You may have heard that Clemson’s recruiting is on a remarkable run of late. The Tigers just received the commitment of the top-rated running back in Florida, Demarckus Bowman. Bowman is the kind of kid Dan Mullen needs and needs badly. But Bowman won’t be a Gator.
That’s led to a fair amount of reflection on Mullen’s recruiting. Contrary to what many like to think, Florida isn’t immune to what ultimately drives success in the SEC: the Jimmies and Joes. Just ask his former boss what matters.
Meyer, Mullen’s former mentor and the man who led Florida to two national titles with Mullen as his offensive coordinator from 2005-08, was asked how quickly he thinks Mullen can get the Gators into the College Football Playoff.
“Oh, Dan’s the right guy. I think this year,” Meyer said before pausing for a second. “I don’t know their, I’m going to talk to him a little bit tonight, but I don’t know exactly their talent level. But he’s the right guy and if they have the talent level, he’ll get them there.”
About that talent level, Corch…
Now, obviously, that’s not all on Mullen. Jim McElwain’s recruiting dug a deep hole for Mullen to climb out of, but, still, if you can’t land any five-stars when you’re running the premier program in a state that’s consistently one of the top three talent producers in the country, it makes the task at hand that much harder.
If Gator fans are noticing, well, there’s always another bit of snark to throw in Athens’ direction as a distraction. Look, squirrel!