“Florida’s recruiting is struggling a bit.”

Yeah, you could say that.

A helpful reader let us know that the list of kids who have decommitted from the Gators is actually rated higher than the list of players who are committed.

Let’s check.

Florida’s current commits (11): 5-stars: 0 | 4-stars: 4 | 3-stars: 7 | Total stars: 37 | Average stars: 3.4

Florida’s decommitments (9): 5-stars: 1 | 4-stars: 5 | 3-stars: 3 | Total stars: 34 | Average stars: 3.8

Turns out this is true. Florida’s decommitment list would be rated higher as a class than its commitments, despite having two fewer. That’s because the quality of the players Florida has lost is higher than the commitments it has added.

True, it’s only July.  But that’s still a fun thing to see.

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33 responses to ““Florida’s recruiting is struggling a bit.”

  1. Biggen

    Even if you plug in every kid they want to get from here on out with no misses, they are still outside the top 10. In other words, they are fighting for a final recruiting ranking closer to #20 than #10.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Awww, too bad.

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  3. UGA '97

    So we are now ranking decommittments? We have now reached the media version of the dog days of the off season, but any negative knocks on Florida is good any season. Although of course Mullen did pretty well with the 0-,1 and 2 stars he had at Miss St. and he also seems to need just 2 or 3 stud playmakers on offense to make some noise. Can’t wait until Tucker gives Grantham the choke sign.

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    • Biggen

      His record is aweful against ranked teams. He had a couple good years with Dak, but other than that, what has he done?

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      • Argondawg

        I think he had one year where he finished 2nd in the west. The rest of the time he was like 4th or 5th. He is sub .500 in the conference over his career (33-39). How did the narrative get so skewed on Mullen?

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        • Matthew Cafaro

          Because for Missy State, without cheating, that’s all-time great.

          Still though, Mullen is more likely to be a Muschamp than he is a Spurrier or Meyer, from a wins-losses standpoint.

          I don’t believe we have much to worry about from him, though they may win the East 2-3 times in the next 10 years, they’re not a big threat. Pruitt isn’t either, but that’s because Phil will stab him in the back and take his job before he gets to a third year.

          The path is wide open for UGA to win titles, East, SEC, and National, the next 10 years. We just need to take that path and not faceplant like we did during the Richt Era.

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        • Cojones

          Yep. His 69-46 overall record for 9 years takes a huge hit and when you put that 39 next to the 46, it looks even more pitiful. Over 90% of his losses were in-conference and he goes to coach another SEC team?

          This is going to be a special year for Georgia fans aside from our own team’s success.

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          • Cojones

            The chortling has drawn me back. Can’t get over that their current class rank with two more players(11) is #33 and the decommits(9) “class” ranks #20.

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  4. Rebar

    Couldn’t happen to a better bunch!

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  5. Russ

    All Mullen needs is the talent in Florida…wait, what?

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  6. 3rdandGrantham

    I’ve been harping on this for a while, but UF is in big trouble. Unless they drastically turn things around, this will mark their third straight mediocre recruiting class. And when you stack them up against ours, the difference in overall quality is vast. Simply put, we should enjoy a sizable talent edge over them for the foreseeable future, and we very well might go on a nice winning streak against them.

    The whispers are that Mullen is an excellent coach but is weak when it comes to recruiting; same for his staff. A quick perusal of the UF boards will find a panicking fan base who are already wondering whether Mullen will succeed even though he has yet to coach a single game.

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  7. JCDAWG83

    Mullen was a fool to leave Starkeville. He was making millions, everyone loved him and all he had to do was be competitive in the conference and the fans would have kept him until he wanted to retire.

    He went to a place that will demand his head if he hasn’t won the SEC by the end of season three.

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  8. Cojones

    Couldn’t happen to a better bunch, but it’s the conversation after recruiting has been buttoned up that has my interest. When you insert recruiting paranoia into the situation, every team in the SEC should get earmuffs for their recruits to protect them from recruiting lies that will be ginned up in order for FU to compete. Excuse-making will be high, but I’m betting that the bag man has already stocked a supply of paper bags (unless he is an FU grad, then he probably will use a clear plastic bag).

    That is a humdinger piece of info that I can’t wait to rope my FU friends into conversation concerning, then paraphrase everything written here for their digestion over beers knowing, all the time knowing that their fan blogs won’t have brought this negative info up. Where’s Mike from FU when you really need him?

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  9. NQ

    I’ve wanted to post this for a while but never felt it appropriate. But this thread opened the door for me. I live on beautiful Lake Oconee where many college coaches have their second homes. Throughout the summer I see many of these coaches out and about in the community and it is pretty cool. There is one coach however that I see all the time year round, and that is Dan Mullen. He is a very nice and approachable guy mind you. But what I have found very interesting is that Dan literally is always up here. During spring ball, UF had a break in practice and guess who we saw at the Ritz… Dan Mullen. Last season during Mississippi State’s off week, who was in town, yes, Dan Mullen. Hell, the final week up to signing day he was spotted up here. What I’m trying to say is that I see Kirby during the summer but never during the season or when it’s close to signing day. This may be a one off and maybe he and I have the same tastes and it’s pure coincidence, but it begs to wonder his commitment to the other aspects of his job. Again, please don’t think I’m throwing stones here, the guy has every right to enjoy his off time as he sees fit and I can’t begin to imagine the immense pressure that an SEC head coach has so blowing off steam at the lake is fine by me. I”m just making the point that the dude spends a healthy amount of time in Georgia and while he may be parlaying recruiting while here, he seems to enjoy himself during the days on the lakes and at the restaurants. So as I wrap up this long winded post, I’ll say this. I love seeing Dan up here all the time because it means he’s not in Florida focusing on his team. Or at least that is my takeaway.

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    • Anonymous

      Part of that may be from his family. Living in Starkvegas isn’t what I would call exciting for the wife and kids. I image they are the ones that really want to spend a lot of time at Lake Oconee instead. I imagine he is spending his free time with his family, and his family is spending it at the lake.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Interesting, thanks for the insight. I have nowhere near the pressure or responsibilities as a HC at a major program like Mullen, yet I rarely get up to our lake house outside of June/July when things are a bit calmer. Otherwise, on some weekends here and there, but never during the week or anything.

      Word was Mullen badly wanted the UGA job and was pissed to be passed over; now I know why.

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  10. TimberRidgeDawg

    I thought the original knock on Mullen was that he was a bit of odd duck personality wise and there were concerns about his recruiting ability. Florida didn’t seem that enamored with him in picking Muschamp and McElwain.

    He was never as shiny as Tom Herman and the big boys haven’t been knocking down his door before Florida came knocking.

    I was deathly afraid when the Mullen talk came up around the UGA job from time to time.

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    • Spike

      Indeed, Timber. Recall that Chip Kelley and wunderkind Scott Frost blew the Gators off. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. The UCF Coach tells you to pound sand!

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  11. Spur 21

    What do you celebrate when your recruiting sucks?

    New orange apparel and a logo of a guy dunking a freaking basketball – LOL.

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  12. Derek

    Mullen is my favorite Florida hire since the Zooker.

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    • Spur 21

      Yeah but the Zooker seemed to have our number. How he did that remains a mystery in my mind.

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      • Still couldn’t get over the 90’s funk the Gators had us in. Needed Kirby and a blowout for a good cleansing. Wouldn’t say it had much to do with Zooker’s coaching acumen.

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    If fu recruiting is depending on somebody like Todd Grantham to bring in talent, they are really f#%&ed! The talent on our defense was decimated by the time he left Athens.

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  14. Will from Perry!

    I still pinch myself every time I realize that both UF and UT fired their head coaches as a DIRECT result of having their asses handed to them so spectacularly by us this year. If you would have told me during the dark days of Donnan (my years I’m Athens) this would happen one day, I would have lit my hair on fire and run froth mouth naked through North Campus (I was younger then). Thank you Kirby!

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    • Cojones

      You could hope you can get more emergency help than Richard Prior received. Carson asked him if he thought Hollywood was prejudiced and, paraphrasing Prior’s humorous reply, “Judging by the fact that no people came out to help a black man running down the street with his face on fire… … .”.

      Not even Jonathan Winters could approach that spontaneous humor.

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