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Dan Mullen has ‘small window’ for spring visits
The 2019 recruiting cycle marks the beginning of spring official visits.
Prospects now can take official visits to colleges during their junior year of high school, in addition to the fall and winter windows as seniors. The NCAA is allowing programs to host recruits and their families during April, May and June.
During his speaking tour this week, Florida coach Dan Mullen was asked whether he and his staff plan to utilize the new window for official visits.
“We’re looking into it,” Mullen said. “I’m not a big fan of spring official visits personally. I’m kind of against it.”
Florida’s spring semester ends on April 25 and classes do not resume until May 14. There will be fewer students on campus from mid-March through June, something that Mullen is cognizant of as he considers potential trips by recruits.
“There’s a small window for us to have people on campus,” Mullen said. “I know they go through May, but I don’t want to have recruits on campus when nobody’s on campus. They’re student-athletes still.
“So to bring them on a visit when there’s no professors, there’s no classes going on, schools not in session, that’s tough to do sometimes. You know, because you want to have them get the complete experience.”
The Gators hosted 4-star cornerback Jaden Davis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and 4-star tight end Keon Zipperer (Lakeland, Fla.) on campus last weekend for junior day, and both prospects told SEC Country they want to officially visit Florida before their senior years.
Davis said he thinks the coaches might not offer visits in the spring, so he plans to take his trip to Florida on June 8.
“This is year one of the spring official visits, so we’ll see how it all plays out,” Mullen said. “I’m sure we’ll have guys take spring official visits, but that’s an awful long time until Signing Day to take a visit in the spring.”
Florida adds support staff
Mullen has made another recruiting hire for his support staff.
David Bowen is now with the program as a recruiting specialist, a position he held under Mullen at Mississippi State. He is the latest addition to Florida’s recruiting team, which includes director of recruiting operations Lee Begley, director of player personnel E.K. Franks and assistant directors of player personnel Cordell Landers and Otis Yelverton.
Mullen isn’t done adding to his support staff.
“We might have one or two more come in,” he said when asked about Bowen. “Administratively, we have the coaching staff in place. But there will be a couple more as we go. I’m not rushing to get every one of those things in place. I have a vision for how I want the program to run.
“But I also want to make sure everybody within the program is up to speed where we just don’t put in a lot of people and nobody really understands their role. That everybody has a very clear understanding of what their job is and what we need them to do within our football department and within the organization. And then as that’s set, we’ll add some different pieces that we might need moving forward.”
— David Bowen (@DavidBowenUF) February 26, 2018
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