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Grumbling Gators fans shouldn’t forget Jim McElwain’s recent recruiting success

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With the loss to Michigan in the season-opener, the Gator Nation natives are restless.

Those fans are tired of the lack of offense, tired at the lack of strong quarterback play and just plain tired of the losing. Since the suspension of then-starting quarterback Will Grier in October 2015, the Gators have gone 14-9.

Some fans are questioning the coaching, and that includes Jim McElwain. While there are certainly issues with this football team, help is on the way and it is because of the recruiting efforts of Jim McElwain.

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Since the beginning of the summer, Florida has been one of the hottest teams in the country on the recruiting trail. Florida has added key offensive commitments from the likes of quarterback Matt Corral and wide receivers Jacob Copeland and Ja’Marr Chase; all three chose the Gators over numerous other big-time offers.

Florida also has high-level commitments in running backs Dameon Pierce and Iverson Clement. The Gators also have added the commitment of tight end Kyle Pitts and guard Curtis Dunlap, two of the highest-rated recruits at their positions.

Florida’s 2018 class sits at 17 commitments and currently ranks No. 7 nationally in 247sports.com’s composite rankings for the 2018 cycle.

One of the main reasons for the recruiting success Florida is experiencing are the additions McElwain has made to the coaching staff.

Key hires like secondary coach Corey Bell, running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider and offensive line coach Brad Davis have made a big difference for Florida on the recruiting trail.

The Gators are off to a fast start on their 2019 recruiting class. They have 12 commitments for 2019 and currently are ranked No. 1 for that cycle.

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Yes, it is fair for Florida fans to question what is going on offensively. Yes, it is fair to question the direction in which the Gators are going at quarterback. Yes, it is fair to question that 14-9 record over the past 23 games. But it is also fair to be excited about the prospects Florida has coming into the program because of McElwain.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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