It's thought in most recruiting circles that New Jersey defensive end Darius Hamilton is likely to stay home and play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. That would mean that the Florida Gators would finish second in his recruitment. And there's no prize for being second in a recruitment.
But Florida may have just caught a huge break. Multiple reports have Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano set to take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coaching job.
So the deal appears to be getting done soon, according to the report. The Bucs are getting a guy who has spent the last decade as the Rutgers head coach compiling a 68-67 record (and 5-1 in Bowl games). Prior to Rutgers, he was the Miami defensive coordinator and before that he spent three seasons on the Chicago Bears coaching staff.
Recruiting is all about relationships. And with just six days until signing day, this is going to be a disaster for Rutgers if the report is accurate. And Rutgers' biggest loss would be a huge gain for the Gators. If the report is inaccurate, look for Schaino to quickly deny it.