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UCF brings in QB from Georgia as possible replacement for Blake Bortles

Miami Central linebacker Errol Clarke practices with the team after school at Miami Central High School in Miami on Aug. 23, 2011. Clarke will transfer to the University of Central Florida for the 2014 season.
Miami Central linebacker Errol Clarke practices with the team after school at Miami Central High School in Miami on Aug. 23, 2011. Clarke will transfer to the University of Central Florida for the 2014 season.
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UCF early commitments

Name, position, school, height, weight

Errol Clarke, LB, Garden City CC (Kan.), 6-3, 240

Joey Connors, DT, Harrison (Ga.), 6-4, 270

Chris Davis, WR, Oviedo, 6-1, 180

Chavis Dickey, T, Peach County (Ga.), 6-4, 298

Jordan Franks, WR, Crawfordville Wakulla, 6-4, 203

Kyle Gibson, DB, Seffner Armwood, 6-0, 180

Tyler Harris, QB, Pierce County (Ga.), 6-4, 219

C.J. Jones, RB, Port Orange Atlantic, 5-10,196

Mac Loudermilk, K, Valdosta (Ga.), 6-1, 220

Lance McDowdell, DT, Nassau CC (N.Y.), 6-4, 300

Wyatt Miller, T, Coffee (Ga.), 6-6, 280

Luke Palmer, T, Hardee Senior, 6-4, 279

Jamiyus Pittman, DT, Colquitt County (Ga.), 6-2, 280

Michael Rogers, ATH, Campbell (Ga.), 6-0, 180

Tre’Quan Smith, ATH, Village Academy, 6-3, 179

A.J. Wooten, DE, Berrien (Ga.), 6-5, 240

USF early commitments

Name, position, school, height, weight

Devin Abraham, DB, Tarpon Springs East Lake, 5-9, 175

Jimmy Bayes, ATH, Immokalee, 6-3, 195

Rohan Blackwood, DE Brooksville Nature Coast, 6-3, 207

Ryeshene Bronson, WR, Fort Myers Dunbar, 6-3, 183

Juwuan Brown, OLB, Tampa Thomas Jefferson, 6-2, 210

Jamie Byrd, DB, Iowa Western CC (Iowa), 5-11, 195

Stanley Clerveaux, WR, North Miami, 6-3, 187

Elkanah Dillon, TE, Ocala Vanguard, 6-5, 218

Quinton Flowers, ATH, Miami Jackson, 6-0, 203

Tajee Fullwood, ATH, Tampa Bay Tech, 6-1, 189

Michael Galati, G, Bradenton Manatee, 6-2, 292

LeGrande Harley, OLB, Georgia Military College (Ga.), 6-1, 225

Demetrius Hill, DE, Fort Scott CC (Kan.), 6-3, 255

Nick Holman, ILB, Bob Jones (Ala.), 6-3, 225

Zach Hudson, T, Tampa Sickles, 6-5, 285

Benjamin Knox, T, DeLand, 6-6, 259

Marlon Mack, RB, Sarasota Booker, 5-11, 192

Eric Mayes, DE, Milford Academy (N.Y.), 6-5, 265

Tyre McCants, WR, Niceville, 5-11, 199

Nick Nataro, TE, Estero, 6-4, 235

Deatrick Nichols, DB, Miami Central, 5-10, 171

Marlon Pope, TE, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (Miss.), 6-4, 265

Bruno Reagan, DT, Clarksville (Tenn.), 6-3, 291

Kendall Sawyer, ATH, Lehigh Acres East Lee County, 6-0, 179

Michael Smith, G, Miami Central, 6-3, 319

Mazzi Wilkins, DB, Tampa Plant, 6-0, 158

B-CU early commitments

Name, position, school, height, weight

Trenton Bridges, OLB, DeLand, 6-2, 205

Tyler Gildner, TE, Robbinsville (N.J.), 6-4, 220

Cameron Rigby, RB, Miramar, 5-8, 175

Troy Wilkins, DT, Miami Northwestern, 6-2, 290

Florida A&M early commitments

Name, position, school, height, weight

Keir Abrams, RB, Berkeley (Calif.), 5-11, 240

Kendall Bruton, DB, Nassau CC (N.Y.) 5-11, 185

Samir Burns, DT, Monroe College (N.Y.), 6-2, 295

Patrick Dalton, OL, Jireh Prep (N.C.), 6-6, 340

Ron Harris, LB, Jireh Prep (N.C.), 6-3, 220

Mateo Kambui, C, Heights (Kan.), 6-3, 288

A.J. Lidell, WR, Atlanta Prep (Ga.), 6-3, 200

Shazzon Mumphrey, QB, Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.), 6-4, 230

Joshua Nicholson, DE, Pensacola Escambia, 6-6, 230

Antoine Pickett, ATH, Central Costa College (Calif.), 6-0, 190

James Sample, DB, American River CC (Calif.), 6-2, 205

Jestin Snow, G, Miami Northwestern, 6-2, 352

Matt Tiedermann, OL, Snow College (Utah), 6-1, 310

Airion Wallace, DB, Pensacola Escambia, 5-10, 175

Stetson early commitments

Name, position, school, height, weight

Nick Bialkowski, LB, Williams Field Ariz., 6-0, 200

Marcus Dixon, RB, Snow College (Utah), 5-7, 221

Stephen Paladino, RB, Defiance College (Ohio), 5-11, 225

Jacksonville early commitments

Name, position, school, height, weight

Henderson Gray, WR, Monsignor Pace, 5-10, 176

George O’Leary continues to bring good, raw quarterbacks to UCF.

The Golden Knights have 16 commitments for the 2014 class led by Tyler Harris, a 6-4 pocket passer from Blackshear, Ga. It seems unlikely Harris will be the immediate replacement for Blake Bortles. But the quarterback, one of eight commitments from Georgia, has enrolled early, which will allow him to start learning the offense before summer practices.

Harris verbally committed to Southern Methodist in July before visiting UCF in November. He made two unofficial visits that month, committing right before his second visit, before making his official visit in mid-December. He also received offers from Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi State.

O’Leary also attracted two junior colleges defenders to help bolster a defense returning four of its five leading tacklers from last season. Former Miami Central defensive end Errol Clarke will return to the state as a linebacker for the Knights after a year at Garden City Community College in Kansas. Clarke is expected to compete for a starting spot at outside linebacker.

Defensive tackle Lance McDowell was ranked as the No. 49 JUCO recruit in the nation by ESPN and turned down offers from Alabama, Miami, Tennessee and USC to go to Orlando. McDowell should make an immediate difference on an undersized defensive line with his 6-5, 300-pound frame.


Versatility was the theme for the Bulls in their 26-man 2014 recruiting class.

USF has four athletes committed to this class including Immokalee’s Jimmy Bayes and Miami Jackson’s Quinton Flowers. The ability to play multiple positions will be critical for a team coming off a 2-10 season in coach Willie Taggert’s first season.

Bayes can play on either side of the ball with his 6-3, 195-pound frame. He played tight end and defensive end at Immokalee and had 78 tackles last season. Bayes would likely fit as an outside linebacker on a defense that gave up 350 yards per game a year ago.

Flowers was a dual-threat quarterback at Jackson, but could be shifted to wide receiver when he gets to Tampa. He is one of 12 offensive players Taggert brings in to a unit that produced only 255 yards per game in 2013.


The Wildcats’s recruiting plans are still in flux as many recruits wait until the last minute to make their decisions.

Bethune-Cookman does have four players verbally committed, three of which hail from the state of Florida. Miramar running back Cameron Rigby is the best of the bunch, turning down an offer from Florida Atlantic to play for the Wildcats. ranks Rigby as a two-star recruit, the only recruit committed to B-CU who earned a star.

He is one of two offensive players committed to the Daytona Beach school along with Tyler Gildner, a tight end from New Jersey.

Florida A&M

Rattlers coach Earl Holmes got a lot of his work done early this season.

There were 11 recruits who officially committed to FAMU during the early signing period, most of them JUCO transfers. The most notable is defensive back James Sample, who played a season at the University of Washington before transferring to American River Community College near Sacramento, Calif. The Rattlers also brought in a quarterback to try and help lead the struggling offense.


The defense was a big issue for the Dolphins last season, but they have yet to address it with this recruiting class.

Monsignor Pace’s Henderson Gray is the only player currently committed to Jacksonville, according to The wide receiver will be a good addition to last season’s sixth-ranked passing offense in the country. At 5-10, Gray is not the biggest receiver, but he is quick, having run a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, according to


Stetson signed two new transfers and has one verbal commitment as signing day approaches.

Running back Marcus Dixon is the biggest name of the group. The Daytona Beach native spent a year at Snow College where he averaged 4 yards per carry in five games.

The Hatters’ only recruit who hasn’t signed is Nick Bialkowski, a linebacker from Arizona.

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