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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UCF Knights Land 2 Amazing Recruits!

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:56

central_florida.gifThe UCF Knights football team have made two amazing additions to their 2010 football commits.  Impressive offensive linemen Jordan and Justin McCray committed to UCF Monday morning. The twins’ older brother Cliff McCray is already a member of the Knights’ squad. The linemen’s Miami Southridge High School coach, Patrick Burrows, said Cliff McCray didn’t try to steer his younger brothers, but his decision to play for the UCF football program played a major role in their decision.”To be honest that’s that one thing that kept hearing from them the most whenever they talked about UCF,” Burrows said. “Their big brother plays there and their big brother is happy there. That seemed like the most important thing. They also like facilities  and they like the coaches.” Jordan and Justin McCray are identical twins who are 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive guards. They drew interest from FAU, Miami, Ole Miss, Purdue, Rutgers, USF and Tennessee, but their only offer so far was from UCF. The brothers made it clear early in the recruiting process they wanted to stick together in college. With the two commitments, UCF’s 2010 recruiting class continue to fill up at a rapid pace. The Knights now have seven commitments for 2010.

Burrows heaped on high praise for the McCray twins. “They’re great leaders on the team, great leaders in the classroom,” he said. “One of the brothers had  1040 on the SAT and the other had a 1050. They both have at least a 3.5 GPA or better. They’re really committed and work hard on and off the field. They were raised by great parents and very receptive to coaching. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get better.” While they are strong students off the field, Burrows said the McCray brothers are equally impressive on the football field. “They look like they’re ready for the next level right now,” he said. “They ffinish blocks, they’ve got quick feet, they run down the field well. Really, the quick feet is all that matters. That’s what you really need to be a great offensive lineman and you can’t really fake it.”

When asked if the McCray brothers were among the leaders on the Miami Southridge team, Burrows made it clear Justin and Jordan are the leaders on his team. They’re focused on and off the field,” he said. “They’re role models at the school and in the community. They get it, they just get it. They understand everything that it takes to be successful. They’re the first ones in weight room and last to leave. They’re just great guys.” (Editor’s Note: Orlando Sentinel contributed to this article).

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