Recruiting Ups and Downs for UCF

After UCF landed verbals from two stud defensive linemen during the team's first weekend of official visits this offseason, the Knights have lost a little bit of momentum this week in terms of recruiting but the they could also snag some potentially big verbals in the coming days as well. Find out what is left on UCF's plate.

The weekend could not have gone any better for UCF. The team had multiple players that ranked atop its board take an official visit to the school. These highly touted recruits were treated to a packed basketball game against Memphis, saw the brand new facilities that UCF had to offer and spent the weekend talking to players who shared stories about playing in big games and winning the conference title.

Those two days were flawless and what followed was even better. The Knights landed a verbal commitment from three-star end Victor Gray and two-star defensive tackle Frankie Davis, and they also solidified three-star receiver Dontravious Floyd, who was a soft verbal heading into the weekend. Heck, the team even made an impression on Mike Gillislee, one of the best running backs in the nation.

All that good will however has been somewhat tarnished by what has been a more than mildly disappointing week for UCF recruiting. Shortly after Gillislee's visit, he re-committed to Florida, leaving UCF's options at running back pretty limited.

The following weekend, Davis took a visit to West Virginia after saying he was 100-percent committed to UCF. Whether that was UCF giving him the ok to look around or Davis' decision isn't quite clear, but it wasn't a good start to the weekend following the phenomenal January 16th weekend.

Later in the weekend, the Knights lost a commitment from Evan Swindall, who was the very first commitment in this year's class. Swindall is a refined lineman who plays with a nasty streak and the Knights certainly didn't want to lose him, as coaches went to visit Swindall after he committed to Ole Miss.

Then Brian Jackson, who is a player who could have came in and played right away for the Knights, announced his verbal to Oregon on Wednesday. The Knights were in the hunt for Jackson, but fell just short of landing the Alabama safety.

While the week didn't go as planned, the Knights aren't reeling too much. It is likely that the team is allowing Davis to play the field and the team is currently amongst the favorites to land defensive tackle Kwame Geathers. Swindall would have been nice to keep, but he was not an integral part of the class, as UCF brought in a lot of quality offensive linemen last year. Make no mistake about, Jackson would have been great too, but UCF has already landed a handful of defensive backs this class and the Knights weren't depending on his signature.

The Knights are anxiously awaiting a decision from Kemal Ishmael and Nico Flores, who are both favorites to commit to UCF. The team will also be expecting an answer from Jonathan Davis. So this might not have been the great follow up week and weekend that UCF's coaches and fans might have envisioned, but the Knights are far from being in trouble and this could end up being a great week after all.


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