With a resume that includes working for Urban Meyer, and now with Steve Spurrier around the program as an ambassador, Dan Mullen is regularly compared with both former great Florida coaches.

SEC Network host Paul Finebaum even went as far as to call Mullen “Steve Spurrier Jr.”

“He’s got the swag, he knows how to get under people’s skins, and at Florida he seems to be making mostly the right call,” Finebaum said Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio program “The Roundtable.” “The one thing Dan Mullen hasn’t done yet at Florida is recruit a boat full of 5-star athletes. That has been the one mark against him where Kirby Smart and Saban and all these other guys are bringing guys these big hauls in. If Dan Mullen can start getting the elite of the elite 5-star, if they were on the sidelines Saturday, they’ll probably be rediscovering or readdressing their possibilities, then I think Florida could be as dangerous moving forward as they’ve been in the past under Spurrier and Urban Meyer.”

For context, Florida has 19 commits in the 2020 recruiting class, but none are 5-star recruits, and the Gators didn’t have any 5-stars last year. They’re currently ranked No. 6 in the SEC, and No. 15 in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.