Bulls land commitments in triplicate
The Bulls' mesmerizing surge of late-summer verbal commitments continued Wednesday with three central Florida prospects pledging to USF simultaneously.
Cocoa QB Bruce Judson Jr., Apopka ATH Demetri Burch and Orlando Dr. Phillips WR Emare Hogan all slipped on USF shirts and/or hats during a live press conference streamed on the Orlando Sentinel's website. (Here's the link).
Judson (5-foot-9, 203 pounds), a four-star prospect, represents a coup for Bulls Coach Willie Taggart. A onetime Ohio State commitment, he's ranked the nation's No. 14 athlete by 247Sports and has more than 30 offers.
Burch and Hogan are three-star recruits.
The Bulls now have 12 non-binding commitments from the Class of 2017, including 10 since their annual Saturday Night Lights camp.
Burch said USF's coaching staff swayed him, indicating that before he visited with the Bulls, he never had spoken to a head coach "more than five or 10 minutes."
"And I went to USF and Coach (Taggart) sat down and talked to us about an hour," Burch said. "And that let me know that's where I need to be."
Judson, a Class 4A first-team all-state pick last season, is USF's first four-star commitment from the class. Built in the Quinton Flowers mold, he wowed coaches with his velocity and accuracy at Saturday Night Lights.
He said he has been told he can compete in the quarterback rotation as a Bulls freshman.
"I know I've got big shoes to fill if I go in there and try to step in (Flowers') shoes," said Judson, who ran for more than 1,400 yards last season. "I'm ready to fill in his shoes and make something special at USF."