Florida’s 2018 class has lost its highly recruited quarterback in Long Beach Poly (Ca.) signal caller Matt Corral, but Gators coach Dan Mullen has other options. Since arriving in Gainesville nearly three weeks ago, Mullen has continued to expand UF’s recruiting board, including making an in-home visit with another top-flight quarterback and placing calls to players across the country.
The obvious name on the list is five-star quarterback Justin Fields, who remains committed to Georgia despite the Bulldogs having two proven products at quarterback in Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason.
Fields, who visited Gainesville in July alongside Corral for Friday Night Lights, has remained in contact with Florida’s coaching staff throughout his senior season, and UF has seemingly amplified their pursuit with Mullen in charge.
Regarded as the top dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, Fields will have a tough decision to make in the next six weeks — if that’s even his timetable. Only those close to the Kennesaw, Georgia, prospect know if he will indeed put pen to paper Wednesday, or if he’ll wait until National Signing Day in February to finalize his collegiate decision. There’s only one thing that’s certain when it comes to Fields’ recruitment: there’s never a dull moment.
Florida also continues to keep tabs on dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones, despite Jones being verbally committed to Ohio State for the past 18 months. Mullen was the first SEC coach to offer Jones, when Jones was just a sophomore in high school, and the two have kept in touch throughout his recruitment.
All indications are that Jones will follow through with his commitment and sign with the Buckeyes, but those close to Jones believe he remains intrigued by the possibility of playing for Mullen.
Dual-threat quarterback Gerry Bohanon remains an interesting prospect to watch, but it appears the Gators haven’t heavily recruited Bohanon, ranked the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports. However, Mullen offered Bohanon while at MSU, meaning the two parties are at least familiar with each other.
It appears Bohanon will commit to either Baylor or an SEC school, but UF has ground to make up if they hope to sign the Earle, Arkansas, native.
Florida also remains intrigued by the abilities of dual-threat quarterback Chance Amie, who’s currently committed to Houston and coach Major Applewhite. While he hasn’t received any interest from Florida, or from Mullen while at MSU, Amie has a relationship with new UF assistant Brian Johnson, who recruited him while at Houston.
Amie intends to sign early, however, meaning any pursuit by Florida will have to come swiftly.
And last but certainly not least, the Gators could make a run at dual-threat quarterback Jalen Mayden, who remains committed to Mississippi State despite Mullen’s departure. Mayden took an official visit to Starkville on Dec. 8 to reaffirm his decision, but his relationship with Mullen, coupled with the uncertainty at MSU, could lead to UF flipping the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder.
With five days until the early signing period opens, and six weeks until Florida’s 2018 class will be finalized, Mullen and the Gators have little time to waste in finding Florida’s quarterback of the future.