2010 Offensive Prospects for UCF

With the 2009 class just about wrapped up, pending the decision of Kwame Geathers, the Knights will turn more of their attention to the class of 2010. The Knights have made good connections in Georgia and Florida, and those connections are coming through with their early targets for 2010. Take a look at who UCF is targeting early on the offensive side of the ball.

Potential Quarterbacks-

Who they like:

Blake Bortles: Quarterback from Ovideo, is at the top of their list and the Knights are very high on him. He has good size and athletic ability and can make all the throws. He is literally in UCF's backyard, so expect the team to show him a lot of love. Bortles is also the only QB that UCF has offered thus far.

Marshyl Rothman: Quarterback from Jupiter Christian, the only knock on him is his 5'11" size. He has extreme athletic ability, and an awesome arm. With Chase Daniel, Todd Ressing, and Troy Smith as recent examples of "short" QB's who have had success, someone is bound to take a chance on this gun-slinger.

My take: UCF should have a good shot at Bortles.

I like: Trevor Siemien: QB from Olympia (Orlando), he is the real deal and he is a local kid. He can make all the throws and is an exceptional athlete. But the two they like are solid prospects as well. Siemien hasn't seen a lot of attention yet because of an unorthodox release, but he can straight up throw the ball.


Potential Running backs-

Who they like:


Storm Johnson: RB from Buford (Ga.), 6'1", 205 lbs., runs a 4.5 40, a physical pounding back. The Knights will have some serious competition here though as he has already been offered by Auburn, USF, Tennessee, and Stanford. He was a productive back as a junior, despite splitting carries.

Eduardo Clements: This running back from Booker T. Washington (Fla.) will probably go down as the best running back in the state by the time it's all said and done. UCF has already offered him, but so has every other big team in the state.

Brandon Gainer: From Miami Central, he has a great combination of size and speed. Also goes to the same high school that Kevin Smith is an alum from. Again a man that will have plenty of suitors for his signature.

My take: Hard to complain with these three, they are some of the most talented guys, and are in areas they are very familiar recruiting.

I like: Hosey Williams : From Southwest Miami, he is on record saying he will commit to Miami if they offer, if they don't UCF could be right in the thick of things for this extremely fast and talented, scat back. His stock should soar after combines.


Potential Wide Receivers-

Who they like:


Jermiah Crawford: From Auburndale, he is only 5'11" and runs his 40 in the high 4.5's, but all he does is make plays. He had a great summer as a Junior, dominating in 7-on-7 and at the combine in Jacksonville.

Ted Meline: From Booker T. Washington (Miami), one of the top receivers in the nation with some impressive offers, but that is not stopping the Knights at this point. He is 6'3" and runs a sub 4.4 40. UCF would love a playmaker like him and the team will certainly make a run at Meline.

Kenny Shaw: The Dr. Phillips product is one of the best receivers in the state and he just finds ways to make plays. He has already been offered by UCF.

My take: Ted Miline is probably not a realistic probability, but to get Dixon and Crawford would be great considering they got some big body receivers in this past class.

I like: Codero Dixon: From North Gwinnett (Ga.), he has 4.4 speed and a great set of hands. He, Austin Shepherd, and JuWuan James are all part of a trio that the Knights will be heavily recruited. Codero's athletic ability makes him a can't-miss prospect though.


Potential Tight ends-

Who they like:

Dominic Wooten: From Norwell (Ma.), 6'7", 220,is a huge target. He can block and has a good set of hands. Could form an unstoppable pair of tight ends in the red-zone with the 6'6" Jim Teknipp.

My take: If they can get Wooten or an elite tight end like Brian Volgler (Brookstone, Columbus, Ga.) then go do it, if not, they are pretty set at tight end.


Potential Offensive Linemen-

They like:


JuWuan James and Austin Shepherd: From North Gwinnett (Ga.), they are massive tackles with good feet. They are friends and both have interest in the Knights and the interest is definitely reciprocated, as UCF has already offered James and is likely close to Shepherd. Austin can move inside to guard as well, giving him a lot of versatility. James will likely be a five-star guy by the end of the process.

My take: This will need to be an area they go after heavy after a thin 09 class. Landing JuWuan and Austin would be a fantastic start.

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