The Florida Gators are known for making noise on defense in recruiting under Will Muschamp's leadership, but with Treon Harris' flip to the Gators, the head coach did something Florida failed to do for much of last season—score big.
The recruiting pursuit of Harris in the sunshine state resulted in the most M. Night Shyamalan twist possible. After committing to Florida State last year, Harris visited and flirted with Miami leading into signing day.
When that day finally came, he ditched the Seminoles for another big-time Florida school.
Matt Porter of The Palm Beach Post reported the news this morning that it was the Gators, not the Seminoles or Hurricanes, that landed the 4-star dual-threat quarterback.
Harris is a huge get not only because of the aforementioned offensive woes by Florida last season, but because he—along with Will Grier—will supply competition at the quarterback position.
Expect that competition to fully be embraced by new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who was hired away from Duke.
Harris is an instant impact player, with a natural feel in the pocket and elusive ability to make something out of nothing. He has great accuracy even on the run and can extend plays outside of the pocket while still being efficient throwing down the field. In other words, he can provide that explosive nature Florida was lacking last season.
His stats certainly support the idea—Harris compiled 2,159 yards and 28 touchdowns to four interceptions his senior season, while also rushing for 575 yards.
While Florida State is perfectly fine with Jameis Winston returning and recruit J.J. Cosentino joining him, this will likely halt Jimbo Fisher's chances of landing that No. 2 class in the nation, while giving a huge boost to Florida for a possible Top Five finish.