UCF 2023 Recruits
QB Gabian Garcia-Velasquez | 6-3 225 Jr Middle Georgia College (Cochran, GA) 4 of 4.5 [Hybrid]
Gabian comes to UCF as a late commit, and somewhat of a savior for the recruiting class. After a phenomenal season at Division II Middle Georgia, Gabian figures to compete with heralded freshman Noah Pedersen for the starting job on what could be the most explosive UCF offense in years.
QB Andrew Lusk | 6-4 191 Fr Port St. Lucie (Port St. Lucie, FL) 1 of 3.5 [Scrambing]
Originally, Andrew committed to UCF with the understanding he'd be the understudy to Pederson, but with Gabian onboard and Lusk a likely QB3 (or 4), it's unlikely he'll get many practice reps until he's an upperclassmen. Lusk might be a transfer possibility down the road. His skills aren't anything to write home about, which is likely what prompted the coaching staff to reach into the JuCo pool for more bodies in the QB room.
RB Wendell Kimbrough | 5-7 229 Fr Inlet Grove (Riviera Beach, FL) 1 of 4.5 [Power]
Wendell "Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin" Kimbrough is a workout warrior that reminds of high school Noel Devine. At 5-7 and a startling 229 pounds as a high school senior, he put up 750 on squat, 300 on bench, and carried his books to school uphill both ways. UCF likely hopes that he can make more of a difference on the field than Devine, as offensive linchpin Luca Spurlock is set to either go pro or graduate before Kimbrough is an upperclassman.
FB Mateo Raines | 6-0 244 Fr Palm Harbor University (FL) 3 of 4.5 [Run Blocking]
Mateo is made in the same mold as Kimbrough, with a wide framed that's already filled out for the college game. The biggest difference between the two is that Raines is a much more polished technician, and will push Raymond Browne IV for playing time right away.
TE Josh Woods | 6-0 232 Fr Taylor County (Perry, FL) 1 of 4 [Blocking]
He converted from WR after a crippling World of Warcraft addiction led to dramatic weight gain between his Sophomore and Junior years of high school, Josh Woods still has enchanted feet on the football field. Motivation and commitment will likely be a concern, but a redshirt season to help him take things in stride and build good habits should have Woods leveling up to starter sooner rather than later.
OT Victor Lloyd | 6-5 267 Fr Irving (Irving, TX) 1.5 of 3 [Run Blocking]
One of three blueshirt commits at offensive line signed by UCF, Lloyd will step into the big shoes of Solomon Madsen a redshirt season to put a little more weight on. A mauler in the run game, Lloyd slots in as the right tackle of the future for the offense.
OT Declan Crook | 6-4 271 Fr Coronado (Lubbock, TX) 1.5 of 3 [Pass Blocking]
Declan was a late commit to UCF as a blueshirt due to academic issues regarding walking on to Texas Tech. Declan doesn't have the size to play tackle, but he makes up for that by also not having the commitment to work hard for a school that didn't really want him anyway. Declan is likely to be 'processed' out.
OG Jayden Porter | 6-6 261 Fr Calhoun Falls (Calhoun Falls, SC) 1 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
Playing at a small private school in Calhoun Falls, he didn't come onto team's radar's until late in the process, but after a growth spurt before his senior season, UCF picked him. Jayden's tall enough to play at any spot on the line, but his frame projects him as a likely interior linemen down the line. Jayden is one of two full-scholarship offensive linemen brought onto campus in the 2023 class.
C Terrence Ferguson | 6-2 279 Fr Barron Collier (Naples, FL) 1 of 4 [Run Blocking]
The star recruit in the offensive trenches, Ferguson is an intelligent and athletic center. Not the biggest player, but his smarts and technique might get him a shot at the next level if all breaks right. In the meantime, he'll be the nexus of line that protects Pederson and Kimbrough in a few years.
C Frederick McClelland | 6-2 283 Fr Inlet Grove (Riviera Beach, FL) 2 of 2.5 [Run Blocking]
McClelland was one of the first players to commit to UCF, but he was outshined by gragbbing Ferguson at the LOI deadline. He's one of the better high school players in Florida, but questions linger about his ability to grow to his full potential after an ATV/Gator related incident at the Riviera Beach homecoming dance.
DE Jack Contreras | 6-1 254 Fr Hillsborough (Tampa, FL) 1 of 5 [Blitz]
Contreras is the gem of the UCF recruiting class, and will most likely start all four (or three) years of his eligibility, like the wunderkinds who came before him, most notably Ja'Daveon Clowney. Contreras has a strong right punch and has already developed several pass rush moves, making it likely he survives the transition to the much bigger and much better offensive lines of the AAC.
DT Tre Thompkins III | 6-3 302 Fr IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) 1 of 5 [2-Gap]
Thompkins looks to pair with Contreras as a nasty 1-2 punch in a couple years, but right now he'll have to wait a year to be eligible to playtime. Coach is keeping all IMG Academy out of practice until the resolution of the searing scandal involving the IMG Collegiate Admissions Director reportedly making players like Thompkins, reportedly, attend class and do homework.
OLB Charlie Morse | 6-2 242 Fr Lake Gibson (Lakeland, FL) 2 of 4 [Blitz]
Morse comes to UCF as a classmate of Contreras, both worked with the same personal trainer in Florida. That connection is likely what brought Morse to UCF's attention; Contreras wouldn't stop raving about him. He'll play with a hand in the dirt to start practice, but his footspeed (Morse primarily played wingback(!) at Lake Gibson) in an open field already has coaches talking about coverage responsibilities.
CB Ned Grubb | 5-11 179 Fr Hernando (Brooksville, FL) 1 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
Ned Grubb isn't a fast player, but he's got tremendous instincts. In his senior year, Grubb grabbed 14 picks and forced 4 fumbles. It'll take him a while to pick up the scheme, but few players can replace Ned's ball-skills.
CB Julius Jack | 5-11 183 Fr Northwest Whitfield (GA) 1 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
Jack is the last skill-position player in the list, but he's also the least. Jack will likely be a spring practice player, and possibly see time his junior or senior year, after he's had time to learn how to play the cornerback position. He does make a mean tuna melt, though.
K Williams Davison | 6-2 163 Fr Chamberlain (Tampa, FL) 1 of 5 [Accuracy]
Weighing in at 163 pounds, Davison is the polar opposite of his schoolmate and future NFL noseguard, DT Devon Brinson. Davison will have just as much as an impact on the game, though, since he's already shown he's got one of the best legs in the state, hitting .464/.601/1.228 on his high school's kickball team.