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.
A year ago, a new era began for UCF Football as head coach Scott Frost took over the program, and with the top recruiting class of 2017 in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), the future is now looking as bright as ever after a comeback season and a bowl game appearance.
With standouts like Jawon Hamilton (495 yards, four touchdowns) and Adrian Killins (325 yards, four touchdowns) returning for their sophomore season’s in the backfield, the Knights add three-star all-purpose back Otis Anderson to the mix.
Anderson, 5-feet-10-inches, weighing in at 168 pounds, will join the Knights from University Christian in Jacksonville, Fla. The first commitment of the 2017 recruiting cycle for UCF, Anderson is just one of three Knights that have enrolled early on campus and has already began work with the team.
“I think you’re seeing more and more early enrollees in college, whether it’s high school players or transfers of some type.” Frost said. “Otis is another fast, quick guy that flourishes in our type of offense. He’s already working hard and I love his attitude.”
Otis chose UCF over 20 other schools, and rushed for more than 1,000 yards his senior season, leading University Christian to a second consecutive state championship.
In addition to strengthening their backfield, Frost and the rest of the UCF staff looked to gain depth in their wide receiver unit in their 2017 recruiting class with another early enrollee, Emmanuel Green.
Green, another three-star recruit, standing at 5-feet-10-inches and weighing in at 178 pounds, was recruited out of the prominent IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and is well suited for UCF’s up-tempo offense that Frost spent much of his first year trying to establish. Green chose UCF over the likes of 20 other schools like Anderson and had offers from powerhouse teams such as Ohio State, Miami, Georgia and Florida.
“Emmanuel Green is a kid that I think is looking good as the dynamic playmaker on the outside. I love his attitude,” Frost said.
Green, a standout for IMG, had a total of 446 receiving yards his senior year, and helped lead his team to a No. 1 ranking in the state of Florida out of all classifications. He will join redshirt junior Tre’Quan Smith (724 yards, four touchdowns) to help make some big plays on the outside for the Knights.
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