Although it won’t become official until Florida officials say it’s official, former North Carolina tight ends coach Tim Brewster already is on Dan Mullen’s coaching staff and actively working for the Gators.
The school won’t acknowledge it yet, but it is obvious Brewster is in Gainesville and on the staff based on his Twitter account, where he has made multiple references to being a Gator and working for UF.
Brewster’s hiring likely will be announced once Mullen has filled some analyst position vacancies on his staff. Mullen also said earlier this month that he is considering shifting some responsibilities among his assistants.
“I think we might shift a bit. I think we might shift certain duties around,” Mullen said on national signing day. “I might have some stuff that I’m going to shift certain duties around on our staff of what they’re doing besides what their position coach would be.”
Mullen said he evaluates each individual coach after signing day and a significant portion of the evaluation is on how well they perform during the recruiting process.
“It’s a major part of their evaluation as a staff,” Mullen said. “Did you do a quality job recruiting guys in your area? Did you do a quality job recruiting guys at your position? Not just the guys that we got, did we do a good job recruiting?
“When you look back and say, did we do everything we could to get this guy? If the answer is no, then what were the mistakes, what were the issues, what did we do wrong, what could we have done differently?
“That’s kind of how I evaluate with the assistant coaches. If there’s something we missed, then that’s what you’ve got to fix and that’s what you put as the negative aspect of what would be in the evaluation of the recruiting process of that coach.”
Chances are that a year from now, Mullen’s newest coach likely will be receiving a glowing review in terms of recruiting. Brewster, a former head coach at Minnesota and longtime college and NFL assistant, comes to UF with the reputation of being one of the elite recruiters in college football.
His most impressive recent recruiting victory came at North Carolina, where he lured four-star quarterback Sam Howell away from Florida State. Howell started as a true freshman for the Tar Heels this past season.
Some of his other notable gets have been quarterback Vince Young at Texas and five-star running back Dalvin Cook and five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson at Florida State. Cook had been a longtime Florida commitment that Brewster flipped late in the recruiting process.
Brewster is expected to play a key role in the current recruitment of Houston running back Zach Evans, the only unsigned five-star recruit remaining in the 2020 recruiting cycle.
Brewster has a good relationship with Evans, dating back to when Brewster was Jimbo Fisher’s tight ends coach at Texas A&M in 2018. Evans is expected to make an official visit to UF in March.