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If there was concern over how new Florida football coach Dan Mullen would salvage the Gators’ 2018 recruiting class, it’s quickly dissipating.

Mullen landed highly-coveted 4-star dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones to highlight his 13-player early signing class, beating out Florida State and Alabama while flipping Jones away from Ohio State.

He then added another high-profile offensive weapon in Ohio State wide receiver transfer Trevon Grimes, who was ranked the No. 6 WR prospect in the Class of 2017 out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. That’s on top of the other wide receiver transfer already on board, Ole Miss standout Van Jefferson. Both additions are expected to petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility, though it’s yet to be determined if that will be granted.

Altogether, though, Mullen has made an immediate splash while upgrading the Gators’ talent on both sides of the ball and still has time to further add to this 2018 recruiting class on the traditional February signing day.

Even fellow recruits are impressed, as safety signee Randy Russell commented: “Coach is really working magic right now.”

SEC Country visited Russell and his family in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Friday to kickoff its Recruiting Rewind/Next Generation series.

Read here about Russell’s decision to follow through on his pledge to the Gators despite the coaching change and a late visit to Louisville that made his final decision especially tough.

And in addition to being impressed with Mullen’s recruiting efforts, Russell is trying to help the

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