UCF has several highly touted recruits taking visits to the school and most of them have UCF very high on their lists of possible destinations. The Knights should feel comfortable that they will land several commitments this weekend or very shortly after, but who are the leading candidates?
Before I dive into this, here is the list of players visiting this weekend. We originally anticipated some other guys, such as the Archbishop trio, but they have pushed their visit back to next week. However, this is still a huge weekend.
Nico Flores, Quarterback, North Miami Beach (Fla.)
Kemal Ishmael, Wide Receiver, North Miami Beach (Fla.)
Richard Lee, Safety, Lake Gibson (Fla.)
Frankie Davis, Defensive Tackle, East Ridge (Fla.)
Willie Haulstead, Wide Receiver, Titusville (Fla.)
Victor Gray, Defensive End, Dr. Phillips (Fla.)
Nico Ranieri, Quarterback, Dr. Phillips (Fla.)
Mike Gillislee, Running Back, DeLand (Fla.)
Current Commits Visiting:
Dontravious Floyd, Wide Receiver, South Dade Senior (Fla.)
Henry Wright, Safety, Edgewater (Fla.)
Tay Irvin, Defensive Tackle, Troup County (Ga.)
A.J. Bouye, Cornerback, Tucker (Ga.)
Of all of those players, I think you can expect several to commit either on the visit or within a week of it. The most likely choice is Nico Flores.
Flores has been high on the Knights for a very long time. FIU actually seems to be the top competition for him, but the talented quarterback is expected to be a Knight. If he enjoys his visit, I could easily see him committing right on the spot or within the end of the week.
Next on the list is Frankie Davis. He too has UCF at the top of his list but he might wait until he visits West Virginia. Davis did tell InsideKnights.com that he was going to make a decision around Christmas time, but Purdue, his leader, backed out. I'm assuming that he still would like to make a decision sooner than later and I like the odds that he becomes a Knight within a week or two of visiting.
Two wild-cards are Kemal Ishmael and Richard Lee. Ishmael is Flores' teammate and Lee is the teammate of current UCF commit, Leon Woods. There might be some influence for these guys to make a choice this weekend as well. The odds here aren't as great , but I think there is still a good possibility.
Victor Gray and Nico Ranieri also come from the same high school but the odds on them committing this weekend isn't good. Ranieri doesn't have a UCF offer and Gray likes the Knights but hasn't really said or done anything that would indicate that they are favorites. Gray still has more visits to take and I don't think he would commit this weekend with his teammate there.
As for Haulstead and Gillislee, don't expect any verbals. The two seem to have some interest in UCF, but they are currently committed to in-state powers and they will not make any hasty decisions.
I hope this little cheat sheet helps out. This is by no-means a scientific process but these are my gut feelings on how a critical weekend could end for the Knights.
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