As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Florida excited about future Gators
Florida coach Jim McElwain inherited a recruiting class that ranked 92nd nationally in 2015. He and his staff are on pace to sign three top-10 classes in a row.
After salving that first recruiting cycle and finished with the nation’s No. 12 class the following year, the Gators cracked the top 10 with their 2017 class.
Florida is currently ranked No. 8 in the 2018 team rankings and has the top class in the 2019 cycle.
“Recruiting is a relationship business,” Florida director of player personnel Drew Hughes said on McElwain’s radio show. “And with this going into the third season, you’re starting to see the hard work that the coaching staff does on a daily basis of developing those relationships — not just in the state of Florida, but all over the country.
“Having the national — really worldwide — brand that Florida has, we can reach really anywhere. These coaches have had two years to go out on the road, they’ve had two years to hit the high schools. Those relationships that are developed, it takes time.”
That time is starting to pay off. The coaches returned to the recruiting trail this week for the bye, visiting several of their top commits and targets. McElwain is excited about the camaraderie he has seen between his future players.
“The momentum that has been created, I tell you what,” McElwain said on his radio show. “Drew and his staff have done a great job of uniting these classes. Even in the LSU game, just to see all the ’18 grads mingling with those ’19 commits was awesome.”
As the Gators try to close strong and finish with their first top-5 class since 2013, Hughes believes the current commits will help make that happen along with the longstanding relationships that have been established by the staff.
“With this 2018 class we’re on now, you’re kind of seeing some of that hard work come to fruition,” Hughes said. “The class chemistry is real. Not just within a group of seniors we’re recruiting now, but those guys get to know the juniors we’re recruiting and the sophomore we’re recruiting. And when those guys starting recruiting themselves, it’s makes our jobs a lot easier.
“They’re going to be playing together, they’re going to practice together, just about everything they can do. So the chemistry that’s created between the commits is a game-changer and that’s what we have with this class. In my opinion, our staff does great job of forcing it. That’s how you get a perennial powerhouse class every year.”
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