2022 College Football Class Review: Central Florida

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Aug. 28, 2021.

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2022 College Recruiting - 5 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on Aug. 28, 2021
Central Florida logo CB Nikai Martinez (Apopka, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class

Prospects that come from Apopka, a community a few miles north of Orlando, are generally tough kids. Martinez (5-10, 175) is no different. He is a physical defensive back who wants to get his hands on a receiver and push them around. Martinez has good instincts and reads the field well. He seems to know where the ball is going and does a good job of keeping an eye on the quarterback and adjusting appropriately. Once again, Central Florida gets a player who I believe is a Power Five kid.

Nikai Martinez's Player Grade: C+
Central Florida logo DL Keahnist Thompson (Lakeland, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class

I really like what Central Florida is doing in recruiting, especially what the staff is doing on both sides of the line. Thompson (6-3, 255) is a good athlete; he is playing defensive end and tight end in high school. As a tight end, he is a physical blocker who plays inline and is a major asset to the run game. On defense, Thompson gets around the corner with ease against most of the high school players he goes up again. Thompson, however, is probably going to be a three-technique at the next level, and I think he has the skill set to be a dynamic pass rusher on the interior. There is some scheme versatility with Thompson, and I expect Central Florida will move him around on the line to find the favorable matchup.

Keahnist Thompson's Player Grade: B-
Central Florida logo LB T.J. Bullard (Tampa, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class

Bullard (6-1, 185) has put on some weight and grow into looking like more of a linebacker. He is a decent athlete who can drop into space and make plays. Bullard comes from a pedigree - his father, Thaddeus Bullard, played defensive line at Florida in the mid-late '90s and is now a profession wrestler known by the name "Titus O'Neil". The younger Bullard can run, and he has a good football IQ - he can recognize a play and make the necessary adjustments.

T.J. Bullard's Player Grade: C
Central Florida logo DL Jamaal Johnson (Hollywood, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class

Johnson (6-2, 251) is often overshadowed on the defensive line by his teammate Kenyatta Jackson, but Johnson is a quality prospect who was committed to the Miami Hurricanes for a period of time. Johnson just makes plays. He will explode off the line and get in the backfield to blow up the run game. Johnson had 13 sacks last season and solidified himself as one of the best pass rushers in the state of Florida. He is strong enough to move around the line and possibly take some snaps on the inside at the next level. Johnson is a great athlete who shows the ability to drop into short coverage and peel off the line to take on a receiver out of the backfield. I think he'll be a dominating presence for Central Florida.

Jamaal Johnson's Player Grade: B
Central Florida logo ATH/QB Thomas Castellanos (Waycross, GA) commits to Central Florida  View Class

Castellanos (5-11, 187) was gaining interest across the board, with Group of Five teams offering him opportunities to play quarterbacks and Power Five programs trying to bring him in as an athlete with the kicker that he could work out at quarterback. A lot of Power Five teams might be concerned with Castellanos' size, but he's a very skilled quarterback and should be the next in line at Central Florida, which as a program is becoming known as the quarterback factory among Group of Five programs.

Gus Malzahn has taken over at Central Florida, and his quarterbacks need to be able to move and make decisions on the move, which is where Castellanos shines. He seems to know when to run and when to pass. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns while adding over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Castellanos is a tremendous all-around athlete who plays basketball and runs track. He is betting on himself to be a top quarterback, and Central Florida might've found a gem.

Thomas Castellanos' Player Grade: B-

All Commitments - 5

Most recent Commitment on July 15, 2021
  • 7/15 - Nikai Martinez CB
  • 6/30 - Keahnist Thompson DL
  • 6/26 - T.J. Bullard LB
  • 6/17 - Jamaal Johnson DL
  • 3/13 - Thomas Castellanos ATH

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 28
  • Juniors: 27
  • Sophmores: 50
  • Freshmen: 0
DB: 18 Players | 0 games played
Sr:7 Jr:6 So:5 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Palmer Bachelder So 0|0
Elijah Benoit Jr 0|0
Bryon Brown Sr 0|0
Antwan Collier Sr 0|0
Derek Gainous Jr 0|0
Jonathan Gebka Sr 0|0
Tay Gowan Sr 0|0
Richie Grant Sr 0|0
Josh Kelly Jr 0|0
Dyllon Lester So 0|0
Zamari Maxwell Jr 0|0
Jermaine McMillian So 0|0
Brandon Moore Sr 0|0
Jon Powell Jr 0|0
Aaron Robinson Sr 0|0
Alex Swenson Jr 0|0
James Tarver So 0|0
Myles Wilson So 0|0
DL: 22 Players | 0 games played
Sr:5 Jr:6 So:11 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Dedrion Bacote Sr 0|0
Malik Barrow Sr 0|0
Tyrese Black So 0|0
Davonchae Bryant So 0|0
Austin Camden Jr 0|0
Randy Charlton Jr 0|0
Mason Cholewa Jr 0|0
Dallaz Corbitt So 0|0
Raymond Cutts So 0|0
Kalia Davis Jr 0|0
Cam Goode So 0|0
Kamron Green So 0|0
Noah Hancock Sr 0|0
Keenan Hester So 0|0
Anthony Montalvo Jr 0|0
Tremon Morris-Brash So 0|0
Jalen Pinkney Sr 0|0
CJ Reeves So 0|0
Kenny Turnier Sr 0|0
Ike Walker So 0|0
Landon Woodson So 0|0
Stephon Zayas Jr 0|0
K: 2 Players | 0 games played
Sr:0 Jr:0 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Daniel Obarski So 0|0
Connor Piazza So 0|0
LB: 12 Players | 0 games played
Sr:3 Jr:4 So:5 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Tatum Bethune So 0|0
Derek Burns So 0|0
Darius East Jr 0|0
Filippo Fort So 0|0
Eriq Gilyard Jr 0|0
Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste So 0|0
Aundre Kearney Jr 0|0
Monterious Loggins Sr 0|0
Eric Mitchell Sr 0|0
Steven Moss Jr 0|0
Zach Rodriguez So 0|0
Randy Shannon Sr 0|0
LS: 2 Players | 0 games played
Sr:0 Jr:1 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Tyler Paul So 0|0
Alex Ward Jr 0|0
OL: 17 Players | 0 games played
Sr:2 Jr:4 So:11 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Allan Adams So 0|0
Kyle Back Jr 0|0
Brett Bell Sr 0|0
Lamarius Benson So 0|0
Parker Boudreaux Sr 0|0
Nate Brady So 0|0
Edward Collins So 0|0
James Collins So 0|0
Josh Cox So 0|0
Tony Gray Jr 0|0
Samuel Jackson Jr 0|0
Matthew Lee So 0|0
Chidoziri Maghiro So 0|0
Adrian Medley So 0|0
Lokahi Pauole So 0|0
Cole Schneider Jr 0|0
Eric Seidelman So 0|0
P: 2 Players | 0 games played
Sr:0 Jr:0 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Alan Kervin So 0|0
Andrew Osteen So 0|0
QB: 4 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Dillon Gabriel So 0|0
Quadry Jones So 0|0
Hayden Kingston Sr 0|0
Darriel Mack Jr 0|0
RB: 4 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Trillion Coles So 0|0
Damarius Good So 0|0
Greg McCrae Sr 0|0
Bentavious Thompson Jr 0|0
TE: 5 Players | 0 games played
Sr:2 Jr:2 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Jake Hescock Sr 0|0
Alec Holler So 0|0
Jonathon MacCollister Jr 0|0
Anthony Roberson Sr 0|0
Tyler Williams Jr 0|0
WR: 17 Players | 0 games played
Sr:7 Jr:2 So:8 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
KeVon Ahmad So 0|0
Otis Anderson Sr 0|0
Jarrad Baker So 0|0
Kyle Benkel Sr 0|0
Jason Colubiale Jr 0|0
Gabriel Davis Sr 0|0
Alex Harris Sr 0|0
Jacob Harris Sr 0|0
Amari Johnson So 0|0
Darius Melton So 0|0
Justin Menard So 0|0
Jonathan Moore So 0|0
Tre Nixon Sr 0|0
Ryan OKeefe So 0|0
Jaylon Robinson Jr 0|0
Cade Sams So 0|0
Marlon Williams Sr 0|0


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