Florida less than a week after Quinton Powell’s decommitment, Florida is done at the LB position unless Hearns bolts for the Buckeyes.
4. Land some luxuries
Other than defensive end and receiver, Muschamp doesn’t have any must-get prospects at other positions. However, running back Alex Collins, fullback Kennard Swanson, tight end Durham Smythe, defensive tackles Montravius Adams and Jaynard Bostwick and cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander and Jalen Ramsey (USC commit) all still have interest in UF. If Muschamp has the room and can land a couple of these recruits, it will just be icing on an already sweet class.
5. Early jump on juniors
At the beginning of this year, Muschamp got an early jump on the current class with a couple of Junior Days that yielded several commitments. He will look to do the same over the next six weeks. With the success of this past season, the top-ranked 2013 class and a trio of highly-ranked 2014 commits to boast, Muschamp should have enough excitement and momentum to start fast for the second-consecutive year.