UCF coach George O'Leary isn't ready to flash his recruiting cards yet. The Knights have as many as 10 silent commitments they're doing their best to keep quiet leading up to National Signing Day with the hope it will prevent other schools from courting UCF's prospects. "I do all the work and then they all want to come after them," O'Leary said, noting other coaches know UCF prospects have qualified academically.
The Knights likely won't end up with their highest-rated recruiting class in school history thanks, in part, to the departure of five assistant coaches during the past five months. However, O'Leary said he is excited about the talent, work ethic and potential of the Knights' top prospects.
What they need
The Knights entered this year looking for quarterbacks, defensive backs, tall receivers and solid linemen. In addition to replacing the 2011 senior class, UCF is looking to offset the loss sophomore quarterback Jeff Godfrey, junior cornerback Josh Robinson and freshman linebacker Leilon Willingham. The Knights have plenty of recruits with potential to fit well into O'Leary's system, but the team could still use some higher rated prospects to round out the recruiting class.
Who they've already got
Orlando Agape Christian receiver Drico Johnson, who is rated a three-star prospect and ranked No. 87 at his position by Rivals.com, is the Knights' highest profile commitment. So far, UCF's most important newcomers won't be officially listed on the 2012 recruiting class. Miami transfer running back Storm Johnson, former Colorado State and Dr. Phillips quarterback Nico Ranieri, defensive backs Jared Henry and Jeremy Wright and receiver Breshad Perriman are all set to participate in spring practice. The five newcomers should have a big effect on the Knights next season and filled some key recruiting needs without being officially listed as members of the 2012 class.
Top five players still considering UCF
Chris Moody, ATH, McDonough (Ga.) Henry County (6-0, 197): Moody is a player UCF has had eyes on for a long time. He will be visiting this month.
Charlie Miller, WR, Vero Beach (5-11, 185): The Knights have hit Miller a little harder with their pitch recently, and they seem to really like him. UCF wants four or five wide receivers in this class, and he would bolster numbers there.
Reynard Felton, DE, Jacksonville Ribault (6-5, 235): Felton appears to be choosing between UCF, Middle Tennessee and Purdue. He visited Purdue but has no official offer from the Boilermakers yet. He visits UCF Jan. 20.
Kevin McCoy, OT, Seffner Armwood (6-6, 280): He says he's going to Vanderbilt, but nothing is official yet, and the 6A first-team all-stater is scheduled to be on campus in Orlando this weekend.
Colby Watson, OT, Pensacola Pine Forest (6-6, 320): The three-star prospect holds scholarship offers from Louisville, South Alabama and Western Kentucky, and he is visiting UCF this weekend.
Current 2012 commitment list
PLAYERPOSHTWTSCHOOLLuke AdamsDE6-4250Pensacola CatholicMike CampbellOL6-6252Pace HighBlake DavisTE-DE6-5225Delray Beach American HeritageDrico JohnsonWR6-2200Orlando Agape ChristianKelly ParfittOL6-6290Delray Beach American HeritageTaylor OldhamWR6-2195South Daytona Beach Warner ChristianStanley SylverainLB6-3215Naples Golden Gate