Hello, Gator recruiting fans! Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jeff Barlis, and I am taking over the recruiting beat from dearly departed Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com’s newest blogging sensation.
Huge shoes to fill. The biggest challenge of my career. An impossible task. These are just some of the comments I’ve already heard from some of you on my Twitter.
And I’m here to tell you it’s all true.
Edward did a fantastic job in his years at The Gainesville Sun. I know this because I was his boss. So I’m not exactly new to the beat. I’ve been working behind the scenes on our recruiting coverage since I decided years ago that Gatorsports.com needed a full-time writer.
Now I am that writer. Irony, anyone?
Actually, it’s a testament to just how important we feel recruiting is. You have shown us over and over that it is our most popular content.
I’ve worked with and edited just about every recruiting story, blog, mailbag and video. Some of you may have watched me on the Recruiting Report videos that Edward and I did throughout the fall football season. Now I’m flying solo.
My goal is to maintain the very high standard we have already set. And I’ll need your help. This endeavor is a two-way street. I promise to read every email, tweet and blog comment. I’ll try to respond as often as I can.
So stay tuned to this blog, my Twitter @JeffBarlis and keep an eye out for my recruiting stories, profiles, videos and mailbags. I aim to keep you informed and entertained and hopefully make you (and Edward) proud.