Former Auburn HC footballer Gus Malzahn wins second 5-star with UCF

Former Auburn football player Gus Malzahn landed the two highest-rated rookies in Tigers program history. He continues that recruiting dominance with UCF, having earned the same accolade with the Knights.

Malzahn landed Demarkcus Bowman, a former 5-star recruit, who began his career with Clemson and ranked among college football‘s highest-rated transfers heading into the 2021 season as a Florida Gator. Bowman was the No. 7 overall transfer in 247Sports’ college football transfer portal’s Top 150 last summer. In the 247Sports Composite Player Rankings, Bowman was among the top five running backs in 2020.

Last year, Malzahn was the highest-rated rookie in UCF history along with Jordan Johnson, a five-star prospect and the No. 5 nationally-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 recruiting class. Johnson had spent his first season at Notre Dame, playing two games but recording no stats for the Fighting Irish.

Bowman’s engagement announcement featured the caption “Orlando against everyone else”:

Former Auburn HC footballer Gus Malzahn kills him in Orlando

It’s been tough watching the media go their way with another Auburn football HC (Bryan Harsin) — especially as the latter (who was unceremoniously fired) dominates the recruiting track and actively pushes his team atop the totem pole in ‘The Sunshine State’.

Malzahn has mostly done his damage in the transfer portal so far – both Cincinnati and AAC Houston ranked highest in Class of 2022 recruiting – with his second 5-star transfer making way for the center of Florida. It’s only a matter of time before he does the same with high school students across the South before and during the Knights’ transition to becoming a Big 12 program in 2023.

We’re already seeing it now, but it’s only going to get amplified as UCF blows up the Power Five conference.

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