UCF lands South Georgia TE, and other news and links
Justin Tukes, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end and defensive end at Worth County High School, has committed to UCF.
Tukes had offers from UAB and Georgia State. Coach Scotty Ward thinks BCS schools’ missed on him.
“He’s kind of under the radar, I’d guess you’d say,” Ward said. “I mean, we had a lot of big schools through here in the spring and he went to some camps, so they know about him. I just think Central Florida got one heck of a player.”
Ward also thinks some major schools have overlooked offensive and defensive lineman Sherrod Loud. Loud committed to Georgia State earlier this year.
“Sherrod is the best defensive lineman I’ve ever coached,” he said of the 6-foot-1, 285-pound senior. Ward said more schools are “getting in the mix” with Loud, including Western Michigan and UAB.
Now, for your reading pressure, some of our weekly links:
- Here’s some good recruiting news for Georgia, which has seemed to have gotten only bad news lately: Remember five-star wide receiver recruit Christian Green of Tampa, Fla. Well, he told WarChant.com, a Florida State fan site, that the Bulldogs are his current leader. Asked this week specifically toward what team was he leaning, Green said: “I would have to say right now, probably Georgia,” he said. “. . . . I like Florida and Florida State, too. I just like Georgia a lot right now.”
- UGA commitment Derek Owens, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from Andrew Jackson High in Jacksonville, Fla., had to hang up his cleats for the year because he reached the age limit (19 years, 9 months), according to The Florida Times-Union. Owens will remain with the team and continue to practice but cannot participate in games. His finishes his high school career as a 37-game starter and the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 20.
- Georgia commitment Demetre Baker is reportedly having a big year as a running back at Orange Park High in Jacksonville. He had 11 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-7 win this past Friday, according to the Times-Union. He’s coming to the Bulldogs as a linebacker.
- Georgia Tech defensive end target Kareem Martin is playing multiple roles for his Roanoke Rapids team, according to a report by the paysite NorthCarolinaScout.com. In a recent game the 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior played defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and fullback in goal-line situations reporter. Martin contributed to three of five turnovers by the opposing team, forcing two fumbles, recovering one and tipping a pass that was intercepted by a teammate. Martin is considering North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Duke in addition to the Yellow Jackets.
- Quarterback Justin Tuggle — a Northview High graduate and son of the linebacker-playing father Jesse — is transferring from Boston College, according to the Boston Herald. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound redshirt freshman started the first three games of the season with the starter injured but hasn’t played since.