Upstate New York QB Troy Green visited UCF, may announce plans Monday
Troy Green of Skaneateles, N.Y., is likely going to accept a preferred walk-on position with the UCF Knights. (SYRACUSE POST STANDARD)
Help might be on the way in the form of a New York quarterback.
Skaneateles (N.Y.) prospect Troy Green visited UCF this weekend and will hold a conference call on Monday at 2:30 p.m., to discuss his recruitment with regional reporters.
Green (6-1, 205) was rumored to have committed to the Knights as a walk-on early Sunday, but Green told the Sentinel the report was not accurate and he would talk about his recruitment in further detail during his teleconference. Green said he will be a scholarship player at whichever school he chooses to attend.
Green threw for 2,382 yards and 34 touchdowns this past season while completing 67.6 percent of his passes. He also ran for 11 touchdowns.
UCF has one current Empire State quarterback on its roster, senior Rob Calabrese. The New York native and quarterback/receiver combo has had a mixed career with the Knights, winning the starting quarterback job as a true freshman before losing his job to Brett Hodges several games into the 2009 season.
Calabrese then entered the 2010 season as a starter before head coach and fellow New Yorker George O’Leary opted to go with freshman Jeff Godfrey in the third game on the year. Calabrese then became proficient at running out of the team’s Wild Knight formation before tearing his ACL while scoring a touchdown.
Following a move to wide receiver entering his senior year, Calabrese earned respect from the UCF fan base for his positive attitude and willingness to coach up the young Godfrey on the sideline, but he suffered another knee injury, causing him to miss this past season.
Calabrese will return in 2012 for his fifth year with the Knights.
UCF’s quarterback position has gone from a weakness to a strength almost overnight. With sophomore Blake Bortles and walk-on Nico Ranieri slated to be the team’s only quarterbacks during spring practice, UCF received a boost last weekend when it added Missouri transfer Tyler Gabbert and Phenix City (Ala.) Central prospect Jonathan Wallace.
Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.