DT McClain gets OK from Clearinghouse
USF's incoming freshman class, due to report to campus today with summer classes starting next week, got an encouraging boost on Tuesday as defensive tackle Terrell McClain of Pensacola learned he'd been cleared by the NCAA to play for the Bulls this fall.
McClain, the second-highest USF signee in the Rivals.com Florida Top 100 at No. 73, is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound prospect who could contribute immediately, as freshman Aaron Harris did last year for the Bulls. McClain said he hadn't been waiting for test scores but simply had taken longer to get his academic information to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
"He's very strong, very quick, a guy who can flat-out play football," said Pensacola High coach Mike Bennett, who added that USF continues to recruit another promising defensive tackle from Pensacola, rising senior Anthony Hill, who has committed to Florida State.
-- Baseball update: The Miami Herald had reported before the draft that USF signee Yoandy Barroso of Miami Springs had opted to sign with Miami-Dade College, but turns out that report was false, and there's a good chance the Bulls will get Barroso, who was drafted in the 46th round by the Rangers. Pro teams can negotiate with draft picks through August 15, but right now, it looks as if USF may not lose any more signees. All signs point to the Bulls being able to keep two key juniors who were drafted late, as pitcher Daniel Thomas continues to work out on campus and infielder Walter Diaz is scheduled to start summer classes Monday.