Bull-point pens: USF inks several on signing day
Wednesday marked the start of the NCAA's one-week early signing period for several sports including basketball and baseball. The following are the confirmed letters of intent received by USF. We'll update this list as the week progresses. (Coaches' quotes/statistics provided by USF)
G Troy Holston, Oldsmar Christian
Notable: Three-star recruit according to Scout, Rivals and ESPN. Had roughly 40 offers including Kansas State, Memphis and Alabama
Stan Heath: "Troy is one of the best shooters in the country. He has the ability to create his own shot as well as knock down the open ones. He's really blossomed as a player and has made himself into the player he is right now with the hard work that he's put in."
Diana Carolina Gonzales, Bradenton IMG Academy
Notable: Five top-five finishes since 2012, second at recent Hurricane Junior Tour event at The Claw
Marci Kornegay: "She is a hard-working golfer who is dedicated to making fundamentals a priority. There is no doubt Diana has the capacity to come in right away and help lead this team on the course.”
Jordan Wolf, Lake Mary
Notable: 75 career individual wins, rated No. 87 recruit in Class of '14 by Golfweek
Marci Kornegay: "After watching Jordan shoot 71 during her final round at the Florida 3A championships, it solidified my belief in her coming to USF and making an immediate impact as a player and a teammate."
SS Astin Donovan, Guilford (Conn.) Mercy
Notable: Left-handed slap hitter; .491, 56 hits, 33 RBI as a junior; reportedly has been clocked from home to first in 2.6 seconds
Ken Eriksen: "Astin is an athlete that will add speed to our game. However, don't be surprised if she pops a few over the wall."
IF Meredith Bissette, Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road
Notable: Holder of numerous school records, team MVP last two seasons
Ken Eriksen: "Meredith is a raw power hitter that has a tremendous upside from the left side of the plate. She can play both corners position real well and because she is an athlete you may see her in the outfield."
C Mia Fung, Strawberry Crest
Notable: Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County Player of the Year for 2012; 14 home runs, 65 RBI, 83 steals in three seasons
Ken Eriksen: "Mia Fung has a gun. And she can run. And she can hit."
1B Lauren Evans, Academy at the Lakes
Notable: .548 career batting average, 100-plus hits, 90-plus RBI
Ken Eriksen: "Lauren may be the tallest non-pitcher that I have ever recruited. That bodes well for playing first base. However, she is a heck of an athlete that can play third base, shortstop and outfield."
MB Brittany Kelly, Winter Park
Notable: Honorable mention Under Armour All-American; school-record 83 blocks as junior; fluent in Japanese and Chinese
Courtney Draper: "She is a dynamic player and can hit a variety of attacks. She’s going to be really exciting to watch through her career as a Bull."
S Alex Mendoza, Lake Minneola
Notable: 603 assists this season; ranks third academically in class of 368
Courtney Draper: "She will be the tallest setter (5-foot-11) on our team. Being a taller setter, she has more range and is able to execute a good set on a tight pass."
OH Adyson Goodnight, Papillion (Neb.) La Vista South
Notable: Had state-best 61 service aces, leading school to national prep title
Courtney Draper: "She's a great six-rotation player and she’s going to be really important to the depth piece."
L Payton Brown, Houston Cypress Creek
Notable: Represented U.S. at 2013 Summer Deaf Olympics in Bulgaria
Courtney Draper: "She came to camp over the summer and we instantly fell in love with her. It was a place where she visualized herself and obviously her accolades speak for themselves. She's a tremendous athlete and a great person."
MB Joli Holland, Dublin (Calif.)
Notable: District 24 AAA Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore
Courtney Draper: "She's a great jumper and a powerful attacker. She got a lot of really quality experience playing top-level (club) volleyball out in California for the last year and I think she'll continue to improve this spring."