Bulls land 4-star receiver Salomon
The stock of USF's 2016 signing class spiked significantly Monday after the Bulls received a non-binding verbal commitment from Miami Central WR Darnell Salomon.
Deemed a four-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals, Salomon (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is the first four-star prospect from the Class of '16 to commit to USF, which now has no fewer than 14 commitments. Until as recently as September, he wasn't believed to be strongly considering USF.
"(Two) years ago I said Quinton Flowers was USF's biggest signee ever," veteran national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg said via Twitter. "That distinction now could go to Darnell Salomon."
Salomon enters Friday's Class 6A state semifinals with 23 catches for 698 yards and three TDs. He spent his sophomore and junior seasons at Miami Champagnat Catholic, helping the program win a 2A state title in 2013.
"They are getting a big-time wide receiver," Central coach Roland Smith told the Miami Herald.
"This is a prospect South Florida is missing on their team. Darnell has good body control, hands and speed. He will make an impact when he gets to South Florida."
If Salomon signs in early February, he'll bring a bit of baggage with his upside.
Two summers ago, he was arrested on a first-degree burglary charge while on a recruiting visit to the University of Georgia. He was accused of entering an unlocked dorm room and taking a cell phone and wallet containing cash and credit cards. He ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years' probation and community service.
Barring an unforeseen casualty or transfer, USF returns every wide receiver who has caught a pass this season. Additionally, N.C. State transfer Marquez Valdes-Scantling, by all accounts a beast during scout-team work this fall, becomes eligible after sitting out a year.