Sentinel contributor Brendan Sonnone compiled the following preview of UCF's junior day. Recruits are scheduled to tour the campus Saturday.
UCF coach George O'Leary said the Knights will host about 100 recruits during their junior day Saturday.
O'Leary said he is pleased with the expected turnout and thinks it will be a great opportunity for introduce recruits to everything UCF has to offer.
"We have outstanding junior day [Saturday]," O'Leary said. "There's a bunch of kids coming, around 100-and-something. Any time you have a chance to get them on your campus, I think it's great. I think they have a chance to see everything here and a lot of these kids have never been here, so I think it'll be great for exposure."
UCF is expected to host a mix of local and out-of-area recruits.
The Sentinel has confirmed 34 of the recruits who will be attending junior day, which consists of watching spring practice, taking a tour of the UCF and talking at length with coaches and current players.
Below is the confirmed list of attendees. UCF expects more visitors than the lineup listed. The group is subject to change, with athletes often changing their travel plans at the last minute.
Local (By Rank) Devin Washington, DE, Orlando Jones , 6-3, 225, (No. 8 on Central Florida Super 60) Washington will be celebrating his birthday at the junior day. Washington has 17 offers and has said that the Knights will always be a contender for his services. Washington lives in Bithlo and originally attended East River, so UCF is in his backyard.
Alton Meeks, ATH, Orlando Boone, 6-3, 225, (No. 13) Meeks plays quarterback in high school but his highest potential might be at linebacker. Very physical at both positions. UCF recently offered, giving him eight total.
Marcus Dixon, RB, South Daytona Warner Christian, 5-9, 190, (No. 14) Ultra-productive runner is a small-school phenom that's still waiting on his first offer. Former teammate of UCF WR signee Taylor Oldham.
Jeff Badet, WR, Orlando Freedom, 5-11, 170, (No. 15) Speedy, quick and sure-handed, Badet projects as a BCS-caliber slot-receiver. No offers yet.
Ramar Dennis, DE, Orlando Olympia, 6-2, 225, (No. 27) Dennis makes it two trips to UCF in a row after visiting campus last Saturday. He holds offers from Cincinnati and South Alabama.
John Armstrong, RB/WR, Orlando Olympia, 5-8, 170, (No. 29) The cousin of UCF senior receiver Quincy McDuffie is Olympia's all-time leading rusher (surpassing Tennessee Titan Chris Johnson). He has dynamic speed and has been offered by Cincinnati and FIU. He's a bit surprises that UCF hasn't shown more interest up to this point, but believes the junior day could begin a dialogue.
Sam Jallah, DB, Apopka Wekiva, 5-9, 180, (No. 32) Workout warrior has had an excellent offseason but is still searching for first offer.
James Julius Jr., DB, Orlando Evans, 5-10, 175, (No. 42) Julius picked up his first college offer -- Boston College -- earlier this week. He has been expecting a UCF offer.
Mike Dorcely, ATH, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, 5-9, 175, (No. 44) Quick playmakers has multiple offers and said he'd likely commit to UCF on the spot if offered.
Brandon English, RB, Orlando Evans, 5-8, 180, (No. 50) English lacks ideal height and speed, but he's a polished, physical runner and will find a home somewhere in college. UCF is very interested.
Winston Chastang, DE, Winter Garden West Orange, 6-3, 225, (No. 53) Makes a lot of plays opposite of Tennessee commit Corey Vereen. Very strong at the point of attack and makes a lot of plays on second-effort moves.
Kevin Maurice, OL/DL, Orlando Freedom, 6-3, 270, (No. 55) Maurice has dominated one-on-one portions of camps this offseason but must show same dominance in pads to take game to another level . Interest from SEC schools but no offers.
Dazzie Morris, OL, Apopka, 6-2, 260, (No. 56) Heady lineman is looking forward to Apopka's transition from Wing-T to spread offense, so he can play a more traditional guard position. UCF, Kentucky and others have shown interest.
Lee Grant, ATH, Orlando Freedom, 5-9, 160, (No. 59) "The General" is a football player lined up at wide receiver. He loves blocking as much as he does hauling in catches. Very steady, consistent player.
Malik Smith, DE/TE, Orlando Cypress Creek, 6-2, 239, (No. 60) Smith is productive but overshadowed because he plays for a struggling program. No offers yet, but UCF and FIU keep tabs on him.
Justin North, DE/LB, Orlando Freedom, 6-2, 218, (NR) Good rush end is riding to UCF with Freedom teammates.
Blake Orvis, TE, Oviedo, 603, 190 (NR) Will be attending with Meeks, who played at Oviedo behind UCF starting quarterback Blake Bortles.
Nate Ozdemir, LB, Winter Garden West Orange, 6-2, 216, (NR) Looks the part of a college linebacker. Not too many tackles to go around that West Orange defense, but he uses strength and agility to be productive.
Out-of-area (By Position) RB Micah Reed, RB, Crestview, 5-11, 182 Tailback committed to UCF earlier this week, picking the Knights over offers from Florida, Louisville, FIU and others.
Myles Willis, ATH, Atlanta Marist, 5-9, 175 With a UCF offer in hand, Willis returns to his favorite school, but said he'll likely take a few more visits before committing anywhere. Can play a variety of positions Knights view him as a WR or RB.
Anthony Lauro, RB, Bradenton Manatee, 5-10, 190 Akron and Western Kentucky have offered. Heads to Orlando with two talented teammates.
OL Austin Bland, OG, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-3, 275 Purdue and Cincinnati have offered and Bland feels that UCF may not be far behind.
Jordan Budwig, OG, Fort Lauderdale University School, 6-3, 295 This mauler is nicknamed "Bear". Feels optimistic that UCF might offer him this weekend. No other offers, but has interest from FSU, Miami, USF, Purdue, Cincinnati and others. Tate Hernly, C, Fort Myers, 6-3, 270 Holds offers from UCF, Ball State and FIU.
Donald Rocker, OL, Jacksonville Sandalwood, 6-5, 290 Versatile lineman picked up first and only offer from Arizona two weeks ago. Raw prospect only has one year of varsity experience.
DL Derrick Calloway, DL, Bradenton Manatee, 6-1, 302 This Rivals four-star prospect headlines UCF's visitors. Has and offer from the Knights, as well as USC, Miami, Texas A&M and others.
Blake Keller, DE, Bradenton Manatee, 6-2, 215 Holds offers from UCF and USF. Part of a very talented Manatee DL.
Kyle Shortridge, DL, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge, 6-2, 273 USF, Louisville and FIU have offered. The Rivals three-star prospect said he'd like to stay closer to home.
LB Mike Almonte, LB, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge, 6-0, 165 Shortrdige's teammate will make the draft up with him. Can lineup at LB or S.
Aubrey Duty-Tyson, LB, Fort Lauderdale University School, 6-1, 218 Athletic OLB picked up football as a junior after playing basketball his entire life. Duty-Tyson has a ton of athleticism. He thinks UCF might be his first offer.
Robert Jones, LB, Opa-Locka Monsignor Pace, 5-10, 182 A little undersized, this playmaker has a nose for the football.
Scott Northcutt, LB, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-10, 185 Tough inside backer is great at shedding blocks and making tackles close to the line of scrimmage. Traveling with Bland.
DB Tyrail Hawkins, DB, Hernando, 5-11, 180 Do-it-all athlete (played DB, WR, RB and QB last year) is an under-the-radar prospect but should see his interest pick up during the spring. Will also attend FIU's junior day.
John Marvin, DB, Fort Walton Beach, 6-1, 188 Has Louisville and USF atop his list but said UCF could enter the mix if the Knights offer. Visited USF Friday.
Brendan Sonnone contributes to the Sentinel's recruiting coverage. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times