On National Signing Day, there is a good chance Florida fans will be angry with Will Muschamp again.

The former Gators coach, who was fired after going 28-21 in four seasons and hired as Auburn's defensive coordinator two weeks after he coached his final game for Florida, has the Tigers in position to make a signing day surge.

Linebacker Byron Cowart of Seffner, Florida, rated the No. 1 prospect in the country by Rivals.com and ESPN, is scheduled to pick between Auburn and Florida on Wednesday, when high school football players can sign a national letter of intent.

And Cowart's not the only blue chipper from the Sunshine State expected to choose between Auburn and Florida. Offensive tackle Martez Ivey from Apopka, another consensus top-five player, and four-star linebacker Jeffrey Holland of Jacksonville also have narrowed it down to Tigers or Gators, with Muschamp possibly making the difference.

"I've never seen a head coach who was dead man walking have so much loyalty to him from recruits," said Mike Farrell, national recruiting director for Rivals.com.

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