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Recruiting 2010: UCF puts together impressive class

Lake Mary defensive tackle Andrew Rice admits he wasn't sure he made the right call he first committed to UCF.

He worried he may have selected a school too early and passed up other good opportunities, but the Knights' star-studded 2010 recruiting class helped reassure him he made the right call.

"When E.J. Dunston, Cornelius Whitehead, Blake Bortles and a lot of other talented players committed to UCF, I was really impressed," Rice said. "It reminded me that UCF was a great place to be. Players see it as a place where we can make an impact and do something special. Now I'm really glad I committed to UCF, and there's nowhere else I'd rather be going to school."

The Knights have amassed arugably the most talented recruiting class of Coach George O'Leary's six-year tenure.

The Analysis

  • GRADE: A. UCF has six recruits who are eligible to participate in spring football because they are starting classes today. Four-star East Arizona Junior College linebacker Glen Stanely and three-star Miami Central quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey, who are two of the Knights' most important prospects, enrolled in school early. Godfrey is a charismatic playmaker who previously was rated as a four-star prospect. At least two Miami Central prospects are set to follow Godfrey to UCF, with others potentially following him north.UCF can hang onto it's high recruiting marks if four-star Miami Central wide receiver Joshua Reese follows through on his promise to play alongside Godfrey and signs with the Knights. The school also is making a run at several other south Florida athletes, including Miami Central running back Brandon Gainer.
  • LEAVING: The Knights lose up to four starters on offense and four starters on defense from the 2009 team. UCF is searching for a new starting quarterback, with Wake Forest senior transfer Brett Hodges exhausting his eligibility. The team also needs to replace senior defensive linemen Torrell Troup, Travis Timmons and Jarvis Geathers, who helped UCF develop one of the top rushing defenses in the country.
  • RETURNING: UCF returns seven starters on offense and defense. Junior defensive end Bruce Miller, the Conference USA defensive player of the year, and sophomore running back Brynn Harvey are the Knights' top two returning players. The Knights boost a lot of depth on defense, with Darius Nall and Wes Tunuufi Sauvao among the players expected to move up on the defensive line. Sophomore Rob Calabrese, Stanford sophomore transfer L.D. Crow, freshman Nico Flores and Godfrey are all expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during spring football.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS: It depends on how many players earn medical redshirts from the NCAA, but there will most likely be 27 scholarships available.
  • COMMTIMENTS: 21.
  • NEED FULFILLED: Godfrey and Oviedo's Blake Bortles give the Knights talented quarterback options. UCF also loaded up on talented offensive linemen, defensive linemen and linebackers to help fill upcoming holes on the roster. Stanley, who played both linebacker and defensive end in junior college, and Reese should earn playing time next season.
  • STILL NEED: The Knights have plugged all the holes left by departing players as long as they sign their 15 remaining commitments who didn't enroll at UCF early. The school can always use more playmakers, but those would be a bonus given how much talent the Knight have already locked up.
  • NATIONAL RANKING: No. 54 by Rivals.com and No. 58 by Scout.com.
  • SUCCESS OR FAILURE?: This already is a pretty successful class for UCF, with one four-star recruit and three four-star recruits starting classes this week. If the Knights can hang onto Reese and any other players rated three stars or better, it would be one of the best recruiting classes in school history. The previous top classes at UCF included the signing of NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper and running back Kevin Smith.
  • EXPERT OPINION: "With this type of class, University of Central Florida fans have to be excited about the future of their program." -- Charles Fishbein, EliteScoutingService.com.

 

Iliana Limon covers UCF football for the Orlando Sentinel. She can be reached at ilimon@orlandosentinel.com.

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