UCF State of Recruiting: Defensive Backs

With the season officially over and one month 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 defensive backs, the final part in our series.

Current position outlook: UCF will have some big shoes to fill in the defensive backfield, as every starter will be graduating. That means seasoned players like Joe Burnett that have been key cogs for the Knights over the past four years must be replaced.

While the Knight do not return any starters, there are some players in the secondary that have accumulated some experience. Emery Allen was UCF's nickel back this past season and is a favorite to start at corner in 2009. Allen is undersized but has shown excellent technique and desire.

Reggie Weams is a hard-hitting safety who as a lot of special teams experience, as do Justin Boddie and Darin Baldwin, the two corners that are likely to start for the Knights next season.

Number of players UCF will likely accept: The Knights will look to gobble up defensive backs in order to stockpile talent in hopes of adding depth to make up for inexperience. UCF already landed Josh Robinson, a stud athlete from Plantation H.S. (Fla.) who should contribute immediately as a corner back. Corey Ammons and A.J. Bouye are two other under the radar corners that have also committed to the Knights. At safety, UCF has also landed Henry Wright and Jarrett Swaby. The Knights will likely look to add roughly three more defensive backs by February.

Potential commits: The Knights are likely to retain Robinson, Bouye, Wright and Swaby. Ammons is a question mark, as he has had wavering interest with the Knights but still claims that he is committed. A big factor with Ammons would be Terrance Taylor, a teammate of his at Archbishop Carroll H.S. (Fla.) Taylor is a safety prospect who de-committed from Rutgers and is extremely high on UCF. Brian Jackson is a stud safety from Alabama who also has shown a lot of interest in UCF.

Second Options: The Knights haven't turned on the burners with Alvin Hines, another safety from Alabama, but UCF could possibly start recruiting him with more intensity if the coaches don't get a strong feeling from Jackson. Chris Flowers from Ridge H.S. (Fla.) is another prospect that UCF has been courting.

Dark Horse(s): Travis Hawkins from Maryland is an excellent corner that the Knights got in the running for late in the season. Hawkins committed to Maryland before he visited UCF, but if he does get a chance to see the campus, anything can happen.

How we see things panning out: We expect for the Knights to keep all of their current commitments with Ammons being a wild card. However, we see Taylor coming to UCF and Ammons should follow. The Knights will face stiff competition in a battle for Jackson, but they will probably land him too.


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