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New season, new Knights: Gabriel Davis and Marlon Williams


With National Signing Day in the past, the focus for UCF football is now on the future. Spring practice will ramp up soon, the spring game will be played on April 22 and of course, the season will get underway in September. Over the next couple of months, the Central Florida Focus sports staff will be breaking down the Knights’ 2017 recruiting class.

The focus for UCF football has shifted, and all eyes are now on the future. With coach Scott Frost at the helm, and the top recruiting class for 2017 in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), there is a lot to be excited about in Orlando this upcoming season.

After losing some key players in their wide receiver unit, Frost and his staff hoped to pick up a few play-makers on the outside this recruiting season. Wide receiver and Seminole high school standout Gabriel Davis seemed to be what the Knights were looking for, fitting UCF’s quick-tempo offense. At 6-foot-3-inches and 205 pounds, he is expected to make some key plays on the outside for the Knights this fall.

“He’s a little bigger and thicker maybe than what some other people recruit. But you just can’t deny his play-making ability on the field and what he’s able to accomplish,” Frost said. “I’m thrilled to have him in our program. He’s got the type of intellect and personality that I think are going to give him a chance to make a big impact early.”

If he can put on some weight in preseason, Davis may even be used as a tight end at times. The speedy wide receiver chose UCF over 11 other schools, and had a total of 1105 receiving yards his senior season at Seminole high school.

Standing six feet tall and weighing in at 205 pounds as well, UCF also added wide receiver Marlon Williams to the mix. Originally committed to Southern California, the three-star recruit de-committed just days before National Signing Day, leading to his decision to come to Orlando.

Williams, who joins UCF from McGill Toolen Catholic high school in Alabama, he caught 47 passes for 990 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior season. Just as Davis did, Williams chose UCF over the likes of 11 other schools, some from powerhouse conferences, including teams like Tennessee, Ole Miss and Louisiana State.

“Marlon’s a great kid. I’ve spent a limited amount of time with him, but his personality just shines through,” Frost said. “He’s an explosive athlete. He’s got the type of mind that will allow him to learn our system pretty quick and I look forward to him making a pretty immediate impact.”

Landing not one, but two wide receivers who can make a difference as soon as they step on campus this summer, the future for the UCF football program continues to look nothing but very bright.


Sarah Kelliher is a contributor for the Central Florida Focus. You can follow her on Twitter at @SaraheKelliher and you can email the sports team at