Recruits: Urban Meyer’s resignation at Florida ‘a big problem’ (UPDATED)

DE Ray Drew, a 5-star prospect from Thomasville who was considering Florida, was shocked to learn of Urban Meyer's resignation. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

DE Ray Drew, a 5-star prospect from Thomasville who was considering Florida, was shocked to learn of Urban Meyer's resignation. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

The news hit Ray Drew like tiles falling from the ceiling of his Literature class Wednesday afternoon at Thomas County Central High School.

Urban Meyer stepped down at Florida? Again?

“That’s just shocking. Wow,” exclaimed the AJC Super 11 defensive end, a 5-star prospect who had the Gators among his finalists. “I never would have thought that. After he came back after that last time I was assuming he’d he there for a while. I don’t know what to think or what to do.”

Drew, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound high school All-American who has fielded as many as 50 scholarship offers, included Florida in the six finalists he named late last month. The others were Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Tennessee.

Obviously, Drew is still trying to process this development. But suffice it to say that it does not help the Gators cause.

“I’m somewhat disappointed that it happened this late in the process,” said Drew, who is taking his official visit to UGA this weekend. “I’m not going to say it X’s them out but that’s a problem. That’s a big problem.”

It doesn’t appear Meyer’s resignation will have a profound effect on local recruiting. Like Drew, AJC Super 11 players Damian Swann (CB, Grady) and Jay Rome (TE, Valdosta) and Valdosta defensive back Malcolm Mitchell were also considering Florida.

“I had kind of dropped them from my top schools anyway, so it really doesn’t effect me,” said Rome, who is also making an official visit to Georgia this weekend. “I wasn’t planning on taking an official there or anything. But I was surprised to hear about it.”

As for the Gators’ 17 commitments for the 2011 class, for the first time in a while none came from the state of Georgia. However, a few of Florida’s pledges at one time were considering local teams. Linebacker Clay Burton of Venice, Fla., was seriously considering Georgia Tech. Defensive back Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla.), WR JaJuan Story (Brooksville, Fla.) and RB Mike Blakely (Bradenton, Fla.) all were heavily recruited by Georgia and considering the Bulldogs. According to a report by 247Sports.com, UGA coaches were in to see Story on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Gators, always a major player on the national recruiting scene, were actively recruiting several of the best prospects in the country. In addition to Drew, other five-star rated recruits on Florida’s radar include LB Stephone Anthony, QB Teddy Bridgewater, TE Nick O’Leary and LB Tony Steward.

During his resignation press conference Wednesday evening, Meyer said he is scrambling to help maintain the Gators’ recruiting momentum.

“I talked to a handful of [recruits] already and I’ll talk to a bunch of them tonight and tomorrow,” he told reporters in Gainesville. “Florida is Florida. Florida will always be Florida. Even last year with the other issue we put together a great class. There are great coaches here and I’m sure the new coaching staff will be fantastic. We’ve just got to get moving. Timing’s of the essence.”

News this big this late in the recruiting process undoubtedly will have a domino effect throughout the South. So stay tuned for more developments.

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College Recruiting By Chip Towers

221 comments Add your comment

Jon Kontract

December 8th, 2010
3:15 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

December 8th, 2010
3:15 pm

Hope this doesn’ do anything but help Georgia’s recruiting efforts!

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:20 pm

Welcome to Dawg Nation Ray Drew!!!!

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:20 pm

(((((42-34)))))
(((((73-72)))))

DAWGS RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Get em

December 8th, 2010
3:21 pm

This only means one thing for UGA, a great recruiting class. If I recall correctly, we saved space from last year and now we can go after a lot of great players. The only real SEC competition is Bama and they only have so many spots.

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:21 pm

Any coincidence that there is an opening for Head Coach at Tim Tebow’s NFL team right now??

hmmmmmmmmmmmm………….

Roaddawg80

December 8th, 2010
3:22 pm

Dan Mullen left, Charlie Strong left. Not just a coincendent his team struggled this year. I said it before, that his offense would not work in the SEC without Tim TeBLOW

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

December 8th, 2010
3:25 pm

Drew, just say “NO” to the ugly mutts, you cannot go wrong with any of the other choices!

Dawwgrl

December 8th, 2010
3:25 pm

Hope this helps the Dawgs with recruiting – let’s GATA on the UF commits we want!

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:26 pm

oh, the jealousy and bitterness of the Nerds.

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robert Hall of Georgia Tech

December 8th, 2010
3:27 pm

Tell him to come to Georgia Tech, where I can teach him to beat the tar out of a woman.

He have any sisters, or a mama he want to bring wit him?

mmmm.. beatin a woman sounds kinda good right now.

Hankie Aron

December 8th, 2010
3:27 pm

Danny Boy=Disheartened UF fan. O Danny Boy, I”ll buy you a Tebow jersey so you can cry in it.

Hankie Aron

December 8th, 2010
3:28 pm

Same for you Clark County and UGAG

Dale Thomas

December 8th, 2010
3:30 pm

Whatever Man. We got enough DE’s we do not need him.

RRTDawgs

December 8th, 2010
3:31 pm

Ray Drew will be a dawg we will get some competition from LSU and Auburn but Richt has recruiting him hard Mitchell is looking a lot better to because looked like he had the Gators high but that is out the window hope we her from Lowndes25 on this story go dawgs .

Pepper Rogers

December 8th, 2010
3:33 pm

Come on Danny you can do better than that.

Vince in Athens

December 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

Dear Santa,

Just wanted to revise my wish list for this year.

1) Win against UF
2) Somehow have a chance to run Steve Spurrier over with my car
3) Get a big time RB at UGA
4) New OC at UGA

We can now cross of item #1. Now in its place possibly add winning Mega Millions winning numbers? (how about maybe this time we get numbers that belong to an upcoming lottery drawing!)

t

December 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

How many times is he going to retire?

DOGGONEIT

December 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2010/12/urban-meyer-stepping-down-after-six-season-as-florida-coach/1?loc=interstitialskip

This is the reason Florida is always in the title hunt. There coach has enough class to say Ok, Im not on the world class level any more but I care more about Florida than a pay check. Let me step aside to Florida can compete on a world class level..

YOUR TURN MARK RICHT

Gay Dawg

December 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

Come on Ray Drew….don’t go to Auburn!

Gator Man

December 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

It dont matter who is the coach, Gators still are going to beat Georgia.
Son, dont go to a program that has not played for a title in 30 year.

thomas

December 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

Methinks Mr. Spurrier will be getting a phone call. http://www.upglad.com

sunny purdue

December 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

“Defensive back Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla.), WR JaJuan Story (Brooksville, Fla.) and RB Mike Blakely (Bradenton, Fla.) all were heavily recruited by Georgia and considering the Bulldogs.”

This is pure nonsense – dream on

hornblowermg

December 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

see you later, alligators. a little adversity and that turkey/whiney-gator folds its tent for real.

the truth hurts

December 8th, 2010
3:36 pm

Clay Burton could help the Jackets. LB is a definite need for them.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 8th, 2010
3:36 pm

Way to go PJ! You had the chance to send Richt packing, and all you had to do is beat a 5 loss team and a 6 loss team. Now he has a clear path to right the ship with Urban gone

Thanks again Coach Johnson!

boner_in_sweatpants

December 8th, 2010
3:36 pm

Ugag stinks!!! I hate them cuz they beat us in the basketball games and the footbal games. RATS!! Their players get in trouble with policemen haahhhehehahahh!

jarvis

December 8th, 2010
3:37 pm

That thud you just heard was the sound of every offensive recruit Mississippi State had decommitting.

Texas Pete

December 8th, 2010
3:39 pm

Vince in Athens,

How does this news take #1 off your list? Ron Zook anyone?

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:39 pm

Richt….. your path was just opened for you.

Dawggie

December 8th, 2010
3:40 pm

Suprising move here. Really must be personal. Interesting to see how the off season plays out. With AU facing NCAA sanctions, UF Meyer quits again and over at Alabama, everyone has got to waiting for Saban to move to greener pastures like he has ALWAYS done in the past.

TigerinATL

December 8th, 2010
3:40 pm

Come to LSU if you want to be part of a winning program. UGA and Tech have become second class citizens in their respective conferences. GEAUX TIGERS!!!

jarvis

December 8th, 2010
3:40 pm

Spurrier? Bleh?
It’s not 1995, and Florida doesn’t have a big horse to carry the entire team. The Fun and Gun is nothing more than riding Lattimore’s back these days.

Florida will get Mullen.

gdawginkalamazoo

December 8th, 2010
3:40 pm

Hey Drew come to UGA where stability is a given. At least through the 2011 season.

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

Hey Tech fans…..

talk about petty arrests all you want….

What’s the dead body count, or the students being robbed count down in Atlanta this week??

(((((42-34)))))
(((((72-34)))))
WE.OWN.YOU.

doesn't matter

December 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

no worries, florida will still own georgia.

Justin

December 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

I see Jackets on your jersey. Why don’t you stick with that and come to tech and play under a nfl coach.

Gatorhater

December 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

Liar, cheater, whiner, crybaby and quitter. Pretty much sums up the Urban Meyer legacy.
He’ll claim it is his health or his family. We all know he’ll be back in coaching in a year or two, if not sooner. Denver Broncos???? He got lucky with Tim Tebow and a year in Utah when they played no one. Good Riddance.

Big L

December 8th, 2010
3:42 pm

Yet more reassurance that Richt is a better coach than Meyer. Dependability and the ability to deal with adversity,( say a sub par season) just shows that crier will bounce when it gets tough.

Richt gone in 2011

December 8th, 2010
3:42 pm

Any recruit looking at uga and the downward spiral there is nuts.

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

I woudl be surprised if Mullen leave s Miss St.

He has truly bought into that program, as they have bought into him. He enjoys it there.

Gators will land nobody better than Wannstedt, or maybe they can pull North Carolina State’s coach out of Raleigh.

Florida is not what it was in the 90’s and mid 2000’s people. Programshave success in waves, and their wave has crested for a while.

doesn't matter

December 8th, 2010
3:44 pm

Enter your comments here

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

December 8th, 2010
3:44 pm

FULL COURT PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!! BALLS TO THE WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

George W

December 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

Look out Denver….Here comes Meyer.

Tom

December 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

@Go Get Em….Are you joking? Auburn and LSU always pull in good classes too. With Auburn’s spot in the NT game this year they will def probably get this kid.

boots

December 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

Wow, I don’t think anyone saw this coming. It either means the health issues have surfaced again or the NFL has come calling. I doubt the latter since the Gators sucked this year, and Meyer is not mentioned as a serious NFL coach. Although I hate the Gators with a passion, I hope the guy is doing ok health-wise. Now, as for those recruits… Go Dawgs!

2 national titles

December 8th, 2010
3:46 pm

how many does richt have dummies.

fan

December 8th, 2010
3:46 pm

hey hershel talker this is aimed at you, you still think we should fire Richt and get into a fight with Fla to sign the next best guy???? yeah great idea you moron. as much as i love UGA, Fla is prob a better job. some uga fans really dont know what they are talking about. For what CMR did for our program, I think he deserves to finish his career at UGA. He’s won before, he’ll do it again. have patience TRUE UGA fans. GO DAWGS!!!

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
3:46 pm

THe biggest benneficiary of this will be Florida State, about to rack up on state of Florida recruits, with no coach at all at Florida or Miami.

UGA will bennefit with any state of Georgia recruits on the fence.

Georgia Tech, will stil land nobody.

George W

December 8th, 2010
3:47 pm

2 national titles……dude georgia State could have won national titles with Tebow! haha