I heard from Gators on twitter that Will Muschamp didn't want Nick Waisome because he only wants corners over 6'0". I have a very difficult time believing this. Waisome isn't a big guy, but 5'10" isn't awful for a corner by any means. Corners over 6'0" don't grow on trees, and I realize that Saban hasn't taken a commitment from a corner under 5'11" in three years, but he did aggressively recruit Greg Reid (5'9") and Lamarcus Joyner (5'8"). Nick Waisome is only an inch shy of 5'11". That's Muschamp's prerogative, but I think he would be shutting the Gators out of a lot of quality talent in the state if these Gators are correct.
One thing that is not debatable, however, is the damage caused by Muschamp not having a staff ready to roll. Yes, it is a mistake to make a hurried decision and grab coaches you don't want just to save recruiting. I really like the Muschamp hire, but Muschamp should have had his staff ready to roll immediately. He didn't have it ready to roll because he didn't expect to be a head coach for at least another year. Many UF writers are now criticizing the decision not to hire a staff until after the bowl game, and recruits are absolutely stressing over this. I don't have any doubt that UF will again be an excellent program, but the difference in recruiting this time will prolong that process as FSU is distancing itself from UF with this class.
I also think Waisome opens up a door that was previously shut, in safety Hasean Clinton-Dix. He's an Alabama commit and is a personal project of Saban, but he is close with Waisome. Without Waisome, I don't think "HCD" would be a possibility.
I have also heard that "stars don't matter." That is completely incorrect. We have never trumpeted that line except in jest and never will. Stars do matter. They do. Incontrovertible proof exists over the last decade. An outlier doesn't disprove the results. We know that a five-star is three times as likely to be an All-American as a four-star, and about six times as likely to be an All-American as a three-star.
This class has really been a perfect storm of FSU's excellent recruiters putting in long, long hours in the Spring, developing relationships with these prospects, and then UF and Miami both making a coaching change. Imagine if FSU had not fixed its issue last year?
Georgia offered 2012 kicker Marshall Morgan from Archbishop McCarthy. Morgan is said to be the nation's top 2012 kicker, and he likes FSU. Interview with him forthcoming after the bowl game.
On a final note, if you post a fanpost consisting of "I just watched ESPN and they didn't mention the Waisome story", you will be banned for a day. We don't run ESPN, Scout, Rivals, or your local paper. Please stop wasting our time with conspiracy theories about ESPN's love for the Gators. When FSU is good, it gets plenty of coverage. To complain about ESPN, go here.