The last Daytona Beach Mainland High players to play for UCF have proven to be quite productive. Knights coaches are hoping 2024 safety Zavier ‘Zay’ Mincey is next.
Mincey was offered a scholarship by UCF on Tuesday, one of several offers the big defensive back — 6-foot-3, 190 pounds — has recently picked up. Mincey now has 13 offers from schools like Auburn, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, so the Knights have their work cut out to win Mincey’s services,
Mincey, a multi-sport star, competed at the Florida Track and Field Championships in Gainesville last week. He didn’t have his best performances, but finished 10th in the long jump (21 feet, 4¾ inches) and 11th in the high jump (5 feet, 11½ inches).
Last season for Mainland, Mincey averaged 3.2 tackles per game and had one tackle for loss. He also had two interceptions and six deflected passes.
The recent history of success for players from the continent at UCF was highlighted by self-proclaimed fastest man in college football Adrian Killins, who finished his UCF career as the fifth-best rusher in the game. UCF history with 2,459 career rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Killins was last in the NFL as a roster player with the Denver Broncos. He is a free agent.
Offensive tackle Marcus Tatum also had a good time at UCF after transferring from Tennessee. Tatum earned full AAC honors in each of his final two seasons as a Knight. Tatum recently signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.