Gator Commitments React to Change

It's inevitable when there is a coaching change, fans want to know what is going on with their current commitments and how they feel about the change. We caught up with three of Florida's commitments last night.

If history is any indicator, prospects that commit early to a team do so for more reasons than a coaching staff. Tradition, location, and growing up wanting to wear a team's colors are almost always big factors when a prospect decides to pick a school early. We caught up with Jonathan Garner, Gerald Williams, and Louis Murphy last night, and all three helped prove the theory.

"I'm still committed to Florida," said Garner. "I'll be a Gator on signing day unless Florida pulled my scholarship for some reason."

That isn't likely to happen, and Gator fans can rest easy knowing that the signal caller from Mainland is solid with the Orange and Blue.

"I'm still committed to Florida," said wide receiver Louis Murphy. "I like the campus and the education they offer. I'll listen to other schools and see what they have to offer. I hate it for Coach Zook. I really like him."

Murphy is dealing with his own team's struggles right now as he has caught 26 passes for 370 yards and seven touchdowns for a 1-6 team.

Gerald Williams had always said that he was going to take his official visits, so it is status-quo with the big linebacker.

"I'm still committed to Florida, but I want to take all of my visits," said Williams. "I'm going to monitor what happens there. Also, me and Vladimir (Vladimir Richard) will sit down and discuss the situation."

Williams and Richard have been adamant about playing together on the next level, and that still looks like it will happen in Gainesville.

Avery Atkins is another Gator commitment that had been looking at other schools, and he downplayed the importance the coaching staff decision will have on him.

"Not really," Avery Atkins told Dave Peters of when asked if the coaching change would influence his decision. "It doesn't matter as long as the team goes out and executes. I am upset about the decision to fire Ron Zook."

Panic stricken recruitniks are always worried about what happens to the class with a coaching change. While a coaching change certainly doesn't pay immediate dividends on the recruiting trails, the damage is much less severe than one might think.

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