FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
- WCC Insider: Weekend Visitor Updates
- The Big Board: Two new offers out
- Recruiting Intel: Florida has been in contact with four-star transfer
- Anonymous Player Q&A II: Thoughts on the quarterbacks, freshmen, transfers
- Anonymous Player Q&A I: Thoughts on the 2020 & 2021 seasons
- Getting to Know: Kicker Signee Trey Smack
- Florida Football Parental Roundtable III – Wilson
- Florida is the perfect fit for Miller to fulfill his promise
- Napier described as patient, genuine, with a detailed approach
- 15 players who are the Foundation of Florida Football
After Dan Mullen and staff were dismissed by Florida, the Gators lost most of the prospects who were on their commitment list at that time.
One of the few prospects who stuck it out is one who said he made his choice based on the school rather than the coaching staff.
“So, I committed to the school,” replied Severna Park (M.D.) three-star kicker Trey Smack when asked why he never wavered on his pledge to the Orange & Blue. “I wouldn’t say I committed to the coaching staff. I’m a student-athlete first, and that’s just how it is.“
Though he may have committed to the school, Smack admitted that getting to know the new staff better was an important aspect of the weekend.
“Just getting to know all of the coaching staff, I thought it was a great experience to come here and get to meet Coach Napier and the special teams' coordinator,” replied Smack when asked what the highlight of the weekend was for him. “So it was pretty cool.”
Florida doesn't get enough credit for it, but the Gators have done an outstanding job of producing special teams players over the last several years.
From Kansas City Chiefs punter Tommy Townsend being named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November to Evan McPherson hitting a game-winning field goal for the Cincinnati Bengals during Saturday's playoff game, former UF players have become difference makers in the NFL.
Of course, as a kicker himself, Smack was well aware of McPherson’s accomplishment.
“You know, he's money, they call him ‘Money McPherson’ I think, right? Smack said. “He’s pretty good. I know his younger brother too, he’s committed to Auburn. The kicking community is pretty tight I'd say. Florida is a good reason why I came here. because of the kickers here. Eddy Pineiro, he’s in the league with the Jets right now and McPherson.”
They may have been down somewhat overall the last two years, but Napier is making a renewed emphasis on special teams, including hiring an analyst with a unique job title.
On Friday, the day Smack arrived for his official visit, Florida announced Chris Couch as Gamechanger Coordinator.
“It was awesome, it was a great experience to meet him,” said Smack. “It's just the beginning. We've got to get to work.”
Smack said he was hosted over the weekend by walk-on quarterback Kyle Engel – who gave him the lowdown on the new coaching staff.
“He said he loved them,” Smack said of his talks with Engel about the staff. “They’re doing great things with the coaching staff. Getting to work soon. So, there's going to be a lot of changes.”
As for his own impression, Smack said that the new staff appears to be, 'More motivating.'