Staring down the barrel of a blowout loss to #2 Florida State which would leave his team at 4-8, Florida coach Will Muschamp was asked yesterday how this year’s record is impacting Gator recruiting:
“It’s still the University of Florida. 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…
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.”
In addition to putting a good class together, Muschamp might add that he needs to find a way to bubble-wrap them and keep them healthy.
According to Rivals.com, Florida currently has the 15th best batch of commitments in the country… which ranks behind seventh other SEC teams (Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Auburn and Ole Miss). Muschamp’s first two classes ranked third and fourth nationally, again according to Rivals.
Depending on the guy doing the selling, a bad season can be a bad thing or a good thing on the recruiting trail. Most players want to play right away, so pointing to the current team’s shortcomings is certainly one way to convince a kid, “You can step right in and contribute immediately.”