This Week in Recruiting – The Athletic

There are many reasons Dan Mullen’s tenure came to a seemingly abrupt end at Florida. There was the string of alarming on-the-field events that included a blowout loss at South Carolina, allowing Samford to score 52 points in the Swamp and then a loss at Missouri over the weekend. Maybe those poor performances sped up Mullen’s demise. It was clear he lost his team.

But it was recruiting — or lack thereof — that seemed to be the reason fans lost faith in Mullen and Florida’s future. Yes, Mullen’s ill-advised quote at the beginning of the month in which he said he would talk about recruiting when it was “time for recruiting” was a bad PR look, but the class was far below Florida’s standard long before that quote went viral. Then add in the terrible performances on Saturdays.

So Florida broke ties with Mullen on Sunday.

In the time since, the Gators lost three-star athlete Jamarrien Burt of Ocala (Fla.) Forest and four-star athlete Isiah Bond of Buford (Ga.) High. Bond was the last remaining top-100 player in Florida’s class.

This is going to be a tumultuous time for Florida as it searches for a new head coach. And though the Gators (somehow) landed a commitment Tuesday from four-star defensive lineman Chris McClellan of Owasso (Okla.) High — who, ironically, is rated the No. 101 overall player — this class will come nowhere close to where it needs to be for Florida to compete with the elite teams in the SEC.

Florida’s 2022 class currently ranks No. 30 nationally.

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