Bulls to host top local recruits for USF Junior Day
USF football's recruiting efforts for 2012 take a big step today as the Bulls host more than 100 recruits on campus for Junior Day, and if the guest list is any indication, the Bulls are being considered by nearly all of the Tampa area's best talents.
Among those scheduled to attend are (UPDATED: 17 now) of the top 18 recruits for 2013 in the Tampa Bay area, from the Times' early top 25 list offered up by writer John C. Cotey two weeks ago. That includes top running back Ryan Green of St. Pete Catholic, Wharton cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the Armwood trio of safety Leon McQuay III, receiver Alvin Bailey and quarterback Darryl Richardson, and defensive end Jordan Sherit of Hillsborough -- listed by Cotey as the top six prospects in the area for 2013.
There's a strong presence from across the state as well, with more than 40 players who rank in the Orlando Sentinel's top 100 for Florida in 2013. Hargreaves, the son of USF defensive ends and special teams coach Vernon Hargreaves, is No. 2 on that list, and Tampa Bay Tech receiver Richard Benjamin is No. 14. Daytona Beach Mainland linebacker Quinton Powell, also coming to town, is No. 7 on the Sentinel's list.
And obviously quarterback is a priority position for USF in 2013 -- at least six, including Winter Park's Asiantii Woulard (a teammate of USF signee D'Vario Montgomery), Bradenton Manatee's Cord Sandberg, Lake City Columbia's Jayce Barber, East Lake's Pete DiNovo, St. Thomas Aquinas' John O'Korn and South Plantation's John Franklin III. Another out-of-state passer, Raleigh's Connor Mitch, was invited but couldn't attend and plans to visit USF during spring drills. The Bulls are expected to sign two quarterbacks in this class, and those should be able to compete for USF's starting job in 2013.
Will the weekend produce USF's first commitment for 2013? Perhaps -- we'll have updates if anything of significance happens Sunday afternoon.