As college football’s coaching carousel continues to turn, the mother of Rashan Gary was reminded how fickle the world of recruiting can be.
On Sunday, reports surfaced confirming former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was headed to South Carolina, reminding Jennifer Coney why her son should commit to a program and not a coach.
“This exemplifies why you can’t — when it’s time to go to college — think about the coaching staff,” Coney told SEC Country. “Think about where you want to go to school. If football wasn’t there, would you want to go to school there? And that’s pretty much how we’re going to go about this.”
Gary, of course, is the consensus top player in this year’s recruiting cycle. He is down to a few select schools and has already taken official visits to Michigan (Sept. 25) and Ole Miss (Nov. 21). Last weekend, he took an official visit to Auburn (Nov. 28), and his mother was with him.
Coney spoke at length with Muschamp on the visit and walked away under the impression he would remain the Tigers defensive coordinator. Much has changed over the past week. And since news broke of Muschamp’s imminent departure, Coney said neither her nor her son has heard from members of the Auburn staff.
She described the lack of communication as “disheartening.”
“Just communicate,” Coney said. “Let us know what’s going on. And nobody has. (Southern Cal) has reached out to me, and I spoke with the new coach. Of course, (Jim) Harbaugh has. That’s about it.”
Coney spoke with Harbaugh in light of the news that former defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was headed to Maryland. According to Coney, Alabama and UGA — programs experiencing recent coaching changes — have not contacted her or her son up until this point.