Bulls won't get Sinclair until January
Safety Charlton Sinclair, one of the highest-rated recruits in USF's freshman class, will take a "greyshirt" and wait until January to start his college career with the Bulls.
With practice deep into its second week, Sinclair has yet to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, which is questioning a summer replacement course Sinclair took at a small private school in Jacksonville. Sinclair said he's optimistic he'll be cleared, but if the course isn't accepted, he can make himself eligible by re-taking the ACT exam in September and improving his score. Sinclair, from Jacksonville Mandarin High, was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com. He's the sixth member of USF's recruiting class not to qualify academically in time for the 2007 season.
The only other player waiting to be cleared by the NCAA is defensive tackle Corian Garrison, but he underwent knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in July and won't play this fall, so his status is only a matter of whether he would begin classes this fall or in January.
Safety Jerrell Young has been cleared by the NCAA but is awaiting acceptance from USF. The former St. Petersburg Gibbs standout, who signed with USF in 2006, was to go before an admissions committee this week and could learn their decision as early as Thursday.
Cornerback Mike Jenkins returned to USF's practices Thursday morning but was limited as he recovers from a knee injury suffered Tuesday. Tight end Ben Busbee, who had worn a walking boot as a precaution this week, was back at practice with the rest of the tight ends.