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Bulls not pursuing Georgia defensive tackle

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January

With just nine days until national signing day, USF coaches had considered making a late run at defensive tackle Ty McGill of Jesup, Ga., but his high school coach said the Bulls have decided to stick with the recruits they've been pursuing over the past few months.

"I don't think they're going to go after him -- they called late last night and said they were staying with the kids they've been recruiting all along," said Jody Grooms, McGill's coach at Wayne County High. "I think that says a lot about Coach Holtz, that he wants to be loyal to the guys on his board."

Grooms has dealt with Holtz before -- one of his players at Anson County (N.C.), receiver Michael Bowman, signed with Holtz when he was head coach at East Carolina. McGill will visit either Georgia Tech or N.C. State this weekend, and that leaves Miami's Elkino Watson as the top defensive tackle left in USF's sights. The Bulls would like to take one more defensive lineman in this class, with Tevin Westbrook of Coconut Creek, who visited campus this past weekend, as another priority.

Another option for USF is Marquis White, who played at Orlando Olympia with current Bulls commitment Corian Hamilton and spent this past season at North Carolina Tech, a prep school in Charlotte. White visited USF this past weekend and has North Carolina and Minnesota among his suitors, along with I-AA schools like Florida A&M and Southern. "I think (USF) is where he's going to end up going," said Tim Newman, his coach at N.C. Tech.

-- Just to clarify another recruit: USF will not be signing Angelo Hadley, the former Armwood standout who had signed with North Carolina in 2009 but was dropped after legal problems. Hadley has long been interested in joining the Bulls -- his junior college mistakenly listed him as a Bulls signee last month, and Armwood coach Sean Callahan said he was commited to USF. His former and current coaches will vouch for him, but bringing in Hadley would require approval high up the ladder at USF, and as 247sports.com's Josh Newberg has reported, Hadley is expected to sign with Troy.

[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:29pm]

    

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