Jeff Driskel in wait-and-see mode
Nation's top QB heard the talk about Charlie Weis joining UF, but nothing's official
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The buzz about Florida courting Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis did get to Oviedo (Fla.) Hagerty Jeff Driskel, the nation's top-ranked quarterback, but he's not ready to talk about it just yet.
"Oh yeah, I've heard about it," Driskel said. "But right now it's just a rumor and I don't really feel comfortable commenting on it."
ESPN's Chris Mortensen broke the news about Weis coming to Gainesville early Friday afternoon. The former Notre Dame coach has been one of the most successful offensive coordinators in football. He was part of three Super Bowl-winning staffs in New England between 2001 and 2004. Currently the playoff-bound Chiefs have the ninth-ranked offense in the nation.
Driskel said that the rumor about Weis confirms everything that new Gators coach Will Muschamp said about hiring his staff.
"Coach Muschamp said he was going to get the best coaches on the staff," Driskel said. "Coaches that have both NFL and college experience. This shows that he is serious about his plan."
Muschamp revealed that he was targeting an offensive coordinator who can install a pro-style offense in Gainesville with the hopes of recruiting more feature running backs and natural wide receivers.
Although Weis' teams at Notre Dame struggled on the field during the last few years of his tenure, his offenses were generally high-regarded as was his work with quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen. Quinn was a first round draft choice in the 2007 NFL draft and Clausen was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
While Driskel wasn't talking about coaching changes he was excited to begin Under Armour All-America Game practices with the red team Saturday morning.
"Obviously there are a ton of great players here that I'm privileged to be one of," Driskel said. "I definitely look forward to working with the guys on the offensive line. I see a lot of those guys at the camps but usually they get pulled off into a different direction. I'm excited to finally be able to work with them and have the entire offense together."
Driskel has already sent his papers into Florida and will enroll on January 7th.
Dismukes ready to get dirty
Auburn commit Reese Dismukes (Spanish Fort, Ala./Spanish Fort) is one of the more entertaining players involved in this year's Under Armour game. The red team's center says he's looking forward to a few days worth of physical battles.
"There's nothing more exciting to me than getting in the trenches and grinding," Dismukes said. "We're going to be getting after it a little bit this week."
For the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder, this will be his final event before heading to Auburn next week and he is hoping for a lot of work in Wednesday's game.
"You know they could spread it out and run the ball in between the tackles 40 or 50 times and I'll be pretty happy," Dismukes said. "That's the type of offense we ran at high school and we won a state championship."
He says the layoff should have everyone ready to work.
"Everyone's been off for a few weeks now even if you went deep in your state's playoffs," Dismukes said. "So there shouldn't be any excuses. I know I've been training and hitting the weights."
Dismukes committed to Auburn in April and says his year of following the Tigers on their road to the BCS Championship game has been an enjoyable ride.
"I've been to every game but the LSU game and Chattanooga and each time its amazing," Dismukes said. "You get those chills from your head to your toes right before that game begins and it's the greatest place in the world. It's such a great feeling to be at Auburn and around the great fans and people in the community. Everyone is always smiling and I feel like I fit it there."
Dismukes says he feels good about his pass blocking and his footwork. He'll be focused on getting stronger and working on some of his techniques and staying on his blocks.
"I'm going to do whatever I have to so I can contribute to one of the best offensive lines in the nation," Dismukes said. "It's going to be tough but that's the way I like it. There's nothing about the SEC that's easy. Sometimes you get them and they are going to get you a couple of times because everyone in this conference is good."
As the players began to file into Orlando last night they quickly congregated in the players lounge. FSU commits Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community) and Trey Pettis (Deland, Fla./Deland) were on the couch watching the Seminoles defeat South Carolina in the Chick Fil-A Bowl.
The competitive juices were flowing at one of the several XBOX 360 stations where Ryan Shazier (Plantation, Fla./Plantation) and Anthony Chickillo (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) were in a heated game of EA Sports' NCAA Football 2011.
Chickillo, using the Miami Hurricanes, scored a touchdown in the final five seconds to defeat Shazier, using the Ohio State Buckeyes, 24-21.
"He got me but I'll get him back later," Shazier added.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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