Alabama DB ’98 Percent’ Sure He’s Transferring to UCF


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, 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’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 as the 77th-best player in the country, seventh-best athlete and 16th-best prospect from Florida in the 2015 recruiting class.

In the 2015 season, the Knights ranked 110th in passing defense, allowing 264.9 yards per game. They also allowed 37.7 points per game, which was good enough for 118th best in the country.

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.

No. Name Height Weight Class Hometown/Previous School
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.

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