Billy Napier’s first full recruiting class with the Florida Gators looks a lot like the ones Dan Mullen brought to Gainesville four years ago. That’s what you’ll see from a quick peek at the rankings after Wednesday’s national signing day.
The reality is more nuanced; Napier’s haul is deeper than what Mullen signed and has a higher ratio of blue-chip prospects.
Recruiting rankings are, of course, imperfect. The lowest-rated recruit of Mullen’s first class — Ethan White from Clearwater’s Calvary Christian High — started 21 games and was a second-team all-SEC offensive lineman last season. But Napier calls college football a talent-acquisition business, and this is a good time for a side-by-side assessment.
Two quick caveats: We’re excluding transfers because the portal climate has changed too much in four years to allow for an apples-to-apples comparison. We are, however, including the three Mullen signees who didn’t make it to campus that season (though four-star linebacker Diwun Black did join the Gators later).
National team ranking
Napier: No. 14
Mullen: No. 9
SEC team ranking
Napier: No. 5 (seventh, including future members Texas and Oklahoma)
Mullen: No. 5 (seventh, including the Longhorns and Sooners)
Ranking among coaches in first full cycle
Napier: Seventh (behind Oklahoma, LSU, Miami, Oregon, Notre Dame and USC)
Mullen: Third (behind Texas A&M and Oregon)
Napier: Four-star Alabama defensive lineman Kelby Collins (No. 42 overall)
Mullen: Four-star California defensive back Chris Steele (No. 42 overall)
Top-50 recruits signed
Top-100 recruits signed
Top-200 recruits signed
Top-300 recruits signed
Top-500 recruits signed
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Average recruit ranking
Average recruit rating
Napier: 92.04 (sixth nationally)
Mullen: 90.56 (13th nationally)
Blue-chip signees (four- or five-star recruits)
Napier: 18/20 (90%)
Mullen: 16/24 (66.7%)
Top-10 Florida natives signed
Top-25 Florida natives signed
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