Commitment issues: WR Theliar out
We've been telling you USF was a bit overbooked in terms of potentially having more commitments than they have available scholarships in the fall, and the last two days have made sense along those lines.
On Monday, we reported that linebacker Tyrone Williams, an early commitment, opted to sign with South Alabama after USF backed off, citing lingering academic issues. Now it looks like junior college receiver Edgard Theliar, a USF commitment ranked among the nation's top 60 juco recruits by Rivals.com, won't be joining the Bulls and instead may sign with Florida International.
The development was first reported at USFnation.com, and Manatee coach Joe Kinnan, who coached Theliar in high school, said Tuesday that Theliar visited FIU over the weekend. Kinnan got a call from USF saying not to be surprised if Theliar signed with FIU instead of USF.
Again, if USF really wanted Theliar, you'd think they'd be fighting for him harder, so this could point to confidence that the Bulls will be able to land Miami Pace receiver Sterling Griffin, who is choosing between USF and Purdue.
HOSLEY IN: Short of an actual commitment, everything we're hearing points toward Delray Beach Atlantic cornerback Jayron Hosley signing with USF on Wednesday. Hosley is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, which ranks him as the nation's No. 11 cornerback -- a big get at a key position if things work out for USF.
Atlantic coach Andre Thaddies, who had a USF signee last season in safety Jon Lejiste, said Monday that while Hosley made a weekend visit to Virginia Tech, he wasn't seriously considering the Hokies. In fact, coaches from Florida had expressed an interest in Hosley last week, Thaddies said, and Hosley had told them that he was going to be a Bull. Hosley has solid offers from Ohio State and Louisville, among others.
Thaddies said USF is already in the mix for two top 2010 recruits at Atlantic -- they've offered receiver James Louis, who is "loaded" with major offers, and they're looking at defensive tackle D.J. McCellion as well. We'll continue to try to get Hosley on the phone to confirm things today ...
REMEMBER HIM?: Here's a name out of the blue: Former USF receiver Amp Hill has signed with the Reading (Pa.) Express of the American Indoor Football Association. No word on what Hill has been doing since he left USF's football team in summer 2007 -- remember Sharpiegate? Best I can tell, he hasn't played anywhere since catching 19 passes for the Bulls in 2006.