Dan Mullen has landed seven 2019 prospects since arriving in Gainesville, including pledges from defensive tackle Jaelin Humphries (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and offensive lineman Riley Simonds (Buford, Ga.) during the month of June.
Unfortunately, within the past few weeks, several notable targets have committed elsewhere, including Nathan Pickering to Mississippi State and Derek Stingley Jr. to LSU. Both respectfully elected to stay in-state. Each of these programs has been in communication with their in-state players since a young age, and with a close proximity to home, it is tough to lure kids from their parents in a short time frame.
For the fans, there should be no call for concern in regard to the lack of commitments from notable prospects, especially offensive targets. Mullen and his staff have been persistent in constructing relationships with prospects and their families, aiming to resurrect a once prominent football program. There’s only so much a new staff can do during the off-season. Perspectives will quickly shift if Florida can translate their off-season hype to a successful regular season.
In the spring and early portion of summer, Florida has frequently hosted elite talent from all over the country, giving prospects and family members a visualization of what is to come in the future.
The Gator Grill Out is one prime example of the noticeable events Mullen has held in order to gain traction with some of the nation’s most talented prospects. However, as July approaches, he is still searching to land an explosive skill player on the offensive side of the ball to kickstart the 2019 class.
Friday Night Lights and The Month of July
According to 247sports, Florida’s listed as the 34th ranked recruiting class in the country and 10th in the SEC rankings. Thankfully, the month of July is typically favorable towards the Orange and Blue following the conclusion of their annual Friday Night Lights recruiting event, originally constructed under Urban Meyer.
This event allows hundreds of prospects and dozens of prized targets to come see, first-hand, what The Swamp has to offer while competing against each other in front of the coaching staff.
In addition, the country’s most exciting summer recruiting event brings in commitments. Notable names like Joe Haden, Vernon Hargreaves III, Adarius Lemons and Matt Corral (Who?) have created some of the magic on this night by committing to the Florida Gators.
This Friday Night Lights, Florida is certainly aiming to lock down commitments from several highly-touted offensive weapons. Wide receiver Elijah Higgins and wide receiver Mycah Pittman are certainly two remarkable athletes that will boost fans confidence in the 2019 Florida recruiting class if the Gators can land one or the other later this month.
At the moment, fans need to sit back and let the process unfold. We are still five to seven months away from the national signing periods, which is clearly enough time to formulate a strong recruiting finish.