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Could job change for Ja’Juan Seider have adverse effect on Florida recruiting?

Ja'Juan Seider
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As Dan Mullen puts the finishing touches on his new staff at Florida, one staff adjustment has slipped under the radar – one that eventually might have a significant impact on recruiting.

Among the most notable changes: Ja’Juan Seider, the running backs coach under Jim McElwain, has been shifted to a different post to make way for Greg Knox. Knox was the running backs coach under Mullen at Mississippi State and served as the Bulldogs’ interim coach at the TaxSlayer Bowl on December 30 against Louisville.

Seider now is the tight ends coach; that job previously was held by Greg Nord, one of the assistants let go when Mullen took over the Gators.

Though the university has not publicly announced the realignment for Seider, it is happening. Seider even updated his Twitter bio (@coachseider), which now lists him as “Tight Ends coach at The University of Florida.”

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It’s not immediately clear what this means for Seider’s long-term prospects in Gainesville, but it might not necessarily be a good thing, considering that his entire coaching background to date has come with running backs at Florida, West Virginia and Marshall.

Seider, a native of Belle Glade, Fla., who was hired at Florida following the 2016 season from West Virginia, is regarded as an elite recruiter, particularly for south Florida prospects. That’s a valuable resource for the Gators, particularly since the other south Florida recruiting “specialists” on the staff are gone.

Should an opportunity to coach his preferred position at another school open up down the road, it seems plausible that Seider may consider moving on. If that happens, that would leave the Gators with a key void to fill in their recruiting efforts.

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