Bulls continue junior college run with Texas DE
USF's recruiting efforts continue to focus on junior college players who can enroll early and contribute more immediately, and the Bulls' latest commitment is Tevin Mims, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end who played at Texas in 2009.
Mims played this past season at Navarro College, where he finished with 19 tackles and seven tackles for loss. His position coach, Andrae Rowe, also coached former USF standout Jason Pierre-Paul at Fort Scott and has known USF assistant Kevin Patrick since he played for him in an all-star game in 1995.
"Tevin's a great pass rusher, did a tremendous job for us," said Rowe, who said USF's defensive scheme is similar to Navarro's.
Mims signed with Texas out of Round Rock in 2009 and played sparingly as a true freshman that year, finishing with three tackles, one for loss. He redshirted at Texas in 2010 before transferring to Navarro. Mims will have two years of eligibility with the Bulls, who have likely starters in place with Ryne Giddins and Julius Forte but little depth behind them. He'll enroll in January and likely compete with senior Anthony Hill and redshirt freshman Clavion Nelson for a backup role.
He's USF's third junior college early-enrollee commitment in the last 11 days, joining offensive linemen Chandlor Mathews and Lawrence Martin. His commitment was first reported by Bulls247.com.