Feb. 1, 2012
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By Joe Hornstein and Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - An already talented roster was bolstered on Signing Day when the UCF football program announced Wednesday 19 players sent in their National Letters of Intent or financial aid agreements to don the Black and Gold uniform beginning in 2012. A total of 13 players hail from the Sunshine State, including three of the top offensive linemen from the Panhandle.
UCF's 2012 season schedule kicks off Aug. 30 at Akron before the Knights travel to Ohio State Sept. 8. Bright House Networks Stadium then will be the site for UCF's clash with FIU Sept. 15 as well as with Missouri Sept. 29. The Tigers' visit to Orlando marks the first time the Black and Gold will host an SEC opponent since the program's inception in 1979.
The UCF Ticket Office is currently taking deposits for the 2012 campaign, and season tickets will go on sale Feb. 8. More ticket information will be announced in the coming days.
Signing Day Central
CLASS OF 2012 BIOGRAPHIES: MID-YEAR ENROLLEES
CB, 6-0, 170
Cape Coral, Fla. (Milford Academy/Cape Coral High School)
A highly-touted cornerback prospect out of Southwest Florida...originally signed with UCF in 2011...previously attended Milford Academy in 2010, after a standout prep career at Cape Coral and Ft. Myers High Schools...played for Falcons head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford, where he was ranked No. 20 nationally on Rivals' Top 50 Prep School list...played for Mike Goebbel at Cape Coral and Sam Sirianni Jr. at Ft. Myers...after high school, initially signed with Miami before attending Milford...had picked UM over offers from North Carolina, Pittsburgh and West Virginia...was a nationally-ranked wide receiver prospect earning No. 50 (Scout.com), No. 52 (ESPN.com) and No. 75 (Rivals.com) in 2010...was also Rivals' No. 79 player on their 2010 Florida Postseason Top 100...a very speedy player who has been clocked as fast as 10.4 in the 100-meter dash, 21.2 seconds in the 200-meter dash...half-brother is NFL cornerback Phillip Buchanon...in high school, drew comparisons to Deion Sanders, another Ft. Myers-area sports legend...as a senior at Cape Coral, had two touchdown returns, and on defense he had 71 tackles, four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 15 passes broken up...also blocked three punts...on offense he had 72 carries for 1,047 yards and 15 touchdowns along with three catches for 107 yards...as a junior at Ft. Myers, played mostly offense and had 30 catches for 500 yards and 12 touchdowns...his sophomore year he played mostly defensive back and had 50 tackles, 11 passes broken up and an interception...parents are George and Annie Davis.
S, 6-1, 190
Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast High School)
A big-time safety prospect out of Jacksonville First Coast...originally signed with UCF in 2011...played his senior season at First Coast under Marty Lee...had chose UCF over scholarship offers from South Carolina, Maryland, Vanderbilt and South Florida...primary recruiter was Sean Beckton...was a Florida Times-Union All-First Coast First Team selection...overall, he was named to the all-conference, all-city, Super 24 and Super 11 teams as a senior...recorded 60 tackles and three forced fumbles as a senior...team won their Class 5A Region 1 District 1 championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the state regional semifinals...transferred to First Coast from Andrew Jackson, where he played for Kevin Sullivan...as a junior, he totaled 100 tackles...ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 39 safety nationally, while Scout.com listed him at No. 83.
WR, 6-2, 180
Lithonia, Ga. (Arabia Mountain High School)
A very talented and fast wide receiver prospect from the Atlanta-area...originally signed with UCF in 2011...finished his high school career for new Class 5A Arabia Mountain in Lithonia, after playing for Lithonia's Martin Luther King and Conyers' Heritage high schools...played for Christopher Beal at Arabia Mountain...son of former NFL wide receiver Brett Perriman...arguably the top receiver in DeKalb County during his senior season, participated in the 2010 DeKalb County Coaches Association Senior All-Star Football Game...was the MVP of the Elite One Performance Football Camp...lettered in football and track for two years...timed with a 4.4 40-yard dash and 36-inch vertical leap...chose UCF over offers and interest from Miami, Florida State, Cincinnati, FIU and Wyoming...as a senior in just four games played, had 13 catches for 301 yards and three touchdowns...as a junior, had 27 catches for 512 yards and six touchdowns...was a heralded youth track participant, routinely competing in USA Track and Field and Junior Olympic events across the country growing up...parents are Brett and Laundria Perriman.
CLASS OF 2012 BIOGRAPHIES: FALL 2012 ENROLLEES
DE, 6-3, 260
Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola Catholic High School)
Committed to UCF on Oct. 2 after receiving offers from Memphis, Florida Atlantic and Western Michigan...also saw interest from Kentucky, Mississippi, South Florida, Texas Tech and Middle Tennessee State...recruited by Brent Key...named to the 2011 Florida Class 3A Defense First Team...listed at No. 16 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2012 Florida Panhandle Super60...also named to the Pensacola News Journal All-Area Football Team...hails from the same high school as former UCF and Green Bay Packers star Josh Sitton...has been a three-year starter for Pensacola Catholic and a four-year letterwinner...coached by Greg Seibert...as a junior (2010), had 85 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 12 sacks...played mostly at strongside defensive end...in 2010, helped lead team to its second-straight district title...his junior season, the team once again landed a spot in the Class 2B state semifinals, narrowly falling to eventual state champion Trinity Catholic 21-14...as a first-year starter as a sophomore, team advanced to the state semifinals...joins a trio of signees from Florida's panhandle in 2012, along with Michael Campbell (Pace) and Colby Watson (Pine Forest)...also lettered three years in basketball and two years in baseball...coached in basketball by Nick Mead and Richard LaBounty in baseball...parents are Mark and Karen Adams.
TE, 6-5, 235
Maple Grove, MN (Osseo High School)
Committed to UCF on Jan. 22 after receiving interest from Iowa State and West Virginia...recruited by Jim Panagos...head coach in football at Osseo was Derrin Lamker...a talented athlete who first played tight end while a senior at Osseo...previously played at defensive end while attending Maple Grove Senior High School...at Osseo, also played H-Back, fullback and long snapper...in 2011, Osseo would finish 9-2 and 7-1 in the region to earn the conference championship...team advanced to the Minnesota Class 5A Regional Finals against Wayzata...as a senior, had the most touchdowns on the team as a tight end and totaled 18 receptions for 498 yards...also had nine tackles on special teams...a three-sport star, played on the Orioles basketball and baseball teams as well, earning three letters in each...head coach for basketball was Tim Theisen and in baseball, John Groebner...as a senior on the basketball team, averaged a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds per game...basketball team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the state...during junior season, basketball finished second in the state tournament...in baseball, as a pitcher, threw a no-hitter and a complete-game shutout...during junior season, went 12-1 with 1.98 ERA...member of the Honor Roll...parents are Wayne and Yvonne Bloom...father was a professional wrestler between 1988-99, wrestling in World Championship Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association and the former World Wrestling Federation under the name Wayne "The Train" Bloom..."The Train" was part of formidable tag teams the Destruction Crew, Minnesota Wrecking Crew 2 and the Beverly Brothers...the Minnesota Wrecking Crew 2 held the AWA World Tag-Team Championship in 1990.
DL/OL, 6-5, 340
Hinesville, Ga. (Bradwell Institute)
Committed to UCF on Jan. 29...chose the Knights over offers from Georgia, Houston, Syracuse, Tulane, Marshall, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Georgia State, and also recruited by Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, NC State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt...recruited by Tyson Summers...a native of Samoa, has only been playing football since the ninth grade...known for being quick off the ball while starting all four years for coach Jim Walsh, Jr., at Bradwell...Rivals.com Georgia Postseason Top 75 2012, ranking No. 58...sits at No. 48 at his position according to Scout.com...fluent in English and Samoan... parents are Siliga and Ifo Brown...father was a professional boxer for two years...the Brown family moved from Samoa to the United States in the mid-1990s and lived in Long Beach, Calif., before traveling to Georgia.
OT, 6-6, 265
Pensacola, Fla. (Pace High School)
Committed to UCF on Jan. 10 after interest from South Alabama, Troy and Vanderbilt...recruited by Brent Key...spent the first three years at Pace as a tight end, before his move to tackle as a senior...was a four-year letterwinner in football...helped guide the Patriots to an 11-3 record which included a regional finals appearance in the Class 6A state championship...coached by Mickey Lindsey...selected to the Pensacola News Journal's All-Area Team as well as garnering Class 6A All-State Second-Team honors in 2012...was selected to play in the 57th annual FACA North-South All-Star Game in Sebring...noted as a long and lean offensive tackle prospect with quick feet and good lateral movement...he compared himself to former UCF and current NFL player Patrick Brown...joins a trio of signees from Florida's panhandle in 2012, along with Luke Adams (Pensacola Catholic) and Colby Watson (Pine Forest)...also lettered two years in baseball and one in basketball...son of Debby Campbell.
TE, 6-4, 235
Deerfield Beach, Fla. (American Heritage)
Recruited as a tight end, Davis was also an accomplished defensive end for state power American Heritage, as well as the Stallions' long snapper...joins the 2012 UCF Signing Day class with teammate Kelly Parfitt...coached by Doug Socha...committed to UCF on Oct. 17 after receiving interest from a number of schools, including Boston College, Connecticut, FAU, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, NC State, South Florida, TCU, UCLA and Vanderbilt...after appearing in the 2010 Class 1A title game as a junior, helped guide American Heritage back to the top in claiming the 2011 Class 3A State Championship following the Stallions 30-3 victory over Madison County at the Florida Citrus Bowl...named to the 2011 Florida Class 3A Defensive First-Team...named to the 2011 South Florida Sun-Sentinel First Team Defense...listed at No. 25 on the Palm Beach Post Big Board for 2011, as well as to its small schools All-Area team...named to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel All-Palm Beach Team first-team defense...rated the No. 57 tight end nationally from ESPN.com...the 2011 team advanced through the state playoffs after winning the Class 3A, Region 4, District 7 title - its second-straight district championship...team finished 12-1 overall with a perfect 6-0 mark in district play...the 2011 Stallions were rated No. 7 amongst all classes in the state of Florida by FlaVarsity.com as well as No. 6 in the state and No. 45 nationally from MaxPreps...both he and Parfitt, a close friend since the sixth grade, began their high school careers at Boca Raton Olympic Heights before transferring to American Heritage prior to their junior seasons...as a senior in 2011, recorded 56 tackles at defensive end, with 13 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, one safety, 26 quarterback hurries, 14 passes defended, one fumble recovery, two touchdowns, 22 pancake blocks and one blocked PAT...participated in the 2011 Under Armour Broward-Beach Bowl...participated in the 2011 Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast High School Football All-Star Game, formerly known as the Outback Bowl...entered his senior season ranked No. 27 among the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Top 50 players in Palm Beach, in addition to No. 30 on Palm Beach Post's preseason list...full name is Stephen `Blake' Davis...parents are Doug Davis and Stephanie and Jack Siney.
QB, 6-0, 190
Ballwin, Mo. (Parkway West High School)
An impressive young quarterback who transfers into the UCF program after beginning his collegiate career at the University of Missouri...sat out the 2011 season...brother, Blaine, is currently the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he was a 2011 first-round draft pick (No. 10 overall)...will have three years of eligibility remaining after redshirting the 2010 season...was recruited to attend UCF by offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe...noted to turned heads during his lone year with the MU program leading the show team against one of the Big 12's top defenses...won the team's offensive back-up player of the week award for his work the week leading up to Mizzou's win over San Diego State...joined the MU program in January of 2010 after graduating early from Parkway West High School...out of high school was ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 12 overall quarterback prospect...was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 8 overall prospect in the state of Missouri, while bringing in the No. 17 pro-style quarterback ranking nationally...threw for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2009, while adding two scores and 225 yards on the ground...won Second Team all-conference honors in each of his last two seasons...as a junior in 2008, compiled over 1,900 passing yards to go with 18 touchdowns in the air, while he tallied 700 passing yards and six scores as a sophomore...was also an outstanding baseball player who hit .370 as a second baseman...coached in football by Jeff Duncan...son of Chuck and Beverly Gabbert...interested in studying finance...originally selected Missouri over Nebraska, Iowa, Wake Forest, Oregon and Kansas, among many others.
CB, 6-1, 170
Prichard, Ala. (Vigor High School)
Known as a big-play defender, he helped anchor one of Alabama's top defenses in Class 5A...rated the No. 34 overall prospect on Rivals.com Alabama Postseason Top 40 2012 list...chose UCF over offers from Kentucky, Memphis and Mississippi State, while also receiving interest from Alabama and Southern Miss...had an interception for Team Alabama in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic...helped guide the Vigor Wolves to a 12-3 record in 2011 and a second-place finish in the Region 1 standings...team had a 4-1 record in the 2011 state playoffs, advancing to the Class 5A quarterfinals...team finished the 2011 regular season ranked No. 6 in Alabama's Class 5A...coached by Kerry Stevenson...also played basketball for Vigor.
QB, 6-1, 200
Skaneateles, N.Y. (Skaneateles Senior High School)
Regarded as a the top quarterback in the state of New York as a senior...committed to UCF on Jan. 23...chose the Knights over interest from Syracuse, Connecticut, SMU and Albany...as a senior, led the Lakers to a perfect 9-0 record and a spot in the Section 3, Class C Championship game...in his biggest game of the season, Green passed for seven touchdowns against Jordan Elbridge, tying a state record held by four others...he completed 68 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,385 yards with 34 passing touchdowns on the year...his 34 touchdown passes in a season is fourth all-time in state history...also ran for 374 yards and 11 more scores on the ground...was named first-team all-state in Class C by the New York State Sportswriters Association, as well as All-Central New York...was also a member of Syracuse Post-Standard's All-Central New York Team and Auburn Citizen's Football Player of the Year...earned one letter in wrestling...was a four-year member of the Honor Roll (2009-012)...parents are Tim and Illyssa Green...father, Tim, was an All-American for Syracuse and an NFL first round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons...father played for UCF head coach George O'Leary at both Liverpool (N.Y.) High School and Syracuse.
WR, 6-2, 200
Orlando, Fla. (Agape Christian Academy)
Committed to UCF on Aug. 2 after receiving numerous offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, FAU, FIU, Indiana, Marshall, Memphis, NC State, Purdue and Temple...earned Class 2A Second-Team All-State honors in 2011...rated No. 87 nationally at wide receiver from Rivals.com, as well as No. 121 from ESPN.com and No. 170 from Scout.com...was among Rivals.com's Top Performers in the 13th Annual Central Florida All-Star Football Game in December, where he caught a receiving touchdown for the West squad...listed at No. 20 on Orlando Sentinel's 2012 Central Florida Super60...named to the Class 2A All-State Second Team as a senior...led the Central Florida area in receiving in 2011 with 1,052 yards...teamed finished 6-4 overall in 2011, 4-1 in league play, under head coach Victor Floyd...entered his senior season listed at No. 100 on Bill Buchalter's statewide top 100 list...as a junior (2010) at Agape Christian Academy, had 59 catches for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns....earned MVP honors at wide receiver in April 2011 at the Tallahassee NIKE camp... participated in the Miami NIKE camp in March...also lettered in track and field, where he was coached by James Morris...son of Bridgette Johnson.
WR, 6-1, 195
Daytona Beach, Fla. (Warner Christian Academy)
Committed to UCF on June 14 after receiving offers from NC State, Tennessee State and Bethune-Cookman...also saw interest from Ball State, Boston College, The Citadel, Connecticut, Duke, FAU, FIU, Illinois State, Indiana, Kentucky, Marshall, Miami, Syracuse, Temple and Western Kentucky...recruited by Sean Beckton...was named to the Florida Class 2A All-State First Team from 2009-11, all-area first team 2010-11, team captain 2010-11 and team MVP 2010-11...was among Rivals' Top Performers in the 13th Annual Central Florida All-Star Football Game in December, and was the Offensive MVP in the game...played for the East squad...listed at No. 17 on Orlando Sentinel's 2012 Central Florida Super60...a versatile player, also saw action as a running back and linebacker...during the regular season of his senior year, recorded 23 receptions for 422 yards, an average of 18 yards per catch, and carried the ball for 314 yards on 30 carries, 13 touchdowns...among his top performances as a senior came against St. John Lutheran where he totaled 206 yards and three touchdowns on just seven touches (4 receptions, 141 yards; 3 carries, 65 yards)...helped lead team to the 2011 Class 2A, Region 2, District 3 championship with a 10-4 overall record and undefeated 7-0 mark in district play...team advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals in 2011...was an Orlando Sentinel All-Volusia County defensive back in 2010...as a junior (2010), played both receiver and cornerback...recorded 1,036 receiving yards in 2010 with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions...his team narrowly fell short in the 2010 Class 1B State Championship Game to Glades Day, 42-35, finishing the season at 13-1...for his career, notched 111 receptions for 2,282 yards and 34 touchdowns, while posting 19 interceptions and 236 tackles.
WR, 6-3, 195
Miami, Fla. (Miami Norland High School)
Brings size to the UCF receiving corps...recruited by several schools, including Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Duke, FAU, FIU, Illinois State, Iowa State, Purdue, South Florida, West Virginia, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin...received scholarship offers from Purdue, Illinois State, Buffalo and Bowling Green...committed to UCF on Jan. 5...recruited by Sean Beckton...head coach was Daryle Heidelburg...wide receivers coach was Torrian Brooks...noted not only for his size, but his leaping ability and knowing where the ball knowing where the ball is at all times...hails from talent rich South Florida...helped lead Miami Norland to the 2011 Class 5A state championship...the Vikings' offense averaged over 43 points during the state playoffs, capped by a 38-0 victory over Wakulla in the state title game...in that title game, Owi shined catching four passes for 69 yards...team was committed to winning a state title in 2011 after finishing runner-up in Class 3A in 2010...Norland's offense was heavily rush-oriented behind Rivals100 running back Randy "Duke" Johnson, but when the Vikings did pass the ball it usually went to Owi, who led the team with 32 receptions for 550 yards...Owi caught 14 of Norland's 19 touchdown passes in 2011...earned Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State status...was an All-Miami Dade County First Team selection from the Miami Herald...also participates in track and field...brother attended UCF...was a member of Miami Norland's National Merit Society, National Honor Society and Green Club...also participated in varsity baseball as a left fielder...parents are Phillip and Bridgete Owi.
OL, 6-5, 320
Boca Raton, Fla. (American Heritage)
Played offensive tackle for Florida Class 3A power American Heritage...joins the 2012 UCF Signing Day Class with teammate Blake Davis...head coach was Doug Socha...committed to UCF on Oct. 31 after receiving offers from Bowling Green, FAU, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan...also saw interest from Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Miami, South Florida and Wisconsin...after appearing in the 2010 Class 1A title game as a junior, helped guide American Heritage back to the top in claiming the 2011 Class 3A state championship following the Stallions' 30-3 victory over Madison County at the Florida Citrus Bowl...it was during the recent championship run where Rivals noted Parfitt's effort level was `off the charts'...Graded 90 percent on blocking assignments as a senior and registered 35 pancake blocks...named to the 2011 Florida Class 3A Offensive First Team...named to the 2011 South Florida Sun-Sentinel First Team Offense...listed at No. 20 on the Palm Beach Post Big Board for 2011, as well as to its small schools All-Area Team...the 2011 team advanced through the state playoffs after winning the Class 3A, Region 4, District 7 title - its second-straight district championship...team finished 12-1 overall with a perfect 6-0 mark in district play...the 2011 Stallions were rated No. 7 amongst all classes in the state of Florida by FlaVarsity.com as well as No. 6 in the state and No. 45 nationally from MaxPreps...participated in the 2011 Under Armour Broward-Beach Bowl...entered his senior season ranked No. 35 among the Palm Beach Post's Top 50 players in Palm Beach...named to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel All-Palm Beach Team first-team offense...both he and Davis, a close friend since the sixth grade, began their high school careers at Boca Raton Olympic Heights before transferring to American Heritage prior to their junior seasons...also participated three years in varsity wrestling in the heavyweight class...head coach in wrestling was Matt Morris...parents are Sheldon Parfitt and Kathy and Bill Cox.
R-Sr., OT, 6-5, 292
Tampa, Fla. (Jesuit High School/Georgia Tech)
Enrolls at UCF for his final season of college football after spending his prior collegiate career at Georgia Tech...was a two-year starter for the Yellow Jackets in 2010 and 2011...has played in 33-career games entering 2012, including 20 starts...as a redshirt junior in 2011, played 10 games (starting eight) while Georgia Tech put together an 8-5 season record...last year, Georgia Tech had the No. 18 total offense and the No. 2 rushing offense...in 2010, also played in 10 games and started eight times at right tackle... missed three games with nagging injuries...beat out a returning senior starter for the job in 2010...enjoyed a solid redshirt freshman season in Tech's ACC championship season of 2009...began that year as a top back-up at tackle before starting three games late in the season...started four games overall as a freshman...helped the Georgia Tech offense lead the nation in rushing offense in 2009...suffered a season-ending injury in the ACC Championship Game vs. Clemson (Dec. 5) and did not play in the FedEx Orange Bowl...earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors in 2009...in 2008, was a true freshman who redshirted...part of a talented freshman class that included three offensive linemen...while at Jesuit, earned all-county honors in 2007 as an offensive lineman...selected All-Hillsborough County Second Team...earned all-state honors by the FSWA as an offensive tackle...recorded six sacks on the defensive line as a junior...earned two varsity letters in football at defensive end, offensive tackle and tight end...also earned two letters in basketball as an imposing center...served one year as captain of the basketball team...recorded a triple-double as a sophomore with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Berkeley Prep...selected for the student council as a senior...originally chose Georgia Tech over Penn State and several other schools...No. 56 offensive tackle in the nation (Scout.com)...parents are Mark and Colleen Smith...father played football for four years at Nicholls State.
LB, 6-3, 215
Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate High School)
Played both weakside defensive end while in the 4-3 scheme, but played mostly outside linebacker in 2011 in a 3-3-5 stack formation...committed to UCF on Oct. 9 after receiving interest from Boston College, FIU, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland and Navy...coached by Mike DiGrigoli...initially began his varsity career as a safety and made the switch to linebacker following his sophomore season...played three seasons on the varsity squad...noted as an elite tackler at both positions...also participated on the Titans' men's track team, excelling in the discus and shot put...named to the 2011 Naples Daily News All-Area First-Team Defense as well as second team Collier County Athletic Conference...played for the South squad in the 2011 Naples North Rotary All-Star Football Classic...as a senior in 2011, recorded 98 total tackles and nine sacks...had the strongest squat, bench and clean in the 1,000 Pound Club...entered the 2011 season as a heralded student-athlete, making Bill Buchalter's statewide top 100 list (No. 94) as well as one of the 21 linebackers named to FlaVarsity.com's Top 160 list...as a junior (2010), recorded 89 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles...was an all-conference selection as a junior...had 65 tackles, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a sophomore (2009), while earning all-conference status...was the leading freshman tackler in 2008, playing in three games...was born in Miami...member of the Key Club and AB Honor Roll...also participated in basketball, track and field and lacrosse...as a youth football player, played with the Naples Gators, who advanced to the Orange Bowl Youth Football title game...parents are Jean Sylverain and Nerlande Francois.
OT, 6-5, 310
Pensacola, Fla. (Pine Forest High School)
Noted recruiting expert Tom Lemming noted that "Colby proves to be one of the top prospects in Northern Florida. A road grader, he dominates from the left tackle position...shows good initial quickness, plays the game with good balance and on his feet, he's a good positional blocker, is quick off the snap, and once he gets a hold of his opponent, it's all over. He does a decent job of locating targets downfield and keeps his feet moving well for a 320 pounder. The most dominating OL prospect in Northern Florida"...committed to UCF on Jan. 15...recruited by Brent Key...chose the Knights over Louisville, Western Kentucky and South Alabama...also received interest from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU...ESPN.com rated him the No. 16 guard in the nation and the No. 46 overall prospect in the state of Florida...garnered Class 6A all-state second-team honors as a senior...also named to the 2011 Pensacola News Journal All-Area Football Team...as a junior (2010), helped Pine Forest to a regional semifinal appearance in the Class 4A state championship...joins a trio of signees from Florida's panhandle in 2012, along with Michael Campbell (Pace) and Luke Adams (Pensacola Catholic)...also played baseball in high school...parents are CJ and Kelli Watson.
CB, 6-1, 195
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons High School)
Committed to UCF on Jan. 17...chose UCF over offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Indiana, Marshall, UMass, Memphis, Western Michigan and Wisconsin...coached by Mike Morrill...played safety for the Chiefs, but projects to be a top cornerback prospect...named to the Miami Herald's All-Broward County First Team for defense...senior season note was finishing with 50-plus tackles and three interceptions...team went 8-3 in 2012 and advanced to the Class 5A regional quarterfinals...also ran track and field.