Mobile (Ala.) Vigor High cornerback Jacoby Glenn committed to Kentucky Aug. 11, but he changed his mind and is now committed to UCF.
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He credited new UCF defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley with recruiting him and helping him feel comfortable with the idea of playing for the Knights.
"Me and Coach Ansley, we had a good friendship," Glenn said. "I wanted to play for him. I visited during the weekend, this past weekend. That just stood out."
Ansley joined the UCF coaching staff after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant helping coach Alabama's secondary. Glenn said he has known Ansley for about two years and they had a strong bond. He said he was excited to see Ansley take over defensive backs at UCF.
Glenn (6-1, 175) is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. He's rated the No. 34 prospect in the state of Alabama. He also held scholarship offers from Mississippi State and Memphis.
He said he had never previously visited UCF or Orlando and liked what he saw during the weekend visit.
"The facilities and stuff were nice," Glenn said.
UCF has been aggressively recruiting the state of Alabama since hiring Ansley and new director of player personnel Drew Hughes. Both Ansley and Hughes were on the Crimson Tide staff.
Phenix City (Ala.) Central quarterback Jonathan Wallace (6-2, 205) committed to the UCF during the weekend.
More Alabama players are slated to visit UCF this weekend, including Hewitt Trussville DE John Youngblood (6-5, 230), Heflin Cleburne County CB Rocky Hayes (5-11, 175), Birmingham Jackson-Olin LB Beau Hankins (6-2, 226) and Montgomery Carver LB Harding Harper (6-2, 212).
UCF coaches told Glenn they want to play him at cornerback. He played safety and wide receiver earlier in his career but played safety his senior season. Glenn said he thinks cornerback is a good fit and he's looking forward to competing at the position for the Knights.
"It's good," he said.
Glenn estimated about half his family members have played competitive football, helping him hone his skills.
He said he tries to model his game after New York Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster, his cousin who played at West Virginia before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
"I work to try to do what he did," Glenn said.
While he kept an open mind and visited UCF long after committing to Kentucky, Glenn said he is now done taking visits and is firmly committed to the Knights. He said his family supported the decision and looked forward to watching him play for UCF.
"They were excited," he said.
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