Ex-Auburn RB Aycock to walk on at USF
Dontae Aycock, the former Chamberlain standout who is transferring after one season at Auburn, will enroll at USF this fall and walk on to the Bulls football team.
"He's going to attend USF," his brother, former Bucs safety Dwight Smith, said Thursday. "He's going to try to earn a scholarship. Coming home was his No. 1 priority."
Aycock, who will sit out the 2010 season and have three years of eligibility, still needs to be admitted into school at USF, but he and Smith were able to meet with USF coach Skip Holtz. He still must be admitted into USF, though he left Auburn in good academic standing. Aycock said last month that he had asked his coaches at Auburn for a release, though the school announced in May he had been dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
"South Florida is a great place for him," said his coach at Chamberlain, Billy Turner, who spoke with Aycock about coming to USF last month. "Their offense is more what suits him -- Dontae's going to pop up OK there."
Aycock, 18, won the Guy Toph Award in 2008 as Hillsborough County's top football player after rushing for 1,406 yards and 28 touchdowns while passing for 1,491 yards and 17 scores. The 5-foot-10, 218-pound back was was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, which ranked him as the No. 16 running back in the country, and a three-star recruit by Scout.com. He redshirted last fall in his only season at Auburn.
Smith, who still lives in Tampa, said his brother would have considered USF coming out of Chamberlain, but then-coach Jim Leavitt was trying to recruit him to play linebacker, and Aycock wanted to stay on offense. Aycock, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, said last month that he wanted to play at USF enough that he would walk on initially if that's what it took to become part of the Bulls' program.