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Grading the Gators ESD Class: A solid step forward, but still not enough

December 19, 2019
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Grading the Gators ESD Class: A solid step forward, but still not enough

5,484 Views | 7 Replies | Last: 1 yr ago by Mark Wheeler
Dan the Man
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I can agree with a lot of what you said except for the overall grade. If you are in the top ten you should get an A or at least an A-
Rroyce
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Great write up, and this is exactly what I was trying to express on the signing day thread yesterday, but put more eloquently: "with this class it feels like Florida drove down the field for a touchdown, but then missed the extra point. Yes you feel good about putting points on the board, but you also feel like you left points out on the field."
Jtkeat18
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Great write up!
upstateg8tor
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We currently have 48 blue chips on the roster ...when taking out Seniors, those that declared early and the already announced transfers... and add in those in the current class, with a few spots still available for Feb. We had 28 in Mac's last year. The roster has moved from 34% bc to 59% in Mullen's 3 cycles. It may not be at a Bama, OSU or UGA level yet but the upgrade is pretty significant.
Mark Wheeler
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upstateg8tor said:

We currently have 48 blue chips on the roster ...when taking out Seniors, those that declared early and the already announced transfers... and add in those in the current class, with a few spots still available for Feb. We had 28 in Mac's last year. The roster has moved from 34% bc to 59% in Mullen's 3 cycles. It may not be at a Bama, OSU or UGA level yet but the upgrade is pretty significant.
First off, I hate engaging in these debates because it comes off as though I am anti Mullen. Nothing could be further from the truth. I think he is a top notch head coach, game day coach, etc... but there are some issues when it comes to recruiting.

This is a good class, perhaps even a very good one, but it doesn't get the Gators closer to either LSU or Georgia. Hell, that isn't even to say UF couldn't beat both next year, but on paper, those two programs are much more talented at this point.

Now to your post, hopefully looking back you see the fallacy in that argument. You are comparing the current roster to where the roster was during a 4-7 season - as though that is the standard Florida aspires to.

I would say a better comparison would be to compare it to where it was after Meyer's second full signing class. That is where Florida is trying to get back to.

upstateg8tor
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Mark, it was not an attempt to debate anyone. I was just pointing out the growth the roster has made in the 3 cycles since DM has been here. I clarified it was not on the same level as some of your examples. Each class has been better than the one before it. And if that trend continues, I don't know what else we can ask for. Get better each year; I think is what we're all looking for.

Now, if we have to kick 2 players off the team for sexual misconduct, have a few more that miss academically and another leaves before spring practice because he's homesick ...then forget everything I just said.
Mark Wheeler
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I wasn't necessarily talking about just my reply to you. Even writing the grades, there are some who believe I am anti-Mullen, which is absurd. I think he is a terrific coach, but once again, recruiting has to improve to match LSU, Georgia, and if you want to expand it, Alabama (who UF could likely see in the SEC Championship), and Auburn and Texas A&M (the two other most likely to represent the West).
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