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Florida adds a south Florida presence to recruiting support staff

August 13, 2019

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In order to help shore up his recruiting support staff, Dan Mullen has been on a hiring spree.

Since the end of the last cycle Florida had already added three new player personnel staff members in Chase Clark, David Cooper and Billy Homer.

In Jamar Chaney, Keiwan Ratliff and Charlie Skalaski, the Gators also had already hired three new coaches to fill Assistant Director of Player Personnel spots.

Now UF has added a seventh new support staff member by stealing John Herron (Hova/Mos) away from rival Florida State. He previously worked for Florida for two years prior to being hired by the Seminoles.

While a recruiting support staff member isn't going to be the end all, be all when it comes to recruiting, they certainly play their part – especially when they have ties to a certain area.

Just as hiring Ratliff provided a boost in central Florida due to his connections in that area, Herron should do the same in the southern part of the state.

Chad Wilson, father of Florida cornerback Marco Wilson, and former cornerback Quincy Wilson, believes that the hire is a positive for Florida.

“Most definitely,” replied Mr. Wilson. “Just having a guy who knows how prospects and their parents think is a plus. He [Marco] felt like he was great when he was here with the last staff and I certainly see him as an asset moving forward under [Dan] Mullen. Kids seem to take to him.”

The addition of Herron should help Florida's recruiting efforts when it comes to south Florida targets such as wide receivers Xzavier Henderson‍ – whose brother C.J. Henderson spoke highly of Herron's efforts while he was being recruited – and Kentron Poitier‍ as well as cornerback Henry Gray‍ and offensive lineman Issiah Walker‍.

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