UCF State of Recruiting: Running Back

With the season officially over and two months until National Signing Day, it's time for UCF fans, coaches and media alike to turn towards recruiting. Who will be a Knight? Who will the team lose out on? Find out where UCF stands at every position in our "State of Recruiting" series. Today we'll discuss running backs.

Current position outlook: When Kevin Smith left for the NFL draft as a junior, he left a big hole in the UCF offense. Phillip Smith, his planned replacement, was dismissed from the team after several off-field problems.

With three heralded freshmen recruits and redshirt freshman Ronnie Weaver stepping in as the main core to fill Smith's shoes, the Knights' running game sputtered early in the season. After months of growing pains though, Brynn Harvey stepped up as the heir apparent to "24K."

Harvey, displayed an excellent combination of burst and power this year and will be complemented down the road with Weaver and fellow freshmen, Latavius Murray and Brandon Davis, although Murray may move to the defensive side of the ball.

James Poe, an Orlando product, will be coming to the team this spring to add even more depth to the young back field.

Number of players UCF will likely accept:
With so many freshmen, or now sophomores in the back field, the Knights will be very selective amongst running backs they recruit. UCF will likely only make exceptions for players the staff feels is outstanding. With that being said, UCF fans might see just one (if that) running backs signed this year.

Potential commits-

Leader(s): None. The Knights aimed high on just several running backs and have lukewarm interest at best with some of their targets. Lamar Miller, who has committed to an extremely loaded backfield in Miami, was a recruit UCF eyed early on, but Miller said he is no longer receiving much interest. Trabis Ward, another top south Florida recruit, favors South Carolina heavily over other schools and seems to be looking for whatever school has the most prestige.

Second options: Brandon Jacobs committed to Auburn earlier this year but the recent coaching change up there might provoke him to look around at other options. Jacobs is a power back who could play either running back or fullback for the Knights.

Dark horses: Al-Terek McBurse bleeds black and gold but the Knights had offered him at defensive back, as the team needs replacements for the four starters that are graduating. after a tereffic season though in which McBurse scorched opponents in nearby Seminole county this year, he provoked interest from teams such as Nebraska, Kansas, USF, Georgia Tech and others. UCF has recently offered McBurse as a running back, so he might now consider UCF again.

How we see things playing out: It's unlikely that UCF will land a running back commit. Now that the Knights changed their tune and offered McBurse as a running back, there's still a chance he could decide to be a Knight, but it might be too little, too late.

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