UCF attracts star-studded list of recruits for Missouri game

UCF had a pretty impressive group of talented recruits on hand for Saturday's non-conference game against Missouri at Bright House Networks Stadium.

Unfortunately for UCF, what they witnessed was a mistake-filled day of missed blocks, missed tackles, missed opportunities and a 21-16 loss to the SEC Tigers.

One of the more touted visitors won't be out of high school for three years, but sophomore running back Jacques Patrick of Orlando Timber Creek draws plenty of attention. His house is about six miles from the Bright House Networks Stadium, so he didn't have far to go. Reached via cell phone afterward, Patrick said he was just taking in the scene on Saturday.

"I just wanted to go out and see how the game would go and see how the fans are," said Patrick, who said he wasn't really sure how he felt about UCF and a future with the Knights. "I guess it's kind of iffy. ... Like I have Alabama offers and all these other schools right now, but UCF is a good option to have."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound standout is expected to be the top running-back prospect in the nation by the time rankings begin trickling in for the class of 2015. He had his standard entourage with him in three Creek teammates, most notably senior Chris Board, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety who has had a nice season since transferring over from East River. He is a big-hitting safety who has two interceptions in the first five games for the unbeaten Wolves.

A member of the Pittsburgh coaching staff was on campus Friday to see Board.

"I've talked with UCF once, but I've talked to Pitt a little more and FAU is constantly e-mailing me," Board said. "Pitt said they are really interested in me and they just wanted to see my size when they came to visit. I think I should be getting an offer soon."

Patrick also transferred from East River, along with his smaller, older brother Javonte Seabury, a 2014 athlete who was also in attendance. Seabury is a shadow of his bigger, younger brother at 5-9, 160. Timber Creek teammate 2014 linebacker Mitchell Estrada, a 5-9, 200-pound prospect, also attended.


As for Patrick, the big-bodied running back gets better with each game. He put 233 yards and two touchdowns on Boone two weeks ago and this past Friday night, Patrick, who has 11 offers, including UCF, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and LSU, ran for 277 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-27 win over Olympia.


Another local prospect who could be a little more in the Knights' wheelhouse is South Sumter's Darien Williston (6-4, 240), a 2013 defensive end who has narrowed his focus to Iowa State, Kentucky and Missouri. He has six other offers, including UCF. Following the UCF game, Williston made his way across Interstate 4 to take in the FSU-USF game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.


For the second straight home game, UCF 2013 commit Pete Dinovo of Tarpon Springs East Lake brought talented underclass teammates along with him to UCF. He was joined by 2014 WR Artavis Scott (5-11, 180), who has 13 offers, including UCF, FSU, UF, Ohio State and Notre Dame. He also brought along 2014 OL Mason Cole (6-5, 275), who has 13 offers, including UCF, FSU, UF, Ohio State and Michigan). The crew also included 2014 CB Devin Abraham (5-8, 175), who has four offers but has yet to score one from UCF, and 2015 ATH George Campbell (6-2, 180), who has offers from UCF, USF and Vanderbilt.

Dinovo seems to be doing a nice job of selling the Knights on his younger teammates, as he has done with other Tampa-area prospects, such as St. Petersburg Lakewood twins Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, fellow UCF commits who brought teammate standout out WR Rodney Adams to UCF for the second straight game, as well. Adams (6-1, 186) is a former UF commitment who has 11 other offers, along with UCF.


The twins were not hard to spot on Saturday, decked out in matching day-glo shoes and shorts, and matching black T-shirts that read 'I'M THAT DUDE.'


Another former UF commitment OT Josh Outlaw of Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King, was supposedly going to make an appearance, but he did not. Outlaw did say, however, via text message on Saturday that he is still interested in the Knights and that he still does not have a top-five list.

Manatee DE Blake Keller (6-2, 215), another 2013 UCF commit, brought a few teammates of his own in 2013 DT Derrick Calloway (6-1, 310) and 2014 DT DeMarcus Christmas (6-3, 290). Calloway has narrowed his focus to Arkansas, Texas Tech and Southern Cal. Christmas has six offers so far, including Florida State and Miami.

Other 2013 UCF pledges on hand included Fort Myers center Tate Hernly (6-3, 270) and Armwood OL Aaron Evans (6-5, 270).


Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas senior linebacker Lance Virgile (6-2, 215) led a quartet of prospects from the state powerhouse, with senior WRs Mark Barr (6-0, 160) and Frankie Richardson (6-0, 173), and junior WR Corey Holmes (6-1, 172) in tow.

Also in the crowd from the Orlando area were Lake Nona players 2014 WR Ryan Sousa (6-1, 170) and 2015 QB Tucker Israel (6-0, 180), the cousin of former UCF quaterback Kyle Israel, while 2013 New Smyrna Beach prospect Davarez Bryant, a football newcomer only two months ago, was also on hand. Bryant claims interest from Alabama, Cincinnati and Purdue. Another Orlando player, Boone High 2013 RB A.J. Turman, who was rumored to possibly be attending but never confirmed, did not attend.

Other non-committed players seen at UCF Saturday were: Mario Mathis (6-2, 245), a 2013 linebacker out of Thomasville (Ga.) who has two offers from USF and South Alabama; Brooksville Hernando senior teammates LB Darren Hambrick (6-2, 220), who has a Missouri offer among his six D I-A invites, and CB Tyrail Hawkins (5-11,180), who has Ball State as his lone D I-A offer;

Players in attendance who are committed elsewhere were: Orange Park DE De'Asian Richardson (6-3, 285), who is committed to West Virginia, and Fruit Grove Bartram Trail OG Tylar Reagan (6-5, 279), who is committed to N.C. State.

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