When someone says the word “recruiting”, college football fans generally think of incoming freshmen. This is a skill that coaches have to thrive at, being able to convince a high school kid to play for his team.
Will Muschamp, as everybody knws, is a phenomonal recruiter.
He’s known to poach recruits from far across the land.
Recruits, meaning high school kids.
But what the hell did he say to convince Janoris Jenkins to stay for his senior year?
I mean, really, think about it- the guy is a Top 10 Draft pick in everybody’s mock draft. Scouts are oohhing and ahhing over his talent. Basically, everyone assured him that going pro was the best decision.
Everyone, that is, except Will Muschamp, who HAD to have had something to do with his decision. There’s no way Jenkins just sat down with his family and decided to stay. It’s just not possible.
So how about that huge victory for Will Muschamp. This is a great sign for Florida- if he can convince Jenkins to stay, then you have to wonder if he could snag a guy at the last minute on signing day.
The only downside to this is that Florida loses any chance it previously had to land Nick Waisome, the UF-no-wait-Alabama-no-I’m-sure-this-time-UF-no-I-mean-FSU recruit.
Obviously, the upside is that Florida has a corner that it can depend on.
Will Muschamp should bottle and sell whatever he said to Jenkins, because it would sell more than ice cold Gatorade at a noon game in the Swamp.
Now, onto the football part of this:
Ryan basically stole what I was going to say, except for one thing: the leadership.
I’m not saying Jenkins can serve up some rousing speeches at halftime against Auburn in a tie game. I am saying that he should be able to lead by example, and give Josh Evans, Jaylen Watkins and Matt Elam time grow as defensive backs, and when they’re inserted into the lineup, they’ll be ready.
Looking back, when I first heard the news, I thought that it was complete BS. Jenkins has one reason to stay- to play under a pro-style defense under Will Muschamp.
Like Ryan said, Will Muschamp is in essence our defensive coordinator. Dan Quinn is just along for the ride.
Will Muschamp is also the best recruiter in the land.
Who else could save a top 5 class and retain the best cornerback in the country?