ORLANDO - UCF’s current 2022 recruiting class plus Transfer Portal additions bring many positives to the program. Could it compete in the Big XII with this level of recruiting? It depends on one’s perspective, but the signs point to yes.
The level of speed that UCF brough in, especially at wide receiver and defensive back, will help bridge the gap between its current status as a Group of Five school and a Power Five conference member. Now, make no mistake, the class of 2022 needs to be the norm and not the exception for the Knights to make the leap into the Big XII.
With that in mind, here is a really valuable recruiting comparison at defensive back to ponder prior to a podcast further defining what UCF has going for it along the recruiting trail.
The UCF Football program signed Ja’Cari and Demari Henerson, as well as Nikai Martinez. All three players were recruited by multiple SEC and ACC schools.
Florida, Miami, South Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisville and North Carolina State were all involved with the Henderson twins and/or Martinez.
When looking at Baylor, the team that ended up winning the Big XII and the Sugar Bowl 21-7 over Ole Miss, the Bears did a nice job on the recruiting trail as well. The top defensive back signed by the Baylor Football program would be debatable, but neither of the top two players match up with UCF in terms of which schools offered.
Corey Gordon is a safety that signed with Baylor, and his other offers of note were Tulsa, Abilene Christian, Hawaii, and New Mexico.
Another Baylor defensive back Devyn Bobby held offers from Kansas State, Colorado State, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, and Marshall.
Again, Baylor won the Big XII Title. UCF is technically out recruiting the Bears at the most critical position on the field other than quarterback. As long as UCF continues to recruit on this level, it’s going to help make the transition to the Big XII much easier than it would be otherwise.
Here’s a podcast discussing some of the other positions to think about for UCF and its recruiting acumen prior to joining the Big XII. If you prefer the YouTube version of the podcast, click this link to view it.
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