Charlotte WR Mut is USF's first '11 commitment
USF coach Skip Holtz has landed his first oral commitment toward the Class of 2011, as Alex Mut, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver from Punta Gorda Charlotte, accepted a scholarship offer on Monday to play for the Bulls.
"I've always loved USF. It's always been where I want to go," said Mut, who earned second-team Class 4A all-state honors after catching 58 passes for 1,014 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior last fall.
Mut (rhymes with "nut") said he chose the Bulls over Rutgers and Duke -- his grade-point average is over 4.0 -- and said he got a written offer from USF last month. He's been on the Bulls' radar since last summer, when he was part of Charlotte's second-place team in USF's Sling 'n' Shoot 7-on-7 tournament.
Mut is also a standout cornerback -- in three varsity seasons, he has 14 career interceptions -- but he said he'll be a receiver at USF. He was recruited to the Bulls by quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas and receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, and he said he's good friends with Charlotte's standout junior running back, Mike Bellamy, who has an offer from the Bulls.
Charlotte coach Binky Waldrop, who has sent a long line of players to USF, such as receiver Elgin Hicks, defensive backs Bruce Gipson and Javan Camon and long-snapper Justin Daniel, said Mut has been his top receiver since his freshman year.
"Just a great kid," Waldrop said. "He's grown up loving the Bulls, so it's kind of a dream come true. They have a great program, and there's the proximity and playing in a BCS conference with a chance to win the Big East."
Waldrop said Mut is also a basketball player at Charlotte, and runs the 200 and 400 meters, as well as the long jump and high jump on the track team. He's timed Mut at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Waldrop said Bellamy hasn't narrowed down his list of schools for next year, but said Florida, Alabama and Georgia are among the front-runners.
Receiver is a key position in USF's 2011 recruiting efforts, with likely starters A.J. Love and Dontavia Bogan graduating after the 2010 season.