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Bulls add DE to '14 roster

Exactly one month before USF's players report for preseason camp, the Bulls have received an 11th-hour addition to one of their neediest defensive spots.

Former Virginia Tech signee Kevin Bronson, a three-star defensive end from Delray Beach who never enrolled in Blacksburg, will start Summer B classes at USF on Monday. He'll be eligible for this season, the school announced.

"Kevin is a great young man and a player whose size and athleticism fit very well in our defensive system," Coach Willie Taggart said in a USF news release. "We recruited him very heavily leading up to signing day and are happy that some things evolved and he now has the opportunity to be a Bull."

The evolution commenced less than a week ago, when Hokies coaches informed Bronson on Friday that he did not academically qualify. According to the Palm Beach Post, Bronson knew his college-entrance test scores didn't meet Virginia Tech standards, but he was made to believe it wouldn't be an issue.

"Virginia Tech did make it known that there was a possibility head coach Frank Beamer would have to go in front of a committee to speak on behalf of Kevin," Don Hanna, Bronson's coach at Delray Beach Village Academy, told the Post.

"But not once did they say they were not going to be able to get him in."

Bronson (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) was granted his release from his Virginia Tech scholarship on Tuesday, the Post reported. Because he never enrolled at the school, his letter of intent was rendered void, allowing him to move to USF.

A first-team Class 2A all-state pick at Village Academy, Bronson posted 58 tackles (24 for loss), nine sacks and six forced fumbles in 2013. At least three national scouting services deemed him a three-star recruit.

"Big, strong athlete," said FSU-based recruiting analyst Josh Newberg of 247Sports. "Could play either weak side or strong side for USF. Will be a contributor in a year or two, with big-time potential."

USF must replace the top four ends on its 2013 depth chart, including fifth-round NFL Draft choice Aaron Lynch, but its roster is rife with potential replenishments.

Junior college transfer Demetrius Hill had a solid spring, and senior Elkino Watson -- primarily a tackle in the past -- has shown the versatility to slide outside. Six-foot-5 junior Daniel Awoleke had four tackles and a sack in the Bulls' spring game.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:54pm]

    

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