Florida’s Bryant Young resigned from his position as co-defensive line coach Wednesday to spend more time with family.
His departure will hurt Florida’s current and incoming players more than its prospects for 2014 and 2015. Young wasn’t a world-beater on the recruiting trail, but without him, the Gators wouldn’t have landed any of the defensive tackles they signed in last year’s class — Jay-nard Bostwick, Caleb Brantley, Darious Cummings, Jarran Reed and Antonio Riles.
Senior Damien Jacobs also tweeted he wouldn’t have came to UF if not for Young.
“I don’t think it will mess up anything they have coming in the future classes since those recruits haven’t had time to build a relationship with him,” Brantley said. “But the people who signed in 2013 will be mad about it because he’s one of the biggest reasons we came. He was a player’s coach and everyone could relate to him because he’s been in our shoes.”
It appears Florida anticipated or already knew of Young’s exit heading into spring. Brantley said he when visited for practices, he noticed Young didn’t have his usual workload and new defensive line coach Brad Lawing was way more involved with the unit.
One of Florida’s top 2014 defensive tackles targets, Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest, told the Sun he never even met or spoke to Young. He visited UF twice in the past month.
“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Gaillard said. “The Gators are still leader. Everything is the same.”
Here is more recruit reaction to Young’s resignation:
Hollywood Chaminade Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark — “That sucks that he left but I still feel real good about Florida.”
Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman — “It’s not too big of a deal. But he was cool and I would have loved to be coached by him.”
Opp (Ala.) defensive end Denzel Ware — “I’m not committing to a coach, I’m committing to a school.”
McDonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive end Andrew Williams — “I’m surprised, but I understand coaches aren’t why you go to a school and it doesn’t hurt Florida’s chances with me. It’s all good.”