UCF Knights Football: Recruiting Making Major Strides With Recent Signings
With the 2011 college football national signing day less than 24 hours away, schools are getting prepared to welcome new athletes to their program, hoping they will be the next big thing. Some schools are guaranteed to land the nations top athletes, while other schools have to fight to get players.
The University of Central Florida football team, overshadowed in the state by the likes of the Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes, put themselves on the map with their most successful year in the programs history.
They went a program-best 11-3, won their second Conference-USA championship, received their first ever national ranking, and won the school's first-ever bowl game, beating a perennial powerhouse conference school in the Georgia Bulldogs.
A large reason for this success was due to the greatly improved recruiting by the Knights. The program had their best recruiting year ever last year when they picked up the eighth best dual-threat quarterback in the nation in Jeff Godfrey, who had offers from the University of Miami, UF and plenty of other top-notch schools.
Godfrey alone made a major impact on the program. Now that UCF has made a name for itself, other high-profile recruits are seriously starting to consider Central Florida. With brand new facilities, a beautiful campus, great location and a rising football program, the Knights are working there way on to a national scale.
The UCF football recruiting once again made major strides with the recruits they landed this year. According to Rivals.com, they amassed the nation's No. 50 recruiting class with 18 three-star recruits as well as major junior college transfers.
Here is a look at the best commits that the Knights have received for 2011, as well as the noteworthy transfer players they landed.
Miles Pace, LB Miami Central High
The three-star linebacker from Miami Central High will become the fifth Miami Central Rocket to join the Central Florida program in the past two years.
Pace, a 6'2", 245-pound edge rusher who can play both defensive end and outside linebacker is joining Godfrey to help continue the Knights success. He received offers from USF, Clemson and West Virginia, but decided to help join the Knights cause.
He has an opportunity to make an immediate impact.
Jeremy Davis, DB Milford Academy
This six-foot, 190 pound defensive back is a three-star recruit that just recently gave UCF a verbal commitment. Davis was originally part of the Hurricanes recruiting class, but decided to take his talents to Orlando.
He will add speed to the position and is a solid pickup for the Knights.
Cameron Henderson, DE Navarro Junior College
This 6'5", 250-pound monster gave a verbal commit to UCF after playing at Navarro Junior College. He is a three-star recruit that adds much needed size and depth to the Knights defense that loses a lot of essential pieces due to graduation.
He will be looked to step up immediately and keep the UCF defense effective.
Jose Jose, DT Eastern Arizona Junior College
Yes, his first name is also his last name, but Jose Jose is a major addition to the Knights defense. He was originally supposed to be in the Knights 2010 recruiting class along with high school teammates Jeff Godfrey and Josh Reese, however, he got into legal trouble and was dropped from the program.
After spending a year in junior college, Jose is getting a second chance. His 6'3", 330-pound frame should be a solid replacement on a defense that loses All-American Bruce Miller.
Toby Jackson, DE Navarro Junior College
Jackson is the gem of the Knights 2011 recruiting class. He is one of the most highly regarded junior college players in the entire nation. He was recruited by top tier programs such as Alabama and Georgia. Jackson will also replenish the depleted UCF defensive line on the strong side.
The four-star recruit is the prize of UCF's 2011 class and will help attract other big-time players to the rising UCF program.