The Knights filled some big needs with their past two commits in E.J. Dunston and Justin Tukes. Dunston is a local prospect (Edgewater H.S., Orlando) that will play defensive tackle at the collegiate level. I talked to legendary Edgewater head coach, Bill Gierke, about his star pupil and he told me that Dunston was one of the finest young men he's had the opportunity to coach. Dunston is an underrated player with legit size and he has the ability to be a effective as a one-gap or three-gap player at the next level.
Tukes is a tight end from Georgia and those who are familiar with him are high on his potential. He has all the measurables you could ask for at 6'5", 230 lbs. He also runs a 4.7 40-yard dash so he has the ability to grow into a great target for UCF.
Glen Stanley was the big headline last month. We already had him as a commit (see September's SOR article) but the team had to wait for his grades to get up to par in JUCO land. Now that everything is officially cleared up, the Knights will have a linebacker that can play immediately next season, which is huge considering that Cory Hogue, Jordan Richards and Alex Thompson will all be gone.
With 18 verbals, the Knights are close to their limit but they will make room for a few more players that they have their eyes on. As always you expect some players to not enroll because of grades and others can change their minds, so UCF will likely go a little over our estimated 15-18 commit number. Who exactly are some of those big name targets that the Knights are keeping spots open for?
First, there is a northerner that will be making his decision soon. Danny Foose (Paramus, N.J.) is a big lineman that has UCF pretty high on his list. The word is that he will likely stay close to home but if he has a change of heart, the Knights will definitely embrace him.
Then we move down to Florida. Allen Hurns and Michaelee Harris are still in play but the two Miami wide receivers have been eyeing other schools as well. Harris is holding out for a Georgia offer because he knows they will play true freshmen and Hurns isn't enamored with UCF's quarterbacks. If either one does their homework in the coming month (Hurns is expected to make a decision soon,) then they'll see that UCF has a knack for playing true freshmen and that the Knights have a fairly bright outlook at quarterback with Rob Calabrese showing improvements off the bench after a rough start, a big armed L.D. Crow waiting for his transfer year to be done with and a gifted Nico Flores learning the offense during his redshirt season.
Speaking of quarterbacks, UCF commit Blake Bortles is tearing it up for Oviedo H.S. and his stock is rising. Look for his two-star rating to go up a little. The Knights also expressed some interest in quarterback Jeffery Godfrey and his teammates from Miami Central H.S. and there feeling has been shared by the trio.
UCF will potentially be searching for some help in JUCO land for another defensive position. The Knights need some immediate help at defensive tackle seeing as Torrell Troup and Travis Timmons are leaving after this season and there hasn't been one player that has really stepped up. Deon Simon is expected to enroll at UCF this spring but that will be a big learning curve for the grey-shirt freshman. The Knights extended an offer to D'Angelo McCray, an excellent JUCO prospect, and they'd love to get him added to this class. Isaac Remington is another JUCO defensive tackle prospect that the Knights have extended an offer to. He's expected to visit campus in two weeks and could very well be UCF's next commit of the class.
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