National Signing Day recap: UCF adds 19 players, strengthens defense

By Despina Barton, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018, 9:48 PM EST

UCF’s first recruiting class under Josh Heupel is in the books, as the Knight’s first-year head coach pulled in 19 total between the two signing periods. Wednesday’s main focus was strengthening the defense.

Josh Heupel, the former Missouri offensive coordinator, wouldn’t give a grade on his first recruiting class and says he doesn’t pay attention to the rankings online but said he loved that he was able to add size and girth to the roster.

“Adding the speed to the secondary with some length to give us ability to run man-to-man coverage and make competitive plays,” Heupel said of his class.  “[We got] Guys that attack the football and then guys that can go after the quarterback and disrupt things up front and create negative plays so excited to what we added to the defensive side of the ball.”

UCF is still looking to recruit another quarterback, after Noah Vedral decided to transfer to Nebraska last month.  But they did pick up an offensive speedster from Texas in 3-star receiver Ke’von Ahmad.

“We were able to add speed and playmaking ability on the outside,” Heupel said of adding Ahmad. “He’s a 10.4 track guy as a junior, has abilities to go make plays down the field and I think he was a 1600-yard receiver this year.”

The team is expected to add a few others but Wednesday Heupel would not disclose how many scholarship spots are still available. Right now seven of the 19 signees are already on campus, as the team will start full spring workouts on Monday.

UCF also picked up a few Orlando area walk-ons, with Jones High School quarterback Quadry Jones, Bishop Moore RB Trilion Coles and East River WR Nykie Marion all joining the program.  Two former Central Florida standouts transferred to UCF as well, as the Knights have welcomed WR Tre Nixon (Viera) and DE Jonathon MacCollister (Bishop Moore) into the fold.

Here's a complete list of UCF signees:

NAME HIGH SCHOOL/JUCO POSITION
Ke'von Ahmad Colleyville Heritage (TX) 3-star WR
Eriq Gilyard Trinity Christian Academy 3-star OLB
Randy Charlton Miami Southridge 3-star DE
Jermaine McMillian Booker T. Washington 3-star S
Derek Gainous Miami Senior 3-star CB
Christopher DeLoach East Central CC (MS) 3-star OT
Josh McMullen East Central CC (MS) 3-star TE
Trevor Elbert Ventura College (CA) 3-star OT
Landon Woodson Stafford (VA) 3-star DE
Demetreius Mayes Miami Northwestern 3-star OLB
Lamarius Benson Eastside (GA) 3-star DT
Davonchae Bryant Pensacola 3-star DE
Isaac Walker St. Francis Catholic 3-star G
*Eric Seidelman Bishop Moore 3-star C
James Collins Oscar Smith (VA) 3-star OT
Tyrese Black Eagles Landing Christian (GA) 3-star DT
Edward Collins Ramsay (AL) 3-star OT
Dyllon Lester American Heritage 3-star CB
Trey Green Glades Central 2-star WR

*Bay Area and Central Florida recruit