Bellamy still waiting for clearance
USF's incoming freshmen report to campus Wednesday to start summer classes next week, but Boca Ciega running back Josh Bellamy said Monday he is still waiting on test scores and will not be able to report with his classmates.
Bellamy, one of four running backs in USF's recruiting class, said he is still hopeful the results of an entrance exam he took this month will be enough to get him through the NCAA Clearinghouse in time for him to enroll for fall classes. If not, he said he would attend Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia while working to improve his scores.
USF's only confirmed nonqualifier in the incoming class is defensive end Claude Davis, who is now at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. USFnation.com reported Friday that tight end Kevenski McGee also would not qualify academically, and coach Jim Leavitt has said as many as five or six recruits might not qualify.
-- Baseball: Braulio Pardo, USF's primary catcher this past season, is transferring to Saint Leo, a Division II school in eastern Pasco County. Pardo, who batted .247 with 16 RBIs, will have two years of eligibility. "It was the best fit for me," said Pardo, who also drew interest from Maryland and Florida, before the Gators' coaching change. "I'll get to play every day, and I'm excited about the chance to call my own games."
-- One more baseball note: Pitcher Danny Otero, now in the Giants' minor-league system, has made a strong pro start with the Salem-Kaizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League in Oregon. He's still perfect as a pro, with two saves in two hitless appearances. What's scary, independent of Otero, is that Giants phenom Tim Lincecum was on the Salem roster last year.