It will all fall on the shoulders of Gator head coach Dan Mullen.
The likes of Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow, Fred Taylor and Percy Harvin only starred in The Swamp because Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer convinced them to come to Gainesville, the rest took care of itself.
When you lose in recruiting, you lose on the field; when you lose on the field, you lose the great home-field advantage, and when you lose the great home-field advantage you lose what made Saturdays in Gainesville magical from 1990-2009.
Florida has not been able to attract the same caliber of talent to Gainesville in recent years, primarily at the skill positions, and that is a large part of why Florida football, for its standards, has fallen on hard times.
Can Mullen recruit talent to Florida that will remind Gator fans of great years gone by? What Mullen does on the recruiting trail will directly translate to how well he does as Gator coach.
Dan Mullen was brought to Gainesville to correct the wrongs of the both the Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain tenures in Gainesville and to re-establish ‘The Swamp,’ as one of the great venues in all of college football.
It will be up to Mullen and Mullen alone, to ‘Make the Swamp Great Again.’
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