As hype over a revitalized University of Central Florida football program slowly comes to a standstill, news from the Yellowhammer State just might reinvigorate that hype a little more.
According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, University of Alabama defensive back Shawn Burgess-Becker is “98 percent” sure he is transferring to UCF. Per the report, Burgess-Becker is deciding between the University of Illinois and UCF. Furthermore, according to AL.com’s source, the one remaining factor that could persuade Burgess-Becker away from UCF is a scholarship offer from the University of Miami.
Burgess-Becker started on special teams in 13 games as a true freshman last season. The Coconut Creek, Florida native also received interest from Oregon, Oregon State and Wisconsin following his transfer announcement.
The former four-star recruit was ranked by 247Sports.com as the 77th-best player in the country, seventh-best athlete and 16th-best prospect from Florida in the 2015 recruiting class.
The following is a list of UCF defensive backs, per the official UCF Athletics website, as of the conclusion of the 2016 spring football session.
|10||Shaquill Griffin||6-1||192||Sr.||St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood|
|12||Blake Tiralosi||5-11||194||RS Sr.||Orlando, Fla./Bishop Moore|
|21||Drico Johnson||6-1||207||RS Sr.||Orlando Fla./Agape Christian|
|22||T.J. Mutcherson||5-11||191||GS||Tampa, Fla./Iowa State|
|24||D.J. Killings||6-0||186||Sr.||Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast|
|25||Kyle Gibson||5-11||186||RS So.||Tampa, Fla./Armwood|
|26||Brandon Scott||6-0||180||RS Fr.||New Sarpy, La./Destrehan|
|28||Shawn Willis-Cruz||5-10||190||RS Sr.||Deltona, Fla./DeLand|
|30||Rashard Causey||6-0||188||Soph.||Miami, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas|
|33||Tre Neal||6-1||200||RS So.||Buford, Ga./Buford|
|35||Chris Johnson||5-10||182||RS Jr.||Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast|
|38||Nevelle Clarke||6-1||175||RS Fr.||Coral Springs, Fla/Taravella|
UCF begins its 2016 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. ET against the South Carolina State Bulldogs at Bright House Networks Stadium.