Each year UCF football recruiting will have different needs. It could be a cornerback, it could be an offensive tackle, it could be any position or combination of positions. When there are definitive needs, it is best for the UCF coaching staff to keep as many options open as possible, and this is where recruiting beyond the borders of the state of Florida. join the game.
The Knights have already landed the quarterback Thomas castellanos and wide receiver Tyler griffin from Georgia, and they’ll likely be joined by at least a few other Georgian prospects in the 2022 class. There’s talent across Georgia, and you have to go find it, from South Georgia and after Atlanta, it’s is a state loaded for senior school soccer.
As you drive through Georgia, there’s a reason to stop and scout in cities like Thomasville, Georgia, as the following article describes each perspective from yesterday’s assessments:
Thomasville, Georgia The outlook shines
UCF coaching staff and recruiting administrative staff have many connections to South Georgia and the Thomasville area, and that’s also why driving through the Albany, Georgia area to see prospects. , as well as Warner Robins, Georgia, etc. , must be done. The UCF will reach out to these areas for top notch prospects every year that head coach Gus Malzahn is in Orlando.
In fact, one of UCF’s best prospects, Tyrus Washington, plays for Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County. It’s one of the best 6A programs in Georgia, and it’s just north of Albany, Georgia. He has already visited UCF (June 11) and will announce his decision on July 7.
Washington is a playmaker and could contribute to the UCF program early. He’s also a microcosm of what UCF needs: a balanced geographic approach to recruiting, which has certainly happened to this day under Coach Malzahn’s leadership.
As the reconnaissance trip heads to Atlanta, GA, there will be plenty of 2022 perspectives that UCF has spotted and / or offered thus far, as well as subclasses as well. Look at this young man. Does he sound like a freshman in high school to you?
It’s a defensive video Alexandre “TA” Cunningham, a 2024 perspective class at John’s Creek High School on the northern outskirts of Atlanta, while competing in the Atlanta Under Armor combine earlier this spring.
Yes, the video above was Cunningham, all 6’6 “, 265 pounds from him. Unfortunately for offensive tackles in high school, Cunningham still has three years of high school before heading into a lucky college football program lucky enough to get his services He is one of the young men that all college programs will follow, as well as UCF.
UCF will take on prospects like Cunningham and others like him in the state of Georgia as he battles some of the traditional powers of college football for the best prospects. UCF staff are not afraid to recruit against any program. Georgia is consistently producing talent that programs across the country follow, and for good reason.
How many Georgian prospects should UCF try to sign?
There is no precise number, but it can go from three to eight per year, by assumption. As noted above, recruitment needs will be different each year. UCF staff will adapt accordingly.
More importantly, it’s not the number of signed leads from Georgia, it’s the positions Georgia typically produces that are most important to Knights. UCF need to strengthen their defensive depth chart with more speed and more size. Georgia could be a key to adding these types of athletes to UCF’s roster.
Defensive talent galore in the Peach State
It’s amazing the number of top defensive players, especially defensive linemen, Georgia produces. More precisely, it is about the mass. A 6’5 ”, 250-pound defensive end is anything but common in Georgia, and then there are several other top-notch defensive players that come from Georgia.
On a per capita basis, few states will compete with Peach State for defensive outlook, defensive linemen in particular. What’s in the water? It’s a common joke among recruiting analysts and high school coaches in Georgia.
As an example, the scout road trip will hit a city in suburban Atlanta on Monday with a talent roster. That’s Ellenton (Ga.) Cedar Grove, a 3A program that consistently produces Division I leads. Just in the class of 2022, Cedar Grove has at least six Division I prospects – two of whom are defensive linemen – who can play in just about any college program.
The Class of 2023 for Cedar Grove isn’t much different. There are at least four prospects with offers to date. One of these perspectives would be Everett Roussaw, a linebacker with an offer from UCF. Inside The Knights will interview Roussaw on Monday.
As UCF navigates its first full recruiting class under coach Malzahn, keep in mind that there are good reasons to recruit outside of the state of Florida. The Knights will always hit Florida first, but as the scouting trip will show all week long, there’s a bunch of talent in Georgia and Alabama who could very well end up playing football for UCF one day.
Prospect Assessments: Thomasville, Ga. Prospects Shine on Day One of the Boy Scout Tour
Beginning of the Scouting Journey: Inside Knights Striking Georgia, Alabama and Florida
Inside the Knights College Football Pre-Season Poll countdown: No. 19 UCF Knights
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