MIAMI (CBS4) – When the off-season started for the University of Florida, they quickly found themselves in need of a star coach and in a desperate state to hold on to their recruits.
After hiring head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, UF accomplished the first goal. With National Signing Day in full swing, it looks as if the Gators will pull off the second task as well as adding a few extra players to the roster.
The Gators class is led by 6’4”, 225 pound quarterback Jeff Driskell. The Oviedo, Florida standout is ranked as the number one quarterback in the nation according to Scout. He’s got the prototypical quarterback size and is said to run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, which will make Charlie Weis’ job much easier in years to come.
Florida’s class is heavy in the defensive backfield as the team looks to rebuild after several stars left for the NFL. The Gators received letters of intent from: Miami cornerback Jabari Gorman, Fort Lauderdale defensive back Marcus Roberson, and Pensacola defensive back Louchiez Purifoy, to name a few.
While the class wasn’t heavy at the skill positions on offense, the players that did sign will bring an immediate influx of talent to the Gators roster.
Besides Driskell, the Gators also signed 6’3” wide receiver Ja’Juan Story out of Brooksville, Florida, 5’9” receiver Javares McRoy out of Lakeland, and 5’9” running back Mike Blakely out of Bradenton, Florida.
With little time to work with, Muschamp and Weis put together a solid class for the Gators. While it might be lacking the five-star players Gators fans are used to, it’s more important to find guys to fit your system than fall in love with guys who are five-star players.
The Gators return a good team and with some coaching up by Muschamp and Weis, the team will not relive another season like they had in 2010.