ORLANDO — Hoping to maintain the momentum coming off a record-breaking 12-win season and Fiesta Bowl victory, Central Florida signed 17 players for its 2014 recruiting class.
Knights coach George O’Leary announced the defense-heavy group at a news conference Wednesday.
He said he is pleased with the group overall, calling it the best he’s had at UCF from a height, weight and speed standpoint.
“I think when you get some national attention as far as what we did (last season), I think it’s great for the school. But it’s also great because one thing recruits do is they’re always on their phones. They’re always on some type of internet seeing what’s going on. And we got a lot of exposure,” O’Leary said.
UCF lost just seven scholarship seniors from last year’s team, but did have underclassmen quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson depart early for the NFL draft.
Nine of the new recruits are on the defensive side of the ball. Nine players come from Georgia, with seven hailing from Florida.
Among those seven was Armwood High defensive back Kyle Gibson, who was given a four-star rating by Rivals.com, which also ranked him as the No. 16 cornerback in the nation.
He chose UCF over offers Florida State, Louisville and Michigan.
Central Florida Signings
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
Errol Clarke LB 6-3 240 Garden City CC
Joey Connors DE 6-4 270 Harrison (Ga.)
Chris Davis Jr. WR 6-1 180 Oviedo
Chavis Dickey OL 6-4 300 Peach County (Ga.)
Jordan Franks ATH 6-4 210 Wakulla
Kyle Gibson DB 6-0 180 Armwood
Tyler Harris QB 6-4 220 Pierce County (Ga.)
C.J. Jones RB 5-10 195 Atlantic
Lance McDowdell DL 6-4 310 Mount Vernon (N.Y.) CC
Wyatt Miller OL 6-6 280 Coffee (Ga.)
Tre Neal DB 6-2 185 Buford (Ga.)
Luke Palmer OL 6-4 280 Hardee
Jamiyus Pittman DL 6-2 300 Colquitt County (Ga.)
Mike Rogers DB 6-0 180 Campbell (Ga.)
Tre’Quan Smith WR 6-3 180 Village Academy
Chris Williams DB 6-2 180 Camden County (Ga.)
A.J. Wooten DL 6-5 240 Berrien (Ga.)