2013 Football Recruiting: Vernon Hargreaves III Commits To Florida; Gators Add 5-Star Cornerback

Wharton (Tampa, FL) cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III made it official on Thursday when he committed to play college football for the Florida Gators. Hargreaves instantly becomes the Gators’ highest rated commit and boosts the overall ranking of the 2013 recruiting class. According to Rivals, Florida now comes in at fifth overall after making Hargreaves their first five-star commitment.

“I can officially say I am committed to THE University of Florida ! #GoGators CHOMP CHOMP” – Vernon Hargreaves III, 2013 Cornerback (via Twitter)

The recruiting services tend to agree on where to place Hargreaves and his elite level of talent. At the highest, he’s the nation’s No. 4 overall player (ESPN) and at the lowest he comes in at No. 15 (Scout). All four major services give him five stars.

Hargreaves is the type that has instant starter written all over him. Once he arrives in Gainesville permanently, Marcus Roberson will be entering his third year with the program and Brian Poole his second. While others such as Loucheiz Purifoy have made strides recently, Hargreaves will compete for playing time immediately. He’s of the instant impact type that recently included cornerbacks like Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins.

Hargreaves chose Florida over Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. Look for more on him in the form of a recruiting report coming soon.

Jaye Howard Drafted No. 114 Overall By Seattle Seahawks

113 picks went by in the 2012 NFL Draft before the Seattle Seahawks selected defensive lineman Jaye Howard with the 114th pick. Howard was the first Florida Gators player taken (if you don’t count Janoris Jenkins). With Chris Rainey being the only other Gator expected to be drafted, it could remain quiet for Florida fans.

A defensive tackle that also played some defensive end, Howard is a versatile lineman that could line up at any position and in any formation. He has the strength and power to play inside, but also the surprising speed to play outside. Howard has the ability to stop the run, but also rush the passer. He still has some development ahead of him, but given the right situation he could definitely become an every down lineman over time.

The Seahawks are this year’s proverbial winner as the first team to select a Florida Gator in the draft. Congrats to Howard and mythical trophies to Seattle have been dispersed.

Janoris Jenkins Drafted No. 39 Overall By St. Louis Rams

The Florida Gators have yet to technically have a player selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but the second round gave us a definite link. With the No. 39 overall selection, the St. Louis Rams selected former Gators and North Alabama Lions cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

It was difficult to predict exactly when Jenkins would be selected. He had top-10 talent and had he been able to remain at Florida for his senior season, there’s a good chance he would have been drafted that high. However, off-the-field issues caught up to Jenkins and Will Muschamp dismissed him before he ever played a down for the new head coach. Instead of finishing what was a great career on the field at Florida, Jenkins ended up at North Alabama with a chance to restore his image. Despite staying out of trouble, some teams flagged him or removed him from their draft boards entirely and that’s where the uncertainty came into play.

The first round came and went on Thursday night without Jenkins hearing his name called. It wouldn’t take long on Friday though. Jenkins only lasted a few picks before finding a home with the Rams. From a talent standpoint, Jenkins is a steal at No. 39, but those other issues raise questions. If all goes well, the Rams will be very happy with the former Gator and Lion. IF all goes well.

Florida Gators Defensive Backs – 2010 vs. 2011

The Bull Gator and I finish up the defense. To read past installments, click each position: quarterbacks, running backs and fullbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers.
2010: Ahmad Black – SR, Moses Jenkins – RJR, Will Hill – JR, Janoris Jenkins – JR, Jeremy Brown – RSO, Josh Evans – SO, Matt Elam – FR, Cody Riggs – FR, Josh Shaw – FR, Jaylen Watkins – FR
Preseason Rating: B
Postseason Rating: C
Although I believe that the potential was there for them to be an above-average group, when looking back on the defensive backfield for the Gators in 2010, I decided to give the unit an overall grade of C. But really you could look at this unit as a tale of two stories with one half of the unit being outstanding and the other half being downright pitiful.
First, let’s start with the good, namely safety Ahmad Black and cornerback Janoris Jenkins. To say that these two guys deserve a grade of A would be an understatement as to how good they really were. Black had the most tackles on the team (108), the most interceptions (5), the most forced fumbles (3) and the most fumble recoveries (2). He also had twice as many unassisted tackles (73) than all but one other Gator (Jelani Jenkins – 41). Not to mention the leadership that he provided both on the field and in the locker room truly was immeasurable.
In 2008, the Gators won the national championship thanks in part to a freshman CB who found his way into the starting lineup on day 1 of the season and never looked back. By doing so, Janoris Jenkins became just the second true freshman in school history to start at CB on opening day. The stats for Janoris in 2010 may not be that overwhelming: 44 tackles, 8 pass breakups, 3 interceptions and 1 sack, but his presence on the field made the entire defense better. Opposing quarterbacks were hesitant to go to his side of the field, and more often than not, when they did he was there to make a big play.
Then you have the other guys. The combination of Will Hill and Josh Evans at the other safety position left much to be desired. I could go on-and-on about just how disappointing of a season/career Hill had, but I think we have all been down that road before. And the revolving door of Moses Jenkins, Jeremy Brown and Cody Riggs at the cornerback position opposite of Janoris (for the most part) was, to be nice, less than stellar.
With that said, we did see glimpses of hope in 2010, including Brown, Riggs and Matt Elam showing that they have the potential to be stars for the Gators somewhere down the line, but for the most part, when one half of your defensive backfield fails to live up to the hype while the other half struggles to make up for their teammates’ mistakes, you know you are in for a rough year.
2011: Moses Jenkins – RSR, Jeremy Brown – RJR, Josh Evans – JR, Matt Elam – SO, Cody Riggs – SO, Jaylen Watkins – SO, Josh Shaw – RFR, Jabari Gorman – FR, Chris Johnson – FR, Loucheiz Purifoy – FR, Marcus Roberson – FR, De’Ante Saunders – FR, Valdez Showers – FR
Preseason Rating: C
If you would of told me a few months/years ago that starting in 2011, the defensive backfield of UF would be Janoris Jenkins, Will Hill, Matt Elam and a second cornerback of your choosing, I probably would have said, “sign me up!” Unfortunately that won’t be the case for two major reasons. First, Hill thought he was going to get drafted into the NFL. Well, he didn’t. But this actually might be a positive for the Gators given Hill’s lack of production on the field. And second, Jenkins really liked to smoke pot. I mean really liked to! Therefore, he will have to finish his college career in the beautiful city of Florence. No, not that Florence, but the one in northern Alabama.
So what are we left with? Well, if you ask me (which you didn’t), I say we are left with a group of guys who have yet to prove themselves on the collegiate level, but who have all the talent in the world to be great players.
At the safety position, Elam is the only guy at this point that I can say is definitely a starter. I think Elam will have a great season, but I am really basing that more on hearsay and hopes than on actual on-the-field production. The other safety position is up for grabs right now. Some think that it’s Evans’ spot to lose. Others believe that Josh Shaw or Jaylen Watkins may sneak up and take the position. And recently, there have been discussions of De’Ante “Pop” Saunders moving from cornerback to safety in order to lock down that spot. Unfortunately all of these guys have fairly limited (or no) playing time at the college level and therefore the second safety spot could be a significant point of weakness for the Gators’ defense in 2011.
As far as cornerback is concerned, I have been shouting from the rooftops one name these past couple of months and I’m not going to stop now: Marcus Roberson!!! Look for Roberson to join Joe Haden and the aforementioned Janoris Jenkins as freshmen starters at the cornerback position for the Gators. Roberson may struggle in the beginning, but he will be very good, very soon. The second CB position has the chance to be reminiscent of last year in which there are a couple of guys rotating in and out at that position. Guys like Brown, Riggs, Moses Jenkins and freshman Loucheiz Puriofy all have a chance to play at that spot and could be called on periodically throughout the season to step up.
To grade the defensive backfield going into this season is almost impossible to do. There are too many variables, too many open spots still, and too many guys with talent but no experience. I truly think that we could look back a few months from now and easily give this unit an A and just as easily give this unit a F. But with the former defensive back Will Muschamp at the helm teaching these guys on a day-in and day-out basis, I think we might all be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

OEO: Florida Gators Arrests, Lerentee McCray The "Adult," And The Starting Running Back

One Eyed Observations of the Florida Gators. TBG asking; OEW answering.
The Bull Gator: Seriously? The Gators still have a problem with arrests?
One Eyed Willy: We all know the statistics by now: under Urban Meyer’s leadership, there were 30 (or so) arrests of Florida players for one reason or another. Rival fans had a field day with that stat and would point to it to show Meyer’s lack of discipline and a thug-like mentality of our football team. Even UF fans realized that this number seemed rather high and many believed the Gators had unfortunately taken a win-at-all-costs approach to the game.
With the hiring of Will Muschamp, most believed that he would turn the program around and no longer allow these types of situations to occur – at least not on such a regular basis. So, how has Muschamp done in his first eight months on the job? Well, maybe not as well as one would initially think:
Janoris Jenkins – Arrested in January 2011 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana; arrested again in April 2011 for misdemeanor possession of Mary Jane; dismissed from team shortly thereafter.
De’Ante “Pop” Saunders – Arrested in May 2011 for misdemeanor possession of the sticky-icky; punishment unknown at this time.
Chris Martin – Arrested in June 2011 for misdemeanor possession of the herb; transferred from team shortly thereafter.
Kedric Johnson – Arrested in June 2011 for misdemeanor possession of the wacky tabacky; punishment unknown at this time.
Matt Elam – Arrested in July 2011 for misdemeanor possession of cannabis; no wait…he wasn’t arrested for that? My bad. Arrested in July 2011 for possession of alcohol by a minor (for the second year in a row); punishment unknown at this time.
Let me first say that I was no choir boy when I was at the University of Florida. But I was smart. I didn’t do stuff in public that I wasn’t supposed to do. If I was drinking underage, I tried to hide it the best I could and certainly never drove afterwards. If I was taking part in Mother Nature’s medicine for glaucoma, I would only do so in the confines of my fraternity house and/or home. That doesn’t make what I did right, but it does make me like 95% of the people who attended the University of Florida.
So I am not going to sit here and bash these guys for smoking a little ganja or drinking while underage. But what I am going to bash them for being ignorant enough to do it in a place where they could easily be caught. They have to realize that they are under a microscope. Gone are the days when players could get away with anything and only have to run some stadium steps as punishment. In today’s world, the public knows EVERYTHING. Mess up and we will certainly find out. So go ahead and be kids, have fun in college and do the things that all of us did at one time or another. Just be smart about it!
TBG: In an interview, Lerentee McCray said one difference between Muschamp and Meyer was that Muschamp treated the players like adults. Thoughts?
OEW: WHACK! That sound you just heard was Lerentee McCray slapping Coach Meyer across the cheek and then pointing at him like the guy hanging out of the helicopter points at the dude trapped under the rock in that Wheat Thins commercial. (Side note: In writing this response, I went to YouTube to watch that commercial and someone wrote the following three comments: 1. If you have a dog named Lucky then you’re ironically screwed anyway; 2. Ginger people can’t hike; 3. People that hang from helicopters are jerks. No truer statements have ever been written in the history of mankind.)
But I digress. I think first you have to realize that McCray is probably a little bit bitter (or maybe sour) about the Meyer-led regime considering he did not get a ton of significant playing time over the last three years. But he is also probably stating a fact in that it seemed to me like Coach Meyer wanted to be friends with the players BEFORE he wanted to be their coach – especially over the last few seasons. I am all for coaches becoming friendly with their players, but that cannot come at the expensive of the players knowing that the coach’s #1 job is to teach them how to be better football players and to put the best product on the field. It seems to me like somewhere along the way, Coach Meyer may have forgotten this a little bit and tried to be friends with all the players rather than more of a father-like figure.
TBG: We play a game every year where we guess who the running back on the field for the first snap of the season will be. It’s not always who you might think it would be. Who it is this season and why?
OEW: Given the new offense we are running this year, I think one of two things can happen on the first play against that stingy FAU defense. (Actually about a million things can happen on the first play, but I am so smart I have limited it down to only two distinct possibilities.) First, we could have John Brantley line up under center and hand it off to one of the running backs and show the world that we are a running team first. Or second, we could have Brantley line up under center, fake the run, and throw it deep to show that we have confidence in our quarterback.
Either way, I think you will see one of the senior running backs line up in the backfield this year on the first play. Out of the two – Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps – my money is on Rainey being the “starter” at the tailback position. I think Rainey will be rewarded for what everyone is calling a terrific offseason and because he has been learning the offense nonstop for the past eight months while Demps has been focused on his duties with Florida’s track and field team.
As you and I both know TBG, being the “starter” in college football really means nothing. I think it was you who pointed out that last year Brantley actually started at wide receiver in one game. But what does mean something is a big fat Newberry bar-b-que sandweeech (spelled like it’s pronounced!). And since that is the going wager that we have year-after-year on this bet, I take this very seriously. So therefore, I have officially made my selection of Chris Rainey for the 2011 season! And hopefully when I win this year (again) you losers will actually pay up for once!

Former Florida WR Chris Dunkley Transfers to USF

Former Florida wide receiver Chris Dunkley has landed, and it was not that far from his original destination. Dunkley left the Gators earlier this spring after speculation regarding grades and him finding himself in the doghouse. Almost immediately after announcing his intention to transfer, rumors about the receiver to USF began to surface. Those rumors would prove true in the end and Dunkley is now a member of the Bulls football team.

For Florida, Dunkley completed what we can now refer to as the Pahokee Three. It all started with Janoris Jenkins in 2008. Jenkins came to the Gators as one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. He would prove to be as much at the college level as well. A starter for three seasons, Jenkins was a member of back-to-back 13-1 Florida teams. Shocking to all, the talented defender decided to return to the Gators for his senior season instead of bolting early for the NFL. That decision is even more questionable now considering Jenkins’s arrests and subsequent dismissal from the program.
Next up was Nu’Keese Richardson. A year behind Jenkins, Richardson initially committed to the Gators only to spurn Florida for Tennessee. Let us all agree that the Gators dodged a bullet on this one. Richardson was said to have not been able to qualify academically at Florida as it is, but that was not the trouble. The trouble came when he was arrested for attempted armed robbery. So the Vols came and the Vols went for Richardson and he moved on to Hampton. That did not last long as Richardson left the program last summer. He spent the 2010 season at Coffeyville Community College. Expected to resurface at a FBS school for the upcoming season (USF was mentioned), Richardson now appears headed to Delta State.
And finally, we get to Dunkley. It is unfair to lump Dunkley in with the other two. His career path could prove to very different and we should hope it does. But there are two key connections: Florida football and Pahokee High School. In 2010, for the third straight year, a Pahokee player appeared on the Gators commitment list at one time or another. For the second time, that player signed to play at Florida. After redshirting his freshman year, Dunkley was expected to get a shot as was practically anyone listed at the wide receiver position, but his chances took a serious hit when he was suspended by new head coach Will Muschamp. Dunkley only participated in parts of spring practice and the suspension was believed to be related to academics.
So that leaves Florida with one great player who’s Gator career ended in a disgraceful fashion, one who never made it to Gainesville, and one who will never see the field in orange and blue. But of them all, Dunkley has the best chance to resurrect his college career and he will be doing it only a couple of hours from Florida.
The move to USF is a good one for Dunkley. He will sit out the 2011 season and then be eligible to play for the Bulls in 2012. With three years of eligibility left at that point, there is plenty of time for Dunkley to put together a nice, productive college career. Working with Skip Holtz at a school still in his home state should be good for the talented wide receiver. The pressure of competing at Florida is a different animal than it is at USF. For Dunkley, that is a good thing and might just prove to be the perfect fit.

One Eyed Observations: Janoris Jenkins, Wide Receivers, and Matt McCall

One Eyed Willy is back answering some questions regarding the biggest Florida happenings of the moment.

The Bull Gator: Janoris Jenkins has been dismissed.  Right decision made by Will Muschamp?  Is he making a statement?
One Eyed Willy: There are conflicting stories as to how the whole Janoris Jenkins dismissal took place.  If you believe some of the Gator “insiders,” it is believed that Janoris was offered an opportunity to come back to UF after serving a lengthy suspension (upwards of 6 games) and seeking treatment for his drug problem.  The story goes that Janoris didn’t like this offer, tried to negotiate with Muschamp, and was told that this was not a negotiation and they decided to “mutually” part ways.  Then there is Jenkins’s version which says that Muschamp basically told him to hit the road as soon as the meeting started.
I am not sure which to believe, and I am not sure that it even matters.  In my opinion, Muschamp had to (and certainly did) make a statement with this decision and I personally believe it’s the right one.  Over the last five years, we as Gator fans have woken up countless times only to open the paper or turn on the computer to see that another UF football player is in some sort of legal trouble.  And as much as I want to win on the field, at some point enough has to be enough.
It seems to me that fans think that you have to have one or the other – a successful football team with character issues or a bunch of choir boys who can’t win on the field.  Maybe Muschamp has the same beliefs that I do – that maybe just maybe you can have a high-quality team filled with high-quality players.  Sure you are always going to have a problem here and there, but at some point we have to just stop the proverbial bleeding and maybe Muschamp has finally done that.
TBG: Florida lost two wide receivers to transfer last week, leaving the position thin in terms of scholarship numbers.  Who steps up?  Who is the most important to the offense’s success?  How critical has recruiting WRs become?
OEW:  You are absolutely right TBG, the WR position at Florida right now is shockingly thin and several unheralded players will need to step up if the offense wants to have a successful passing game this upcoming season.
By my count, the nine true WRs currently on scholarship are Andre Debose, Deonte Thompson, Robert Clark, Omarius Hines, Solomon Patton, Quinton Dunbar, Frankie Hammond Jr., Stephen Alli, and Ja’Juan Story.  A quick look at this list and I think it would be easy to say that Debose and Thompson need to step it up and have big 2011 seasons.  Unfortunately, I have personally lost a good deal of hope in both of these players.  Up until last year I was one of the strongest defenders of Deonte, but his 2010 season yet again showed me just how awful of a pass-catching WR he really is.  You cannot teach a person to catch the football at this level.  He either can or he can’t and Deonte clearly can’t.  As for Debose, between his injuries and his apparent inability to learn the playbook, I am really doubting the chances of seeing #4 play a meaningful role in the upcoming season.  Hines and Hammond Jr. definitely showed signs last year that the can be quality WRs and I expect a lot of balls to be thrown their way again this season.  But the two guys that I think must really step up are Dunbar and Alli.  Dunbar showed throughout spring practice and the O&B game that he has the ability to stretch the field.  That is a characteristic we could certainly use going forward.  And Alli is just a big target that can be used in the 5- to 15-yard range.  At 6’5″ and 220 lbs, any QB (well except maybe John Brantley) should have no problem picking him out of a crowd and delivering a ball where only he can get it.
Finally, although the question asks about WRs, I think we will rely heavily on our TEs (Jordan Reed, A.C. Leonard, and maybe even Josh Postell) to take some pressure off this depleted WR corp.
In terms of recruiting, behind offensive lineman, I think that recruiting numerous quality WRs has to be of the utmost priority to Muschamp and the entire coaching staff.
TBG: Matt McCall, good choice?  Is the new Billy Donovan staff one fans should be happy about?
OEW: I am not going to sit here and lie and tell you that I know a lot about Matt McCall because honestly I don’t.  What I can tell you is that McCall possess two qualities that I love to see in an assistant coach – he is young and he has UF roots.  Kind of like when Aubrey Hill was hired as the WR coach for the Gator football team, I like seeing guys who either played or started their coaching careers in Gainesville come back at a later time.  I think these types of coaches have a much deeper passion for the Gators than other assistant coaches and that passion exudes both on the recruiting trail and on the court in this case.
Add the McCall pickup to the pickups of John Pelphrey and Norm Roberts and I think Billy D. got himself one hell of a coaching staff.  It can’t be easy to lose all of your assistant coaches within weeks of the season ending, but dare I say that on paper this coaching staff is even more impressive than the previous one.  I do dare say!  Pelphrey was a phenomenal assistant coach with the Gators in his past life, did a great job at South Alabama as a head coach, and although it didn’t last long, he didn’t do an awful job at Arkansas either.  Plus he once again has orange and blue blood and is very close friends with Billy D. which certainly helps.  Roberts brings you that head coaching experience and overall basketball knowledge that you need on your team.  Roberts will be the old man of the group that the other coaches and players can look to for wisdom about the game and certain in-game situations.  He also has great ties to the Northeast which is a hotbed for basketball talent.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the coaches that Billy D. has brought in and hopefully it will pay off come next basketball season and next March!

Janoris Jenkins Dismissed from the Florida Football Program

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins is no longer a Gator.  After meeting with new head coach Will Muschamp earlier today, Jenkins was dismissed from the program.  His dismissal comes only a few days after his latest arrest for marijuana possession.  While some speculated it could come to this, I’m not sure many believed it actually would.

Jenkins shocked many when he decided to return for a final season which he will now not be a part of.  Many slated him to be taken somewhere in the first few rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, so to come back to Florida was a surprise – a surprise many considered Muschamp’s best recruiting effort of the offseason.
Things started to get shaky when Jenkins was arrested, but the issue was dealt with internally.  When he was arrested again this past weekend, Muschamp had to make a tough decision – suspend the soon-to-be senior for a game or two, or dismiss him from the team entirely.  Muschamp’s choice would go a long way in showing his players exactly what type of program he planned on running.
In the end, Muschamp made the tough choice by dismissing Jenkins completely.  The tough, but perhaps correct choice.  Known for arrests under Urban Meyer, Florida needed to head in another direction.  Regardless of what you think of the law Jenkins broke, he still broke it…multiple times.  Muschamp had to make the tough choice with Jenkins and set the standard for what he expects out of his players.
As a fan of Gator football, it’s hard to not be disappointed.  Jenkins was extremely talented and would have been relied on to make big plays and be a leader during his senior season.  But this is probably the end result that was needed.  It was time for the football program to move on without him perhaps even if the experience of the secondary is now reminiscent of what it was heading into the 2007 season.  Jenkins’s dismissal is a tough pill to swallow, but should give Muschamp a few more points from fans and critics alike.

Janoris Jenkins and Now Kedric Johnson and Chris Martin

Janoris Jenkins was arrested for marijuana possession and we found out only a few hours later.  Kedric Johnson and Chris Martin were arrested for marijuana possession and it was months before the stories came out.  Johnson and Martin were arrested in separate incidents in January, but until now, we were in the dark about each.  Now we know, unfortunately.

During the Urban Meyer era, Florida was as much of a laughingstock as it was a disgrace for the number of arrests that piled up.  When Will Muschamp was named the new Gators’ head coach, fans hoped it meant a cleaner program.  So far, so…um.
With Jenkins you have a situation that isn’t strike one, or strike two, but might just be strike three.  No one knows what will happen to the star cornerback, but there are plenty of opinions out there.  With Johnson and Martin, two younger players with potential find themselves in trouble.  Martin was expected to provide depth at one of the most intriguing positions within the new defense – the “buck” shared with Ronald Powell.
Johnson and Martin will probably avoid suspension or miss a game at most.  For them, this is strike one.  They found trouble and (hopefully) learned from it.  If this is the last time we hear either name mentioned in a story such as this, then maybe it was a one-time mistake.  But then you have Jenkins and you see how easily one can become two can become three.
There’s not a Florida fan out there that enjoys the arrests.  There’s no one who doesn’t want to see them end.  Muschamp has been put in a difficult position right out of the gate, but one he can correct almost immediately.  Policy may have been lax is the past.  That must stop.  As a fan of the football team, I don’t want to see players miss opportunities to play.  As a fan of the university, I don’t want the reputation the program has developed.  Johnson and Martin should miss a game, Jenkins possibly more.
We’ve all done stupid things and if you’re anything like me many of those things came during your college years.  But many of us were also punished or had to live with the consequences of our choices.  These players are not beyond repair.  They aren’t broken.  They need to deal with whatever punishment comes to them, learn from their mistakes, and not let it happen again.  These kids came to Florida to play football and get an education.  Situations like these inhibit their ability to do both.

Florida’s Janoris Jenkins Arrested

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been arrested again for marijuana possession. Jenkins was arrested early Saturday morning for the third time (second involving marijuana). According to reports, Jenkins was spotted sitting in his car, but left the car when a police officer approached. It was then that the officer noticed the marijuana.
Jenkins is proving to be quite the legal problem for the Gators since announcing his intent to return to Florida for his senior season. He has now been arrested twice since that announcement, giving new head coach Will Muschamp more work than he hoped for. Getting a senior leader, Muschamp now has a player with multiple legal issues.
Jenkins is an extremely talented defensive back and had a chance to be drafted in one of the first couple of rounds in the 2011 NFL Draft has he decided to leave school early. Now his future appears to be in doubt. Jenkins still has talent and will get a shot at the NFL someday, but just when will that day come? And will he get another chance to suit up for the Gators? A likely suspension is coming, but some speculate he might be gone from Florida entirely.
The star cornerback is clearly becoming one of those players that shouldn’t be allowed to leave his bedroom, but for class and football-related activities.