How Georgia Excessive College Soccer enhances UCF Florida recruiting
Each year UCF football recruitment will have different needs. It could be a cornerback, it could be an offensive tackle, it could be any position, or a combination of positions. When there is definitely a need, it is best for the UCF coaching team to keep as many options open as possible, and this is where recruiting beyond the state of Florida comes in.
The Knights have already landed quarterback Thomas Castellanos and wide receivers Tyler Griffin from Georgia, and they’ll likely be joined by at least a few more Georgia prospects in the 2022 class. There is talent all over Georgia, and it is necessary to find them, from South Georgia and to Atlanta, it’s an invited state for high school football.
While driving through Georgia, there’s a reason to stop and explore in cities like Thomasville, Georgia, as the following article describes each prospect from yesterday’s reviews:
Thomasville, Georgia prospects shine
The UCF coaching team and administrative recruiting staff have many connections with South Georgia and the Thomasville area, and so you are also driving around the Albany, Georgia area to see prospects, as well as Warner Robins, Georgia, etc, needs to be done. UCF will visit these areas every year when head coach Gus Malzahn is in Orlando to find prime prospects.
In fact, one of UCF’s top tight-end prospects is Tire Washington, plays for Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County. It’s one of the top 6A programs in Georgia and is located north of Albany, Georgia. He already visited UCF (June 11th) and will announce his decision on July 7th.
Washington is a playmaker and one who could add early to the UCF program. It is also a microcosm of what UCF needs: a balanced geographic recruiting approach that has certainly prevailed to this day under the supervision of Coach Malzahn.
As the Boy Scout trip heads to Atlanta, Georgia, there will be plenty of prospects for 2022 that UCF has scouted and / or offered to date, as well as subclasses. Look at this young man. Does he look like a high school freshman to you?
This is a video from the defensive end Alexander “TA” Cunningham, a class of the 2024 candidate from John’s Creek High School on the northern outskirts of Atlanta while joining the Atlanta Under Armor Combine earlier this spring.
Yes, the video above was Cunningham, all 6’6 ”, 265 pounds from him. Unfortunately, because of offensive tackles in high school, Cunningham has three more years of high school before he embarks on a lucky college football program that is lucky enough to get his services. He’s one of those young men any college program will be looking for, including UCF.
UCF will be looking for prospects like Cunningham and many others like him in the state of Georgia as it battles some of the traditional forces of college football for top candidates. UCF employees are not afraid of recruiting against any program. Georgia consistently produces talent that has programs coming from across the country, and for good reason.
How many prospects in Georgia should UCF try to sign?
There’s no specific number, but it could be an estimate of anywhere from three to eight per year. As mentioned earlier, there will be a different need for recruiting each year. UCF staff will adapt accordingly.
More importantly, what matters most to the Knights is not the number of prospects Georgia has signed, but the positions Georgia typically produces. UCF needs to strengthen its defense depth table with more speed and size. Georgia could be a key to getting these types of athletes on the UCF list.
Defensive talent galore in Peach State
It is incredible how many strong defensive players, especially defensive linemen, Georgia makes. More precisely, it’s about mass. A 6’5 ”, 250-pound defensive end is almost commonplace in Georgia, and then there are some other top-notch defensive players hailing from Georgia.
Per capita, few states will rival Peach State for defense prospects, particularly defensive linemen. What’s in the water? This is a common running joke among recruiting analysts and high school coaches in Georgia.
As an example, Monday’s scouting road trip will hit a suburb of Atlanta with a talented list. It’s Ellenton (Ga.) Cedar Grove, a 3A program that is constantly producing Division I prospects. In the 2022 class alone, Cedar Grove has at least six Division I candidates – two of whom are defensive linemen – who can play in almost any college program.
The class of 2023 for Cedar Grove is not much different. So far there have been at least four interested parties with offers. One of those prospects would be Everett Roussaw, a linebacker with an offer from UCF. Inside The Knights will be interviewing Roussaw on Monday.
As UCF goes through its first full recruiting class led by Coach Malzahn, keep in mind that there are many reasons to recruit outside of the state of Florida. The Knights will always hit Florida first, but as the scouting road trip all week will show, there are tons of talent in Georgia and Alabama who could one day play very well for the UCF.
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