Gators appear to be de-emphasizing South Florida recruiting

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Dan Mullen’s first recruiting class at UF, the 2018 class, featured two South Florida recruits. Jim McElwain’s last class, the 2017 class, had 10.

I rest my case.

Reports indicate the Gators are looking to hire an analyst to develop relationships and run a camp in South Florida.

Think about that. South Florida, the recruiting hot bed of all hot beds, is being left in the hands of quality control guys. This means Mullen is essentially allowing recruiting services to dictate who he feels the best prospects are and just shooting your shot with a few of the top guys. That’s not a focus.

Compare this approach with the University of Miami, obviously, FSU, and other major Power 5 teams who are pouring over the recruits in the area, trying to create deeper in-roads. Florida has one of its younger coaches, Brian Johnson, who is from Texas with no real experience recruiting the area, in charge of Broward and Dade?

Most teams put their ace recruiter in charge of that area.

It’s almost as if Mullen took a look at the map of Florida and put a circle around Dade and south Broward and said, ”hey guys, this area here, least important area in country to me. Johnson, your area, have fun.”

When looking at what’s important to a school, one must look at how they allocate their resources. This isn’t showing much effort.

Recruiting is a marathon and not a sprint. As kids commit and decommit you start getting a better idea of where your school stands in regards to prospects.

I get a lot of intel from sources inside of The Big 3 programs in the state of Florida, a lot of it rumors, but typically where there is smoke there is fire. From what I’m being told, it could be that Mullen really just feels that those Meyer UF teams didn’t need to rely heavily on the Broward/Dade influence.

Recruiting boards change. Maybe once a few prospects are missed, Mullen will put a bull’s eye on his remaining South Florida “targets.” When all is said and done, Florida will sign a class that is 20-plus and likely includes a couple South Florida players. One has to wonder, however, what it could be if that area was really a focus.

Also interesting to wonder is how players currently on the team from South Florida would feel if they were to think their coach is not high on the area they call home. Will recruits from the area feel like they’re not really important since he doesn’t need them to win?

RELATED: Early struggles in 2019 recruiting class should concern Gator fans.

(You can follow James Coleman on Twitter @biggamejames36)

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