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Insider Recruiting Q&A - Muschamp at Florida
Florida head coach Will Muschamp
Florida head coach Will Muschamp
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 30, 2011


Is Will Muschamp having any recruiting success at Florida? Is Charlie Weis helping the cause? Is Northwestern getting a better class of quarterback? Is Texas A&M able to capitalize on a great end to the regular season (and the Texas collapse)? These questions and more in Part One of the key questions and insider answers for the 2011 recruiting season.

Recruiting 2011 - Key Questions

The Inside Info - Part One

 
What's happening this recruiting season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football.

- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 1. How is Will Muschamp doing at Florida?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 2. Is Kelly getting the job done at ND?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 3. Is Auburn going after another Cam?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 4. Ohio St, Bama, and their new threats
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 5. Is Oklahoma still getting the top QBs?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 6. Who is Oregon going after?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 7. The Big 10 and Nebraska.

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200

Q: Is Will Muschamp going for a different type of offensive player than Urban Meyer did? What effect is having Charlie Weis having?


A: Most of Florida's offensive recruiting was done before the coaching change and Muschamp and Weis were able to hold on to all of the offensive recruits except offensive lineman Chase Hounshell, who opted to sign with Notre Dame, instead. Showing how things are starting to change, the one prospect that the staff has really zeroed in on is quarterback Jacoby Brissett of Dwyer HS in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Army All-American is more of a pure dropback passer than early enrollee Jeff Driskel, even if he doesn't have all the accolades. Brissett wasn't much of a target for Urban Meyer and company, who were looking for more of the option-style quarterback that  fits Driskel's tools. ... From Bob Redman, FightingGators.com

Q: After the disastrous start to his tenure, what is Mike Locksley's pitch to get decent players to come to New Mexico?

A: It's a simple pitch: incoming players have the opportunity to earn major playing time and starting positions as freshmen. Also, Locksley has always had the DC/Maryland area on "Lockdown" and now that he has really infused New Mexico with DC/MD guys, they have formed a family down here. They all know each other and the kids go back home and talk about New Mexico. ... From Lee Roy Lucero, theredmenace.com

Q: How much has the big run at the end of last year helped Texas A&M? How much has the miserable 2010 Texas season helped?

A: The impact from the 2010 season has been minimal on the Class of 2011. In this day of early recruiting, Texas and Oklahoma already had a large majority of their recruiting class secured long before Texas A&M rattled off six straight wins in the fall and the Longhorns struggled with a losing record.

The big impact of the 2010 season is starting to be seen in the 2012 recruiting class that is just starting to take shape. The Texas A&M staff hosted a junior day event on the school's campus, and the response was very strong. In fact, between the two junior day events on January 22 and 29, the staff is expecting to host over 40 of the top 50 prospects in the state with many prospects listing the Aggies as an early leader. ... From David Sandhop, AggieWebsider.com

Q: Is Paul Johnson getting the right guys in place to make his Georgia Tech offense really rock? Is he trying to find a quarterback who can throw a bit more?


A: One of the big needs on offense (and defense) was to rebuild depth along the line. On the offensive side of the ball, Tech has five commitments and all look to be perfect fits for Coach Johnson's system. With regard to quarterback, Durham's Vad Lee is heading to the Flats following an excellent season. Lee is as good a passer as he is a runner and is expected to bring more diversity from the position. The defensive line class is still a work in progress with a couple of recruits undecided. But, as noted above, the line is the real focus for this class. Also, adding depth at LB was probably the next concern and the class assembled seems to be addressing that need. .... From Jonathan Leifheit, GoJackets.com

Q: Are more quarterbacks taking a look at Northwestern after the success of last few signal callers? Has Pat Fitzgerald found his stride as a recruiter?

A: When Pat Fitzgerald took over the Northwestern football program, he continued with the offensive schemes implemented by his predecessor, Randy Walker, who died suddenly in 2006. Walker ran an exciting spread offense, which had seen success under four-year starter Brett Basanez.

Since taking over, Fitzgerald has had great success getting production out of the quarterbacks with that spread offense, making it easy to recruit big quarterback prospects. The spread offense has had great success, and high school quarterbacks across the country have taken notice.

C.J. Bacher was the first leader of Fitzgerald’s offense. Mike Kafka (now of the Philadelphia Eagles) followed Bacher, and produced big numbers. The first QB commit brought in by Fitzgerald is current starting quarterback, Dan Persa, who was named ‘First Team All-Big Ten’ in 2010.

Fitzgerald later signed 6-6 Evan Watkins (now Persa’s backup) in the 2009 class, and dual-threat quarterback Kain Colter in the 2010 class. Both Watkins and Colter made an impact in the 2010 season, when they were called upon to fill in for the injured Persa.

For this year’s recruiting class, Fitzgerald signed another impressive quarterback prospect, three-star Zach Oliver of Baton Rouge, LA.

The 2011 recruiting class will be Fitzgerald’s fifth, and each group has been better than the last and continues to improve. The talent level has remained steady with the Wildcats play on the field. As Fitzgerald grows as a head coach, his prestige as a coach continues to rise amongst recruits. Add in that he was once an All-American linebacker with the Wildcats, and his résumé and reputation with recruits become more impressive.

Recruits who meet with Coach Fitz rave about his energy and passion for the game, which has translated into a big draw. As one of the youngest coaches in the football bowl subdivision, Fitzgerald relates to a recruit better than any other coach in the country.

In 2011, Northwestern’s biggest recruiting need is running back, which was not the case heading into the new year. The Wildcats had a fully stocked backfield, but suddenly, things changed. In early December, Arby Fields transferred Scott Concannon left the team due to injuries, Alex Daniel left the program, and Stephen Simmons graduated, leaving the Wildcats short of running backs. ... From Chris Emma, NUWildcats.com 

- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 1. How is Will Muschamp doing at Florida?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 2. Is Kelly getting the job done at ND?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 3. Is Auburn going after another Cam?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 4. Ohio St, Bama, and their new threats
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 5. Is Oklahoma still getting the top QBs?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 6. Who is Oregon going after?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 7. The Big 10 and Nebraska.

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200