UCF State of Recruiting: Defensive Line

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 on our "State of Recruiting" series. Today we'll discuss the defensive line.

Current position outlook:

The front four was UCF's strong point this past season and will be in 2009 as well. Torrell Troup was perhaps the most dominant player in the C-USA, as he destroyed opposing center and guards consistently; for a majority of the time, he was unblockable.

Bruce Miller and Jarvis Geathers also had big years from the end position. Geathers emerged as one of the best pass rushers in the conference and Miller is a very versatile player for the Knights.

David Williams and Travis Timmons had disappointing seasons but will have an opportunity to redeem themselves next year. Darius Nall and Chris Martin could contribute if they recover from injuries (Nall had a tumor) and Theo Goins might also make an impact.

Number of players UCF will likely accept: The Knights have already added two excellent players at defensive tackle. Deon Simon and Tay Irvin are both three-star tackles who could make immediate impacts if necessary. UCF will probably look to add two more players up front, give or take one depending on the caliber player that wants to commit.


Potential commits-

Leader(s): Irvin and Simon are both fairly strong verbals. Simon hurt his knee this year and if it's a severe injury, the Knights might look to redshirt him.

At defensive tackle, UCF could add one more and if the Knights do, it should be Frankie Davis. Davis is an underrated two-star prospect from East Ridge H.S. in nearby Clermont who has a high motor and is very quick. His top choice is Purdue but if the Boilmakers don't have room for him, he should commit to UCF by the week's end.

Victor Gray from Dr. Phillips (Orlando) has UCF in his top five and will be taking a visit in January. UCF wants to add a pass-rusher and Gray has an extremely quick first step, so he fits the bill.

Second Options: If neither of the before mentioned players commit, UCF will likely look at a few options, but won't reach. The team had some interest in Tevin Holliman (Tucker, Ga.) before he blew out his knee. He could be a good consolation prize if Gray doesn't stay close to home. Melvin Jones (Conyers, Ga.) might be a guy UCF looks at too if the team can't land Davis.

Dark Horse(s): Don't hold your breath for Dyron Dye. Nothing is official until signing day, but he appears to be headed south as Miami beckons. One player UCF has lost ground on in the recruiting race is Izaan Cross from Flowery Branch, Ga. Cross is a big end, just how UCF likes them, and he has already committed to Georgia Tech.

How we see things panning out: There are pretty good odds that Davis ends up at UCF, but we aren't as confident with Gray because the Knights have some ground to make up there. We doubt that UCF reaches for an end unless the coaching staff finds a diamond in the rough. We also doubt Dye ends up at UCF, but things have been known to change.


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