Experts Chime in on Muschamp

FoxSports and Scout.com has a bevy of resources to draw information from regarding a myriad of subjects. We asked our recruiting and college football experts from around the country to chime in on their thoughts with the Will Muschamp hire at Florida.

The Florida Gators are starting the Will Muschamp era and there is a lot to be excited about. Our experts chime in.

Dave Berk – HS Football Recruiting, Midwest Recruiting Analyst

"Much like Urban Meyer was when hired at Florida, Will Muschamp will be full of energy looking to make his mark early in his head coaching career. While some will talk about the lack of head coaching experience, Muschamp was considered good enough that Texas did not want to lose him and paid him accordingly.

"One thing Muschamp brings to the Gators is his skills as a recruiter. Not only will Muschamp be able to get instate talent to stay home, out of state talent will continue to have the desire to play in the Swamp.

"However, a head coach is only as strong as the staff around him, and it is yet to be seen who all will be part of his first staff."

Matt Alkire – HS Football Recruiting, Northeast Recruiting Analyst

"In terms of recruiting, Will Muschamp learned under one of the best at Texas in Mack Brown. The best example of this was when Texas won the national championship in 2005 and during Mack Brown's post game speech, he made it a point to thank all of the high school coaches in the state of Texas and congratulate them for their part in the accomplishment. That was brilliant and shows part of why Brown continually rules the state. Muschamp has the opportunity to do something very similar in the state of Florida which is also absolutely loaded with top-shelf talent and is sure to have learned that from Brown in his time at Texas. Florida has done a great job of recruiting nationally under Urban Meyer, but Muschamp can also take what he learned under Brown in terms of crediting high school coaches and locking down the Sunshine State.

"Muschamp has also learned the game under the greats of football in coaches like Nick Saban and Mack Brown. His defenses have been absolutely outstanding in the past whether it has been at Auburn, LSU, Texas or even during his one-year stint in the NFL with the Dolphins where Miami recorded 49 sacks in 2005.

"He played at Georgia, has coached at two other SEC programs and will now take the reigns at a fourth SEC program and understands what it takes to win in the most talent-laden conference in college football. It's a tough loss for Texas as they had a great future head coach in waiting and a big pick-up for the Gators."

Allen Wallace – HS Football Recruiting, National Editor

"Will Muschamp brings a wealth of superior defensive coaching experience to the Florida Gators. His units have consistently been noted for their intense, physical brand of football. Muschamp has always been impressive and successful in the college coaching ranks and has been a high-level candidate for numerous coaching jobs in the past.

"The youthful, 39-year old Muschamp now returns to the conference where he originally began his coaching career in 1995 as a graduate assistant at Auburn. He later coached linebackers for Nick Saban at LSU where Muschamp also developed a reputation as an excellent recruiter. Muschamp also has NFL experience with the Miami Dolphins.

"The Texas head coaching in waiting since 2008, Muschamp is used to coaching high-level NFL draft picks and is regarded as a brilliant defensive mind whose defenses have been well-regarded in all phases of the game.

"This is a very passionate, goal-oriented man who will be now leading the Gators, and Florida fans should expect to watch teams that are unusually well-prepared, focused, aggressive, and energetic."

Chad Simmons – HS Football recruiting, Southeastern Regional Manager

"Will Muschamp knows what it is like to play in the SEC, so that is a big plus for the Gators. He has coached under guys like Nick Saban and Mack Brown, so he has learned from two of the best head coaches in the game right now. He has ties to the south – growing up in Gainesville, Fla. until around the age of 13 or so before moving into the state of Georgia. He is going to take a lot of passion to Gainesville and I will bet he puts together a staff that knows the SEC, that knows how to win, and that coaches with passion like he does. No, he does have any head coaching experience, but he will take a lot of knowledge, passion, and winning attitude to UF."

Miller Safrit – Scout.com Regional Recruiting Analyst

"While one of the more well-known assistant coaches in the public view thanks to his being the first ever coach-in-waiting, what is more important is Coach Muschamps's ability to go from calling plays to becoming a true CEO. His first hires are almost as vital as Florida athletic director Foley's hiring of Muschamp himself. Fortunately for Florida fans, Muschamp's experience around the South provides an elegant network of potential coordinators and highly successful position coaches to choose from including Kirby Smart and Major Applewhite, both of whom are very hot names in coaching circles.

"While not the "splash" hire in the eyes of some Gators fans, this very young and energetic coach is highly respected in the coach ranks who has turned down many important head coaching positions over the last several years."

Brandon Huffman -- HS Football Recruiting, West Regional Manager

"I think Muschamp will bring that same kind of intensity that Urban Meyer had. Where Meyer might have had more of a subdued intensity, it was still noticeable. Muschamp, there is nothing subdued about it. He's a defensive-minded guy, who will use the speed and skill Florida already has, to create some pretty strong defenses. And recruiting wise- he may have been at Texas for the past three years, and a coach in waiting, but he's a Southern guy, and if Urban Meyer can recruit like he did at Florida, being from the Midwest and then ending up a Utah, the Southerner in Muschamp is even more dialed in."

Greg Powers – HS Football Recruiting, Southwest Regional Manager

"It may be a shock to many Florida fans that Jeremy Foley went with a coach who does not have a history as a head coach on the division one level, but Muschamp has been being groomed to take over the Texas program and commands the respect of his peers in the Big 12. His hiring at UT coincided with the team's major turnaround defensively and helped guide them on some of their most successful seasons in the schools history.

"It will be integral for him to put together a coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball that can implement a system that Gator Nation has grown to expect over the past 15 years.

"He is a solid recruiter that has been able to real in some of the best defensive prospects in the state of Texas. It will be a new challenge for him to recruit for the Gators in their traditional hotbeds.

"It will be interesting to see how well he does as the head man, but Oklahoma has seemed to do well with a similar hire when they snagged Bob Stoops from UF 12 years ago."

Bill Greene – HS Football Recruiting, State of Ohio Recruiting

"The hiring of Muschamp might seem risky, because of one factor: the lack of head coaching experience. But, he was the head coach in waiting at Texas, so clearly two of the top programs in America believe in the man. There are very few coordinators in the country that can bring instant credibility to a big-time program like Texas or Florida, but Muschamp is one of that select few.

"From a recruiting perspective, I watched him come into Ohio last year and land a commitment from five-star linebacker Jordan Hicks. Texas was clearly the outside school, and most saw Ohio State or Florida as the favorite for Hicks. Jordan Hicks is at Texas today because of the great recruiting effort by Will Muschamp, and he went head to head with the best, and won."

Mike Bakas – HS Football Recruiting, Florida Recruiting Analyst

"Will has earned a reputation of being one of the best defensive minds in the college game today. He's been excellent as defensive coordinator at various schools, including Auburn and Texas in recent years. He'll have the same caliber of athletes at Florida to work with that he's had at Texas. The Gators will be a led by a defensive mind for the first time in a while. The coaching staff he's able to hire on the offensive side of the ball will be interesting to watch. Can he be a successful head coach at the major college level remains to be seen. Time will tell. From a recruiting standpoint, the Gators will always get theirs but I think Muschamp will have to prove he can compete at the highest level before doing so well nationally like Urban Meyer did."

Scott Kennedy – FOX Sports and Scout.com Director of Scouting

"For all the media attention given to the offensive side of the ball under Meyer, it was really the defense that determined championships at Florida in '06 and '08.

"Now Florida is bringing in one of the most recognized defensive minds in the game. One with southern roots and experience recruiting and winning in the SEC.

"All head coaches are only as good as their staff, but Muschamp should have no trouble filling out a staff as equally talented as him.

"On the recruiting trails, Florida is Florida. I might not expect the Gators to leave the south as often as they did under Meyer, but they'll still have little trouble bringing in top talent from the most fertile recruiting region in the country."

Mark Murphy – AuburnTigers.com Publisher

"In his time at Auburn as defensive coordinator and secondary coach, Will Muschamp developed a reputation as a very aggressive coordinator who believed in physical play and lots of blitzing. I am not surprised he has become a Division I head football coach. It is surprising that the Gators would hire a former Georgia football player as their head coach because of the rivalry."


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