Catching up: More Pearl River news
Lots to catch up on, from Mike Ford to the last big weekend of recruiting to some interesting candidates for job openings in the athletic department. First, I have an update on two talented local high school stars who took small steps this week toward making it to USF, perhaps as early as next year.
TAMPA -- Former Hillsborough High defensive lineman Leslie Stirrups, who signed with USF last year but did not qualify academically, has started classes at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi and could return to the Bulls as early as fall 2008.
"If he does everything he's supposed to do, he'll play here this fall," said Pearl River coach Tim Hatten, who agreed to accept Stirrups after he entered a pretrial intervention program in November that will allow him to have six felony charges (relating to the alleged theft of two digital cameras last summer) removed after a probationary period.
Stirrups, the highest-rated prospect in USF's 2006 recruiting class, can return to USF after earning his associate of arts degree from Pearl River, something he could do in time the 2008 season, which would give him three years of eligibility with the Bulls.
Hatten now has another local standout who hopes to move on to USF in 2008: former Lake Gibson receiver Roger Frazier, who was the top target of Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe in 2004 when they were both high school seniors. In 2005, Frazier led all junior college receivers with 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
I should have more later in the day. Lots of little notes I want to get to ...