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Bulls' early signees include welcome surprise from Wharton

Wharton wide receiver DeVontres Dukes was the initial signing day surprise.


Wharton wide receiver DeVontres Dukes was the initial signing day surprise.



Barely two hours into national signing day, USF's greatest concern might involve a jammed fax machine.

As of 9:15 a.m., the school already had confirmed 14 signees on its official site. The number included three early enrollees (OT Glen Bethel, DE LaDarrius Jackson, ATH Trevon Sands) as well as Wharton WR DeVontres Dukes, the initial signing day surprise.

It didn't include reigning Guy Toph Award winner Markese Hargrove from Plant City, expected to announce his commitment to the Bulls at his high school Wednesday morning. Hargrove, who will join USF as a walk-on, becomes the first Toph Award winner to join the Bulls.

Taggart told 620-AM on Wednesday morning that, in terms of quality, his 2016 signing class will "probably be the best since I've been here."

During that interview, he received the fax from 6-foot-4 Fort Myers LB Andre Polk.

"I tell you what, I think the whole Bulls Nation is gonna hear about him like, early," said Taggart, who awoke Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. "We kept him a secret for a while but now I think everbody's gonna hear about him."

Also included among the early signees was Lake Gibson C Michael Wiggs, joined at his school's signing ceremony by Braves teammate (and FSU signee) Baveon Johnson. An honor student, Wiggs has been the president of his class all four years at Lake Gibson.

"(The Bulls) are getting a smart dude," Johnson said. "They're getting a fantastic football player and they're fixing to get a great leader."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:21am]


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