Jim McElwain wasted no time in adding Ja'Juan Seider to the staff Florida after signing day. Seider is coming to Gainesville after spending four years in West Virginia coaching the running backs.
In those four years, Seider coached Wendell Smallwood, who rushed for 1,519 yards in 2015 and went to the Philadelphia Eagles in the figth round of the NFL draft, and coached current Tampa Bay running back Charles Sims, who rushed for 1,095 yards in 2013. sims was selected in the third round of the NFL draft.
In 2016 WVU ranked 25th in the country in rushing offense and fifth in the Big 12. According to BlueGoldNews.com's Jonathan Martin, Seider is able to bring out the best of the players he brings in.
"Seider gets the most out of his players. It doesn't matter if they're highly rated or not he pushes them to be the best," said Martin. "He's known as a players coach. He treats every kid the same with no favoritism. His players draw to him."
Although his resume on the field is impressive, he is a great addition on the recruiting trail as well.
"Seider was easily the top recruiter on the West Virginia staff," added Martin. "His ability to connect with a recruit and their family was amazing. He does an excellent job at building fundamental relationships with kids so they believe he's just trying to sell them something."
One of the biggest reasons why Seider should fit right in is his connection to the Sunshine State. A native of Belle, Glade, Fla., Seider played quarterback at Glades Central High. He also coached quarterbacks at Lake Worth High and served as the offensive coordinator at Palm Beach Lakes.
"Seider was mainly Florida," said Martin about where Seider recruited for West Virginia. "That's his roots and where he's known to be the most effective. The last couple of years, though, he's dipped into Louisiana, North Carolina and Michigan."
During his time at West Virginia, he was able to bring plenty of top prospects to Morgantown.
"In the last several years he's help bring in top talent. In the class of 2015 he secured four-star wide receiver Jovon Durante who was coveted by programs across the country. In the class of 2016 he raked in JUCO all American running back Justin Crawford who was a 1,000 rusher last season for West Virginia."