Florida’s Dan Mullen no stranger to aggressive QB recruiting

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen sure knows how to make an entrance.

The new Florida coach hitting the ground running this week, making a host of staff changes and swinging for the fences on the QB recruiting front.

After reportedly reaching out to Justin Fields‘ father to gauge interest, Mullen decided to go see the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit Tuesday night.

It’s a bold and risky move, given that Fields is committed to No. 6 Georgia and the Gators already have a pledge from the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback, Matt Corral.

Florida is scheduled to visit Corral’s school on Wednesday.

Mullen — like his predecessor — has been tasked with fixing Florida’s offense and quarterback position, and he’s no stranger to aggressive QB recruiting.

One year after signing Tim Tebow in 2006, the former Gators OC managed to land a pair of 5-star quarterbacks in John Brantley and Cam Newton. Both signal callers were top-50 overall prospects.

That kind of depth and talent typically turns off other quarterbacks. Fields, however, chose the Bulldogs despite them signing a 5-star QB in each of the last two classes.

Mullen wants a signal caller who has that belief in his abilities and isn’t afraid of competition.

“If you know anything about me, I’m extremely competitive. I love that challenge,” Mullen said Monday. “There’s a certain standard that I expect … and being a champion is not a sometimes thing. It’s a way of life.

“It’s who you are, and that gets to competing. … We’re going to be a team that competes in everything we do, and you’d better take that seriously and make sure you have that mindset.”

Corral and Fields were both recruited by the previous Florida staff, with things really heating up in the summer. It came to a head when both players attended Friday Night Lights.

It was first come, first serve for a spot in the class, and Corral pulled the trigger after his visit. Fields followed suit three months later with his commitment to Georgia.

But with Mullen now in Gainesville, the Gators have become a more attractive option for Fields with the spread offense, Mullen’s QB success and an open competition in 2018.

Will that be enough to sway him from the in-state Bulldogs? And if so, how would that affect Corral’s commitment?

Get your popcorn ready.

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