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The recruiting prowess of the UCF Knights is something that could eventually make them a regular contender in the Big 12 despite their slow start in the league in 2023.

While a 6-7 year isn’t what Gus Malzahn and company had in mind for their first year at the Power Five level, there are plenty of reasons to believe that the best is certainly yet to come.

Kobe Hudson and RJ Harvey are both returning in 2024, and Arkansas transfer quarterback KJ Jefferson is also headed to Orlando for his final season of eligibility. However, it doesn’t appear that their success is going to be based solely on the returns for next season, but in their ability to tear things up on the recruiting trail.


Recently, The Athletic conducted an anonymous survey with some of the best high school football players in the country at the Under Armour All-America Game’s media day, allowing the prospects to be completely candid about their recruiting processes.

Among other things like their NIL offers and the most arrogant coach they dealt with, players were asked which schools they thought spent the most money on their visit, and at least one player brought up the Knights.

Orlando has everything a school needs to make their recruiting trips unforgettable, and UCF is certainly taking advantage of that.

The Knights’ 2024 class ranks 33rd nationally and fourth in the Big 12, with eight four-star prospects in tow. That ranks second in the league behind only Colorado (9). Their 2025 class is even better at this point in time, ranking 22nd nationally and third in the Big 12.

With their location, alumni base, and a “XII” logo on their field, UCF could become the Big 12’s primary recruiting power for the forseeable future, and that’s great news for one of the fastest rising programs in the nation.

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