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UCF using Marcus Mariota as a recruiting tool

As offensive coordinator, Scott Frost helped coach Marcus Mariota to a Heisman Trophy at Oregon. AP Images/Steve Dykes

First-year coaches often need to get creative with their recruiting pitches, especially if they're coming into a school that fired its previous coach for poor performances.

"We'll do better because you can't do much worse than last year!" isn't exactly a recruiting pitch that's going to attract many four-star players from around the country.

But, when you played a pivotal role in developing a recent Heisman winner, that's certainly something that's going to come up in your recruiting pitch. And recently, UCF coach Scott Frost as well as UCF defensive coordinator and former Oregon linebacker coach Erik Chinander have pointed toward former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as a reason why recruits should consider UCF.

Frost has done a good job combing through the Southeast to find top players who want to come help build UCF. But his most interesting commitment so far in the 2016 class? McKenzie Milton, a lower-ranked dual-threat QB out of Mililani, Hawaii. Sound familiar? Frost is certainly hoping he works out in a similar way that his last lower-ranked dual QB did at Oregon.