UCF's latest commitment, Cal Bloom, was not high on the team's wish list when the Knights first put together their 2012 recruiting board.
The same could be said for just about any other school in the country.
The Osseo (Minn.) tight end was overlooked and overshadowed by teammate and fellow tight end Will Johnson, who committed to West Virginia in December. It was pure chance that the Knights even discovered Bloom at a basketball practice while recruiting Johnson.
But once UCF defensive line coach Jim Panagos saw the way agile Bloom (6-5, 235) moved for a big man, the Knights were hooked.
After the UCF coaching staff made three more trips to Minnesota and Bloom went on his UCF official visit, Bloom became equally hooked on the Knights.
"Everything was really smooth," Bloom said of his official visit to UCF during the weekend. "The visit was really nice. I love the campus, I love the facilities."
Although Iowa State and West Virginia began pursuing Bloom late in the recruiting process, the three-sport athlete (he plays baseball too) wanted to stick with UCF, the first school to offer him.
"I had all this interest in other schools, but this one was the top. The coaching staff was just really real, I could tell," Bloom said. "That was my get feeling and I went with it. I'm happy with it and I think it was a good fit."
Bloom had a hunch he wanted to play at UCF, but he needed to see the school before he could make up his mind. Once he toured the Orlando campus during the weekend, his decision was set.
"I'm from Minnesota and that's in Florida, so I had to kind of visit and see what I was looking at and making sure everything was the real deal, which it was," he said.
Bloom was the Knights' third commit of the weekend. UCF also received verbal pledges from Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) defensive end John Youngblood and former Georgia Tech offensive lineman Phil Smith.
The Knights now have 16 commitments in the 2012 recruiting class.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun