It’s obvious Dan Mullen wants to field a physical and bruising rushing attack. He’s reiterated this several times as head coach and on Saturday night, it was noticeable Mullen wants to run the football.
There’s arguably not a better prospect in America at running back outside Trey Sanders (IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL). The five-star tailback visited The Swamp Saturday and got a firsthand look at the new and improved Gators offense.
“Feleipe[Franks] had a great game and the running backs had a great game too. I really feel like they have a real chance now. The offense ran very smooth today, a lot smoother than last year since coach Mullen a part of it now,” Sanders said following the Gators 53-6 routing.
Florida’s battling Alabama and several other premiere programs for the star-studded prospect, but the Gators have a recruiting pitch no other team can offer. Umstead Sanders, the older brother of Trey, is a first-year linebacker for Florida. The elder Sanders has been through a lot and his little brother is excited to see him suit up in the orange and blue.
“The atmosphere was great, and I had an opportunity to see my brother play. It’s a blessing. I've seen my brother go through a lot and just seeing him get his opportunity to play college football at the D-1 level was pretty great,” Sanders said.
Mullen and Florida running backs coach Greg Knox are recruiting their tails off to secure Sanders’ commitment and the IMG Academy back had the opportunity of speaking with each coach during his unofficial visit. Here’s their message to the 6-foot, 214-pound back.
“I got to talk to coach Knox and coach Mullen a lot right before the game. Come play,” Sanders said on the coaches' message.
The five-star running back would be a prototypical back in this offense and Florida’s staff will continue to pursue Sanders with relentless effort. Sanders mentioned he made the trip to see his brother, but that could play a huge factor in landing his commitment if he can be in Gainesville for nearly every home game.
Once committed to Alabama, the Crimson Tide are still after Sanders heavily. The IMG Academy running back has scheduled any visits for the near future, but mentioned he’ll be an early enrollee and committing in October or November.