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College football recruiting: UCF Knights commitments

UCF

KEY LOSSES: G Tarik Cook, DL Thomas Niles, LB Domenic Spencer

VERBAL COMMITMENTS (13)

Player Pos. Ht./Wt. School
Jaquarius Bargnare ATH 5-10/170 Orlando Dr. Phillips
Bryon Brown CB 6-1/166 Miami Norland
Nathaniel Evans ILB 6-1/230 New Orleans John Curtis
Richie Grant WR 6-0/172 Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee
Jawon Hamilton RB 5-9/185 Homestead South Dade
Adrian Killins RB 5-8/175 Daytona Beach Mainland
Dontay Mayfield CB 6-1/180 Miami Gulliver Prep
McKenzie Milton QB 5-11/160 Mililani (Hawaii)
Malick Mbodj WR 6-4/188 Lithonia (Ga.) Arabia Mountain
Brandon Moore ATH 6-0/165 Sanford Seminole
Josh Odigie DE 6-4/250 Orange Coast (Costa Mesa, Calif.) College
Dequinton Osborne DT 6-0/310 Kilgore (Texas) J.C.
Boman Swanson OT 6-4/260 Homestead South Dade
EARLY ENROLLEES (1)
Christian Beard OG 6-4/270 Trinity Valley (Texas) C.C.

HOT PROSPECTS: Considering UCF's winless 2015 season and new coach Scott Frost's lack of Florida roots, the Knights have recruited admirably so far. Frost, intent on bringing the team's offense into the 21st century, is recruiting speed across the board as promised. Killins was last year's Class 3A state champ in the 200 meters, and Swanson — a brawny tackle — once ran the 40 in 5.06 seconds at a Miami combine, according to 247Sports. Frost apparently has found his Marcus Mariota clone in Milton, Hawaii's 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year (4,200 total yards, 47 total TDs). A sprained A.C. joint sidelined Milton for most of his senior year, but he won Oregon camp MVP honors last summer when Frost was offensive coordinator.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Miami

KEY LOSSES: CB Artie Burns, S Deon Bush, DB Dallas Crawford, DL Ufomba Kamalu, LB Raphael Kirby, LB Tyriq McCord, WR Rashawn Scott, WR Herb Waters

ORAL COMMITMENTS (16)

Player

Pos.

Ht./Wt.

School

Jack Allison

QB

6-5/195

Palmetto

Patrick Bethel

DE

6-3/245

Vero Beach

Sam Bruce

WR

5-8/180

St. Thomas Aquinas

Tyler Byrd

DB

5-11/190

Naples

Travis Homer

RB

5-10/190

West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy

Michael Irvin Jr.

WR/TE

6-3/210

St. Thomas Aquinas

Deion Jackson

CB

6-1/180

Hallandale

Joseph Jackson

DE

6-5/245

Miami Gulliver Prep

Zach McCloud

LB

6-2/215

Lake Worth Santaluces

Dionte Mullins

WR

5-11/180

Miami Gulliver Prep

Mike Pinckney

LB

6-0/215

Jacksonville Raines

Shaquille Quarterman

LB

6-0/235

Orange Park Oakleaf

James Wiggins

CB

5-10/180

Miami South Dade

Latrell Williams

WR

5-11/175

Lake City Columbia

Cedrick Wright

ATH

5-9/180

Miami Gulliver Prep

Malek Young

CB

5-9/175

Pompano Beach Coconut Creek

HOT PROSPECTS: New coach Mark Richt has the 'Canes in line for a top-20 class that's ranks among the top four in the ACC. Irvin Jr. has a famous father (the former UM and NFL star) but isn't the most highly touted receiver in the group. Bruce is one of Rivals' top 50 prospects and scored the first touchdown in the Class 7A state championship. Byrd and Quarterman are also consensus top-100 recruits. Mullins had a highlight-reel, one-handed touchdown catch in this month's Under Armour All-America Game. That pass came from = Allison, a four-star recruit who could battle for the starting quarterback job when incumbent Brad Kaaya leaves.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

College football recruiting: UCF Knights commitments 01/22/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2016 8:31pm]
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