Could 280-pound Bass jump back in USF boat?
Just when you thought USF recruiting had wound down to the point where there were only four or five names left to be decided.
There's a new name -- really an old name -- that has resurfaced on the Bulls' radar. Junior college tackle Jamar Bass, who came down to USF and Illinois, said on Jan. 2 that he was enrolling this spring at Illinois. Thing is, school started there two weeks ago, and he's not enrolled in classes at Illinois, associate sports information director Cassie Arner said Saturday.
Bass, who played at Apopka High and spent this past season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, couldn't be reached for comment Saturday, but if Illinois isn't his choice, USF makes sense to move to the top of the list. Offensive line has been a priority in this recruiting class -- the Bulls lost four senior starters from the 2008 line -- and another junior college tackle, Carlos Savala, is among the Bulls' top commitments.
USF also should have former Jefferson and FSU tackle Daron Rose, but he still has much academic work to do before he can join the Bulls. Rose said Saturday that he still plans on being at USF this fall, but he'll have a heavy courseload this summer, with 18 credit hours needed to get his associate of arts degree from Hillsborough Community College. It's certainly within reach -- defensive end David Bedford pulled it off last summer -- but is still a major hurdle to be cleared.