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Jose Jose, DT, Miami Central via Eastern Arizona Junior College
Ht:6-3 Wt: 330 Class: 2010 (UCF)
Recruiting Buzz: Jose told the Orlando Sentinel he is grateful to be on UCF's signing list for the second consecutive year. He signed a letter of intent to play for the Knights in 2010, but he was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon in March and UCF coach George O'Leary immediately released him from his scholarship. Jose said he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, getting arrested with others in a vehicle who had weapons. Jose was not convicted. He was given a six-month administration probation and was never assigned a parole officer. He kept in touch with the UCF coaching staff throughout the ordeal and said he held no ill will toward the school for pulling its scholarship offer when he was arrested. Jose headed to Eastern Arizona Junior College, where he showed the same potential that made him a sought-after high school prospect at Miami Central. Jose played every game at offensive guard at Eastern Arizona. He also played defensive tackle in some short-yardage situations. Eastern Arizona finished 9-3 and ranked No. 20 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The Gilla Monsters lost to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in the Salt Lake City Bowl 42-17. Jose was recruited by USC, Kansas State and Auburn, but he ultimately decided to stick with UCF. He enrolled at UCF in January and is scheduled to participate in spring football. While he played on the offensive line in high school and junior college, the UCF coaches are still hoping he can continue to slim down and be a strong defensive tackle.
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