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Bulls pick up commitment from Georgia safety

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Busy here at courtside covering USF-Pittsburgh basketball -- Bulls up eight midway through second half -- but I can report that Skip Holtz has picked up a commitment from Reshard Cliett, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound safety from Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central -- same high school as USF receiver Dontavia Bogan.

Cliett doesn't have a strong list of offers -- his high school coach, Bill Shaver, mentioned Georgia Southern, Eastern Kentucky and South Alabama. Shaver said Cliett missed his whole junior year with a shoulder injury, but played strong football in the second half of his senior year. Cliett said he finished the season with four interceptions and 97 total tackles.

"They said they see me as a diamond in the rough, an unseen talent," said Cliett (pronounced CLY-ett), who confirmed USF was his only Division I-A offer. He said Skip Holtz and his staff had started recruiting him before Christmas while still at East Carolina.

He's a safety right now, but Shaver said USF defensive backs coach Rick Smith, visiting Thomas County's campus this week, told Cliett he could probably put 30 pounds on his frame with the right weight program, so Shaver said not to be surprised if after a year on campus, he's an outside linebacker.

"He's a very talented tackler," said Shaver. "He called me on the way back home, and he's very excited about playing at South Florida."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:02pm]

    

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