The UCF quarterback situation -- in dire straits following the departure of starting QB Jeff Godfrey -- just got better during past week.
Two players will fill an immediate need in quarterbacks for the Knights in Tyler Gabbert (6-0, 200) of Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West and a transfer from the University of Missouri, and Phenix City (Ala.) Central prospect Jonathan Wallace (6-2, 200).
Gabbert is the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The younger Gabbert followed his older brother to Missouri, but then decided to transfer after a redshirt freshman season in 2010.
He visited UCF in August but picked Louisville as his next destination. Things did not work out for him with the Cardinals, however, and he wound up not playing in 2011. He will have three years of eligibility remaining and is currently working on his associate's degree at a community college St. Louis.
Wallace, who was previously committed to Southern Miss, enjoyed his visit to UCF and committed on Sunday morning. He is a dual-threat quarterback and listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Both will offer much-needed depth for UCF this upcoming season. The Knights will enter spring practice with just one scholarship quarterback, rising sophomore and incumbent starter Blake Bortles, after last year’s starter Jeff Godfrey transferred. Gabbert can enroll as a transfer for the UCF summer A session.
The Knights entered this weekend with only eight listed commitments, although UCF coach George O’Leary stated that UCF also had roughly 10 silent commits.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun