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DeLand safety Joyce is 9th USF commitment



USF has picked up its fourth commitment in less than a week as DeLand strong safety Mark Joyce accepted a scholarship offer Wednesday to play for the Bulls in 2010.

"He's a combination of strength and speed," said DeLand coach Kevin Pettis, citing a 100-meter time of 10.6 seconds and a bench-press of 335 pounds for the 6-foot, 205-pound rising senior.

Joyce is rated as a three-star recruit by and, with Scout ranking him as the nation's No. 30 safety for 2010 and Rivals ranking him No. 58. The Orlando Sentinel rates him as the No. 14 overall prospect in Central Florida.

Joyce also had scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Mississippi, Louisville, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Boston College, Pettis said. Joyce was on USF's campus Wednesday and committed to coach Jim Leavitt in person. He said Leavitt and linebackers coach David Blackwell, his primary recruiter, were "amazing" and a major part of his decision.

Fans can check out a six-minute highlight video of Joyce here on Joyce is also a track standout, as he reached the Class 4A state meet in the 110-meter hurdles and was on DeLand's 4x100-meter relay, which finished eighth in the state in the same meet.

USF has nearly doubled its commitment total for 2010 in the past week, also getting pledges from Venice defensive end Brandon Wilkinson, Ocala punter Chris Veron and Valdosta (Ga.) linebacker Curtis Weatherspoon.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:51pm]


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