As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
New OL coach already in place?
Florida has yet to hire a new offensive line coach to replace Mike Summers, who left for Louisville on Jan. 14.
However, it appears UF coach Jim McElwain has his man. He indicated as much to Gators OL commit T.J. Moore (Charlotte, N.C.) during his official visit last weekend.
“We talked about the offensive line coach and I think Coach Mac knows who it’s going to be,” Moore said. “He just can’t tell me or can’t release it but he said that the coach would be like the rest of the coaching staff and would be a great person. There’s a lot he said, but I’m not sure if I can say everything.”
Moore has remained committed because of his relationship with the rest of the staff, particular offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. The two spent time together last weekend and Nussmeier will visit Moore and his family this week.
“He just loves me, he was watching my film the whole time I was there,” Moore said of Nussmeier. “He likes how physical I am and how I play the game. Coach Nuss is like a father figure to me. I can just tell that he and Coach Mac are the same way and that they care about their players.”
Moore felt that during his trip to Gainesville, and the family atmosphere turned out to be closer to home than he thought.
“We actually found out that my dad’s cousin works at Florida in the strength training department,” Moore said. “It’s about that I made a family in less than a week with Coach Mac, the offensive coordinator and the rest of the coaching staff.
“I wish I didn’t have to come back to Charlotte, just stayed there and got to work. I’m trying to enroll in May instead of June.”
— TJ (@TJ75_) January 22, 2017
Moore met with his future teammates and discussed their plans for the future. He also revealed that the Gators have some silent commits.
“I’m not a quiet person at all and I like to get to know people fast and open up,” Moore said. “We hung out the first night we were in Gainesville and that was when everyone opened up. We became brothers last weekend. We also all sat down together for a meeting at the hotel and talked about making an impact at Florida.
“I think we have a great class coming in. We also have some commits that haven’t released it so our class isn’t even done yet. I can’t tell you who. You’ll have to wait till signing day.”
There’s no doubt where Moore will be headed. Auburn offered him on Jan. 14 and he had considered visiting the Tigers next weekend.
“I’m actually not taking it,” said Moore of the Auburn trip. “I fell in love with Florida so much so I’m shutting down my recruitment. I’m done with the process and I’m going to sign with Florida on signing day.”
Davis enjoys Florida visit
Moore was joined by running back Malik Davis (Tampa, Fla.) and four other commits last weekend at UF.
Davis also shut down his recruitment earlier this month after efforts by Clemson and Georgia.
“It was great,” Davis said of his official visit. “I got to see things more behind the scenes. I hung out with the players and see how they live and how things are at Florida. It was good to hear that from the players and see their side.
“I think that was my favorite part was seeing the players point of view, it just makes you feel that much more comfortable about going there. I really enjoyed it and thought the visit was one of the best weekends of my life.”
Davis was hosted by Lamical Perine, who rushed for 421 yards as a true freshman and saw action in all 13 games last season. Gators running backs coach Tim Skipper is counting on Davis to have a similar impact.
— Malik Davis 2️⃣0️⃣ (@Campaign_Lik) January 22, 2017
“Coach Skip told me he feels I’m different from the other backs,” Davis said. “He showed me some film of plays they run. He was saying I can get in the open field to make guys miss. He thinks I do that well. He wants a guy that can be a home-run threat.”
Davis is now rated a 4-star prospect by two recruiting services, earning his fourth star from 247Sports on Tuesday. Rivals bumped him up as well in December.
His future head coach made him feel comfortable during their interactions last weekend.
“Coach Mac was around us the whole weekend,” Davis said. “Not just a little bit of the time, literally the whole time. He is so funny and down to earth. He’s just a great person to be around and likes to have fun. Sometimes a head coach can be uncomfortable to be around, but not him. He is cool.”