When Will Muschamp was hired as Florida’s head coach, many wondered whether or not the former Texas defensive coordinator could open up a pipeline for the Gators in the Lone Star State.
It hasn’t happened.
Muschamp and his assistants have targeted the Southeast, specifically the state of Florida, and delivered results in their three and a half years on the recruiting trail. UF hasn’t signed any recruits from the state of Texas since 2008 (Omarius Hines and Adrian Bushnell).
But that could change with Jeff Choate, who was hired Tuesday by Muschamp as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach. He spent six seasons with Boise State from 2006-11 and helped the Broncos land several recruits from Texas.
“He is one of the best recruiters you’ll ever be around. He got the Texas pipeline started at Boise State,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said when he hired Choate a few months ago, hoping he would do the same for his program in El Paso.
Make no mistake, Florida will always focus on the in-state recruiting base Muschamp boasted about last summer. But given the inroads and relationships Choate has built in Texas and his ability to relate with recruits from there, he’ll be able to get some of the state’s top targets to give UF a harder look and may even convince a couple to come.
In this 2010 interview, Choate discusses, among other topics, what his recruiting responsibilites were with Boise State.