Your Daily Gator is closing the gap.

Dan’s rocking along at 3.50.  At that rate, he’s gonna need a bigger transfer portal.

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22 responses to “Your Daily Gator is closing the gap.

  1. These daily Gators really bring a smile to my face every day.

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  2. Charlottedawg

    All part of the plan. They just landed a 5 star in Brenton Cox, at the rate these guys keep transferring the average star rating on that roster is gonna keep on climbing bay-bee!!!!!

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  3. Cojones

    Check the average numbers each UGA recruit represents (16.4) on 247Sports recruiting team rankings. Two more 4s will send us to #1, tied with Clemson for 19 players. The higher value points given to our recruits in their Jr year will more than likely end up with several of our 3s getting a star lift in their senior year play.

    Hanging on to them becomes a problem in this, the year of the transfer portal, when a transfer goes to the position that the recruit wants to fill in his first year. It puts a damper on the presentation of their position recruiting possibilities.

    FU gets excited every time someone goes to the TP because that’s the major source of players that they compete for now, the disgruntled and not-so-good players that turned them down in the past. They are excited that they could get the TP player who just declared at Miami in time for this coming weekend’s game, even though he is a STs player with only 24 tackles to his credit. They get more and more desperate for quality recruits and are stuck in position to go ahead and take 3*s before someone else plucks them off the board. It becomes more acute as we approach Dec signing. While UGA can afford to wait out the higher value recruit’s decision, FU cannot because of their early flummoxed recruiting efforts. Sad to see some of their fan postings in that they don’t seem to have a clue

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    • practicaldawg

      Yeah, the transfer portal is starting to feel like a factory refurb outlet. It is not a substitute for real recruiting. Higher than average transfers in or out of a school should be a red flag to elite recruits.

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      • Anonymous

        I think this is true in general, but I have a feeling that someone will come along that figures out how to work the system the same way the Bill Snyder figured out how to build quality teams with lots of JUCO players. Snyder found quality players that were lightly recruited because they were not going to qualify academically. He then helped place them into a friendly JUCO in Kansas that would help develop that player toward K-State’s system. Some coaching staff is going to find an effective way to identify quality players that are likely to get buried in the depth cart at their first-choice school and have already put the “if things don’t work out” pitch in their minds as their primary recruiting strategy for that player. I have a sneaking suspicion that Pruitt’s success at Tennessee may very well hinge on this strategy.

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        • Cojones

          As far as I know, all teams in the SEC do that and they seem to turn up like a ripe suggestion bag the last month of recruitment. That means that they.

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          • Cojones

            Sorry, my son called from Montana to say they were just putting in to float the Yellowstone since the temp had increased from 55 yesterday to 81 today.

            (cont’) …that they are third choice after the larger targets are missed. Sometimes they are #I or #2, as in the best Juco player on the market. FU will be taking the lions share of those players this year unless their current course isn’t corrected.

            Gotta go! Wife’s grilling poblanos and small rotund red (hot) peppers from our garden, and, along with our smallish brand of vine-ripened garden tomatoes, are to be used by da cook (me) for a frittata Ta ta.

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        • siskey

          Don’t discount Florida as being able to do this as well. Mullen was good a Miss State at getting Juco players. Both Abrams and Sweat transferred from FBS schools and became 1st round picks. The difference is will Florida fans and the University allow this to happen? I think that they won’t and that he won’t be there after 2020.

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          • practicaldawg

            I think that’s exactly why Mullen had “success” at MSU — his ability to work the JUCO system and squeeze as much as possible out of 3 stars, etc. But I put “success” in air quotes because he never sniffed a division title and usually got pasted by Alabama’s elite roster. I just don’t think you can find a hack that will work better than loading rosters like the Alabamas, Clemsons, and UGAs of the world. It’s just too much of a talent differential to overcome, especially when those elite players have been in the same system their entire college career.

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            • Doug

              I think that’s what it boils down to—Mullen has proven he can be consistently successful by Mississippi State standards, but an MSU-level strategy isn’t going to start producing Florida-level results just because he’s moved the operation to Gainesville.

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              • Otto

                I am continually amazed at how Mullen has failed to recruit at UF. Also yes as someone who had Mullen in my short list after CMR was let go happily wrong about him.

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            • Macallanlover

              And that may his ceiling with such a strategy. After this season, his 12th as a HC, I believe, he will still be on the schnied for even a division title. It doesn’t get any easier next year as the gap is once again widening. How long do the top “portal dwellers” consider a transfer to a program going down despite some initial enthusiasm that Dancing Danny might reignite competency in Gainesville?

              I think the portal is going to continue to be picked clean of top talent by teams, but it will be those with a pulse getting richer, not one going down….again. I agree the portal may be a chance for them make up lost ground, but since they aren’t that high on players’ bucket list any longer, they will not have the top players. Perhaps a guy like Cox who has a bone to pick with UGA for his lost opportunity, but why would they choose FU any longer? Even HS players see that train has left the station, and Spurrier isn’t coming back. Sad to see he has become a cheerleader now, hate to see him begging the Gayturd crowd to please attend games, and “stand up and holler”.

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              • Anonymous

                I think Florida is too high of a profile gig for someone to pull of the tactic I was describing above. Florida can recruit at a high level. Their recruiting problem is that Mullen is a goober. I was really thinking about mediocre schools that have coaches that are good recruiters (e.g. Pruitt or Muschamp) finding guys they know they can’t get because they are determined they are going to kill it at Bama, Clemson, Georgia, etc.

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          • Anonymous

            Mullen used the Snyder Formula with some success as MSU. I’m talking about a different strategy though. Identifying 4-5 Star players that are determined they are going to go a top program and start from day one as a true freshmen, are likely to transfer if they don’t start as a Freshman / don’t look like they will start in year two, and are going into a situation where they are likely not to start. You then start with the negative recruiting with the idea of grabbing them from the portal in a year. Someone is going to get really good at that.

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            • Cojones

              And some begin to read the changing handwriting for the class they have committed to and are flip material during commit week/day.

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            • Biggus Rickus

              Maybe. I’d need to see more evidence that players are transferring at increased rates before I buy that. Most kids are probably still going to stay where they signed. It’s not like Cox was fishing for opportunities. He was kicked off the team. QBs are likely to be the outliers.

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          • Mayor

            Don’t kid yourself. If Mullen wins the FU fans and the university will tolerate any damn thing he wants them to tolerate.

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  4. Uglydawg

    Sedrick Van Pran, the number 3 ranked center in the nation just committed to the G. He’s a four star out of Louisiana.

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  5. towniedawg

    As rare as a unicorn sighting, a rational gator fan…
    “We’re losing all the top end guys.This is bad. A class of mostly three star guys makes us South Carolina. This is bad. A class of mostly three star guys makes us South Carolina.”

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  6. Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

    Gator fans over at Alligator Alley 247 are actually talking about how the Dawgs will take a major step back next year, and how it’s prime for Floriduh to not only win the division, but beat Bama sans Tua for the SEC Title.

    They are legitimately and hilariously delusional.

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    • Got Cowdog

      So they are effectively throwing the towel in on this year? That’s cool.
      FWIW I hope Miami rolls them in the opener. Aaaannnnd……
      My take? UGA wins the whole thing this year. Fromm and a few key guys stay for their senior seasons to do something not dreamed of at UGA for many moons: Back to back Natty’s. Suck it, gators, there is no light in your tunnel.

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