Local and statewide prospects attended UCF’s offensive line and defensive line camp Saturday afternoon.
The Knights attracted an especially large group of 2014 defensive prospects.
Palm Bay Bayside defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (6-3, 285), who is committed to Louisville, headlined the group of underclassmen and was joined by fellow rising junior teammates, including defensive tackle Tomell One (6-3, 270), defensive tackle Jean Joseph (6-3, 330) and others.
“It felt pretty good, it was hyped and there was a lot of emotion,” Valentine said. “… UCF, I’m going to still keep in touch with UCF a lot. It’s the hometown team. It’s an hour away from Palm Bay, Florida.”
Other defensive standouts from the day included 2014 Wachula Hardee defensive end Keyon Brown (6-3, 230), 2013 Cocoa defensive end Deondre Barnett (6-3, 215) and 2013 Plant City defensive tackle Devyn Salmon (6-1, 285).
“I think I dominated,” said Salmon, who holds scholarship offers from West Virginia, Michigan State, Missouri and others . “Anybody who they lined up against me, I beat every time. … Coach [George] O’Leary said they have interest in me and they’re going have a meeting, on Monday I believe, and they’ll sit down and evaluate my situation.”
Barnett was arguably the most impressive of the bunch. He was unblockable in individual drills and is beginning to pick up a lot of attention because of his strong performances on the summer camp circuits.
Cocoa running back Tarean Folston (5-10, 195), who is ranked No.1 on the Sentinel’s 2013 MidEast Super60, was also on campus to watch and support Barnett.
On offense, some of the notable participants included 2013 Spring Hill Springstead tackle Will Allen (6-6, 275), Tampa Robinson guard Bruce Hector (6-2, 270), 2013 Bayside lineman Robert Lindsey (6-3, 270) and 2013 Clewiston tackle Cam Nealy (6-3, 315).
Several Central Florida linemen also held their own against the strong competition.
Winter Garden West Orange defensive linemen Jock Petree (6-1, 220) and Winston Chastang (6-3, 225) were some of the top local players at UCF. Apopka offensive lineman Dazzie Morris (6-3, 290) was also impressive and will be closely evaluated by UCF’s staff next week.
“It was good competition,” Morris said. “I got better as a player from getting all the reps and stuff.”
With the assortment of top talent from around the state at the camp, Morris said he had a little extra motivation during drills because he wanted to defend his home turf.
“You want to show who is better,” Morris said. “You want to compete hard every snap, beat the guy who is in front of you.”
UCF will host more prospects during its team camp, which begins June 23.