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Thursday, January 17, 2013
UF recruits react to Dan Quinn's departure

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida lost defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. Quinn helped orchestrate one of the best defensive line units in the SEC last season and was a big reason Florida has landed commitments from nine defensive players that are ranked in the ESPN 300.

Here is how some of those recruits reacted the new of Quinn's departure:

Calm downn people ! I aint going no where ! Dan quinn was great ! Well be ok tho ! #GoGators

— Caleb Brantley' ! (@_TheKidd34) January 17, 2013

I wish Coach Quinn the best. A pretty big loss, but life goes on. We'll be fine

— Keanu Neal (@Keanu_Neal) January 17, 2013

It's still Muschamp's defense. I wish Coach Quinn nothing but the best, one of the realest coaches I've ever met. God Bless and Go Gators !

— Jordan Sherit (@JSherit17) January 17, 2013

Sad to see not only a great coach but a great person leave. Wish Coach Quinn the best of luck with the Seahawks!

— Matt Rolin (@Rolin_9) January 17, 2013

CB Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton), committed, via text message: "I'm surprised, but I'm happy for him and his family! I know he's still a Gator at heart."

DE Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer), committed, via text message: "That's a huge really is. I'll discuss it with the coaches this weekend."

DT Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi Community College), via text message: "Man that hit me hard. I was the closest with him. Lot of thought right now ... I'm just finding this out."

DB Shaq Wiggins (Georgia commit), via text message: "Wow, so he went back. That's so crazy, man. He was just here yesterday tellin me how I should come to Florida and be a star."