Micah Reed and Myles Willis, who have committed to UCF, are in a similar position.
Both players were the first and second players to say they wanted to be part of the Knights’ 2013 recruiting class.
Since they committed to UCF in March, they have each been heavily recruited by BCS schools.
Reed, a running back from Crestview High, and Willis, an athlete from Atlanta Marist, both say they are sticking to their UCF commitments, but they are weighing their options heading into the summer.
“It feels good and then it also tests me in a way,” Willis said of the increased attention that came his way during the spring. “It tests me to make sure I stay with what I wanted in a school. It’s exciting some times, but it’s frustrating a little bit when you have to make sense of things.”
Willis (5-10, 180) committed to UCF during the school’s junior day in late March. At the time, UCF was the only school that had offered Willis a scholarship. Florida State, Boston College,N.C. State and Mississippi State extended scholarship offers to him during spring football.
He is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com.
Reed (5-11, 185) committed to UCF about a week before Willis and was in a different position. He had scholarship offers from Florida, Louisville, Indiana, Cincinnati, FIU, Purdue and Western Kentucky. He has since added more offers and is also rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com.
“I’m still hearing from a lot of schools,” said Reed, who has received offers from Mississippi State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, USF, Southern Miss and others. “They are good offers.”
Both players said they have taken and will continue to take visits this summer. Reed stated in early June that he planned on touring Southern Miss, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida, while Willis had visits scheduled for UCF and Vanderbilt in June. He visited Florida State in late May, but he said he didn’t get the same feeling from the Tallahassee campus that he did when he first saw UCF.
“FSU, it was a great visit, but I’m not so certain that if I got the home feeling that I did at Central Florida, Willis said. “That’s something I’m looking for. Also, people keep telling me that the school you pick, you’ll know it because you’ll get the feeling. Right now, I have that feeling from Central Florida.”
UCF’s coaching staff, primarily head coach George O’Leary, is fine with players in general weighing their options and taking visits, but that comes under one condition: That UCF is a player’s last official visit.
“They understand. They know I’m visiting other schools and stuff,” Willis said. “… I kind of wanted to be through with recruiting, but different schools came so you still want to take visits, still look around. But UCF will be the last official visit.”
Although Willis and Reed are fielding calls from other schools, they are making sure to stress to coaches from different teams that they are still very much so committed to UCF.
“I tell them I’m listening and I tell them I’m going to UCF right off the bat,” Reed said. “I just tell them I’m with UCF right now, so I doubt it can change.”
Willis shares the sentiment. He is happy with his choice to commit to UCF, but wants to make sure he leaves no stone unturned because he picked the Knights before taking other visits.
“I made an early decision, but right now when I look at it and evaluate it, I still think UCF is No. 1,” Willis said. “Now I’m in a situation where I might have made an early decision, but I right now it looks like the best decision.”