Bulls coaches use off week for recruiting trips
TAMPA -- USF coach Skip Holtz already has collected 14 commitments toward his next recruiting class, but his staff will take advantage of the weekend off to make more evaluations at games Friday, both for current seniors and underclassmen as well.
"It's very important -- we'll be out on the road Thursday and Friday for most of the staff, and I'll even have tomorrow as a coordinator practice and myself and we'll send most of the coaches out," Holtz said. "It's important that we have the opportunity to continue to build the relationships with the high school coaches and make the evaluations, not only for 2011, but there's a lot of 2012 evaluations going on right now, too."
USF's players will get Friday and Saturday off, then will resume normal game-week preparations with a practice Sunday and the normal Monday off as an "academic day" for players. While USF is off this weekend, the Bulls' next opponent, Western Kentucky, will have its hands full at home against Indiana on Saturday. The Hilltoppers, who have lost their last 22 games, have allowed 112 points and 1,018 total yards in their first two losses to Nebraska and Kentucky.
INJURY UPDATE: Defensive tackle Terrell McClain was held out of practice with an undisclosed injury, but Holtz said he expects him back at practice today. Tackle Jake Sims (ankle) and defensive end Craig Marshall (knee) were out for the second day in a row, but Holtz said neither injury is a longterm concern. Receiver Dontavia Bogan watched practice with a crutch to help keep weight off his injured right foot, which has had a boot on it since Saturday night.
If Bogan can't go next week against Western Kentucky, the Bulls would turn to an unproven starter -- true freshman walk-on Stephen Bravo-Brown, who caught four passes in the opener, was working with the first unit at the start of Wednesday's practice, but Holtz said he has several options to consider.
"That's kind of what we're looking at this week," Holtz said. "One of the advantages to not playing is you have a chance to roll some people around. Would you put Bravo-Brown there, T.J. Knowles is having a good week right now. Do you flip Evan Landi over to 'X', (since he) understands it all and can play both sides of the ball. Do you elevate Faron Hornes? There's some options there, and that's what we're looking at this week in practice."