ATLANTA – One of the most unique aspects of recruiting is never really knowing where a recruit for a particular school might end up. This is pretty much taken for granted in the United States. East Coast players go West to play and vice versa. As for UCF, their bread and butter comes from two states.
Florida of course, and then there’s Georgia. The Knights currently have two commitments from the Peach State – offensive tackle Jamal Meriweather and linebackers Troy Ford Jr. – and several other players who could end up playing for UCF. After visiting Langston Hughes High School on Monday, here’s an update on some of their players.
Bo Hughley, offensive tackle – 2023
Many programs stopped recruiting the big man (6’6″, 302-lbs) after he made a promise to Georgia, but he’s not necessarily done with his recruitment. UCF, Arkansas, Ole Miss and many others are loud Hughley, among other things, are still possible official visits. Nothing is set in stone. Although it is not easy to lure a prospect away from the Georgia state program, it is not impossible either. Sometimes players just want to do their own thing. Keep this young man in Eye He could make visits down the line and UCF could be an option Hughley is a real football player.
Joshua Horton, DT – 2023
Horton is a great looking prospect on the hoof. At 295 pounds and approximately 6ft 3in or 6ft 4in, he’s what a college football team would want at three techniques (defensive tackle) or even one technique (nose guard). He is recruited as such. Horton announced that he will be visiting UCF (June 3), Auburn (June 10) and North Carolina (June 24).
As many probably know, UCF personnel do well to develop relationships with recruits. With Horton, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Travis Williams and the other members of the coaching staff made an impression. Horton is definitely in the game for the Knights.
Prentice “Air” Noland, Quarterback – 2024
This is the player who has such a huge cap that it’s hard to imagine how many offers he’ll end up getting. Noland is a slick southpaw who led Langston Hughes’ attack in 2021 and he’s bigger and stronger now after an offseason in the weight room. He’s also one of the more cunning quarterbacks you’ll find, doing an excellent job of executing fakes and using his eyes to move defenders away from his intended receiver.
The 6ft 3in, 190lb Noland threw several excellent passes to all levels of the field during Monday’s scrimmage action. He looks a lot more comfortable than he did last year. In addition, his arm strength is also significantly different. It resulted in several offers including one from UCF.
“West Virginia, Auburn, Wake Forest, Arkansas, UCF, Utah, there’s a few more schools… Georgia Tech, Duke. Ole Miss, you’re in there.” That’s what Noland has said about some of the schools he’s been offered that also caught his attention.
Wake Forest, Auburn, West Virginia and UCF were listed as the programs that recruited him the hardest. Again, Noland is a 2024 prospect, so more time is needed to evaluate and meet trainers and vice versa. Noland plans to take summer trips and possibly go camping somewhere as well. He has already met UCF quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey a little and their relationship grows. Great young man, great prospects and one to watch with UCF for the class of 2024.
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