Here is the list of players UCF will host for official visits this weekend. It may not be as lengthy as last week's, but it's still impressive.
Jonathan Davis, LB/S/RB, Tucker (Ga.)
Brian Jackson, CB/S, Hoover (Ala.)
Corey Ammons, CB, Archbishop Carroll (Fla.)
Brandon Bryant, DE, Washington (Ga.)
The first thing that stands out with this group is Davis. InsideKnights.com has been on the Davis situation since the South Carolina incident and it is our understanding that there is a great deal of interest from both parties. There were concerns about Davis' grades according to some reports, but Davis' father, Ty, told us grades weren't a concern. There isn't a whole lot of competition now for this highly underrated player and it might be between UCF and UAB, where Davis visited last weekend. Taking that into account, the Knights are now the likely favorites to land Davis and I personally wouldn't be surprised if he committed to UCF by the end of next week if the visit goes well.
Next on the list is Ammons. The Miami product is becoming increasingly important to the Knights. With Terrance Taylor now a FIU commit, I'm not as sold on Ammons, who has displayed interest in some other schools. The Knights have obviously made the defensive backfield a priority in this class and Ammons is an unheralded player that has received a lot of interest as the season has progressed. It will be crucial for UCF to keep Ammons committed and a big step toward that can be taken to that this weekend.
With Ammons' status uncertain, Jackson becomes an even bigger commodity for the Knights. Jackson has been high on UCF for a while but he was wowed with his visit to Oregon. The Knights would love to land Jackson, who is as a good of a person as he is a player. Coach Collins has been key in his recruitment and will try to get a verbal from Jackson.
Finally is Bryant. The team likes him, but after landing Victor Gray and Frankie Davis, it is uncertain of whether there will be enough room in this class for Bryant. The Georgia native will likely be a guy UCF relies on if it loses a defensive commit from now until signing day.
Other Recruiting news and notes:
-Terrance Taylor and Richard Lee both committed elsewhere this week. Both were safeties that the Knights had interest in, but this should tell you something; the Knights were in the lead to land both of these guys if they wanted them. Taking that into consideration, you can infer that UCF isn't too worried, probably because the team is confident that it can land another safety or two (Jackson and Davis perhaps?)
-Jamal Patterson was supposed to visit as of Tuesday but things have changed since yesterday and now he will not be visiting from what I understand. I didn't think UCF was in it for him, as he was either going to Stanford if he was eligible or Clemson. This might confirm those notions, although a last minute change could occur.
- UCF is entering the race for Kwame Geathers a little late but the Knights are making an impression on him. Geathers likes UCF because he can play defensive tackle right away. Most other schools haven't been recruiting Geathers to play on defense, although Georgia has. The Knights would love to get the South Carolina stud down for a visit. I don't want to get too ahead of myself, but the Knights have a very good shot at the four-star tackle.
-Rodney Smith was scheduled to visit with teammates Taylor and Ammons this weekend but that just didn't happen. With Taylor out and seemingly no interest from Smith, I am getting a little worried with Ammons.
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