UCF Knights reload on National Signing Day


The UCF Knights signed 17 new players on Wednesdays National Signing Day

National Signing Day delivered the UCF Knights football team 17 new players Wednesday, and reloaded the black and gold at several key positions.

“Did we fill our needs, yes,” said head coach George O’Leary. “I thought the coaches did an outstanding job as far as filling the needs, filling the voids.”

The class of 2015 includes student-athletes from seven different states, highlighted by five from Georgia and four from Florida. The biggest haul came at linebacker where the Knights picked up four signees.

The Knights will look to revamp a secondary that loses all four starters from last year, including sophomore cornerback Jacoby Glenn, who declared for the NFL draft after earning second-team AP All-America honors.

UCF also filled needs at receiver after losing junior Breshad Perriman to the draft, as well as senior starters Rannell Hall and J.J. Worton.

“From a talent standpoint, I would say this class is probably the most talented class since I’ve been here,” said O’Leary.

The class is highlighted by a couple of ESPN 300 players, wideout Tristan Payton and defensive back Rashard Causey Jr.

Payton was a  first-team all-state selection and an all-conference performer as a senior out of Jacksonville First Coast High School. Causey helped guide powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas to the 2014 FHSAA 7A state championship, on a defense that gave up just 20 points in five games in the playoffs.

The Knights are coming off of back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships, and the recent success of the program has definitely helped on the recruiting trail.

“This program in the last three years has won 31 games,” said O’Leary. “There’s only ten or so teams in the country that can say that.”

Class of 2015: Mid-Year Enrollee

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School(s)
Taj McGowan RB 6-1 190 Hallandale Beach, Fla. Hallandale

Class of 2015: Fall Enrollees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School(s)
Rashard Causey DB 6-0 190 Miami, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas
Aaron Cochran HB 6-3 262 Atlanta, Ga. Hapeville Charter
Titus Davis DL 6-3 230 Ellenwood, Ga. Stockbridge
Marcus Foster LB 6-2 225 League City, Texas Clear Falls
Quintin Hampton LB 6-0 235 Moultrie, Ga. Colquitt County
Brendon Hayes DL 6-4 255 Laplace, La. Brother Martin
Luke Hiers OL 6-3 285 Lake Wales, Fla. Lake Wales
Tyler Hudanick OL 6-5 300 Harmony, Pa. Seneca Valley
Pat Jasinski LB 6-2 218 Roswell, Ga. Blessed Trinity Catholic
Neal Nelson LB 6-2 215 Sicklerville, N.J. Timber Creek
Tristan Payton WR 6-1 185 Jacksonville, Fla. First Coast
Bo Schneider QB 6-4 225 Dallas, Texas Jesuit
Brandon Scott DB 6-0 185 New Sarpy, La. Destrehan
Cam Stewart WR 6-3 190 Snellville, Ga. Shiloh
Monte Taylor DL 6-4 245 Springdale, Md. Charles H. Flowers (ASA College)
D’erren Wilson WR 6-3 195 Greenville, Texas Greenville