Recruiting additions address QB depth
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 17:01
The departure of sophomore quarterback Jeff Godfrey from UCF left two things very clear.
First, redshirt freshman Blake Bortles will now be the clear-cut starter going into spring practice. Second, the Knights were suddenly scarcely thin with regards to depth at the position.
Within the past week, that situation has improved dramatically thanks to some recruiting pickups by UCF.
Tyler Gabbert, brother of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, has committed to transfer to UCF. Gabbert, a four-star recruit out of high school, redshirted his only a season at Missouri. After a very brief stint at Louisville, Gabbert settled on UCF as his next destination and is finishing up his associates degree at a community college in St. Louis. He will have three years of eligibility left as a Knight.
UCF also picked up Jonathan Wallace from Alabama. Wallace, a dual-threat quarterback, is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and was originally committed to Southern Miss.
Nico Ranieri, a former quarterback at Orlando's Dr. Phillips High School, also transferred from Colorado State to UCF to walk on with the team and compete for the second-string job.