Mullen reveals in-state recruiting areas for new coaches

Zach Abolverdi
The Gainesville Sun
Florida coach Dan Mullen discusses his three new assistants and their in-state recruiting areas.

In addition to 15 mid-year enrollees, Florida will also have three new coaches on staff this spring. 

Gators coach Dan Mullen elevated analyst Garrick McGee to quarterbacks coach and hired secondary coaches Wesley McGriff and Jules Montinar. 

McGee is a 2011 Broyles Award finalist and was promoted on the same day as Brian Johnson’s departure for the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Garrick was actually with us last year as a senior analyst. He was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both Arkansas and Louisville. Recruited and coached Lamar Jackson, was also the head coach at UAB,” Mullen said Monday during his virtual spring speaking tour. “I’ve known Garrick a long time. Brings a lot of great experience. A really, really good quarterback coach, so excited to have him part of the family.”

This offseason wasn’t the first time Mullen has tried hiring McGriff, aka “Crime Dawg.” The former Mississippi State coach also attempted to add McGriff to his staff in Starkville.

“Crime Dawg, he’s been a longtime SEC coach, been a coordinator in (the SEC), been a secondary coach in both the SEC and the NFL,” Mullen said. “Actually tried to hire him a ways back and wasn’t able to at another location when I was coaching somewhere else. It’s great to have him on board.” 

McGriff takes over for Ron English and will coach the safety and nickel positions, while Montinar works with cornerbacks as Torrian Gray’s replacement. While McGriff joins the Gators after recent stints at Auburn and Ole Miss, Montinar will be making his coaching debut in the SEC. 

“Jules Montinar, who we got from USF, he was the Sun Belt Recruiter of the Year a couple years ago. Younger guy, real up-and-coming coach from Florida. Brings a tremendous amount of energy and has a great pedigree to go coach our corners,” Mullen said of Montinar, who learned under Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. “So really excited about the coaches and all those guys coming in.” 

Mullen also revealed the in-state recruiting responsibilities for his new assistants. The Sun reported earlier this month that Johnson’s key area — Miami-Dade County — had been assigned to tight ends coach Tim Brewster. 

“Jules Montinar is going to do Polk County (and Hillsborough). Crime Dawg is gonna be up in Orlando. Coach Brew is going to shift down to Dade and the lower part of Broward County for us. That’s where Brian Johnson was last year. 

“And then Garrrick McGee is going to actually slide in where Coach Brew was last year and do kind of that North Broward/West Palm area for us. So just tweaking some of the areas for guys around there in the state of Florida.”