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Florida's 2013 recruiting efforts come to a close today. Let's talk about them, hmm?
Florida's only got several more hours and a few more prospects in its efforts to land a top-notch 2013 recruiting class, and this shouldn't be a dramatic National Signing Day for the Gators, with most of the class already locked up. (Updates will appear at the bottom of the page.)
Because we're starting slow to the day, South Florida prospect Jay-nard Bostwick picking Florida over Miami — as expected — has already happened, bringing Florida's total of defensive tackles to three in this class. We'll have more on Bostwick in a separate post, but that's the first important thing that has happened today.
The next important things happen literally in minutes and will be big deals even if the prospects announcing their school choices at 9:30 — wide receiver James Clark, JUCO defensive tackle Jarran Reed, and defensive end/BUCK prospect Tashawn Bower — all opt for other schools, as is possible.
We'll have tons more on them, Bostwick, and the makeup of this Florida class, and updates in this thread throughout the day. Buckle up. Only a few hours remain.
10:50 Eastern: There may be time left on the clock with Tashawn Bower.
The Tashawn Bower thing is not over yet. No LOI has even faxed I'm yet.— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) February 6, 2013
2:27 p.m. Eastern: Here's video of Florida signee Jarran Reed discussing his commitment, via Luke Stampini. Also interesting to see the different reasons different East Mississippi kids chose their schools.
3:52 p.m. Eastern: Some of the choice quotes from Muschamp's entertaining presser:
"I've never understood the difference between a guy committing in March and a guy committing on Signing Day. Does that make him a better player?" (Beat.) "Some of you guys think so."
On whether star ratings matter to him: "Absolutely no consideration at all. Maybe they look at our ratings."
About the lack of QB depth behind Driskel: Muschamp asked about inexperienced QBs behind Driskel: "I don't have a very high comfort level, obviously."
"I always tell 'em" — recruits — "I'm gonna promise you an opportunity. I'm not gonna promise you anything more than that."
On National Signing Day decisions by recruits: "If you don't know, they're not coming to you. It's not like there's a bunch of suspense like our favorite network says there is." I would bet my entire life savings the favorite network rhymes with BSPN.
Muschamp mentioned wanting "15 to 17 offensive linemen" and "17 or 18" players in the front four on defense. Gators had 12 recruited scholarship offensive linemen in 2012.
"I always tell our assistant coaches, 'Don't fall in love with the film.'"
"At the end of the day, you win with good people. You can't compromise what you believe in as a coach for the grace of a good player."
"Do you like the hat dance on Signing Day?" Muschamp: "No."