Drayton Making an Imprint on 2011 Class

There is one thing for certain that Florida head coach Will Muschamp is doing when hiring assistant coaches. He wants good football coaches, but recruiting is also a priority for the first time coach. Retaining Stan Drayton is one way to keep the recruiting flow going and Drayton has certainly put some work into the 2011 class already with the biggest month of recruiting still left.

After a two year hiatus, Stan Drayton returned to the Florida football program for the 2010 season. In a year when all of his running backs suffered a lot of injuries and the production was down, Drayton has maintained his recruiting prowess helping to bring in several of Florida's commitments and looking to land a few more before he is done with this class.

As Florida's recruiting coordinator Drayton was poised to have Florida's class land in the top three before Urban Meyer's resignation. With his help landing several of the top prospects already committed and his ability to help with the transition to a new head coach, it appears Florida's recruiting efforts may well be headed somewhere near that top three finish, even with the coaching change.

Drayton has been key in the recruitment of two of Florida's early enrollees. Big time receiver Javares McRoy of Lakeland was once committed to Texas Tech and the four-star receiver is already enrolled and attending classes at Florida. McRoy was the star of Florida's summer spot light camp Friday Night Lights and brings elite play making ability to a team that lacked it for most of the 2010 season.

Another early enrollee that will make his way to Gainesville shortly after the Army All-American Bowl is Bradenton Manatee running back Mike Blakely. Florida had to beat out teams like Auburn and others for the four-star back that routinely shined when in the spotlight in his senior season at Manatee.

Hunter Joyer is the nation's top full back according to Scout.com and could be a vital piece of the puzzle as the Gators transition to a more pro-style offense. The Tampa Catholic star committed after camping at Florida and brings athleticism and extreme strength to the fullback position and was coveted by the likes of Texas A&M, South Carolina, Stanford, and Louisville who Florida fought hard to beat for his services.

The most recent commitment that falls under the steering of Stan Drayton is also Will Muschamp's first commitment as the Gator coach. Under Armour All-American defensive back Jabari Gorman announced on national television Wednesday night that he was going to be a Gator. Drayton and the former staff were on Gorman hard before the transition to Muschamp and the new head coach was able to come in and seal the deal.

This weekend there will be a few official visitors in town and one of them is seriously thinking about the Gators. With Drayton recruiting not only Orlando, but the Miami area as well, he has been the point man on defensive tackle Elkino Watson of Miami Booker T. Washington. Watson is another one that came to Friday Night Lights and impressed the staff. With former teammates Quinton Dunbar and Lynden Trail on Florida's team already, Florida could have a distinct advantage in closing the deal for a prospect at a much needed position.

Look for Florida's recruiting coordinator to assume his more natural recruiting responsibilities in Hillsborough, Polk, and Orange counties. This will alleviate a lot of travel time and with the hiring of south Florida stalwarts Aubrey Hill and Travaris Robinson who are all about the south Florida area.

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