Posted: 3:14 pm Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Kiffin sees Florida losing recruits because of the spread offense 

By Post Staff

KNOXVILLE – Florida coach Urban Meyer got riled up at the SEC meetings in Destin this May when I asked him about the perception that Florida’s spread-option offense doesn’t prepare players for the NFL.

“That’s just poor advice, is what it is,” Meyer said at the time.

I asked him the question because Pahokee receiver De’Joshua Johnson, who has since committed to Florida State, said in April he dropped Florida from his list for that very reason.

“I don’t want to play in the spread offense,” Johnson said. “I’ve seen how it affected receivers in the NFL draft. They have to teach them to play in a pro-style offense.”

Tuesday, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin was asked about stealing away two recruits from Florida on signing day – receivers Nu’Keese Richardson and Marsalis Teague.

While Kiffin spent most of his 27-minute press conference effusing praise on Meyer and his Florida program, Kiffin’s most interesting moment came in his answer about recruiting against Florida, which jibed with what Johnson said.

“The only time I really see them lose kids, is because kids want to play in a pro-style offense,” Kiffin said. “It’s such a great place to play and they do such a good job of coaching, but you see some kids that don’t want to play in that system because a lot of times it hurts them going to the next level for their draft status.”