Bulls recruit Sinclair: 'I'll be there'
Defensive back Charlton Sinclair of Jacksonville, one of the most highly touted members of USF's recruiting class, did not report with the Bulls' incoming freshmen last week due to academic issues but said he fully expects to be part of the team this fall.
"I'll be there," said Sinclair, a standout safety at Mandarin High who is finishing a summer class there this week.
Sinclair said he learned in April that he had to retake a Biology class and earn an "A" grade in order to be cleared by the NCAA, but he'll finish that class Friday and said he expects to get the grade he needs. He'll submit his academic information to the NCAA Clearinghouse from there and said he'll join the team as soon as he's cleared.
Sinclair suffered a personal tragedy two weeks ago when Mandarin coach J.D. Hall died at age 35 after suffering a heart attack. Sinclair said he spoke with USF coach Jim Leavitt the night his coach died, and Leavitt and safeties coach Troy Douglas, a Jacksonsville native, attended funeral services for Hall.
"Coach Hall was like a father to me," Sinclair said. "He put so much effort into helping me get into a college that I know I can't let him down now. That's what I like about Coach Leavitt, how he's there for his players."