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Signing Day – recruiting: Florida, FSU, UCF need strong finishes

MiamiHerald / While Miami coach Mark Richt was calmly in command of his recruiting class and locked in 19 signees during the three-day early signing period in December, three of his new fellow in-state coaches were in scramble mode, working tirelessly to play catch up.

Florida’s Dan Mullen, Florida State’s Willie Taggart and UCF’s Josh Heupel all made the most of the little time they had between being named the head coach at their respective university and trying to keep as much of their recruiting class intact. It was a hit-and-miss venture for the three coaches, just like it was for 16 other programs who had to replace their head coach this offseason for one reason or another.

Transition classes are usually a difficult venture at the forefront. The journey was magnified this year by the three-day early signing period that took place less than a month after most coaches took over their new programs. Most of the top high school prospects – 220 of ESPN’s top 300, for that matter – ended their recruiting during this period.

The good news for them is the recruiting season isn’t over just yet. Mullen, Taggart and Heupel – along with the rest of the college football world – will make one final push to shore up their classes when National Signing Day gets underway on Wednesday.

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