Florida recruiting: Dan Mullen & Co. more aggressive with scholarship offers
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Zach, do you have a handle on how Mullen's changed UF's philosophy on who to offer, when to offer, how many to offer, and what that means? How do you (and recruits) know which offers are "committable"? Also, Mullen's definitely taking 2 QBs if he can, right?
— Malik M'Baku Grady (@MalikG) April 2, 2018
First-year coach Dan Mullen and his staff have a different approach to scholarship offers than the previous regime.
The last staff was selective about who they would pursue and when they would pursue them and did not offer as many players as other schools. The Gators only went after players they intended to sign.
There’s been a change in philosophy under Mullen & Co. They are much more aggressive when it comes to offers and already have made a few splashes on the recruiting trail.
When Mullen and his assistants were forming their recruiting board earlier this year, they offered more than a dozen players at powerhouse high schools Buford (Ga.) and IMG Academy, as well as a half dozen rising seniors at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
From California to Connecticut, the coaches have scouted the country for Florida-caliber athletes and offered more than 250 recruits in the 2019 class.
Not all those players have “committable” offer, but that type of aggressiveness keeps the Gators ahead of the curve and also gets their foot in the door at some potential pipeline programs.
With the way recruiting is now, an offer is more like an invitation to come visit a school. Aside from 5-star players, there’s not many recruits who receive “committable” offers and have the ability to decide on the spot.
Most players have to take a visit or two to campus, get their academics checked/monitored as a junior and senior, build a relationship with the coaches over time and go through the recruiting process before a decision is made.
I’m sure Mullen would sign two quarterbacks if he can, but that probably won’t happen in this cycle. Florida already will be hard-pressed to sign an elite 2019 signal caller after flipping top-100 QB Emory Jones as part of the 2018 class.