Friday, January 19, 2018
Colleges

College football recruiting: UCF Knights commitments

UCF

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

VERBAL COMMITMENTS (13)

PlayerPos.Ht./Wt.School
Jaquarius BargnareATH5-10/170Orlando Dr. Phillips
Bryon BrownCB6-1/166Miami Norland
Nathaniel EvansILB6-1/230New Orleans John Curtis
Richie GrantWR6-0/172Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee
Jawon HamiltonRB5-9/185Homestead South Dade
Adrian KillinsRB5-8/175Daytona Beach Mainland
Dontay MayfieldCB6-1/180Miami Gulliver Prep
McKenzie MiltonQB5-11/160Mililani (Hawaii)
Malick MbodjWR6-4/188Lithonia (Ga.) Arabia Mountain
Brandon MooreATH6-0/165Sanford Seminole
Josh OdigieDE6-4/250Orange Coast (Costa Mesa, Calif.) College
Dequinton OsborneDT6-0/310Kilgore (Texas) J.C.
Boman SwansonOT6-4/260Homestead South Dade
EARLY ENROLLEES (1)
Christian BeardOG6-4/270Trinity 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

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