Florida fans are understandably worried about how recruiting will be affected by UF’s six-game losing streak, which is sure to become seven Saturday when the Gators host No. 2 Florida State.

More than two dozen notable prospects are expected to be on hand, and a blowout win by FSU would make it even harder for Florida on the recruiting trail.

Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook and Immokalee athlete J.C. Jackson are publicly wavering with their pledges to UF, and the Gators will have some difficulty closing on their top targets.

Given the disaster this year has been, what is Will Muschamp’s message to recruits and their families?

“It’s still the University of Florida,” he said Monday. “I think there’s some obvious reasons why we are where we are. We’re a team that won 11 games last year, and I don’t think that happened by accident. We have a really good football staff. We have some good players on our football team. We’re going to have a good football team moving forward. So at the end of the day, this is a great education and it’s a great place to come compete.”

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp heads for the locker room following the 19-14 loss to South Carolina. (Doug Finger/Staff photographer)

When asked what it will take to turn things around, Muschamp said it starts with recruiting.

“Continue to recruit well,” he said. “The production on the field of our last two classes has been very good. We have to continue to put another class together like that.

“I think we’ve obviously taken a step back in my opinion for some obvious reasons. But at the end of the day, it’s not an excuse. We need to perform better on the field and that’s my responsibility. But those are things I see.”

UF athletic director Jeremy Foley remains committed to Muschamp, but changes will undoubtedly be made to his offensive staff after the season.

With reports already out there about potential firings and recruits wondering who the position coaches will be at Florida, Muschamp has to address those concerns in the days and weeks ahead.

“You be honest with people and you tell them exactly where we are,” he said. “And that’s what I’ll do.”

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