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Randy Shannon talks recruiting
Florida interim coach Randy Shannon began contacts recruits last week and will try to keep the Gators’ 2018 recruiting class intact until a hire is made.
So far, so good.
Shannon has even added a player to the commitment list.
Nigel Bethel, a 3-star athlete from Miami Northwestern, pledged to the Gators on Sunday. He has wanted to join the class for several months, but didn’t have the green light until Shannon gave it to him.
He explained the decision Monday without mentioning Bethel specifically, per NCAA rules. Shannon was asked if he’s had conversations with Florida AD Scott Stricklin about how to handle recruiting.
“It’s about the Gator brand,” Shannon said. “You want to come to the University of Florida because you want to play at a high level. You want to get a great education. You want to get a family atmosphere. And every young man that we talked to last night was unbelievable. They were high, upbeat. ‘Yeah coach, I’m still ready to come. Coach, I’m still ready to do this.’ They’re still excited. And I say, ‘Listen, we may not be here.’ … ‘Coach, I understand that but you’re right. It’s about the Gator brand.’
” … When you have young men like that that really want to be a part of it, those are the guys you have to embrace. That’s the guys that you have to say ‘OK, we need this guy a part of this football team. We need this guy a part of this university. We need this guy a part of this organization.’ And that’s what we go for.”
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