There’s less than a month until Dan Mullen’s first signing day as Florida’s new head coach, and that means there’s no time to waste.
After his introduction Monday, Mullen hit the recruiting trail, including making calls to all of Florida’s 2018 class and visiting five-star quarterback Justin Fields on Tuesday. With three weeks until the Early Signing Period, Mullen’s time will be devoted to re-building and improving the Gators.
Mullen’s first offer for the Gators as head coach went to JUCO product Stephen Guidry, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver out of Hinds Community College. Guidry’s college recruitment has taken many twists and turns, but he’s currently committed to Mississippi State.
— 6’4 (@killsgettem) November 28, 2017
UF assistant Billy Gonzales paid a visit to Malik Heath, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who is also committed to MSU.
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— Ugly〽️an🤦🏾♂️ (@MalikHeath2) November 28, 2017
Later, Gonzales apparently visited Esambia wide receiver Jacob Copeland, who de-committed from the Gators prior to Mullen’s hiring. And Mullen traveled to Bainbridge, Georgia, to visit UF running back commit Dameon Pierce. While Mullen’s attire isn’t what you’d typically expect a head coach to wear on a recruiting visit, the Jordan’s did serve a necessary purpose.
— Dameon Pierce (@IRep229) November 29, 2017
Dan Mullen literally on a recruiting trip playing ball with recruits.#Cowbelled
— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) November 28, 2017
Then came Tuesday night, when Mullen traveled to Kennesaw, Georgia, to see Fields, one of the most intriguing prospects of the 2018 class. Flight records show the UAA-owned plane didn’t leave Kennesaw until the early hours of the morning, where it then traveled for Naples.
It wasn’t all good news in Mullen’s first 72 hours in Gainesville. 2019 commit Maurice Goolsby posted his de-commitment on his Twitter account Monday after Florida’s hiring of Mullen, making him the second 2019 commitment in as many days to back off their pledge.
— Maurice Goolsby (@_magxii) November 28, 2017