Every month, SEC Country will outline three items the Florida coaches need to accomplish on the recruiting trail. At the end of the month, we revisit the list to see if the Gators checked off any boxes.
Here is Florida’s recruiting to-do list for December :
1. Figure out QB situation
New Florida coach Dan Mullen can’t afford to miss at quarterback in the 2018 recruiting cycle, which is why he’s exploring all of his options at the position.
UF already has a pledge from Matt Corral, who is ranked the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the 247Sports Composite. Corral is still committed despite Mullen’s interest in other quarterbacks, but his official visit needs to go well to solidify Florida.
Mullen visited Justin Fields last Tuesday, but the 5-star quarterback appears to be solid with Georgia. On Friday, the Gators checked out Auburn QB commit Joey Gatewood, who would be a perfect player to pair with Corral if they sign two quarterbacks.
Over the next two weeks, Mullen needs to figure out where things stand with his QB options and then land his top target(s).
2. Lock up early signees
The early signing period begins Dec. 20, which is also signing day for junior college transfers.
Florida currently has seven commits who plan to sign early and enroll in January, including Corral. JUCO safety commit Deontai Williams also will join the program next month.
Mullen and his staff will spend the next two and a half weeks trying to lock up Corral & Co. and add a few additional recruits to the signing class, especially from the JUCO ranks.
3. Land some commitments
Mullen has already secured his first pledge in 3-star offensive tackle Chris Bleich, who flipped from UCLA to Florida on Wednesday.
Bleich likely will be the first of a few commitments this month. Mullen and his staff are scheduled to see more than 100 recruits before the dead period begins on Dec. 17, and at least a dozen official visitors will make their way to Gainesville as well.
It’s important for Mullen to land some more pledges during that time frame to fill out Florida’s 2018 class and build momentum on the recruiting trail.