GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida football team will wear new uniforms Saturday against Texas A&M.
The alternate “swamp green” jerseys have been a big hit with players and recruits, but many commentators and fans dislike the new look. Drew Hughes heads Florida’s recruiting department as the director of player personnel and was the guest on Jim McElwain’s radio show Thursday night.
McElwain had Hughes explain the thought process behind the design from a recruiting standpoint.
“You look at it and everybody’s got a difference of opinion on whether they like it or not,” Hughes acknowledged. “But this was designed for a target audience of our recruits, our current players, our student body. And that generation, quite frankly, they’re into that stuff.”
The proof is in the pudding. Several UF commits and targets have shared promotional photos and videos on Twitter this week, with 5-star offensive guard Kardell Thomas saying “Florida just killed the game.”
Hughes revealed that some recruits will attend the Texas A&M game Saturday just because of the new uniforms.
“The guys that we’ve been recruiting, the response has been unbelievable,” Hughes said. “We had guys reaching out to us that we weren’t necessarily recruiting because they want to come see what the jersey looks like and try it on. Everybody has done a great job of pushing this thing and creating exciting things for these recruits to really be fired up about.”
Hughes has been at UF since December 2013 and was retained by McElwain the following year. With Hughes leading his recruiting efforts, the Gators have improved their class ranking with each cycle and they’re projected to sign a top-5 class in February.