One-time Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has reportedly wasted no time in assembling a staff at South Carolina.
According to reports, he’s tapped former Tigers defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson as his defensive coordinator and Kurt Roper as his offensive coordinator. Roper, who is currently an offensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns, served as offensive coordinator for Muschamp in his final year with Florida in 2014.
And while Roper may be a name known in the college football realm, a handful of current Gamecocks commits are unsure of who the 43-year-old play caller is.
“I have no idea who Kurt Roper is,” said Pete Leota, a three-star offensive lineman from Asheville, N.C.
“First time hearing of him,” said CJ Freeman, a three-star running back from Greensboro, N.C.
“I don’t know him that well,” said Will Putnam, a three-star offensive tackle from Harrisburg, N.C.
Fortunately, South Carolina quarterback commit Brandon Mcllwain is familiar with Roper and his prior stint with the Gators.
“I liked him at Florida and I’m looking forward to talking to him about the future of the program,” the four-star quarterback from Newton, Penn., said.
Luckily for Roper, he’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with members of the Gamecocks 2016 class. And he’ll likely need to do so as soon as possible.
South Carolina has already lost commitments from three high-profile recruits in light of Steve Spurrier’s resignation in October, and with a new staff in place more fallout could occur.