Feb. 6, 2008
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UCF Adds 17 Signees To Football Roster On National Signing Day
The Knights secure signatures of athletes from seven different states, bring 2008 class total to 20
Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - UCF head coach George O'Leary announced the signing of 17 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football for the Knights on Wednesday. The class features a group of athletes that come from seven different states as Florida has the most representation with seven new signees. With three members of the class of 2008 already enrolled in classes, Wednesday's additional players bring O'Leary's fifth class as the UCF head coach to 20.
Breaking the class down by position, the Knights' offense gained one quarterback, four running backs, two tight end/h-backs and four linemen. Defensively, UCF received signatures from a trio of defensive linemen and two linebackers. The Knights also listed Marquee Williams as an athlete. Williams played both sides of the ball during his prep career at Vanguard (Ocala, Fla.) High School.
"I am very happy with the class that we signed," O'Leary said. "This group will help us continue to improve both athletically and academically as a program. We were able to address several of our needs and that will only help us in future years."
Five members of the class are Georgia natives, while three hail from New York. Ohio and Texas each had one player sign from those respective states. The trio of New Yorkers in the signing class joins a list of seven previous Knights from the Empire State that have earned letters in the 29-year history of UCF football.
The three players on campus, who will all participate in 2008 spring practices, includes the lone junior-college transfer in the class, Jarvis Geathers. A defensive end prospect originally from Andrews, S.C., Geathers is joined by Chad Keys of Covington, La., and Josh Linam of Tavares, Fla., who were both original members of the 2007 class, but were grayshirted last fall and joined the program in January.
The Knights are coming off a 2007 season that saw O'Leary lead the team to 10 wins and the program's first conference championship. UCF claimed the Conference USA title with a 44-25 victory over Tulsa on Dec. 1
UCF will open up 2008 spring practices on March 19 and hold its annual spring game on April 12. For the latest news and information on the Knights, tickets or apparel log on to www.ucfathletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. Also check out UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.
Class Breakdown By Position
Marquee Williams (Vanguard - Ocala, Fla.)
*Chad Keys (St. Paul's School - Covington, La.)
*Jarvis Geathers (Feather River C.C. - Andrews, S.C.)
Robert Pritchard (North Gwinnett - Suwanee, Ga.)
Theo Goins (Hightower - Fort Bend, Texas)
Chris Martin (Choctawhatchee - Fort Walton Beach, Fla.)
*Josh Linam (Tavares - Tavares, Fla.)
Loren Robinson (Lyman - Longwood, Fla.)
David Williams (Cardinal Gibbons - Ft. Lauderdale)
Chad Hounshell (Lake Catholic - Mentor, Ohio)
Jarien Moreland (Glade Central Community - Belle Glade, Fla.)
John Oliver (Troup County - LaGrange, Ga.)
Steven Robinson (Lincoln - Tallahassee, Fla.)
Brandon Davis (Peachtree Ridge - Suwanee, Ga.)
Brynn Harvey (Largo - Largo, Fla.)
Vance King (Stockbridge - Stockbridge, Ga.)
Latavius Murray (Onandaga Central - Nedrow, N.Y.)
Tight Ends/Hybrid Back
Brendan Kelly (Shoreham-Wading River - Shoreham, N.Y.)
Kyle Madden (Harrison - Kennesaw, Ga.)
Rob Calabrese (East Islip - Islip Terrace, N.Y.)
* Already enrolled in classes at UCF
Class Breakdown By State
Brynn Harvey, RB
*Josh Linam, LB
Chris Martin, DT
Jarien Moreland, OL
Loren Robinson, LB
Steven Robinson, OL
David Williams, LB
Marquee Williams, ATH
Brandon Davis, RB
Vance King, RB
John Oliver, OL
Robert Pritchard, DE
Kyle Madden, TE
*Chad Keys, DB
Chad Hounshell, OL
Rob Calabrese, QB
Brendan Kelly, TE/HB
Latavius Murray, RB
*Jarvis Geathers, DE
Theo Goins, DT
* Already enrolled in classes at UCF
Signed National Letter Of Intent On Wednesday
Brandon Davis RB 5-9 190 Suwanee, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge)
Earned four letters at Peachtree Ridge High School ... Owns the school's all-time record for rushing yards with more than 5,000 in his career ... Distinguished as a preseason All-American by the U.S. Army, Gatorade, CSTV and Max Emfinger prior to his senior season ... As a senior, rushed for 1,097 yards and 11 touchdowns and earned all-state honors for the third time in his career ... In helping lead his team to the 5A state title as a junior, rushed for 1,385 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Was a first team All-state, All-region and All-county honoree in his junior season of 2006, when he rushed for a school-record 327 yards in the first round of the state playoffs ... Earned second-team All-State honors as sophomore when he rushed for 1,140 yards ... Rushed for a career-high 1,730 yards as a freshman ... Ranked as the No. 24 all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com and as the No. 42 running back prospect by ESPN.com ... Received 27 scholarship offers from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including the likes of Boston College, California, Clemson, Michigan, Ole Miss, South Carolina and USF.
Peachtree Ridge Head Coach Bill Ballard on Brandon Davis: "Brandon is a real good football player. He is a conscientious kid that is a hard worker. He is the leading rusher in the history of our school and had an outstanding career here. Brandon's strengths as a running back are that he has great vision and quick feet. He hits the hole going down hill and knows when to make the right cuts."
Rob Calabrese QB 6-2 215 Islip Terrace, N.Y. (East Islip)
Earned three letters for head coach Sal Ciampi, Jr., at East Islip ... Earned the Boomer Esiason Award as Suffolk County's top quarterback as a junior and senior ... A three-year starter at quarterback, broke Esiason's East Islip school records for career passing yardage (3,992) and touchdowns (34) ... Earned fourth-team Class AA All-State honors as a senior after leading the school to a perfect 11-0 record and the Long Island Championship ... As a senior, passed for 1,332 yards and 14 touchdowns and also rushed for 798 yards and 10 scores ... On defense, he collected 41 tackles and picked off four passes ... As an All-County honoree during his junior season, passed for 1,514 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 444 yards and eight touchdowns ... Earned All-League honors as a sophomore after passing for 1,333 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Ranked as the No. 6 prospect overall in the state of New York by Rivals.com and the 15th best prospect in the state by Scout.com ... Also recruited by Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Syracuse and Temple.
East Islip Head Coach Sal Ciampi, Jr., on Rob Calabrese: "Rob is physically gifted and has one of the strongest arms for a guy his age that I have ever seen. As far as a quarterback goes and the skills you want one to have, Rob has them all. He has those intangibles that you can't coach. He is a special kid and we are excited that he is going to UCF."
Loren Robinson LB 6-3 195 Longwood, Fla. (Lyman)
Three-year letterman under head coach Bill Caughell at Lyman High School ... Earned second team All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 120 tackles, 18 for loss and four sacks and leading his team to a district title ... Also had six pass break-ups and an interception ... Named honorable mention All-Conference as a junior when he totaled 102 tackles, including 10 for loss and seven sacks ... Switched to linebacker after his sophomore season, when he played defensive end and had 65 tackles, seven for loss and three sacks ... Ranked as the 52nd best strong side linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com ... Member of the National Honor Society and MAC Scholars ... Also lettered in basketball and track and field ...Also recruited by Auburn, South Carolina and Florida Atlantic.
Lyman Head Coach Bill Caughell on Loren Robinson:
"He has been a leader on and off the field, a team captain and a great student-athlete for us. He is a guy you build your program around and want out in the forefront where people are measuring what coaches and players are supposed to be about."
Robert Pritchard DE 6-4 225 Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
Earned four letters at North Gwinnett High School under the direction of head coach Bob Sphire ... Named to the Gwinnett All-County team and All-Region 7-5A team as a senior ... Participated in the 2007 Gwinnett County All-Star Game ... Collected 61 tackles, including 12 for loss and seven sacks in final prep season ... Recorded 51 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior and 52 tackles and six sacks as a sophomore ... Ranked as the 54th best strong side linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com ... Considered the No. 9 defensive end prospect in the state of Georgia by ESPN.com ... Also being recruited by Memphis, Ole Miss and Virginia.
North Gwinnett Head Coach Bob Sphire on Robert Pritchard: "Robert is a very explosive athlete. He is a speed-rush guy, who is really quick off the ball. He is going to beat you with his speed and athleticism. For us, he was a disruptive player in terms of sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles and I expect him to continue to do that on the next level."
Brynn Harvey RB 5-11 215 Largo, Fla. (Largo)
Earned four letters for head coach Rick Rodriguez at Largo High School ... Set the Pinellas County single-season rushing record as a senior with 2,567 yards and 31 touchdowns ... Earned first-team Class 5A All-State honors as a senior (Florida Sports Writers Association) and was the St. Pete Times Pinellas County Player of the Year, helping lead Largo to a 13-1 record ... Was a member of the Tampa Tribune's All-Suncoast first team ... Rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior ... Ranked No. 32 nationally among running backs and as the 69th best prospect in the state of Florida by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 84 overall prospect on the Orlando Sentinel's Top-100 Sunshine state prospects ... Also recruited by Arizona State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee and Ball State.
Largo Head Coach Rick Rodriguez on Brynn Harvey: "UCF is getting the best running back in the state of Florida. He is a physical back with great vision. He had a great two years for us, rushing for close to 5,000 yards and scoring over 50 touchdowns. Coach Godsey did a great job recruiting Brynn and they are going to be real happy with the player they are getting."
Brendan Kelly TE/HB 6-3 235 Shoreham, N.Y. (Shoreham-Wading River)
Earned four letters under head coach Bill Ashton at Shoreham-Wading River High School ... Became Suffolk County's third all-time leading rusher following his senior season when he rushed for 1,458 yards and 17 touchdowns ... For his career, finished with 4,936 yards and 52 touchdowns ... Named All-Long Island second team in 2006 and 2007 by Newsday and was an All-County honoree as a senior, junior and sophomore ... First player in Suffolk County history to earn a player of the week award in three-consecutive seasons ... As a junior, broke the school's single-season rushing mark with 1,668 rushing yards and added 21 touchdowns ... Ranked as the No. 6 fullback prospect in the country by ESPN.com ... Also a standout on defense, where he posted 248 career tackles, 34 tackles for loss and had five interceptions ...Ranked as the 46th best strong side linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com and as the No. 10 overall prospect in the state of New York by Scout.com ... Also received recruiting interest from Boston College, Connecticut, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Shoreham-Wading River Head Coach Bill Ashton on Brendan Kelly: "Brendan was a four-year varsity player for us who was one of the most durable players I have ever been around. He lives, eats and breathes football. When he is not on the field, he is working hard in the weight room. He is a kid who would run through a brick wall for you and do anything for his teammates."
Kyle Madden TE 6-3 250 Kennesaw, Ga. (Harrison)
Earned three varsity letters for Bruce Cobleigh at Harrison High School ... Named All-Cobb County as a defensive end following his senior season ... Posted 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior ... Also had 27 quarterback hurries, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown ... During his junior season, played both ways and had six receptions for 123 yards as a tight end and 40 tackles, including eight for loss, at defensive end ... Ranked No. 79 among tight ends nationally and as the second best tight end prospect in the state of Georgia by ESPN.com ... Also recruited by Air Force, Connecticut, Furman, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Southern Miss and garnered interest from Duke, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio).
Harrison Head Coach Bruce Cobleigh on Kyle Madden: "Kyle is a good kid who comes from a great family. From a football standpoint, he has a lot of potential and a great upside. He is a hard worker and has the body to take on tremendous size and has the athletic ability to play several positions at UCF."
Marquee Williams ATH 6-0 195 Ocala, Fla. (Vanguard)
Earned three letters for former head coach Will Holly at Vanguard High School ... Named first-team All-District as a senior and first-team All-County by the Ocala Banner ... Split time between quarterback, wide receiver and safety as a senior ... Team's signal caller for two-plus seasons ... Also lettered in basketball, weightlifting and track and field ... Ranked No. 97 nationally for quarterback prospects by Scout.com ... Follows in the footsteps of former Vanguard alum Daunte Culpepper to sign with the Knights ... Also recruited by Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, Southern Illinois, SMU and USF.
Vanguard Assistant Head Coach Steve Budnick on Marquee Williams: "What stands out about Marquee is his willingness to work. He is a great athlete who played offense, defense and special teams for us. He was one of those near-perfect type of kids who did everything for you. He never missed a work out, never missed a practice and always had a smile on his face."
Jarien Moreland OL 6-4 330 Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central)
Earned four letters for head coach Willie Snead at Glades Central High School ... Helped lead his team to the 2006 Class 3A state championship as a junior and Class 3A Region 4 titles as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Ranked No. 36 nationally among offensive guards by Rivals.com and the 90th best prospect in the state of Florida ... Ranked No. 95 nationally among offensive tackles by Scout.com ... Also received recruiting interest from Florida State, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Pitt and USF.
Glades Central Community Athletic Director Henry Cook on Jarien Moreland: "Jarien is a versatile player who played all three positions on the offensive line for our team. He was a player who always gave it his all and made his opponents work hard to try to get past him. We are looking forward to following his collegiate career there at UCF."
Theo Goins DT 6-4 285 Fort Bend, Texas (Hightower)
Earned two letters for head coach Gene Johnson at Hightower High School ... Earned all-district honorable mention honors as junior after leading the team in sacks with 10 and tackles for loss with 15 ... Received All-District honors as a senior when he led team in sacks (12) and tackles for loss (17) for the second consecutive season ... Given name is Thaophilius ... Also recruited by Arizona, Houston, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
Hightower Head Coach Gene Johnson on Thao Goins: "Thao is a great kid who has improved tremendously for us over the past two years. He has a ton of potential and a lot of upside to be a great college player. Theo has great quickness and as he learns to play with a lower pad level and use his hands more, he his going to be hard to block on that level."
Chad Hounshell OL 6-4 300 Mentor, Ohio (Lake Catholic)
As a senior, named to the Division III all-state first team by the Associated Press ... Helped lead team to the semifinals of the state playoffs as a senior ... His junior squad was the regional runner-up and his sophomore team won the district championship ...Ranked as the 42nd best prospect in the state of Ohio and the 78th best offensive tackle prospect in the country by Rivals.com ...Considered the No. 67 best overall prospect in the state of Ohio by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 11 among offensive tackles in the state of Ohio by ESPN.com ... Also recruited by Air Force, Boston College, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt and Purdue.
Lake Catholic Head Coach Mike Bell on Chad Hounshell: "Chad has done a great job for us. He has been a three-year starter on defense and two on offense. He anchored down the left side for us the last two years. Chad moves exceptionally well for a big guy and that is the one thing recruiters always commented on when they visited here. He has great hands and feet and is very aggressive. He moves fast and will get down field and that is what you want to see out of an offensive lineman."
Chris Martin DT 6-5 290 Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Choctawhatchee)
Earned four letters for head coach Bobby Moore at Choctawhatchee High School ... Spent his first two prep seasons at offensive tackle before making the transition to defensive tackle for his junior and senior seasons ... As a senior, posted 92 tackles, 21 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery ... Earned All-Northwest Florida honors as a junior and senior ... Named to the Junior All-America second team in 2006 after registering 86 tackles, 12 sacks and 14 tackles for loss ... Also lettered in track and field and weight lifting ... Ranked No. 41 among defensive tackles nationally and as the 70th best prospect overall in the Sunshine State by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 53 defensive tackle prospect nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 91 on the top-100 high school football prospects 2007 list by the Orlando Sentinel ... Also recruited by Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Southern Miss and USF.
Former Choctawhatchee Head Coach Bobby Moore on Chris Martin: "Chris has great athleticism for his size. He is a hard working kid whose best football is ahead of him. He was a pleasure to work with and he is going to be a great player at UCF."
John Oliver OL 6-6 270 LaGrange, Ga. (Troup County)
Earned two letters playing for head coach Bubba Jeter at Troup County High School ... In two seasons, spent time on both the offensive and defensive lines and was also the team's long snapper ... Ranked as one of the Top 50 prospects outside of the Metro Atlanta area ... Ranked as the No. 89 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... Earned the FCA Leadership Award as a junior ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... Also recruited by Auburn, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, USF and Western Kentucky.
Troup County Head Coach Bubba Jeter on John Oliver: "John is a player with untapped and unlimited potential. In my 20 years at Troup, I have never seen a lineman make as much improvement between their junior and senior years as John did this past year. If that continues, he is going to have a great career at UCF."
Latavius Murray LB 6-3 215 Nedrow, N.Y. (Onandaga Central)
Earned three letters under head coach Jason Ryan at Onandaga Central High School ... Named the 2007 Gatorade Football Player of the Year in the state of the New York by Rise Magazine ... Also named Class D Player of the Year and first-team All-State by the New York State Sportswriters Association after rushing 175 times for 2,194 yards and 28 touchdowns ... On defense as a senior, recorded 78 tackles, forced three fumbles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns, giving him 35 total scores ...Also garnered first-team All-State honors as a junior when he carried the ball 193 times for 2,030 yards and 30 touchdowns ... As a sophomore, earned third-team All-State honors after rushing 212 times for 1,609 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Was an All-League and All-Central New York performer all three seasons ... Ranked as the fifth best prospect overall in the state of New York by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of New York by Scout.com ... Also recruited by Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland and Syracuse.
Onandaga Central Head Coach Jason Ryan on Latavius Murray: "UCF is getting a great kid, who is fun to be around and is very personable. On the field, he is very aware of what to do with the ball as a running back. He has great vision and runs hard to get that extra yard. He is a great, great kid and we're excited to see what he can do for the Knights."
David Williams LB 6-1 205 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)
Earned three letters in football for head coach Mike Morrill at Cardinal Gibbons High School ... Named Class 3A honorable mention All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association ... Earned first-team All-Broward County 3A-1A by the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel ... Finished final prep season with 81 tackles, two sacks and returned lone interception for a touchdown ... Participated in the 2008 Broward All-Star Game ... As a junior, collected 89 tackles, four sacks and had one interception ... Also had two pass receiving scores as a tight end and ran a kickoff back for a touchdown ... Ranked as the No. 43 outside linebacker prospect in the country by ESPN.com ... Had more than a dozen offers, but chose UCF over Arkansas and Cincinnati.
Cardinal Gibbons Head Coach Mike Morrill on David Williams: "David is an intense competitor. That is the best word to describe him. He is intense on the field, in the weight room and in everything he does. That is the edge he will bring to UCF football. We are looking forward to him being a Knight."
Steven Robinson OL 6-3 305 Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)
Earned four letters in football for head coach Kyle Rice at Lincoln High School ... Named first-team Class 4A All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association following his senior season ... Earned All-Big Bend first-team honors by the Tallahassee Democrat as a junior and senior ... Four-year starter on the offensive line ... Earned third-team All-State honors as a junior ... Also lettered in wrestling, track and field and played the tuba in the school band ... Nicknamed Moose ... Ranked as the No. 25 offensive guard prospect in the country by ESPN.com ... Ranked as the No. 24 offensive guard prospect in the country and the No. 69 overall prospect in the state of Florida by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 90 on the top 100 high school football prospects 2007 list by the Orlando Sentinel ... Also recruited by Clemson, Georgia, Minnesota, South Carolina and USF.
Lincoln Head Coach Kyle Rice on Steven Robinson: "Moose is a very powerful player and is an exceptional run blocker. He takes great pride in being an offensive lineman and enjoys the physical aspects of football. He is very intelligent and that's the No. 1 thing an offensive lineman needs to be. Moose is a great athlete in a big man's body, so he moves well and we took advantage of that here at Lincoln."
Vance King ATH 6-0 195 Stockbridge, Ga. (Stockbridge)
Earned four letters for head coach Steve Collins at Stockbridge High School ... Became the first player in the history of Henry County to start and play in the Georgia North/South High School All-Star Game ... As a senior, caught 18 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 58 times for 409 yards and six scores on offense ... On defense, totaled 29 tackles, one interception, two sacks and three forced fumbles ... Named the Henry County Player of the Year as a junior when he rushed for 535 yards and six touchdowns on offense and added 60 tackles and three interceptions on defense ... Ranked as the No. 49 overall prospect in the state of Georgia by Scout.com ... Also lettered in basketball and track and field and earned the Student Athletic Scholar Award as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Was recruited by more than 20 schools, including Arkansas, Auburn, Brown, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Princeton, Tulane and Vanderbilt.
Stockbridge Head Coach Steve Collins on Vance King: "Vance is an explosive player. He is very exciting to watch. He is a player who can do a lot of things on the field and he is going to come in there and get a shot at running back. His strengths are his overall body strength and his speed. He is a top-notch kid who will come in there and represent UCF very well."
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Jarvis Geathers DE 6-2 225 Andrews, S.C. (Andrews/Feather River C.C.)
Transferred to UCF from Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., where he spent two seasons following a prep career at Andrews (S.C.) High School ... Has three years to play two seasons for the Knights ...Named to the NorCal All-Conference team this past season after racking up 60 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks ... Was the Region 6-AA Lineman of the Year in South Carolina as a prep senior ... Earned first-team Class AA All-State honors as a senior and third-team honors as a junior ... Geathers' brother Jeremy is a junior linebacker at UNLV and his father James `Jumpy' Geathers played in the NFL for 13 seasons with the Washington Redskins and won a Super Bowl ring ... Also recruited by NC State, Oklahoma State, New Mexico and UNLV.
Feather River Head Coach Tim Simi on Jarvis Geathers: "Jarvis has a great motor. He is a guy who goes hard from the snap all the way to the whistle. He is very quick off the ball and is a natural pass rusher. He is also very good against the run and just a good all-around football player. He is definitely one of the best players - and not just at his position - but overall that we have had out here."
Chad Keys DB 6-0 185 Covington, La. (St. Paul's)
Earned four letters playing on both sides of the ball for coach Ken Sears at the St. Paul's School ... Named first team Class 5A All-State as a wide receiver by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after hauling in 61 passes for 1,295 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Also earned All-Metro, All-District, All-St. Tammany honors as a senior ... As a junior caught 28 passes for 481 yards and four touchdowns ... Schools that also showed interest included Arkansas, Auburn, Memphis, Mississippi and Tulane.
St. Paul's Head Coach Ken Sears on Chad Keys: "Chad is by far one of the best players to ever grace the grounds of the St. Paul's School. He has a very bright future ahead of him."
Josh Linam LB 6-2 230 Tavares, Fla. (Tavares)
Earned four letters in football for coach George Sneed at Tavares High School ... Named to the Class 3A All-State second team by the Florida Sports Writers Association in 2006 as a senior ... Awarded 3A-District 8 Player of the Year honors after registering 110 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and one interception ... Named All-Lake County first team and All-Central Florida second team defense by the Orlando Sentinel ... Two-time All-Area honoree and area Defensive Player of the Year as a junior when he posted 146 tackles (91 solo) and had four tackles for a loss ... Rated the 34th best inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com and the 71st best strong side linebacker in the nation by Scout.com ... Lettered in basketball for three seasons ... Also recruited by Florida International, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Navy and UAB.
Tavares Head Coach George Sneed on Josh Linam: "One of the greatest talents ever out of Tavares High School. Josh is a hard worker who would be an asset to anyone's program and we are absolutely thrilled he is going to be a UCF Knight, and that's from an alumnus."