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Juco players Kentorius 'Scooter' Jackson commits to UCF; brother Toby could sign Wednesday

Georgia Military College DB Kentorius 'Scooter' Jackson committed to UCF on Sunday.

If National Signing Day for junior college transfers was on Sunday, Jackson's brother Toby, of juco national champion Navarro ( Texas) College, would have joined his brother as a UCF Knight.

Toby Jackson, however, will wait until NSD on Wednesday to make his official announcement.

The brothers Jackson, who were on an official visit to UCF this past weekend, aren't necessarily a package deal. They come sold separately, yet they can't wait to take the same field together, once again.

"If I had no choice but to sign today, I'd sign with UCF," Toby said Sunday night. "Playing with my brother plays a part, but I wouldn't say big part. I want whatever is best for my brother and if the situation works out where we can play together again, that's great.

"So if going to Central Florida is the best option for him, then I'm happy for him, and if going to Central Florida is the best option for me, then we'll be ballin' once again, just like we always have before."

Toby is the older of the two, by one year. He was headed for the University of Georgia out of Griffin (Ga.) High in 2008. Academics, however, threw up a detour and he ended up in Corsicana, Texas, playing juco ball.

He had two great seasons at Navarro and in his final juco performance, was named the MVP of the national title game. Navarro defeated Butler County (Kan.) Community College 13-12.

"I signed with Georgia out of high school," Toby said. "They tried to keep up with me, but I wasn't really worried about Georgia. I've moved on from those days. I'm not trying to go back home at all."

Scooter is excited about his decision. He'll graduate from Georgia Military in March, and likely enter UCF for the summer program next year.

"It feels good. I'm going to come in there to play early ... make an impact. I feel like I made a good decision for me," Scooter said. "First and foremost I just like the way Coach O'Leary talks about helping you get things done. He wants you to graduate and get that degree and he wants to help. All the coaches, they really impressed me a lot."

Toby was equally impressed.

"I like everything about UCF," he said. "The coaching staff, the players, and the opportunity they have for me to go in there and make an impact. I have nothing bad to say ... the campus, the city, all of it, everything is good."

UCF is going the juco route for some impact players because the Knights are losing several impact defensive players to graduation this year. Bruce Miller and David Williams, the booked defensive ends, will be gone. So too will be linebackers Derrick Hallman and Lawrence Young, and DBs Justin Boddie, Reggie Weems, Darin Baldwin and Emery Allen.

"If I decide to go to UCF, they do expect me to get in there and be an impact on defense just like Bruce (Miller) was last couple of seasons," Toby said.

Scooter, a 6-2, 198-pound defensive back who will likely play strong safety, will be used in nickel packages, but he will also move around in the different UCF defensive sets.

He runs a 4.52 40-yard dash and was third on his Georgia Military team with 36 tackles, 9 for losses. He did not have any interceptions. "They wouldn't throw at me," he laughed.

"Central Florida's been recruiting me since high school," Williams said. "They are still committed to me and love me as a person and a player. They show me a lot of respect."

The two took in the Knights basketball game against Bethune-Cookman University on Saturday night and both of them loved the UCF fans and atmosphere.

"What I like a lot is the fan base," Toby said. "The fans at the game were committed to the players and their team. It was great."

UCF also has another set of brothers on the roster in the McCray trio. All offensive linemen, Cliff McCray is a redshirt junior, while Jordan and Justin McCray are twins and both freshmen. All three played at Miami Southridge.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com.

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