For 30 Florida football players, Saturday will be real awkward against Will Muschamp – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — High school football players are told not to commit to a coach during the recruiting process, but it comes with the territory.
The relationships they build with coaches are meaningful and influential. And when a head coach personally recruits you and gets your signature, it’s a special feeling.
For 30 members of the Florida football team, they experienced that with Will Muschamp. And on Saturday, they’ll face their former coach and his South Carolina Gamecocks.
“It’s going to be fun,” UF safety Marcus Maye said. “I’m excited for it. I got recruited by him, a bunch of us did.”
Maye is the only remaining player from Florida’s 2012 class, the first of two consecutive top-5 classes signed by Muschamp. Maye and six players from the 2013 class will have their Senior Day ceremony prior to the game.
Their final time playing in The Swamp is against the man who brought them there.
“It’s definitely going to be weird,” Maye said.
Perhaps Muschamp and Gators coach Jim McElwain should both greet the seniors as they come out of the tunnel. Linebacker Daniel McMillian, who said he considered transferring after Muschamp was fired in 2014, will be in the starting lineup again Saturday after making his first career start against Arkansas.
“I get a chance to play against Muschamp and show him how much I’ve improved as a player and as a person,” McMillian said.
Muschamp isn’t one to guarantee playing time or making promises to recruits. He did, however, make quite a pitch to McMillian.
“He was just like, ‘It’s the University of Florida, you get a degree from here you can get a job anywhere.’ I can be an astronaut,” McMillian said.
Muschamp did have a hard time landing some of Florida’s seniors. Wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood wasn’t interested in UF initially, but came