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January 10, 2014

Future UCF OL bond at All-Star game

UCF's Class of 2014 offensive linemen won't need any introductions when they visit campus for their official visits next weekend.

Chavis Dickey, Wyatt Miller and Luke Palmer, who all committed to the Knights last summer, got an early start as teammates while competing in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl last week in Orlando.

A fourth UCF commit, Michael Rogers, also suited up for the "American" team as a defensive player.


The players spent the week at the Doubletree Universal and practiced at Apopka High School before playing in last Friday's all-star game at the Citrus Bowl.

"We got to hang out a little bit together," Palmer said. "It was real fun."

Added Dickey: "I think we should room together next year."

During the game, Dickey played right tackle, Miller at right guard and Palmer as a left guard. The players weren't sure what their college positions would be, though Palmer thinks he'll be a tackle.

Miller said they already have a great chemistry together.

"It was cool learning how (Dickey and Palmer) play," Miller said. "Just getting to know them and how it's going to be. We were all in the room together thinking this is how it's going to be for the next four or five years."

One of the highlights of the week was their Fiesta Bowl viewing party in their hotel room watching their future team take on Baylor. The national media figured UCF to be big underdogs against college football's No. 1 rated offense, but it was the Knights who did the dominating, ultimately winning 52-42.

"We went to our room to watch it and ate some chicken wings," Palmer said. "It was fun. We had some Baylor kids here (playing in the game) and we were messing with them. They said we didn't have a chance. That was fun the next day. We got to rub it in. They started getting mad after a while. They didn't think it could happen."

Dickey was also excited.

"We had fun," he said. "We were turnt up the whole time. When we got up 14-0 I was like, 'Yes!' My favorite plays were when they kept running the read option. I really liked that."

Same goes for Miller.

"It was pretty cool hanging out with who we're going to be with for the next four years, especially watching UCF beat Baylor in a huge game," Miller said. "When they scored the first touchdown we just went wild. The Baylor kids were in the other room and we tried to call them during the middle of the game, but they didn't answer. (The win) shows people who doubted UCF what they're all about. Now they know."

Each player said they're even more excited to be a part of UCF's recruiting class and are looking forward to signing on the dotted line Feb. 5.

What attracted them to UCF in the first place?

"I really like the coaches and the campus," Dickey said. "I felt a great vibe there. I felt like I needed to go there."

"I just like the coaches," Palmer said. "UCF is a good program and felt like a good place."

"The campus and the coaches," Miller said. "It was all unreal."

The fourth UCF commit at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, Mike Rogers, continues to be recruited by schools like Georgia Tech and Ohio State. The offensive linemen said UCF fans don't have anything to be worried about.

"He better stay a Knight," Dickey said, smiling at his future teammate.

"I got him under control," Miller said. "I've been talking to him. He's gonna be a Knight."





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