Naming the head coach is always the big splash for a college football program, but assembling a great staff is far more critical than is often publicized on introductory press conference day.
Will Muschamp is known as a great recruiter, but he will need some help in that department. One reported candidate to join his staff at South Carolina could be a big boost for Muschamp and the Gamecocks.
Bobby Bentley, who joined the Auburn staff before the 2014 season as an offensive analyst, could join Muschamp at South Carolina, according to a report by Josh Kendall of The State. Prior to that, he had a couple of stints at Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., and he helped turn the school into a state powerhouse during the mid-2000s.
Bentley should be able to help Muschamp lure some of the top players in South Carolina to Columbia, S.C. He could start with the one who sleeps in his house.
Jake Bentley is the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017. He was going to be the starting quarterback for three years at Byrnes, but has spent the past two in Alabama instead. He’ll be a senior next year, but if his father goes with Muschamp to South Carolina, where will he play?
It’s almost 100 miles from Williams Brice Stadium to Byrnes, so that doesn’t seem like a great commute for Bentley’s father. Auburn seemed like an obvious choice for Jake Bentley, but that might no longer be the case. The Tigers already have commitments from elite quarterbacks in 2016 (Woody Barrett), 2017 (Lowell Narcisse) and 2018 (Joey Gatewood).