Zach's Mail Stack: Is Florida's struggling offense an issue for recruiting? – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida-South Carolina game will be a big one for Gators coach Jim McElwain and his staff.
Not only is the SEC East on the line, but it’s the biggest recruiting weekend of the season and a chance to make an impression on the prospects in attendance.
Here are the top five questions from this week:
How big of an issue is it for offensive commits to see how poorly the offense is performing? Specifically the WRs and QBs.
This may sound surprising, but those limitations actually appeal to most offensive recruits. They see it as an opportunity to play right away at a big-time program, and Florida has done enough good things under McElwain to show them the offense can be productive.
In 2015, Antonio Callaway set the school record for most receiving yards by a true freshman and Kelvin Taylor had a 1,000-yard season. This year, Florida has had a couple of 500-yard performances against SEC opponents and scored more than 40 points in both games.
There have still been more negatives than positives, but McElwain can sell the highlights to recruits. That success gives them confidence in the offensive system, but the struggles indicate that there’s still a lack of talent on the roster.
Does the lack of a productive QB for a second year hurt us recruiting other positions?
These guys are football players. They’re smart enough to understand the game and recognize a bad offensive situation when they see it. McElwain isn’t one to make excuses, but he was dealt a bad hand at quarterback and that has held back the offensive production and progression.
He had a capable starter in Will Grier and then lost him because of a rare suspension. Since Grier’s exit and eventual transfer, McElwain has been stuck at quarterback with a player unfit