Bulls add 14 walk-ons to spring football roster
Skip Holtz has welcomed in his first class of spring walk-ons, with 14 getting jerseys and helmets to join the Bulls for today's third spring practice -- the first in pads.
There are two quarterbacks in the group -- we'd mentioned Eric Johnson of Fort Myers Florida Christian School, and the other is East Lake grad Glenn Fagan. Both are listed as sophomores on USF's official site.
Defensive back is clearly a position of need, as six of the 14 new walk-ons are DBs. There's some decent size in new offensive targets -- tight end Jovaughn Harris is 6-foot-4, as is receiver Corey Jackson.
A few interesting nuggets from some cursory Googling ...
-- Defensive end Zach Faza of Pasco High made the Times' All-North Suncoast team as a first-team defensive lineman in 2008. "Arguably the smartest player on the North Suncoast," we wrote, also mentioning that Cornell's football program was interested in him during the recruiting process. More academics, as defensive back Armand Hendricksen came to USF on a Bright Futures scholarship out of Immokalee High.
-- The Miami Herald put 6-2 receiver Jared Greenaway -- from Coral Springs Charter, same tiny school that Evan Landi attended -- on its 2008 All-Broward County first team as a defensive back, noting he had 58 catches and two interceptions. He was an honorable mention for all-state as a receiver.
-- Harris is one of the older players in the group -- he was very much on the recruiting scene in 2005, his senior year at Eau Gallie High in Melbourne. Here's a story that has him working out with some guys named Tim Tebow and C.J. Spiller. Wild that the story talks about Tebow being a potential first-round draft pick ... in baseball as a high school senior.
-- Seems like speed is the asset most likely to get you on USF's spring roster -- lots of kids who don't show up in football stories, but in high school track stories. And remember that only a handful of these are likely to make it to the preseason fall roster, just because of the numbers crunch once the newcomers arrive this summer. More on these guys as we learn more ...