O'Leary Announces 2004 UCF Recruiting Class

ORLANDO - UCF head football coach George O'Leary announced the signing of 21 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday on National Signing Day. The new class of UCF prospects features nine offensive linemen, five defensive linemen along with five defensive backs and one running back and quarterback.

"I think No. 1 that when we looked at the class when we got here in January, I thought the areas of concern to me were offensive line, defensive line and the corner position either through attrition or graduation with this senior class coming up," stated O'Leary. "That is where we spent the bulk of our scholarships and we ended up bringing in nine offensive linemen, five defensive linemen and five defensive backs. We are very pleased with that and we were very happy to have another quarterback join the ranks.

"I was very pleased to get our quarterback from the local high school and I do think we filled all of the areas we needed some help from a depth standpoint," added O'Leary. "Next year's recruiting will be more on a positional basis and hopefully help all of our positions out. I thought this current class needed to spend time bringing in linemen on both sides of the ball."

The 2004 recruiting class for the Golden Knights features 11 players from the state of Florida along with three players from Georgia, two from Louisiana and Canada along with one player each from Pennsylvania, Ohio and South Carolina.

2004 UCF Football Recruiting Class
L.J. Anderson, 6-4, 300, OL, Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS
Augustus Ashley, 5-11, 190, DB, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast HS
Leger Douzable, 6-5, 270, DL, Tampa, Fla./Alonso HS
Curtis Francis, 6-0, 185, RB, Green Cove Springs, Fla./Clay HS
Eric Hodge, 6-6, 308, OL, St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast HS
Dominic Ignelzi, 6-4, 310, OL, Port St. Lucie, Fla./West Centennial HS
Kyle Israel, 6-3, 230, QB, Orlando, Fla./University HS
Ryan Karhut, 6-4, 280, OL, Spruce Grove, Alberta/ Spruce Grove Composite
Mike Lavoie, 6-5, 293, OL, Sanford, Fla./Seminole HS
Johnell Neal, 5-10, 180, DB, Baton Rouge, La./ Redemptionist HS
Emeka Okammor, 6-1, 300, DL, Baton Rouge, La./Southern Lab HS
Russell Phillips, 6-3, 245, DL, Douglasville, Ga./Frederick Douglass HS
Sha'reff Rashad, 6-1, 180, DB, Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal HS
Frank Reina, 6-5, 275, OL, Miami, Fla./Palmetto HS
Carlo Rossi, 6-6, 285, OL, Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins HS
Keith Shologan, 6-2, 275, DL, Edmonton, Alberta/Spring Grove Composite
Josh Sitton, 6-5, 295, DL, Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS
Kyle Smith, 6-3, 295, OL, Brockway, Pa./Brockway HS
Kyle Storey, 6-6, 280, OL, Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS
Jason Venson, 5-11, 195, DB, Marietta, Ga./Marietta HS
Keith Williams, 5-11, 190, DB, Austell, Ga./South Cobb HS

L.J. Anderson
6-4, 300
Offensive Line
Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS

Two-year letterwinner at Sumter High School in Sumter, S.C. … coached by Paul Sorrells … graded out at 85% as a senior with 20 knockdowns … integral part of a 14-1 Sumter team that lost in the state championship game … helped lead the way for a Sumter offense that averaged 410 yards a game and 39 points a contest … team also averaged 224.9 rushing yards a game and 180.1 passing yards … named all-area offensive lineman by The Item … Offensive MVP for Sumter HS senior season … four-time Sumter County Offensive Lineman of the Week … three-time team captain … North/South Carolina All-Star Game participant … son of Leander and JoAnn Anderson.

Coach Sorrells on Anderson: "L.J. Anderson has been a joy to coach. He will be truly missed by Sumter High School. He is a tremendous football player who has a very bright future ahead of him in college football."

Augustus Ashley
5-11, 190
Defensive Back
Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast HS

Four-year letterwinner at First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla. … coached by Marty Lee and Fred Culver at First Coast … all-conference, all-district, all-academic and all-area performer as a senior … led team with five interceptions as a senior … returned two of the interceptions for touchdowns … totaled over 80 tackles and recorded 20-plus pass breakups … team captain … played in the Shrine Bowl All-Star Game … son of Jerome and Glendale Ashley.

Coach Culver on Ashley: "Augustus is one of the best student-athletes I have ever coached! Augustus has the total package for UCF."

Leger Douzable
6-5, 270
Defensive Line
Tampa, Fla./Alonso HS

Two-year letterwinner at Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla. … had an impressive senior season in which he finished with 50 tackles and 10 sacks … also returned an interception for a touchdown along with blocking two field goals and forcing two fumbles … second team all-county selection as a senior … also lettered one year in basketball at Alonso … son of Anthony and Felichia Henry.

Curtis Francis
6-0, 185
Running Back
Green Cove Springs, Fla./Clay HS

Three-year letterwinner at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Fla. … coached by Jim Reape … second team all-First Coast selection … rushed for 1,663 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior … also threw a touchdown pass … accounted for 600 yards in 10 playoff quarters … named team's offensive MVP as a senior … Fox 30 and Jacksonville Quarterback Club Player of the Week as a senior … played in the 15th annual Shrine Bowl game … four-year letterwinner in track who excelled in the long jump and high jump … finished fifth in the state in the long jump with a jump of 23 feet and fifth in the high jump with a leap of 6-8 … son of Cornell and Loquita Francis.

Coach Reape on Francis: "Curtis is a fine young man on and off the field. UCF is getting a real renaissance man in Curtis. On the field, his vision and instincts combine with his agility to make him a very good inside runner."

Eric Hodge
6-6, 308
Offensive Line
St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast HS

Two-year letterwinner at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Fla. … coached by Jerry Austin … two-year starter on playoff teams … team won districts as a senior … two-time all-county selection … selected to Palms/Pinellas All-Star Team … all-division honoree … son of Wilhelm and Laurie Waight.

Coach Austin on Hodge: "Eric is potential Sunday player. He is big, has good feet and can play. That is what he is – a potential Sunday player."

Dominic Ignelzi
6-4, 310
Offensive Line
Port St. Lucie, Fla./West Centennial HS

Three-year letterwinner at West Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. … coached by Jim O'Neal … second team all-state performer as a senior … first team all-area according to the Palm Beach Post … Scripps first team all-area performer … graded out at 84.3 % as a senior … total of 38 pancake blocks as a senior … son of Mauro and Susan Ignelzi.

Coach O'Neal on Ignelzi: "Dominic is the best-rounded offensive lineman I have had the privilege of coaching. The young man is blessed with size, speed, power, strength and flexibility. He is also very valuable as a long, short or shotgun snapper. He has experience playing both the right and left sides of the line from tackle to center."

Kyle Israel
6-3, 230
Orlando, Fla./University HS

Four-year letterwinner at University High School in Orlando, Fla. … coached by Jim Flath … one of the top prep quarterbacks in the state of Florida … chose UCF over Florida State … first team Class 6A as a senior … totaled 1,907 passing yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior … added 703 yards rushing and another 14 touchdowns on the ground … all-region selection by PrepStar Magazine … Orlando Sentinel Orange County Offensive Player of the Year … led University High School to its first winning season ever and just its second trip to the playoffs in 12 years … three-year starter at quarterback … totaled 4,700 career yards passing, 1,300 rushing with 40 touchdown passes and 22 rushing touchdowns … son of Richard Israel and Janice Strobach.

Coach Flath on Israel: "Kyle is not only an outstanding player, but more importantly he is an outstanding young man and student who will be an outstanding representative for UCF in the next four years and beyond."

Ryan Karhut
6-4, 280
Offensive Line
Spruce Grove, Alberta/ Spruce Grove Composite

Three-time all-conference selection for head coach Mike McLean at Spruce Grove Composite … three-time all-Canadian Team member … team captain … two-time conference lineman of the year … son of Gerry and Brenda Karhut.

Mike Lavoie
6-5, 293
Offensive Line
Sanford, Fla./Seminole HS

Three-year starter at Seminole High School in Samford, Fla. … coached by Adam Stansbury … all-conference selection … second-team all-county honoree … named Seminole's most outstanding Scholar-Athlete … captain as a senior … Tangerine Bowl Scholarship Award winner … finished seventh in his district as a junior in weightlifting … gold medal winner at the Sunshine State Games … son of Jack and Tracy Lavoie.

Coach Stansbury on Lavoie: "Mike is a leader, he will never quit until something is done right either on the field or in the classroom."

Johnell Neal
5-10, 180
Defensive Back
Baton Rouge, La./ Redemptionist HS

Four-year letterwinner at Redemptionist High School in Baton Rouge, La. … coached by E.B. "Sid" Edwards … two-time all-district performer … all-metro selection in 2002 … totaled 48 solo tackles, 12 assists and two interceptions as a senior … also contributed 11 pass deflections and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … son of Charlene Neal.

Coach Edwards on Neal: "He is an outstanding cover corner with great speed and closing ability. He is a versatile player who can also return kicks and punts."

Emeka Okammor
6-1, 300
Defensive Line
Baton Rouge, La./Southern Lab HS

Four-year letterwinner at Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge, La. … coached by Eric Randall … two-time all-state honoree … two-time all-metro selection … also lettered four years in basketball and track … totaled 80 tackles including 20 for loss and five sacks as a junior … two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries junior season … son of George and Darleen Okammor.

Coach Randall on Okammor: "He's a big, strong and quick on his feet. UCF not only got an outstanding football player but an even better person."

Russell Phillips
6-3, 245
Defensive Line
Douglasville, Ga./Frederick Douglass HS

Four-year letterwinner at Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta, Ga. … coached by Gary Cantrell … two-time all-county honoree … impressive senior campaign totaled 51 solo tackles, 27 assists and nine sacks … son of Russell Jr. and Shirvica Phillips.

Coach Cantrell on Phillips: "Russell is an outstanding player, good student and good person. He was the anchor on our defensive line for two years."

Sha'reff Rashad
6-1, 180
Defensive Back
Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal HS

Four-year letterwinner at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla. … coached by Adam Cheyunski … outstanding all-around athlete who also lettered twice in baseball and track … totaled 58 solo tackles, 26 assists and eight interceptions over his junior and senior years … scored three defensive touchdowns in his career … totaled 56 receptions for 788 yards and seven touchdowns his final two years of prep football … named team's defensive MVP as a junior … 2002-03 Gridiron Award winner … 2003 Chysman Award honoree, given to the top EHS athlete performing to high standards both on and off the field … Collegiate Sports of America 2003 all-southeast regional selection … 2003 district, regional and conference champion in the 110 high hurdles … all-state honoree in the 110 high hurdles … 2003 district, regional and conference champion in the 300 intermediate hurdles … son of Sha'reff and Sharon Rashad.

Coach Cheyunski on Rashad: "Sha'reff has something special you can't coach. He is very graceful and has very good speed and outstanding hands. He is a smothering defensive player and enjoys contact. Sha'reff is a very talented football player who will excel at the next level either offensively or defensively."

Frank Reina
6-5, 275
Offensive Line
Miami, Fla./Palmetto HS

One-year letterwinner at Palmetto High School in Miami, Fla. … coached by Jim Kroll … also lettered four seasons in basketball … part of an 8-2 Palmetto team his senior season that reached the FHSAA playoffs … son of Filamena Reina.

Coach Kroll on Reina: "Frank is an outstanding offensive lineman with the potential to be an outstanding player at UCF."

Carlo Rossi
6-6, 285
Offensive Line
Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins HS

Three-year letterwinner at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Fla. … coached by Casey Vaughn … two-time all-county honorable mention selection … 2003 PrepStar all-region honoree … team captain as a senior … United States Achievement Academy National Scholar … son of Mark and Danita Ravlerson.
Coach Vaughn on Rossi: "Big, strong guy who will get better and get bigger. He has impeccable character and work ethic."

Keith Shologan
6-2, 275
Defensive Line
Edmonton, Alberta/Spring Grove Composite

Coached by Brian Yakimchuk at Spring Grove Composite in Edmonton, Alberta … three-star rated recruit by Rivals.com … rated as the number one prospect in Canada by NFCFLFutures.com … Edmonton Public League MVP … represented Team Canada at the NFL Global Junior Championship in Houston during Super Bowl week … also a member of Team Canada last year … four-time Canadian national heavyweight wrestling champion.

Josh Sitton
6-5, 295
Defensive Line
Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS

Four-year letterwinner at Pensacola Catholic in Pensacola, Fla. … coached by Michael Smith … named second team all-state as a senior … all-area first team offensive lineman … three-year starter … totaled over 50 tackles and six sacks as a senior … allowed just three sacks over two seasons as an offensive lineman … son of George and Loretto Sitton.

Coach Smith on Sitton: "Josh is a tremendous athlete with size and speed. He has grown both physically and mentally over the last few years. I believe his best football is ahead of him at UCF."

Kyle Smith
6-3, 295
Offensive Line
Brockway, Pa./Brockway HS

Three-year letterwinner at Brockway High School in Brockway, Pa. … coached by Ray Reckner … three-time tri-county all-star … team captain … all-league honoree … also lettered three years in wrestling … district champion in wrestling … finished fifth in the state in his weight classification … son of Randy Smith and Mary Simpson.

Coach Reckner on Smith: "On behalf of the Brockway Area School District and Football Program, I would like to congratulate Kyle on his signing with UCF. UCF will provide Kyle with the opportunity to get an excellent education in his chosen field of study and to play football. The school district and program are proud of Kyle's accomplishments and wish him much success in the future."

Kyle Storey
6-6, 280
Offensive Line
Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS

Two-year letterwinner at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio … coached by Mark Crabtree … first team all-district performer … second team all-Ohio and second team OCC … son of Kenneth and Kim Storey.

Coach Crabtree on Storey: "Kyle's potential is still untapped. Without question, his best football is ahead of him. His work ethic and attitude is always outstanding. He is the type of athlete who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. For a kid his size, he has great footwork and tremendous agility. He will be a great football player for UCF."

Jason Venson
5-11, 195
Defensive Back
Marietta, Ga./Marietta HS

Three-year letterwinner at Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga. … coached by James Richards … rated as the No. 39 prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com … named one of the top 50 players in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … MVP of his team as a junior and senior … three-time all-county honoree … named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Cobb County Touchdown Club his senior season … Atlanta Journal-Constitution Defensive Player of the Year for the Marietta area … registered 110 tackles, one interception and blocked five kicks as a senior … returned three of the kicks for touchdowns … 100-plus tackles as a junior with five interceptions and four touchdowns … captain and MVP of his team as a senior … all-state selection … also lettered three years in basketball and four in track … son of Sylvia Carlisle.

Coach Richards on Venson: "He's the best athlete I have ever coached. I believe he could play any position on the field."

Keith Williams
5-11, 190
Defensive Back
Austell, Ga./South Cobb HS

Three-year letterwinner at South Cobb High School in Austell, Ga. … coached by Shane Queen … second team all-county selection as a senior … two-time Cobb County Touchdown Club Player of the Week … team's most valuable defensive back award winner … recorded 100 tackles as a senior … returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown … six pass deflections and two forced fumbles … recovered three fumbles … son of Keith and Cathy Williams.

Coach Queen on Williams: "Keith is very athletic and a fierce competitor. Keith's best attribute is his intensity and the ability to make the big hit. Keith will be a great addition to the UCF football team."

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