Bulls offer 6-foot-7 two-sport star from Iowa
After seeing freshman quarterback/guard B.J. Daniels play football and basketball for USF in the same year, the Bulls are courting another potential two-sport star. One of the more versatile prospects in attendance at Saturday's "SuperBull" camp at Raymond James Stadium was Zach McCabe, who won state championships in football and basketball at Sioux City's Bishop Heelan High School.
"I really like South Florida. It's a great program and one of my top choices," said McCabe, who lives in South Dakota, just across the river from Sioux City.
McCabe is 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds and has drawn most of his recruiting interest as a forward in basketball, where he averaged 15.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game as a junior. He has basketball scholarship offers from Iowa, Butler, Indiana State and Northern Iowa and is on the radar with Indiana and Minnesota. He said USF coach Jim Leavitt offered him a scholarship as a tight end two months ago.
McCabe has been a USF fan for some time, as his father, Tim, played linebacker for Leavitt at Morningside College in Iowa; Zach visited USF's campus as a sophomore. His football experience has been primarily at quarterback in a run-first offense, and with only two tight ends among the 80-plus players at SuperBull, McCabe worked with the quarterbacks. He said he's been working at tight end in 7-on-7 leagues to work on the position, and his basketball experience has helped with his pass-catching.
"Obviously, size is an advantage, and I have a quick first step," said McCabe, who would like to make a decision about college after the end of AAU basketball season next month.
McCabe met with USF coach Stan Heath while he was in Tampa for SuperBull, and said he's intrigued by the possibility of playing both sports in college. "It's pretty exciting. It's a big opportunity," he said.