Florida Gators Football: 4 Recruits Most Affected by Departure of Charlie Weis
After only one season, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is on his way out of Gainesville.
Weis will be announced as the new head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks Friday evening.
In addition to having a significant effect on the Florida Gators' offense, the recruiting world for Florida could also experience some change.
Recruits who have developed a relationship with Weis over the past year will have a lot of thinking to do when considering Florida as a possible destination.
And with the Gators looking at several top offensive prospects, it will be interesting to see how much of an impact Weis' departure will have on them.
Here are four of Florida's recruiting targets that will be most affected by Weis leaving for Kansas.
1. OT Jessamen Dunker
Jessamen Dunker was the Florida Gators' first offensive line commitment of the 2012 recruiting class.
Dunker, who has been committed since March 21, has been one of Florida's most solid commits.
Although he's been solid to Florida, Dunker seemed taken back when finding out about Weis' departure.
According to Inside the Gators, the Florida Gators affiliate for Rivals.com, Dunker's response was "Whoa! Is that true?"
With a major departure from Weis, even the most solid commits could still rethink their college decision. These prospects develop relationships with the coaches. So the main thing will be to see how the staff or future Gators' offensive coordinator can convince Dunker to remain with Florida.
Obviously, it's still very early in the process, but Dunker's commitment will be something the Gators need to lock up sooner rather than later.
2. ATH Nelson Agholor
Nelson Agholor's first response to Charlie Weis leaving Florida did not seem like a good one.
According to his Twitter, Agholor's thoughts on Florida could definitely be called into question, "Really don't know what to say."
Agholor has always been adamant about playing in Charlie Weis' offense as a wide receiver.
He was just the kind of wide receiver the Gators needed, and he would be a perfect fit for the pro-style offense.
Long considered to be the favorite of Agholor, Florida might have to play catch-up now that Weis has left Florida.
Agholor's visit this upcoming weekend has now been rumored to be postponed until the coaching staff can regain some stability.
3. WR Stefon Diggs
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is perhaps the most coveted recruiting target for the Gators in the 2012 recruiting class.
So far in Diggs' recruitment, things have gone great for Florida.
He loves the school, and has been down for Friday Night Lights back in the summer. His mom has made the trip down to Gainesville and loves the school.
The biggest thing here will be the other schools that are recruiting Diggs.
If they can capitalize on Florida's lack of an offensive coordinator, they could push Florida down Diggs' list.
However, it is very likely that Diggs will make an official visit sometime before National Signing Day, so his recruitment is far from over.
4. TE Kent Taylor
Kent Taylor, the nation's top-ranked tight end, has been committed to the Gators since October.
As a tight end, Taylor's potential in Charlie Weis' offense at Florida could be the highest of any recruit that Florida gets this season.
Taylor is a receiving tight end, and Weis' offense relies heavily on the production of tight ends.
Taylor's commitment to Florida could certainly come into question, though, because Weis personally recruited Taylor.
Whichever offensive coordinator the Gators hire might not rely on the tight end position as much.
Florida has already signed two tight ends this year, with the hopes of running more multiple-TE sets in the offense over the next several years.
It has yet to be determined what Taylor's response will be to Weis' departure, but out of all of Florida's commitments, Taylor's might be the most in flux as a result of Weis leaving.