From March 16, 2021’s “How Dan Mullen is closing the recruiting gap between Florida, Georgia”, this hot take hasn’t aged particularly well.
The stage is bigger and the talent pool is deeper at Florida, but Mullen is still overachieving. The question is whether it is a sustainable plan when the SEC East’s recruiting trail is dominated by rival Georgia.
… Perhaps that’s why Florida is one of country’s more successful programs in the transfer portal, where Mullen has managed to land a handful of former 5-star recruits in his first three offseasons with the Gators. Snagging the likes of receivers Trevon Grimes and Justin Shorter, or linebacker Brenton Cox and running back Demarkcus Bowman is much easier after those players mature and realize the real-world rigors of college football during their brief stints at other schools.
Is it possible for Florida overcome Georgia’s National Signing Day victories with a mix of transfers and developing 4-star recruits into 5-star players? In theory, yes, but like Mullen, it’s a bit more unpredictable than simply dominating the recruiting trail like Georgia has done by signing top-5 classes, including the country’s No. 1 hauls in 2018 and 2020.
Georgia has the upper hand on paper, but as we witnessed in 2020, coaching and routine maintenance of the program via the transfer portal can be the difference.
Best laid plans, and all that can be a real beyotch.