Aquinas receiver is Bulls' 2nd commitment
Still here in New Orleans, and was literally walking on Bourbon Street when I got confirmation Sunday night on the second commitment in USF's 2009 recruiting class. His name is Dwayne Difton, and he's a 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, which won the state's Class 5A championship last fall.
"They have a great program. I feel like it's a great fit for me," said Difton, whose commitment was first reported Sunday by Josh Newberg at USFnation.com.
Difton has speed to stretch opposing defenses and said he's been timed at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He had 19 catches for 276 yards and two touchdowns for St. Thomas Aquinas as a junior, and said he chose the Bulls over offers from Syracuse and Troy and said he was also being recruited by schools like Florida and Auburn.
Syracuse signed two players from St. Thomas Aquinas last season in Dorian Graham, a three-star defensive back, and Jeremiah Harden, a two-star running back. And USF might not be done at Aquinas for this recruiting class, as Difton said USF is also looking at two other receivers there: Duron Carter is a 6-2, 170-pounder who had 22 catches for 361 yards and eight touchdowns, and Gabe Holmes is a 6-5, 200-pounder who had 10 catches for 203 yards and two scores.
Why such interest in one position at one school? It doesn't hurt that Aquinas' receivers coach is former NFL standout Cris Carter, who is Duron's father. He's worked with Difton and his fellow receivers for the last two seasons. "He's taught me the position well," Difton said. "I feel like basically I'm playing on a college level right now."
Difton was recently ranked by the Miami Herald as the No. 4 prospect for the 2009 class in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Difton made his commitment to USF assistant Larry Scott, who pulled in two key Miami recruits for the 2008 class from Northwestern linebacker Quavon Taylor and Archbishop Carroll cornerback George Baker. He joins Dunedin running back Adaris Bellamy as the first commitments for the '09 class.