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Tebow takes in NYC; Mullen now attempting to steal recruits from UF, apparently

NEW YORK -- Things are winding down here in the city. Well, for me anyway. The Quarterbacks Three -- Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy -- went to the "Top of the Rock" tonight. I went to Grand Central for dinner and ate oysters.

Tebow was his usual Crocs-wearing self today during the pre-Heisman press conference. Bradford was a little nervous and McCoy sounded like he's ready to begin next season tomorrow. The Longhorns return 10 offensive starters next season.

Mullen is telling people in Mississippi that he will help coach the Gators through the Bulldogs. Don't know if that's good news or not. For what it's worth -- probably a lot -- Tebow wants Mullen in the booth for the title game. On Friday, Tebow made it pretty clear that he didn't want to communicate with anyone except Mullen on the headsets during the game.

There are already signs that Mullen's new gig at Mississippi State might affect the Gators' upcoming recruiting class. One Mississippi high school receiver, Chad Bumphis of Tupelo, Miss., told Rivals.com that Florida fell in his list of prospective schools shortly after Mullen was hired at Mississippi State.

Bumphis is being recruited by Alabama, Florida and now Mississippi State. Mullen was the point man with Bumphis while at UF but now that Mullen is at Mississippi State, UF's former/current offensive coordinator is telling Bumphis that he's going to play in Starkville, Miss.

"He said I'd be playing for him at Mississippi State now instead of Florida," Bumphis told Rivals.com. "I like it. I like him and that move makes it closer to home. So, yeah, that helps Mississippi State. I wouldn't say they're leading, but they're up pretty high."

This is an interesting development, to say the least. Don't know how long UF is going to want Mullen around if he's going to steal recruits from the Gators.

Coincidentally, this weekend is a big one for the Gators' recruiting efforts. According to Rivals, 11 football recruits are visiting UF this weekend. That list includes nine four-star recruits and two five stars, according to Rivals. Five of the recruits are committed to Florida but six are not, including Deerfield Beach quarterback Denard Robinson (who will likely play defensive back in college) and Pompano Beach Ely cornerback Michael Carter.

The biggest names this weekend are William Campbell, a five-star defensive tackle from Detroit, and five-star outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins of Olney, Md. Campbell is the No.4-rated defensive tackle in the nation, according to Rivals.com, and the No.1 overall recruit in Michigan. Rivals.com ranks Jenkins as the No.1-rated outside linebacker in the nation and the No.3 overall recruit in the nation.

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