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5 Key Recent Recruiting Wins

Marcus Stokes Florida Recruiting

Marcus Stokes Florida Recruiting

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QB Dante Moore - Oregon

For first-year HC Dan Lanning, getting a recruit like Moore is a massive step in the right direction. Moore is the 8th-ranked prospect in the 247 Sports Composite Rankings and the 4th-ranked QB in the 2023 cycle. Oregon had appeared to be the first choice for Moore for some time. When a new head coach starts out, there tends to be some uncertainty found on the recruiting trail. Commits will often open their recruitments up again if a coaching change happens. With Moore’s commitment, he becomes the first QB recruited under Lanning and new Offensive Coordinator Kenny Dillingham. Moore could provide the arm talent Lanning envisions to bring a dynamic and explosive offense to Eugene. Oregon can continue to be a force in the Pac-12 if Coach Lanning sustains the level of recruiting established under Mario Cristobal.

OL Francis Mauigoa - Miami

There are two sides to every coin. First, we talked about where HC Mario Cristobal left, and now we talk about where he went. In the last decade, Miami has not lived up to the expectations it created in the 90s and 2000s. Once a national championship contender and a hub for NFL talent, Miami is trying to rebuild what was once a great program. New HC Mario Cristobal is from Miami and is a National Championship-winning alum. Cristobal knows the key to success is to keep all the South Florida talent home. Landing the commitment from 5-star OT Francis Mauigoa is a massive win. Mauigoa is the 9th-ranked prospect in the 247sports Composite and the No. 1 ranked OT. The IMG Academy product had offers from the elite of the SEC, but Cristobal and Miami kept him home. Cristobal was known for his desire to build his teams through the trenches at Oregon, investing heavy resources in the offensive and defensive lines. Landing a talent like Mauigoa is huge for Miami teams in the future and shows Cristobal is true to his word, wanting to dominate recruiting in his backyard.

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QB Marcus Stokes - Florida

New Head Coach? Shocker. Billy Napier has a tall task rebuilding the Florida Gators back to SEC prominence and national championship contention. That is the expectation from Florida Gator fans, anything less is a failure. The Gators landing QB Marcus Stokes is a promising sign. Stokes is a 4-star QB and the 10th-ranked QB on 247sports.com. Napier and new Offensive Coordinator Rob Sale had the off-season to develop a recruiting plan and decide who fit best in their offensive system. They then identified Stokes as a good match in their offensive scheme and made him a priority target. Recruiting the state of Florida is also a point of emphasis under Napier Florida, something the previous regime lacked. Landing the No. 1 QB in Florida, according to 247sports, is what Florida fans hope to continue.

CB Christian Gray - Notre Dame

I can tell you’re sensing a theme. New HC Marcus Freeman is young, but his presence makes a statement. Coach Freeman has Notre Dame No. 2 in the 247 team rankings. While you may say Kelly had a lot to do with that, I would counter moving Freeman from DC to HC has only improved their recruiting efforts. Gray is a top-100 corner and is the 10th ranked CB in the 247sports Composite. Being a defensive-minded HC, the first class for Freeman is critical. Recruiting the players that fit Freeman’s system is crucial. Additionally, improving the level of talent on the Notre Dame roster is necessary to become a CFB Playoff contender annually.

DT Sydir Mitchell - Texas

Much of the buzz heard about Texas HC Steve Sarkisian regards the offensive talent he has been stockpiling since his takeover. Credit is due for landing the commitment of 4-star DT Sydir Mitchell. Sark and his staff work hard on the recruiting trail. Their hard work has paid off over the last few weeks. The talent on the defensive side of the ball has been there in spurts over the last few years. In recent years, Texas has struggled to assemble a defense that ranks among the best in the nation. Sydir Mitchell is a 4-star DT and the 4th-ranked prospect in New Jersey. Landing a player like Mitchell could impact Texas on the defensive side of the ball, a step needed to compete with the SEC Elite soon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]