Big Boom in South Florida

‘Coach Boom' wasted little time in making a statement that was heard in and around the fertile recruiting grounds of South Florida. Will Muschamp was named the head coach at the University of Florida Saturday night. By Monday he was mending broken down recruiting fences that happen during a coaching change. Muschamp is off to a great start in regards to recruiting.

Any time there is a coaching change there is going to be some turnover and turmoil in recruiting from the previous staff. A great deal of the previous group of recruited and committed players were coming to play for Coach Urban Meyer and his staff. Meyer, who has always been known as a great recruiter, was assembling another top five level class.

With Meyer's resignation last week, the college football world was turned on its axis and along with it the college recruiting world. The anxious Florida commitments became unsettled and nervous about things. Prospects that were just considering Florida were now dropping or seriously considering dropping the Gators.

The Gators actually hosted four official visitors this weekend and all were on campus when the news broke of Muschamp's signing to be the coach at Florida.

The class leader, quarterback Jeff Driskel, was on campus at the time and he was the first player that Muschamp needed to seal. Having still not been on campus, Coach Boom was able to get the nation's No. 1 quarterback to stay committed to the Gators, a huge victory.

Fast forward to Monday and Muschamp hits South Florida with a vengeance. Visiting several players in day one in the state, one prospect he made an immediate impact on was receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the prized big recruit out of Glades Central in Belle Glade.

Benjamin was all set to commit to Florida State on Thursday when Coach Boom struck. With his full swag on, Muschamp was able to convince Benjamin to wait on doing anything. All of this without having another staff member he can actually say is on his staff.

"I'm probably gonna visit in January to Florida," Benjamin told Scout.com's Mike Bakas. "I know Florida got a new coach so I am going to have to look into him."

Mission number one accomplished.

While in South Florida and visiting around with prospects, another priority was going to have to visit with early enrollee Ryan Shazier. The four-star linebacker from Plantation was all set to enroll in Gainesville in January until Urban Meyer resigned. Since that point in time, he has scheduled other visits, took one this weekend, and was all set to probably head somewhere else. Coach Boom, brought the dynamite yet again.

"Coach Muschamp was in my house tonight, and we were all impressed," Shazier told Scout.com's Bill Greene. "It was great meeting Coach Muschamp tonight, and he answered all of the questions we had. I have to say it was great talking to him. "It was the first time I'd ever met Coach Muschamp, and he has a lot of passion for the job."

One might say that after one meeting, Shazier may be closer to Coach Boom than he ever got with one of the nation's best recruiters.

"Coach Muschamp and Coach Meyer are the same in their approach, but they are different in coaching styles," he admitted. "Coach Muschamp is a defensive coach, and his specialty is the linebacker position, and I really like that. I liked Coach Meyer, but I believe I'm more in tune with Coach Muschamp."

After talking to a couple of South Florida mentors of high school prospects just moments after Muschamp was hired, I learned a lot about the man that I didn't know. They both talked about how outgoing he was and that the kids really loved him.

Both mentors knew Muschamp from his days at Auburn and expect for him to be a major player for prospects down south.

Scout.com's Geoff Vogt opined on his twitter page @GeoffVogt16 that, "Recruiting wise it is very unlikely that any state of Florida prospect has met Muschamp…Texas has simply not recruited here." True words from Vogt who has a good handle on the state of recruiting as he covers it for Florida State and Scout.com.

However, early returns show that Coach Boom can cut through all of that missed time in a hurry. It looks like Florida just might not skip a recruiting beat.


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