Delray Beach American Heritage offensive lineman Kelly Parfitt celebrated Monday night after receiving a long-awaited UCF scholarship offer.
Parfitt, who is 6-foot 6 and weighs 290 pounds, committed immediately to the Knights.
"It's pretty exciting," Parfitt said. "It's something I've been waiting for a while. I told [UCF tight ends] coach [Tim] Salem that if they offered me, I'd like to go play for them and it's pretty exciting that they offered me."
UCF was the seventh school to offer Parfitt a scholarship. He is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and also had offers from Bowling Green, FAU, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky. Parfitt said he doesn't plan on taking any official visits this season and will concentrate on American Heritage's playoff run. The Stallions (6-1) recently won their district and are hoping to make it to the state championship game for the third consecutive year.
He is UCF's eighth commit of the 2012 recruiting class.
Parfitt told the Sentinel in September following a visit to UCF during the Knights' 30-3 victory against Boston College on Sept. 10 that he would love to earn a UCF offer. He said he would commit to the Knights if and when he was offered, and he held to it.
"When I went there I just loved the atmosphere and I loved the nice facilities," Parfitt said. "I just saw the campus which is nice and it's in Orlando, which is in a nice area. The atmosphere at the game, I feel like that's the kind of atmosphere I want to be at. The fans are just really rowdy and were going crazy in the stands. It looked to me and sounded like a place I wanted to be. And then they're supposed to be going into the Big East, so that's going to be exciting too, having a chance to play for a BCS school. I'd like that opportunity."
Parfitt said another perk to picking UCF is that he is now slated to play at the same school as his high school teammate and close friend, Blake Davis. Davis, a tight end, committed to the Knights two weeks ago.
"Showing up the first day of school with a friend is a lot different than without one," Parfitt said. "It's going to be a lot of fun playing with him in college."
Davis (6-5, 225) received an offer from the Knights shortly after a standout performance during UCF's seven-on-seven tournament this summer. Davis said Parfitt was jealous of him when he received the UCF offer.
"That was my first offer and he had five offers at the time," Davis said in September.
Davis diligently worked on getting the Knights to notice his friend, taking Parfitt to Orlando with him on Sept. 10.
"They haven't showed him much attention, that's why I chose him to come up with me," Davis said at the time.
Parfitt added: "I was trying to get my face in there because I know they are taking a couple of linemen."
Parfitt said he was trying to contact Davis Monday night to tell his friend the hard work paid off and they both will be heading to UCF.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times