UCF coach George O'Leary said the team is targeting four position groups for its 2014 recruiting class. (Joshua C. Cruey / Orlando Sentinel / April 13, 2013)
UCF will have just 12 scholarships to give out for its 2014 class, O’Leary confirmed, and perhaps fewer than that. There is some speculation that the number could grow based on redshirt juniors who graduate, however.
The Knights will specifically target four areas this year, O’Leary said: offensive and defensive line, wide receiver and secondary.
While assistants are on the road recruiting, O’Leary is keeping track of players who are back for summer school.
“You want to get them ahead academically, but you also want to make sure they improve tremendously in the weight room, conditioning, individual skills,” O’Leary said. “And that’s what they’re doing right now. It’s not like other sports where they can work with their kids. Football cant do anything with their kids. You bring a football out, everybody has a [fit]. I think the big thing right now is you have competent people, our support staff in the weight room, and they’re getting it done with weights. You have enough leadership in the skelly with the kids there that things are run right.”
O’Leary said there are no major position changes after spring football, but that he will sit down soon with coaches to talk about incoming freshmen.
“Where is the best situation for the players coming in? Where can they help us if they’re going to at all? Where do we put them,” O’Leary said.
Players such as Justin McDonald, Will Stanback, Mario Mathis and Chequan Burkett are all multi-position players who could shift spots depending on need. For now, McDonald and Burkett are pegged at outside linebacker, while Stanback is at running back and Mathis at H-back.