Mike Summers is moving on. Summers is leaving Florida and will now coach the offensive line and become the co-offensive coordinator at Louisville. How does this move affect recruiting as signing day draws closer?
The most immediate impact will be Caleb Chandler. The four-star offensive lineman from Georgia was set to visit the Gators, however, he will no longer take his official visit and is currently on his visit to see the Cardinals.
As we reported HERE soon after the news of Summers' exit, Chandler was close to the former Gators assistant and was leaning towards Louisville already. Therefore with Summers' move to Louisville official, it looks like a commitment to Bobby Petrino is on the cards for the Peach State native. This recruitment was the one I was most concerned about with the news.
Four-star commitment T.J. Moore says he remains committed to Florida despite Summers' departure. Moore's father told Scout Analyst Michael Clark that they were surprised by the news especially after Summers visited Moore this past week. However, Moore is expected to take an official to Florida next week so he will have a chance to hear Jim McElwain out before making any hasty decisions. Auburn offered this week and is trying to push him for an official on Jan. 27. No visit has been set.
Although Summers played a big role in this recruitment, so did D.J. Humphries. Humphries went to Moore's high school and told the Gators pledge that he would love to play for McElwain.
Although Kai-Leon Herbert had his own fair share of interactions with Summers, this will has more to do with his connection to Florida in general than about his connection with one coach.
“Not a lot of people know this, but I chipped a piece of bone in my shoulder and the University of Florida has been so gracious enough to refer me to doctors,” said Herbert. “Basically what they are saying is that this doesn’t scare them off one bit and still want me to be a part of the family. I can still come in and compete for a starting job.”
Herbert is committed to Michigan and is expected to visit on the final weekend. He will also visit Miami next weekend. At the end of the day distance and his comfort level will play a bigger role with Herbert.
In the same vein, Tony Gray is set to visit Florida on Jan. 20. Like Herbert, Gray spoke to Summers as well, however, in December he was visited by offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and remains in contact with the assistant frequently.
"He is definitely the reason [why Florida is in the top group," said Gray.
Gray also speaks with McElwain frequently as well.
"They are always talking to me about going down there and how they are trying to build a program," he said.
Stay with FightinGators.com as we continue to follow this developing story and its affect on recruiting.