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Another Big Step for UCF Recruiting Under Scott Frost

The Knights get better on both sides of the ball with RB recruit Jawon Hamilton and ILB Nate Evans.

Nope, still don't have the rights to a Scott-Frost-as-UCF-Head-Coach Photo, so you get this one again.
Nope, still don't have the rights to a Scott-Frost-as-UCF-Head-Coach Photo, so you get this one again.
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UCF's sluggish recruiting for 2016 took a clear leap forward once Scott Frost was in as head coach. On Sunday it took another step forward with the commitments of Jawon Hamilton and Nate Evans.

Hamilton especially is a tremendous pick-up for the Knights. The 5-foot-9, 185 pound Hamilton is an exciting prospect, one whom I believe will be vastly better than his three star ranking suggests. This season, the South Dade High Prospect rushed for 1,259 yards on 131 carries (9.6 ypc!) and 16 touchdowns. Those stats come against strong competition, by the way. Also promising, Hamilton recently won the South Florida Player of the Year Award[1] (which went to a guy named Dalvin Cook in 2013, by the way). And his highlights on Hudl are full of I-can't-believe-the-guy-has-not-gone-down moments:

Hamilton clearly fits this staff's mold of pursuing fast, in-state players. Of the Knights' 13 commits, he's the seventh from Florida and the fourth from south Florida (joining Dontay Mayfield, Bryon Brown, and classmate Boman Swanson).

There's an excellent chance that Hamilton competes immediately for playing time at UCF. He just may be our next great Knights running back (I know, I know: I said this about Will Stanback, but I really think I'm right this time). I'm certain to sound too bullish on Hamilton, and I get that. But the guy's the real deal and should make Knights fans cheer for years to come.

His commitment came to be expected, especially once he de-committed from the University of Miami (having previously also de-committed from FIU). Frost made it clear that Hamilton was a priority for this class - Hamilton was the first recruit that Scott Frost called in December and (seemingly) the first offer he extended. Hamilton's commitment is solid: though he had official visits to Syracuse and Louisville scheduled, the Orlando Sentinel quotes Hamilton as saying he's now "done visiting" and "locked in" to UCF.

Three star linebacker Nate Evans also pledged the Knights on Sunday. A 6-foot-one, 230 pound inside linebacker from New Orleans, Evans was one of the first recruits contacted by defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.  Evans pledged at the conclusion of his visit to UCF. Evans had previously taken an official visit to AAC Champion Houston.

These two commitments continue the big strides that Frost and company are making at UCF. The Knights get better on both sides of the ball with RB recruit Jawon Hamilton and ILB Nate Evans. Hamilton, in particular, may be someone the Knights lean on early.


[1] . . . From the "Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions, Inc." Dang that's a mouthful.