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A "relieved" Will Muschamp calls Gators National Signing Day a success



Fresh off an 11-2 season and managing to retain top recruits who pledged their allegiance months before National Signing Day, Florida coach Will Muschamp said he was relieved to have finalized his class of 28 recruits for 2013.

Sixteen of the Gators’ recruits are among the ESPN 300, including two No. 1 players at their respective positions. Eight are already enrolled.

The Gators finished No. 2 in the ESPN recruiting rankings, No. 3 in the 247sports rankings.

“This class is very balanced,'' Muschamp said. "It’s a high-character class with toughness. All of the position criteria we looked for as far as size and speed and all the off-the-field things we’re looking for. It’s a very committed class. A lot of these guys were guys that have been committed to us a long time and never took other visits. There wasn’t a lot of flash in their recruiting process, and that’s the kind of guys you want."

The Gators signed five wide receivers,  including former Clemson commit Demarcus Robinson, to help fill a critical need.

"You’ve got to improve,'' Muschamp said. "When you say filling needs, you talk in terms of depth and talent. And those are the two things you’ve got to be able to address. I think we’ve taken a step forward in both situations. We’ve improved our depth and I think we’ve improved our talent, some guys that can come in and compete."

Muschamp said he would liked to have signed a couple of more offensive lineman, and acknowledged that quarterback remains a concern. With the transfer of Jacoby Brissett, Florida’s only QB with experience is starter Jeff Driskel, who has had injury issues.

Asked his comfort level with the players behind Driskel, Mushcamp said: “I don’t have a very high comfort level, obviously. Those guys haven’t played a lot, but they’re going to get opportunities this spring to continue to develop within what we do.”

That now includes 6-foot-6 signee Max Staver out of Brentwood, Tenn.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 6:48pm]


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