Just when you think it can’t get any more hideous…
Forget the NCAA. Somebody needs to go to jail.
Jake Fromm isn’t worried about competing for a job, because he’s got the bigger picture in mind barely two weeks after stepping on campus.
Fromm said he and Eason haven’t discussed the competition to come.
“We haven’t really talked about it, you just kind of know,” Fromm said. “That’s what Coach (Jim) Chaney is doing now – he’s looking for someone to replace me. That’s the way it goes. It’s college football now. You’ve just got to take it one step at a time.”
Don’t worry, Jake. Whoever that next guy might be, rest assured that a portion of the fan base will be pushing for him to start ahead of you one day based on G-Day QBRs.
I’d say pity the poor Rebels, except Hugh Freeze deserves every bit of karma he’s reaping from this.
What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on with Florida recruiting? The Gators are the two-time defending SEC East champs, operate in the most talent rich state in the country, and yet, at least by their usual standards, are trailing badly in the recruiting races.
Smart and Georgia have the No. 3 recruiting class for 2017, while Florida lags behind at No. 31. A big reason for the disparity in the teams’ recruiting rankings is how the schools have fared with the top talent in their respective states.
Florida and Georgia each produced three 5-star players in the 2017 recruiting cycle. Only Texas and California produced more 5-star recruits…
Of the top 20 recruits in Florida, the Gators have one commitment, while Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami and Auburn all have more. The Gators’ highest-rated commit, Carter, is the No. 14 recruit in the state…
To recap, Georgia has commitments from 12 of the top 20 prospects in its state. Florida has one.
It’s a little ironic to me that McElwain is the first Gator head coach in a while who’s not a dick, but still appears to be having trouble closing the deal with a lot of top-flight recruits.
Even more strangely, there’s a lot of weird chatter out there about the program right now. Andy Staples takes this question…
How safe is Florida head coach Jim McElwain’s job? If the Gators close with a mediocre recruiting class (they currently rank No. 31 in the country), fail to make significant progress on offense and go 7–6, could McElwain get fired in 2017? Yes, McElwain has won the SEC East in each of his first two years, but how much does that count for given the state of the division?
… and argues that it has a certain credence. I’d like to believe that it’s nuts for a fan base to put more insistence on recruiting rankings than in division titles, but, after all, this is the SEC we’re talking about, PAWWWLLL.
Meanwhile, there’s a juicy rumor that’s been circulating on more message boards than I can count that a Florida high school has banned a Gator coach from campus and that a recruit has film of that coach offering him money. The word bullshit comes quickly to mind here, but that wouldn’t stop this kind of stuff from making the rounds on the recruiting trail. And if it is, then you know McElwain and his staff are having to waste time denying it. If you’re recruiting against Florida, that’s half the battle won right there.
Now it ain’t close to being over. As the story linked first notes, there are still plenty of uncommitted top in state recruits out there for Florida to make up significant ground between now and signing day. But there appears to be a lot of heavy lifting ahead for a program that traditionally isn’t used to that. Like I said, strange.
UPDATE: Bud Elliott has more on the current status of Florida’s recruiting here.
While that may be easier said than done, given this stat, there is a certain wisdom to that approach.
Among 65 Power 5 programs, there are just five schools set to enter the 2017 season with the same coaching staff for the third year in a row. Florida State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Northwestern and Oklahoma State are the only Power 5 programs able to tell recruits this year that their juniors are playing for the same staff they committed to as high school seniors in the 2015 class.
Of course, it’s still early. You know there’s some jumping to come after signing day.
Georgia’s 2017 class continues to grow. Though it’s not a 4- or 5-star like Bulldog fans might hope for, Kirby Smart reeled in another important commitment on Thursday night, this time from Norcross, Ga. kicker Brooks Buce…
Buce will be joining the Bulldogs as a preferred walk-on, eschewing scholarship offers from Air Force, Army, Navy and Jacksonville State, according to 247Sports.
Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia’s current kicker, had an outstanding freshman season in 2017, but the controversy over his lack of scholarship offer has his future with the team at least somewhat in doubt. Buce could certainly serve as a backup plan should anything further happen with Blankenship, but nonetheless he’ll be a part of the Georgia team next fall and for the foreseeable future.
As responses go, that’s subtle, but effective. Hopefully, the competition will be good for Rodrigo. And some advice for Ken — in the immortal words of Omar, you come at the king, you best not miss.