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zud the hut
11-17-2014, 05:52 PM

zud the hut
11-17-2014, 05:53 PM
Shea Dixon
Shea Dixon
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How does Muschamp impact LSU recruiting?
Nov 16, 1:45 PM
Florida head coach Will Muschamp was hanging on to his job by a thread, and the Gators' loss to South Carolina on Saturday afternoon was enough for UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley to officially move in a new direction. Muschamp was fired by the Gators on Sunday, and with the search for a new head coach now underway, it's likely we see a complete staff shakeup in Gainesville.

How does that effect the Gators on the recruiting trail, and more importantly for LSU fans, does it mean anything for recruiting in Baton Rouge?

For starters, Florida has just nine commitments in the 2015 class - one of the lowest totals in the country. The highest-ranked commitment in the class is a Louisiana native. Pine's Derrick Dillon has been committed to UF since May, and while he's made two visits to LSU for games this year, it doesn't appear there's much going on between the Tigers and Dillon, though that could change as spots become available closer to National Signing Day.

Another current UF commitment that LSU fans are familiar with is Ohio offensive tackle George Brown Jr., who was one of the first offensive linemen offered by first-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes once he took the job in Baton Rouge just before NSD last February. With the Tigers pressing for William Sweet and hoping to hold onto Matt Womack, we could see Brown's recruitment pick back up on LSU's end now that there will be new blood in Gainesville.

Beyond the commitments, the biggest names for LSU fans to watch are five-stars CeCe Jefferson and Martez Ivey.

Jefferson is the No. 2 strongside defensive end in the 2015 class, and while he grew up a fan of the Gators, the departure of assistant head coach and defensive line coach Brad Lawing could mean that Jefferson ends up giving schools outside the Sunshine State a much closer look. So far, Jefferson has made visits to Ole Miss and LSU, and while the Rebels seemingly grabbed some momentum last month, the Tigers did get him onto campus for the Alabama weekend and will now bring him back for an official visit with his family before a decision is made. With UF in limbo right now as they search for Muschamp's replacement, look for LSU to turn the heat up in a big way.

The same goes for Ivey, a five-star who is ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2015 class, regardless of position. Ivey has talked about making his official visit to LSU the weekend of the SEC Championship in early December, which is turning into a monster weekend for visitors in Baton Rouge. Auburn is considered the No. 2 team at this stage in the game, but LSU will hope to make a big splash with a campus visit and go from there.

Another offensive lineman to watch is Jalen Merrick. The Florida native is also set to make his official visit to LSU on Dec. 5, and while the Gators have long been considered the team to beat, the feeling now that Muschamp is out is that not only the Tigers, but Miami and FSU can position themselves well for the stretch run. The consensus thus far has been that Merrick will likely stay in Florida for college, but a visit to Baton Rouge in the next few weeks could give him something to think about.