Recruiting: Breaking Down UCF's New Miami-Central Recruits
The UCF football team received good news earlier this week as one of its biggest prospect in program history verbally committed to play football in Orlando.
Miami-Central quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey spurned USF and announced his decision to commit to the Knights on Monday afternoon, leaving many excited about the true freshman quarterback that will enroll at UCF in January. Joining Godfrey are Central teammates wide receiver Joshua Reese and corner Jammal McClain. Here is a breakdown of the Knights' newest recruits:
WEIGHT: 167 LBS
SCHOOL: MIAMI CENTRAL
ESPN RANKING: ***
RIVALS.COM RANKING: ***
Godfrey is a pure athlete. Listed as a quarterback, Godfrey has insane playmaking ability that allows him to be a game-changing type of player. Rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com, he was compared to former West Virginia quarterback Pat White by ESPN because of his ability to take over a football game with his raw athleticism.
Godfrey has very good instincts as a quarterback and uses his feet very well, being able to escape the pocket and make plays with his legs if the pocket breaks down. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation in the 2010 class.
He is said to be very good on the run and makes accurate throws while escaping the pocket. Godfrey finished his career at Central as the all-time career passing leader in Miami-Dade county with 7,251 yards, breaking former Northwestern quarterback Jacory Harris' mark.
In case you missed it, here is Godfrey's scouting video courtesy of YouTube:
WEIGHT: 182 LBS
SCHOOL: MIAMI CENTRAL
ESPN RANKING: ****
RIVALS.COM RANKING: ****
The hidden gem in the 2010 recruiting class, Reese was seen as part of the package with Godfrey coming to UCF. Reese could become one of the best receivers to come through the UCF program since Brandon Marshall and Mike Sims-Walker of the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively.
He is a physical receiver that has very good ball skills and is a vertical threat down the field with his speed and quickness. He runs accurate routes and has a second-level burst of speed that helps him distance himself from defensive backs. Reese also makes plays after the catch and will be very successful in short, quick routes and screen plays.
Godfrey's No. 1 target at Central, Reese caught 40 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season. Joshua Reese's highlights: Video is not embeddable, but here is the link from ESPN.com: Josh Reese ESPN highlight video
WEIGHT: 175 LBS
ESPN RANKING: NR
RIVALS.COM RANKING: NR
Part of a defense at Central that allowed just 8.4 points per game this season, McClain was a cornerstone of that defense as a defensive back. He was offered by Memphis and Auburn in addition to UCF, but choose to follow his other teammates to play for the Knights.
I see McClain as similar to UCF safety Kemal Ishmael, who was underrated coming out of North Miami Beach high school and was looked at as a package with redshirt quarterback Nico Flores. McClain can have an impact in a secondary that is very young for the Knights and looks for playmakers at corner positions in addition to Josh Robinson. McClain has no video highlights available.
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