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Florida coach Dan Mullen laid a good foundation with his first Gators recruiting class and will need to build on it.

Fixing Florida’s offense long term starts with recruiting

Ryan Young

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Florida’s assistant coaches explain what they’re looking for in recruiting

By most accounts, Florida coach Dan Mullen and his staff had a successful first recruiting class, especially considering the short window they had to pull it together after taking over in late November.

The Gators hope they found a program-changing quarterback in Emory Jones, they beat Alabama again for 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland and landed premium talent elsewhere around the field.

But to fix Florida’s long-struggling offense, that is just the start.

SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi gathered comments from Florida’s offensive coaches about their approach to recruiting and what they’re looking for.

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In other Florida football news …

  • SEC Country continued its position-by-position look at the 2018 Gators by focusing on the linebackers on Tuesday. The position group was the team’s thinnest in 2017 and may be the hardest to project in 2018. Read more here.
  • Michigan may have become a little carried away in writing the bio for its new wide receivers coach, former Florida coach Jim McElwain. See how they described McElwain’s Florida offenses.

Recruiting roundup

On the court

Florida baseball loses for second time all season

  • No. 1 Florida endured a rocky pitching performance on Tuesday night in a 9-7 loss at UCF. The Gators dropped to 12-2 with the defeat. Florida gave up 10 walks and 15 hits, both season highs.
  • Coach Kevin O’Sullivan said: “It was very uncharacteristic with how we’ve been pitching the whole year, obviously; we’d been averaging 2 runs [allowed] per game. For whatever reason, we just weren’t able to finish innings. I believe all 9 runs came with two outs. With that many walks, obviously, we’re not going to be successful. The positive is we fought offensively the entire night.”
  • JJ Schwarz collected his 200th career RBI in the loss. He ranks fourth in program history behind Preston Tucker (258), Brad Wilkerson (214) and Matt LaPorta (206).
  • Gator Country’s Nick de la Torre has the full recap.
  • Florida hosts UCF on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

Around campus …

  • The Florida men’s tennis team is up to No. 9 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings. Read more here.

What they’re saying on Twitter

  • Florida defensive end Antonneous Clayton indicated on Twitter that he’s expecting a son:

  • Former Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway reflected on his NFL combine experience:

  • Former Gators cornerback Duke Dawson also is feeling good about his combine experience:

  • And, from Florida running back Lamical Perine:

  • Florida AD Scott Stricklin kept up his usual Twitter wit on his way to the SEC Tournament:

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