Matt Jones to UF, What Does That Mean?

If you had to pick one target out of the early list of top targets for Florida to need it was a big running back. Well, they don't get bigger and more solid than Seffner Armwood's Matt Jones. At 6-3 and 215 pounds, Jones runs with a purpose and that has college coaches from everywhere killing his cell phone minutes. Jones just committed to Florida and for the Gators it is a significant happening.

For years the Gators have tried to land the "big" back, the one that will drive the pile three yards after contact. Under Urban Meyer, one of the greatest recruiters ever, it never happened. The previous staff tried to land them and was successful in getting DeShawn Wynn who landed on campus at 215, the same weight as Matt Jones is now.

You have to go back to the 1999 recruiting class and Ran Carthon to find a bigger back than Jones, and he still has a year to grow.

It really has been that elusive and here we are with a new head coach, Will Muschamp took over at Florida in mid-December, and a new running back coach, Brian White has been named the position coach for all of 12 days. Derek Lewis is the new recruiter for Armwood and he has been employed at Florida for those same 12 days. Something must be going on right.

Maybe we can chalk it up to moves by Muschamp like making White the running back coach. He did coach Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne at the position back during his Heisman campaign season. If there ever was a big back example in college, that would be the best.

At this point I would expect similar results at different positions. We already saw how an offensive mastermind as the coordinator and quarterback coach can reel in two top ten quarterbacks in the same class. You can't help but think that all the NFL experience of defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Dan Quinn (10 years coaching in the NFL) and assistant defensive line coach Bryant Young (14 year veteran player with four Pro-Bowls to his credit), will lead to a stellar defensive line haul….as it should.

Early results on Travaris Robinson seem good as well as he has opened up eyes in South Florida and northern Georgia where he recruits. Defensive backs from everywhere seem to like hearing from him and talking to him and the gators are in on a lot of great ones.

Frank Verducci was able to talk and pitch the University of Florida to over a dozen offensive line prospects visiting this last weekend. The Gators offensive line coach wants to sign a hand full of linemen and even without any public commitments, they still appear to be on the right path of landing the right ones.

There have been other moves by Muschamp, but we shouldn't undermine the significance of this commitment. Florida desperately wanted a big back for years and now has finally gotten over that hump with a very big one and a big name. Matt Jones puts a stamp on this class already and his name alone will help recruit the rest of this class moving forward.

There will be a lot of 'Booms' coming from Gainesville this recruiting cycle. This one was huge.

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