As a Penn Stater who closely follows each college football recruiting cycle, a handful of struggling programs make themselves enemies of the state. The criteria is simple, I don't allow programs with less recent success or an inferior brand out recruit PSU. For the 23/24 season, the likes of Florida, Miami, and Michigan State received the tag. With this comes my unwavering prayers wishing for each program's downfall. It's safe to say that I am the most influential man in sports. The Spartans imploded spectacularly as the mantra "Tucks Comin" was taken a little too literally by the fired head coach. The hot start of the Hurricanes fizzled out, headlined by a Cristobal coaching special to fall to Georgia Tech as the clock expired. Florida met expectations this year as they just missed their 5.5-win total, going 5-7 and ending on a 5-game losing streak.
In mid-June, Billy Napier and Co. were red hot on the recruiting trail. They had secured a consensus top-5 class with featured commitments from a duo of 5 Stars, QB DJ Lagway and LB LJ McCray. Napier's first mistake was earning the pledge of EDGE Jamonta Waller from Mississippi and DT Amaris Williams from North Carolina. Both prospects were considered PSU leans prior to their OV to Gainesville, where they ultimately committed to the program.
Gators fans thought they had escaped the Burke Curse, not so fast. In the past month, Florida has suffered 11 de-commitments with 5 being players in the top 100. At the time of writing, 5 Star LJ McCray is believed to be heading to College Station. Every de-commitment post is sweeter than the previous. Luckily for me, Florida has an absolutely impossible schedule in '24. I truthfully don't think old Billy makes it to 4 wins.
This is my warning to any middling program crass enough to go after a PSU recruit. I won't hesitate to make you an enemy of the state, and I will gleefully laugh as your beloved program collapses.