Bulls land commitment from 6-foot-8 receiver
USF has made a late addition to its 2010 recruiting class, picking up a commitment on Thursday from T.J. Knowles, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound receiver from Las Vegas who played last season at Saddleback College in California.
"I'm ecstatic right now," said Knowles, who committed during an official visit on Thursday afternoon and will have three years of eligibility with the Bulls. Check out a highlight video of him here on Youtube.com.
Receiver is suddenly a need position for the Bulls, after Carlton Mitchell skipped his senior season to enter the NFL draft and senior A.J. Love suffered a serious knee injury in the spring game. Knowles put up big numbers at Saddleback last fall -- 49 catches, 924 yards and seven touchdowns in his first college season. He said he chose USF over interest from Oregon State, Washington and Arkansas State.
"He's quite a target," said Steve Crapo, an assistant at Saddleback. "The biggest thing is his size, but he also runs nice routes, and he got better as the season went on. He has good concentration when the ball is in the air."
Crapo said Boise State called today asking for more information on Knowles -- most schools didn't realize he had a chance to be eligible for the 2010 season. He'll finish his final classes at Saddleback in early July and can then join the Bulls in time for preseason drills.
Knowles wasn't recruited much out of high school in Las Vegas, where he was involved in two car accidents his senior year. He signed with Division II West Texas A&M but redshirted his only year on campus and transferred to Saddleback last summer.
He's the third incoming receiver in USF's recruiting class, joining freshmen Jamaal Montague and Deonte Welch. The Bulls are still in contention to land N.C. State receiver Donald Bowens, a St. Petersburg native who is transferring for his final year of eligibility.