Bulls wait for final decisions in recruiting
USF coach Jim Leavitt has had a relatively light weekend as college football coaches go right before National Signing Day. With no recruits in town for visits during a logistically overwhelming Super Bowl weekend, Leavitt is able to attend today's game, the first he's been to since the last game in Tampa.
Leavitt said he's pulling for the Steelers, in part because he's known head coach Mike Tomlin since he was a young assistant with the Bucs, and also because he's been surrounded by all things Steelers this week as the team has used USF practice fields and athletic facility as a base of operations.
Coaches have no more face-to-face contact with recruits, and the Bulls, with a class already ranked in the top 25 nationally by some sites, can now and wait and see what final pieces might join this year's signings. There's basically a half-dozen names to follow in the next three days, many of which have said they won't announce their choice until signing day.
We told you Saturday about junior college offensive lineman Jamar Bass, who could help at guard or tackle, and the only other known offensive player out there is Miami Pace's Sterling Griffin, a teammate of USF commitment Derrick Hopkins thought to be choosing between the Bulls and Purdue.
On defense, there are two linebackers and two defensive backs -- USF has worked hard trying to land linebacker Sam Barrington from Jacksonville Parker, thought to be torn between USF, Illinois and Miami, and they're still in contention for linebacker Mike Marry of Largo. At cornerback, they're in strong position to get Delray Beach Atlantic's Jayron Hosley, a former teammate of freshman safety Jon Lejiste. (This site says he's "all but signed, sealed and delivered" to USF after a visit to Virginia Tech). The Bulls have tried to sway a third Miami Pace player, defensive back Kayvon Webster, out of a commitment to Miami, that remains arguably the least likely of the remaining possibliities.
It's reasonable to think the Bulls could reel in Bass (I can't stop myself), Griffin, Hosley and one of the linebackers, which would be a strong finish to what will be the highest-rated class ever for USF. We'll try to stay on top of the endgame for USF and will have plenty between now and Wednesday ... For now, what three recruits are you most excited about?