Florida recruiting: Dan Mullen & Co. will ‘close’ on top targets when it’s time
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A little surprised we walked away with no commitments on the weekend, while that school up north picked up a few including former commits? Why do you think this is still happening?
— Micha (@ML8100) April 16, 2018
Several fans have expressed concerns about Florida not landing any recruits at the spring game, while Florida State had a big recruiting weekend with three commitments.
For those who missed it, the Seminoles landed 4-star guard Dontae Lucas (Bradenton, Fla.), 4-star linebacker Jaleel McRae (Bradenton, Fla.) and 4-star wide receiver Maurice Goolsby ( Fla.). Lucas is a top target for the Gators on the offensive line, while McRae and Goolsby are both former Florida pledges.
Their commitments to FSU did not come as a surprise. Lucas named the Seminoles his leader in February and told reporters, “I see myself playing here soon.” Goolsby and McRae were not recruited by the new Gators staff.
All three recruits were ready to make their decisions this spring, but that wasn’t the case with the high-profile visitors who attended Florida’s spring game. Here are the key players who were on campus Saturday and when they plan to commit.
- 5-star running back Trey Sanders (Bradenton, Fla.) — December
- 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (Baton Rouge, La.) — After official visits
- 4-star running back Noah Cain (Bradenton, Fla.) — December
- 4-star athlete Mark-Antony Richards (West Palm Beach, Fla.) — November, December or January
- 4-star wide receiver Mycah Pittman (Calabasas, Calif.) — National Signing Day
- 4-star defensive back Tyrique Stevenson (Miami) — November or December
- 4-star safety Nick Cross (Hyattsville, Md.) — After official visits
- 4-star guard Keiondre Jones (Hogansville, Ga.) — August
- 4-star defensive end Derick Hunter (Fort Myers, Fla.) — Announcing finalists April 25
One fan asked why the Gators didn’t “close” on those players on Saturday. The timelines above tell you why. You can’t close on players until they’re ready to end their recruitment, which didn’t apply to Florida’s top visitors.
The Gators still had a successful recruiting weekend, taking the lead for 4-star cornerback Chester Kimbrough (New Orleans) and improving their standing with Richards, Stevenson and Stingley. Florida coach Dan Mullen and his assistant coaches closed in the last cycle on big-time targets such as Emory Jones, Jacob Copeland, Andrew Chatfield, Malik Langham and Richard Gouraige, so I wouldn’t worry about their ability to secure commitments.
When it’s time to close, they will.
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