Floyd Focuses on UCF

After landing commitments from highly touted recruits such as Stephen Hill and Deon Simon in the previous weeks, the Knights added another talented three-star player to the mix in Dontravious Floyd. InsideKnights.com talks to UCF's 14th commitment and gets his thoughts on being a Knight.

With less than a week until most high schools in Florida (and most of the Southeast) begin class, it was expected that UCF would add a commit or two prior to its season beginning.

Dontravious Floyd visited UCF for the first time last Friday and came away so impressed that he decided to commit to the Knights less than a week later.

"It went great," Floyd told InsideKnights.com. "Me and my family toured the campus and saw everything; the football facilities, the academic hall, it was great. My mom and uncle came with me and they were amazed, it really helped us reach a conclusion."

The decision to choose UCF became increasingly clear to Floyd after his visit, but he had numerous reasons for picking UCF. Floyd is UCF's first three-star commitment from Florida of the 2009 class, and location definitely played a role in his decision.

"The location really helped, UCF is fairly close to home," said the Homestead local from South Dade H.S. "I have the Bright Future's Scholarship, so staying in-state made since. I mainly wanted to stay close to home for my family because they wanted me to not be too far away, and I respected that."

The fact that Floyd enjoyed UCF's coaches helped too.

"They have a great staff, everyone works as a team and has good chemistry with the players. I don't want to go to a place where the coaches can't get along, and UCF's staff looks like they get along real well."

Coach David Kelly was Floyd's main recruiter, and his honesty and willingness to make himself available for Floyd made a huge difference.

"He's very honest, I like how he's straight forward and tells you how it is. He said he'd keep up with academics with me and help me out."

Floyd is a 6'3", 205 lb. receiver who has terrific strength, size and jumping ability, something he attributes to his experience playing basketball.

"I play point guard and shooting guard. I am planning on playing only football at UCF, but basketball helps with agility, endurance and using my body to gain leverage on jump balls," said Floyd, who also thinks his size will be an asset next season. "I think I'm a great fit in UCF's offense, I fit their style. They are a physical team with very physical receivers, and I think that can help me play early."

Last season, Floyd accumulated 329 receiving yards and six touchdowns for South Dade, something he plans to build on this year. "I have a lot of good strengths that should help me out. Aside from catching, I'm also good at picking up years after the catch and jumping for the ball. I need to work on getting a little faster, that's something I talked to Coach Kelly about."

Overall, Floyd is relieved to be committed to a school.

"It is a relief to be honest. Now I can focus on academics and football, not where I'm going."

The talented wide out had received offers from Auburn, USF, Vanderbilt, Kansas, FIU and Troy. Floyd was planning on taking an official visit to Auburn, but said it's unlikely now, as he is committed to being a Knight.

"I'm very excited to be going to UCF, it should be a great fit."


Brendan Sonnone is a senior writer for InsideKnights.com, covering the UCF Knights for Scout.com. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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