“Recruit Daily or Die”
It’s a mantra first spoken by Florida Gators head football coach Jim McElwain when he arrived in Gainesville which has been repeated often by pundits ever since.
To that end, coach Mac and his large staff of on-field and off-field assistants have proven to be tireless recruiters.
They understand that identifying and recruiting top talent is essential to building and maintaining a top college football program.
Sometimes that requires looking far and wide for under the radar recruits before other staffs can get in on them.
Other times, it simply is going after the best of the best which generally are not hard to find.
The Gators did just that on Thursday when they gave an offer to the top quarterback recruit in the 2018 class Trevor Lawrence.
With two quarterbacks, Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, enrolled for 2016 and Jake Allen solidly in the fold for 2017, the Gators are set at the position and can focus their efforts on 2018.
And there are none bigger in the 2018 class than Lawrence (6-5 191) from Cartersville (GA) the number one overall recruit regardless of position.
Lawrence is a tall, strong-armed gunslinger who fits the mold at QB for Coach Mac’s pro-style offensive attack.
As a sophomore, he passed for 3,655 yards (233-364, 64%) with 43 td passes and only 4 interceptions leading his Cartersville team to a 15-0 record and a Georgia AAAA state championship.
In two seasons he’s already passed for 6,697 yards (420-674, 62.3%) with 69 td passes and 11 int’s putting him on pace to perhaps surpass 14,000 yards and 140 td’s.
Right now Tennessee appears to be the leader for his services with over two thirds of the 247sports crystal ball picks. He reportedly grew up idolizing Peyton Manning which can’t hurt the Vols chances. Clemson and the home state Bulldogs are also in the hunt.
It’s good for the Gators to be getting in on this recruitment now, however. With two years to build relationships as well as showcase coach Mac’s offense, I like the Gators chances here.
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