UF recruiting gets a boost

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With all the controversy surrounding the NCAA's decision to allow Ohio State's new coach Urban Meyer to go out and recruit while interim head coach Luke Fickell prepares for the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Florida found itself in its own predicament.

When Charlie Weis left to take the Kansas head coaching job, Florida not only lost its offensive coordinator, but also lost a valuable recruiter.

The Gators are getting help, though.

Florida Director of Community and Player Relations Terry Jackson has taken and passed the NCAA recruiting test and can now begin helping Florida on the recruiting front.

The only problem for Jackson is that recruiting is in a dead period from now until Jan. 3, which means the staff may have contact with recruits who have been admitted for mid-year enrollment, and contact with other recruits is limited to one phone call per week until the dead period is over.

Weis was a big name for the Gators and helped recruit some of Florida's bigger prospects such as Nelson Agholor and Stefon Diggs, but with the addition of Jackson, some of those recruiting targets could be reassigned.

Jackson played running back for Florida from 1995-1998 and was with the San Fransisco 49ers from 1999-2005.