On the Mark: Time to change the narrative on Mullen and recruiting

January 5, 2019
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Two days.

Well, actually less then 48 hours.

That's how long it took for Florida's class to go from simply meh to on the verge of being worthy of a Mick Hubert 'Oh my' type of exclamation.

All it took was two announcements; one a surprise, one not so much so.

In the roughly 43 hours between 8:28 p.m. Thursday evening when Arjei Henderson‍ pledged to Florida during the Under Armour Bowl broadcast on ESPN2 through 3:08 p.m. Saturday afternoon when Chris Steele‍ revealed that he was all Orange & Blue – the perception of the Gators' 2019 recruiting efforts, as well as perhaps Dan Mullen as a recruiter, changed dramatically.

During that time period Florida went from No. 17 to No. 15 to No. 11 in the 247 Team Recruiting Rankings Composite.

That is a far cry from where Florida was back in late July when the Gators came in at No. 37.

The worry then, and really perhaps up until this week, is that the knock on Mullen coming in was correct.

He wasn't a top notch recruiter.

The book on Mullen as far back as when he was the offensive coordinator at Florida - through his stint as the head coach of Mississippi State - was that while he was excellent dealing with the Xs & Os – he struggled when it came to acquiring the Jimmys and Joes.

To put it simply, he wasn't considered much of a force on the recruiting trail.

I am as guilty as anyone for not only buying into that notion, but doing my part to help promulgate it.

There is a reason for that.

Truthfully, he wasn't much of a recruiter when he was on Urban Meyer's staff at Florida.

I am one of the dinosaurs on the beat who covered the team way back then and while I can't speak on his time in Starkville, I do see a stark contrast in his outward behavior from his coordinator days to the here and now.

He used to come off as more distant, more standoffish, than he does today. Whether it is because he is more comfortable and relaxed or something that comes with age, I don't know. However, something such as his dancing on the sidelines during the opener – which is still all over social media - or the hat turned sideways, mugging for the camera in the locker-room after the Peach Bowl win...

...are things you would never outwardly see from him a decade ago.

Those type of moments resonate with young men.

It is in those moments that he doesn't seem so unapproachable, thus they feel more comfortable with him and thus more likely to want to play for him.

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At this point, not withstanding what eventually happens with Henderson and/or Diwun Black‍, Florida is a difference making defensive lineman and adding any prospect with a pulse at safety, from closing about as well as could have been expected this cycle.

This is after Florida finished with their highest star average (14 of the 18 - or 78% - signees rated as four-stars) in a decade after Mullen's strong finish last cycle.

Interestingly enough, though Ron Zook (No. 2) and Will Muschamp (No. 3) had much higher rated classes in their first full recruiting cycles, neither of them had as high a percentage of bringing in four-stars as Mullen does this time around.

This year Mullen is at 65% (15-of-23), while Zook was at 54% and Muschamp was at 61%.

As a side note, only 40% of Jim McElwain's first full class was rated as four-star or higher - while Urban Meyer signed 78%

What Zook and Muschamp did was brought in five-stars and top 50 prospects to help them earn those high class rankings, and offset some of their three-star reaches.

That is what Mullen needs to begin to do.

To this point he has proven to be an excellent game day coach, has surprised me with his program building acumen, and now that the recruiting is coming along, the one thing keeping Florida from taking the next step is to sign the kids considered the best-of-the-best.

The difference makers.

The Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin types.

Florida has yet to land a five-star under Mullen, but by the way things are shaping up in the the next two cycles, the wait shouldn't be much longer.

The Gators ascension to the top should be powered by in-state recruiting that should be greatly aided by the uncertainty in Coral Gables and the train wreck taking place in Tallahassee.

Where, speaking of coaches who were highly thought of as recruiters, Willie Taggart actually finds his Florida State Seminoles currently behind Florida in team recruiting rankings.

That may or may not change by National Signing Day, but one thing we know, if Taggart doesn’t have a talent advantage, he is in a world of trouble.

Is there anyone who saw him this year who believes that if the talent is equal, or maybe FSU is slightly behind, that he is going to actually out coach anyone?

Mullen on the other hand has proven to be a top 10 type of head coach. Now that the recruiting aspect is coming along, we’re about to find out what the ceiling is for Mullen at Florida. 

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On the Mark: Time to change the narrative on Mullen and recruiting

Dan the Man
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I love it!!!!!!

We need to do a little better like you pointed out but we are getting there and Mullen is making this team his.

Go get us Pickering or Fuller and I will love this class.

The question is how did you have it wrote already ten minutes after Steele committed?
Graylon
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If it weren't for the well-written properly grammar usage I would have thought I wrote this article myself.. I shamefully admit I was one that was really nervous about his recruiting when he was hired... I also remember the days when he was the offensive coordinator I felt the same thing I thought he was standoffish kind of high sadity. He was nothing like the other assistance . There was no way that I thought someone like him could have put together such a beautiful offenses. After listening to Steve Addazio's interviews and watching his offense I understand why he was stand offish..

LIittle did I know that when he came off of that airplane giving the biggest most beautiful, most ruthlessly Gator Chomp that I had ever seen. It threw me for a loop. His gleeful energy him walking around in Jordans. I actually went and bought the blue and white Jordans he was wearing on a recruiting trip because of him. I called those shoes my Dan Mullens.... Even his wife is ball of influential relentless positive energy.. YOU CAN TELL ITS NOT FAKE AT ALL.

I was one of many that thought he was crazy in going to California recruiting. I felt like he should lockdown the State of Florida, then Branch out. But what the h**! do I know... (Hello and welcome Chris Steele).... I have said many of times that Dan Mullen can put a wig and lipstick on a pig and have it win the Miss America contest.
herlihy22
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He had it wrote before today and posted after steele Became official.
herlihy22
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Well.. we did miss a lot in cali and it takes A TON of time to recruit out there. Count me as one to say don't waste your time unless it's cherry picking a recruit or two that are 5 stars top players. Like the kid we got thank goodness. For the amount of time it takes to visit a kid and recruit in Cali. You can spend a lot of time seeing top in state kids.
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Graylon said:

If it weren't for the well-written properly grammar usage I would have thought I wrote this article myself.. I shamefully admit I was one that was really nervous about his recruiting when he was hired... I also remember the days when he was the offensive coordinator I felt the same thing I thought he was standoffish kind of high sadity. He was nothing like the other assistance . There was no way that I thought someone like him could have put together such a beautiful offenses. After listening to Steve Addazio's interviews and watching his offense I understand why he was stand offish..

LIittle did I know that when he came off of that airplane giving the biggest most beautiful, most ruthlessly Gator Chomp that I had ever seen. It threw me for a loop. His gleeful energy him walking around in Jordans. I actually went and bought the blue and white Jordans he was wearing on a recruiting trip because of him. I called those shoes my Dan Mullens.... Even his wife is ball of influential relentless positive energy.. YOU CAN TELL ITS NOT FAKE AT ALL.

I was one of many that thought he was crazy in going to California recruiting. I felt like he should lockdown the State of Florida, then Branch out. But what the h**! do I know... (Hello and welcome Chris Steele).... I have said many of times that Dan Mullen can put a wig and lipstick on a pig and have it win the Miss America contest.

Does it come off as poorly written? It came to me when the surprise commitment from Henderson happened and I realized that with Steele added it would move UF close to the top 10, so I basically threw it together without proof reading it (though I did spell check it).
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herlihy22 said:

Well.. we did miss a lot in cali and it takes A TON of time to recruit out there. Count me as one to say don't waste your time unless it's cherry picking a recruit or two that are 5 stars top players. Like the kid we got thank goodness. For the amount of time it takes to visit a kid and recruit in Cali. You can spend a lot of time seeing top in state kids.

Getting Steele was great, but if (and it's a big IF) they hadn't put so much time out in Cali in the first half of the cycle and instead used that time in DMV or Florida, they would be without Steele, but might have Stevenson or Cross or Dent and be a few more spots higher.

Live and learn.

I do think that the narrative that Mullen is a liability on the trail is out the window though.
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I'm sorry, Kassidy pointed out to be I misread that. Thank you for the compliment.
Graylon
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No I'm saying your opinion is the same as mine. I just don't write as well as you. I write like I talk that's what I'm trying to say. In other words your opinion matches mine in a more polished way... I'm actually complimenting you
OrangeandBlue
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I was one of those fans worried about his recruiting, but I'm sold on Mullen now.
Ocala_Gator
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I believe Momma Mullen has also had a significant change in "attitude" and also had a very positive impact on our recruits (as well as on all our current players)
Swamp_Thing
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The jury is still out for me. While I agree that blue-chip percentage is important there are two things that I believe are much more important, conference ranking and average player rating. Conference ranking should explain itself, you need to be better than those you play week in and week out. People love to use the Clemson excuse when referring to national rankings, but they often don't realize that even when Clemson was averaging a 12th ranked class they were still in the top 2 in the ACC. Average player rating is important because not ever blue-chip is created equal. The cutoff for a 4* in the composite rankings is 89.00, Florida currently has 6-7 of their blue-chip prospects that are near that mark, or barely a 4*, hence why their average is 90.43 which puts them at 6th in the SEC in average rating. In fact Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Auburn are all over 91with UGA being over 92 and Bama being over 94. So while it's important to have a high blue-chip percentage, your blue-chips need to match up with their blue-chips.
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Swamp_Thing, while I agree with your premise, I have to say that I trust CDM to do more with our blue chips. After watching what he did with the recruits that he had at MS, I am more than confident he will have our lower scoring recruits playing at a higher level. But when, not if he starts to get the higher talent, the world is our oyster.
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Swamp_Thing said:

The jury is still out for me. While I agree that blue-chip percentage is important there are two things that I believe are much more important, conference ranking and average player rating. Conference ranking should explain itself, you need to be better than those you play week in and week out. People love to use the Clemson excuse when referring to national rankings, but they often don't realize that even when Clemson was averaging a 12th ranked class they were still in the top 2 in the ACC. Average player rating is important because not ever blue-chip is created equal. The cutoff for a 4* in the composite rankings is 89.00, Florida currently has 6-7 of their blue-chip prospects that are near that mark, or barely a 4*, hence why their average is 90.43 which puts them at 6th in the SEC in average rating. In fact Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Auburn are all over 91with UGA being over 92 and Bama being over 94. So while it's important to have a high blue-chip percentage, your blue-chips need to match up with their blue-chips.

I am in no way implying that Mullen is an elite recruiter or that Florida has arrived. I am saying that he is a better recruiter than I gave him credit for coming in and better than his reputation. I thought that without an elite recruiting staff (one filled with the Locksley, Seider and Holliday types) that he would be in a world of hurt.

That hasn't been the case.

Now though, he has to take the next step - that being signing some of those very top end kids that have eluded him so far but that Alabama, Georgia and Clemson sign yearly. One thing that will help there is winning. Another is if there are continued issues at FSU and Miami.

And yes, I am a strong believer in it isn't where you are ranked nationally, but rather compared to those you face on a yearly basis.

Graylon
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This is why I don't want Nick Saban to retire I want to play him at his best when we get at our best. I want to see who is the best coach.


peanut46
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Well written and I agree Mark. 2020 and 2021 are looking pretty good in recruiting so far. Thanks for the write-up!
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Swamp_Thing said:

The jury is still out for me. While I agree that blue-chip percentage is important there are two things that I believe are much more important, conference ranking and average player rating. Conference ranking should explain itself, you need to be better than those you play week in and week out. People love to use the Clemson excuse when referring to national rankings, but they often don't realize that even when Clemson was averaging a 12th ranked class they were still in the top 2 in the ACC. Average player rating is important because not ever blue-chip is created equal. The cutoff for a 4* in the composite rankings is 89.00, Florida currently has 6-7 of their blue-chip prospects that are near that mark, or barely a 4*, hence why their average is 90.43 which puts them at 6th in the SEC in average rating. In fact Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Auburn are all over 91with UGA being over 92 and Bama being over 94. So while it's important to have a high blue-chip percentage, your blue-chips need to match up with their blue-chips.


I think the difference with Clemson is where they land the 5-Stars guys - at QB & on the LOS. If you do that consistently you can mix 3 & 4 star talent everywhere else and have loads of success.
EricN
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CDM recruiting plan has always been about 2020 & 2021 to get the highest level recruits. It just takes so much time to build a relationship in these new territories.
Gators are impatient and spoiled by all of the good years, but CDM is already winning now! I personally couldn't be happier with the progress. And CDM has filled holes with key grad transfers- Grimes Jefferson Schuler.
The 2019 class I graded as a B+ and top 10 class (I assumed Steele and Elam as signees) but we had some big swings and misses. Some I have been very critical of such as Seider leaving and not going after Some of our old commits. But that is OK because CDM Has a plan and I believe he is being very disciplined and want certain team players. I trust CDM his ability to get some grad transfers, and the overall plan.
The focus is now shifting to 2020. This is the class that we should be jumping up and down exited about. This will be a top 5 class. Manuel Davis and targeting Bowman. We could have one of our best classes ever.
I am very excited about the foundation he is building and the culture he is breeding. It's infectious. I am happy and optimistic about a very bright future
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upstateg8tor said:

Swamp_Thing said:

The jury is still out for me. While I agree that blue-chip percentage is important there are two things that I believe are much more important, conference ranking and average player rating. Conference ranking should explain itself, you need to be better than those you play week in and week out. People love to use the Clemson excuse when referring to national rankings, but they often don't realize that even when Clemson was averaging a 12th ranked class they were still in the top 2 in the ACC. Average player rating is important because not ever blue-chip is created equal. The cutoff for a 4* in the composite rankings is 89.00, Florida currently has 6-7 of their blue-chip prospects that are near that mark, or barely a 4*, hence why their average is 90.43 which puts them at 6th in the SEC in average rating. In fact Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Auburn are all over 91with UGA being over 92 and Bama being over 94. So while it's important to have a high blue-chip percentage, your blue-chips need to match up with their blue-chips.


I think the difference with Clemson is where they land the 5-Stars guys - at QB & on the LOS. If you do that consistently you can mix 3 & 4 star talent everywhere else and have loads of success.

Actually they only had 5 five star signees from 2013-2016, two DT, an OT, a CB, and a WR. Watson wasn't even a five star. 2017 and more so 2018 is when they really picked it up. In '17 they signed a five star QB and WR, and in '18 they signed a five star QB, two DE, an OT and a WR.
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EricN said:

CDM recruiting plan has always been about 2020 & 2021 to get the highest level recruits. It just takes so much time to build a relationship in these new territories.
Gators are impatient and spoiled by all of the good years, but CDM is already winning now! I personally couldn't be happier with the progress. And CDM has filled holes with key grad transfers- Grimes Jefferson Schuler.
The 2019 class I graded as a B+ and top 10 class (I assumed Steele and Elam as signees) but we had some big swings and misses. Some I have been very critical of such as Seider leaving and not going after Some of our old commits. But that is OK because CDM Has a plan and I believe he is being very disciplined and want certain team players. I trust CDM his ability to get some grad transfers, and the overall plan.
The focus is now shifting to 2020. This is the class that we should be jumping up and down exited about. This will be a top 5 class. Manuel Davis and targeting Bowman. We could have one of our best classes ever.
I am very excited about the foundation he is building and the culture he is breeding. It's infectious. I am happy and optimistic about a very bright future
That's a dumb plan for a head coach when the average timeline is about three years to turn around a program.
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There's nothing "dumb" with this plan.

1. It's in line with a 3 year turnaround
2. We are winning NOW
3. You can't deny that on this trajectory, we will be a stable powerhouse in years 4 and beyond. Pretty sure that's what we all want and what Dan was brought in to do.

Dumb is a pretty dumb word to use.
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Mbagator said:

There's nothing "dumb" with this plan.

1. It's in line with a 3 year turnaround
2. We are winning NOW
3. You can't deny that on this trajectory, we will be a stable powerhouse in years 4 and beyond. Pretty sure that's what we all want and what Dan was brought in to do.

Dumb is a pretty dumb word to use.


I think what Swamp was probly saying is if the original poster was implying that Mullen wasn't concerned with the 2018 and 2019 cycles (which I can see how he would read it that way), then yes it would be 'dumb' to not concern yourself with two complete classes.
Eric-UF
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I guess I'm not sure what "narrative" needs to change, unless your narrative was that Mullen was a bad or average recruiter...if that was the case then I agree, that narrative needs to change because it isn't true, but I also do not think getting Steel and/or Harrison are the reasons it needs to change.

Mullen is a good recruiter...and a good recruiter lands classes in the 8-12 range. Maybe every so often he sneaks into that Top 5-8 range, but for the most part a good recruiter will land a Good B+ / A- class....which is pretty much where we are likely to end up.

As you point out, we have a really good Blue Chip %, but with an overall class rating of 90.49, those Blue Chips are not what would be considered elite, but they would be considered really good.

So, if that is your point than I am in agreement, Mullen is not an bad or average recruiter, he is a good recruiter (which also means he is not a great or elite recruiter).

Getting Steele was great and hopefully we can keep Henderson and also reel in Elam and at least 1 quality DT.

Good weekend for the Gator for sure!
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Eric-UF said:

I guess I'm not sure what "narrative" needs to change, unless your narrative was that Mullen was a bad or average recruiter...if that was the case then I agree, that narrative needs to change because it isn't true, but I also do not think getting Steel and/or Harrison are the reasons it needs to change.

Everything is just an opinion, but yes, the narrative coming in - based on his time as offensive coordinator at Florida and head coach at MSU - was that Mullen was an average recruiter.

That is/was the consensus from those who cover recruiting as a career.

You may feel differently, and that is perfectly fine.

He has performed better than I thought he would, I think that is a good thing, thus I wrote the column.
Eric-UF
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I think that is fair. I like the article and didnt mean to imply otherwise.

I knew you were critical of mullens recruiting, but didnt think you felt he was average. I thought we all figured he was a 8 to 12 type recruiter, which is in that A- / B+ range.

To me, that is good, not average. Now, the real question is will it be "good enough".....
EricN
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Swamp what I was saying is that even though CDM has whiffed on the 5-stars to date, he is still going after them even though a lot of these recruits have been recruited by other staffs for years. AND that he has supplemented the roster with GRad transfers to plug the holes while he keeps building the relationships with future 5-stars. That I am confident that he will land.

Let's keep in mind, at State he was recruiting on a much smaller crop of talent then went national when he comes to UF. Conversely, you have a guy like Kirby who was recruiting 5-stars for years to bama and it's easier for him to land them when he made the move.
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I wasn't implying that he wasn't concerned, I think he has done a good job with Grad transfers to plug the holes on the roster considering that he hasn't landed a single 5-star recruit......yet

I really think we get 3 5-stars in the 2020 cycle
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EricN said:

Swamp what I was saying is that even though CDM has whiffed on the 5-stars to date, he is still going after them even though a lot of these recruits have been recruited by other staffs for years. AND that he has supplemented the roster with GRad transfers to plug the holes while he keeps building the relationships with future 5-stars. That I am confident that he will land.

Let's keep in mind, at State he was recruiting on a much smaller crop of talent then went national when he comes to UF. Conversely, you have a guy like Kirby who was recruiting 5-stars for years to bama and it's easier for him to land them when he made the move.


Great recruiters come out of the gate recruiting well. Look at Smart, look at Zook and Muschamp at UF, etc. I'm not saying Mullen won't have some good classes moving forward, but I don't expect a top 2-3 class out of him.
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Swamp_Thing said:

EricN said:

Swamp what I was saying is that even though CDM has whiffed on the 5-stars to date, he is still going after them even though a lot of these recruits have been recruited by other staffs for years. AND that he has supplemented the roster with GRad transfers to plug the holes while he keeps building the relationships with future 5-stars. That I am confident that he will land.

Let's keep in mind, at State he was recruiting on a much smaller crop of talent then went national when he comes to UF. Conversely, you have a guy like Kirby who was recruiting 5-stars for years to bama and it's easier for him to land them when he made the move.


Great recruiters come out of the gate recruiting well. Look at Smart, look at Zook and Muschamp at UF, etc. I'm not saying Mullen won't have some good classes moving forward, but I don't expect a top 2-3 class out of him.
This is 100% accurate.

Mullen is not an elite recruiter and the real narrative that needs to change are from the Fans that keep trying to make ecusses for the fact that the recruiter results are not reflecting that.
  • First it was "it is only June..."
  • Then it was "wait until the end of summer and Friday Night Ligts...
  • Then it was "wait until the fall..."
  • Then it was "wait until the season starts...."
  • Then it was "wait until we have a big win...."
  • Then it was "wait until we have a good season...."
  • Then it was "wait until we have big bowl win...."
  • Now it is..."wait until we have multiple good seasons..."

This is the narrative that needs to change. If Mullen were an elite (top 5 class recruiter year in and year out) then he would have proved it by now. Smart and Jimbo didn't need great years to land great classes!

Mullen is a good (not great or elite) recruiter and a sa result he is going to get "good" recruiting classes in the near term, classes that are in that B+ / A- range (ranked 8-12) and as long as he turns out to be the elite "on field" coach that I think he is, then over time he can probably turn that success on the field into a few situational Top 5 classes.
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I do agree with you and Eric for the most part. I was critical as well especially on letting our best recruiter (Seider) go.

But, CDM is coming in from a much lower base. Zook was coming off Spurrier and had momentum. Muschamp was coming off Meyer and had momentum. I also believe that recruiting was much different back then as compared to today.

CDM is coming in to our program from a very low point in the program's history. A lot of head winds as to why we didn't land any top 25 recruits. So, although I agree with your overall premise that he has not landed a great class, I think we are on the cusp of doing just that in 2020.

I expect a top 5 class and CDM will own it.
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EricN said:

But, CDM is coming in from a much lower base. Zook was coming off Spurrier and had momentum. Muschamp was coming off Meyer and had momentum. I also believe that recruiting was much different back then as compared to today.

CDM is coming in to our program from a very low point in the program's history. A lot of head winds as to why we didn't land any top 25 recruits. So, although I agree with your overall premise that he has not landed a great class, I think we are on the cusp of doing just that in 2020.

I expect a top 5 class and CDM will own it.
Again, this is no different than any of the excuses above......

Mullen is not coming in with a "base" any lower than what Jimbo walked into at Texas A&M (who has the #4 class right now in his first year, and after going 8-4 and being at a program that has never had any success) nor is it much different than what Smart walked into at Georgia (who also got a #2 class after going 7-5 and with a program 10 years removed from their last SEC title).
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We need to make some changes to our staff of we really want to be better. Who has Sal Sunseri landed for us in two years?
EricN
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You may read them as excuses - I read it as confidence in what CDM is building.
I think jimbo and Kirby had a lot of buzz that helped them in recruiting and they are better recruiters than our staff. That's a given.
BUT, I still think when it is all said and done, we will have a top-10 class this year and a top-5 class next year.

I am patient and optimistic about the course and direction of the program.
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EricN said:

You may read them as excuses - I read it as confidence in what CDM is building.
I think jimbo and Kirby had a lot of buzz that helped them in recruiting and they are better recruiters than our staff. That's a given.
BUT, I still think when it is all said and done, we will have a top-10 class this year and a top-5 class next year.

I am patient and optimistic about the course and direction of the program.
Florida will be just fine in recruiting and more importantly, on the field. There is no reason to suspect otherwise. None.
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EricN said:

You may read them as excuses - I read it as confidence in what CDM is building.
I think jimbo and Kirby had a lot of buzz that helped them in recruiting and they are better recruiters than our staff. That's a given.
BUT, I still think when it is all said and done, we will have a top-10 class this year and a top-5 class next year.

I am patient and optimistic about the course and direction of the program.
Agree that we will have a Top 10ish class this year...disagree about having a Top 5 class next year.....agree that I too am optimistic about the course and direction of the program!
Graylon
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Dan will be fine in recruiting... He may not make the big splash like everyone wants... but they young kids and players respond to him a lot like how Dabo's players interact and respond with him.. Dan can interact with anyone... What I love about Dan is he takes his time.. He's patient and methodical.. he doesnt panic and deviate from his goal or plan, also not so stubborn to change or tweak when needed..

Most everyone expects Dan to do things like Clemson, Bama, Georgia, Ohio St... lets face it they are the standards of college football... Dan doesnt have to, to be successful... you cant rate or compare with stats or other programs, because of his kind of odd style.. Hes been proving me wrong since 2005..Unless he burns out I believe that Dan Mullen will stand the test of time..
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