5 things Florida’s Dan Mullen must do in recruiting this cycle

Dan Mullen

Florida also is involved with three-star tackle Jerome Carvin, from the Memphis area; Mullen and his staff were recruiting him at Mississippi State.

Get help on the defensive line

Where the Florida 2018 class is severely lacking is along the defensive line: Of the 14 commitments for 2018, only one, three-star end Dante Lang from Boca Raton (Fla.) High, plays along the defensive line. Lang also plays tight end in high school and that could be where he lines up when he arrives in Gainesville.

It is vital for Florida to add defensive linemen. Yes, it’s a high priority to get a quarterback and add a receiver and add more offensive linemen, but getting defensive linemen on board may be the biggest priority for Mullen and his staff. They have a lot of work to do in that regard in a short time.

Keep the current commitments at Florida

There is no denying that McElwain had some talented commitments for the Gators before he was fired.

Despite the recent de-commitments, the class is full of talented prospects such as Corral, running back Dameon Pierce from Bainbridge (Ga.) High, tight end Kyle Pitts from Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood, safety Amari Burney from Clearwater (Fla.) Calvary Christian and athlete Iverson Clement from Mount Holly (N.J.) Rancocas Valley.

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All have been committed to Florida for quite some time, and it is crucial that Mullen is able to close the deal and bring them to Gainesville.

Keep an eye on Corral’s trip to Oxford this weekend. It would be a huge blow if he were to decommit — especially if he heads to Mullen’s former archrival, a school that is on NCAA probation.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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