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Bulls miss out on top juco linebacker Cowdin



USF's busy run of junior college commitments missed one recruit on Friday, as College of the Desert (California) linebacker Cade Cowdin opted to commit to Oregon State during a home visit from Beavers head coach Mike Riley.


"It was a tough decision," said Cowdin, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect with great speed for his position. "I liked South Florida and (defensive coordinator Mark) Snyder a lot, but the whole aspect of being out here and where they are, this was a better fit for my wife and I."

Cowdin had picked up late interest from Miami and was planning an official visit to the Hurricanes, but has decided to cancel that and stick with his commitment to Oregon State.

There's at least one more junior college prospect the Bulls are working on and could get an answer from this weekend -- Fidel Montgomery, a cornerback from Marianna who played this season at Southwest Mississippi Community College. He's down to USF, Minnesota and Mississippi State and has a visit planned to see the Bulls on Saturday, with a decision expected Sunday.

The 6-foot, 183-pound corner signed with Troy out of high school but didn't qualify academically -- he's good friends with USF running back Bradley Battles, who also played at Marianna. The late visit and geography could work in USF's favor as the Bulls seek to build depth at a key position behind likely starters Kayvon Webster and JaQuez Jenkins in 2012.

[Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 1:39pm]


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