Dan Mullen enters his first-year as head coach at the University of Florida and the Gator fan base has welcomed him with open arms. Gator fans hope Mullen can restore the program’s winning culture which Gator Nation has enjoyed for the better part of the past three decades.
But as this 2018 college football season draws near, Gator fans are beginning to scratch their heads over on issue: recruiting.
Several times over the past few weeks and months, Gator fans have asked themselves, “what is wrong with Gator recruiting” and “is it time to start panicking yet?”
Florida is currently ranked outside the top 30 nationally in the 2019 recruiting rankings according to 247sports.com. To put that in perspective, Florida is currently behind Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa State, Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest presently.
When it comes to other SEC programs, Florida is ranked tenth out of the 14 schools. Florida is looking up at SEC programs like Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee who are all currently ranked in the top 20.
So, what is going wrong?
Part of the problem is the Florida brand no longer sells itself and can no longer rest on previously won laurels. Keep in mind that current high school seniors were in the second or third grade when Tim Tebow was doing his thing and winning national championships in Gainesville.
The prospects in the class of 2019 don’t remember the Steve Spurrier ‘Fun n Gun,’ they don’t remember the days of Rex Grossman and Chris Leak, and they barely remember the days of Tebow and Urban.
The Gators 2019 recruiting class currently sits at 11 commitments and they have some talented prospects in the fold.
Four-star defensive tackle Jaelin Humphries, (Lawrenceville, GA) who committed to Florida back on June 5, is among the top 15 defensive tackles in the country. Four-star linebacker Tyron Hopper, (Roswell, GA) who announced his intentions to head to Gainesville back on April 26, is a top 20 talent nationally at the outside linebacker position.
To this point, the Gators 2019 class revolves around four-star quarterback Jalon Jones (Richmond, VA) who committed on April 7. Jones is considered to be among the top 10 duel-threat quarterbacks in the country for the 2019 class and the clear headliner of Florida’s recruiting efforts so far.
The Gators class is not lacking in quality, but is lacking in quantity.
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