The Florida Gators are reportedly close to hiring West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider to the same position on their coaching staff.
It’s the day after National Signing Day, and now that recruiting classes are locked up, a few more coaching carousel dominos are beginning to fall.
Jim McElwain’s Gators had a big day on Wednesday, climbing up to No. 10 on the 2017 recruiting class rankings despite having two vacancies on their coaching staff. However, it appears one of them is set to be filled.
West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider is expected to be hired by Florida to the same position, as first reported by Gridiron Now.
If the deal goes through, Seider would be leaving his alma mater to take over for current Gators running backs coach Tim Skipper, who would be re-assigned to Florida’s linebackers now that Randy Shannon has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Shannon is replacing Geoff Collins, who took the head coaching job at Temple.
That leaves only one vacancy on McElwain’s staff, which was opened when former offensive line coach Mike Summers’ decided to return to Louisville.
Seider spent the past four seasons with the Mountaineers and quickly established himself as a respectable recruiter. He helped West Virginia land commitments from former 4-star prospects like Jovon Durante (WR), Tyrek Cole (CB) and Donte Thomas-Williams (RB). Both Durante and Cole are from Hollywood, Florida, which speaks to the positive reputation Seider has earned in the South Florida area.
Prior to returning to Morgantown, Seider served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall from 2010 to 2012.