Ex-USF commitment headed to South Alabama
Tyrone Williams, a linebacker from Thomasville, Ga., who was among USF's early commitments for this year's class, has decided to sign with South Alabama, Thomasville coach Richie Marsh said Monday.
Williams appears to have been caught in the numbers crunch as the Bulls pile up commitments and have to step back from recruits who have yet to post qualifying academic scores. Marsh said Williams has not yet qualified, but had remained committed to USF throughout the process.
"I don't know what happened, but this was an unfortunate situation," Marsh said. "All I know is he committed to them and then something fell through. He was going there, but something happened on their end. He's excited about South Alabama, so I think it's a blessing."
Schools are limited to 25 "initial scholarships" each year, and USF is close to its maximum for the incoming class with a few recruits still in play. It's possible the Bulls had sought to "grayshirt" Williams, allowing him to sign but asking him to defer his enrollment until January, when he would count against the 2010 class.
Williams won't play any sooner at South Alabama, a startup program that will play an abbreviated schedule against prep schools this fall before making its debut as a Division I-AA program in 2010. South Alabama will be a I-A program and play in the Sun Belt starting in 2013.
-- More recruiting: Good writeup in the Miami Herald about USF's incoming class. And the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle takes time to list USF's George Selvie as a potential first round pick in mock drafts for the Bills this season. Let's go ahead and classify that as "unlikely." ... Couple of USF commitments on the Tallahassee Democrat's All-Big Bend team. Lineman John McGinn made the first team, with running back Bradley Battles and linebacker Chase Griffiths on the second team.
-- Even more recruiting: The high school all-state football teams are out, with several USF commitments included. Offensive lineman Steven Jacques made the Class 6A first team, defensive end Ryne Giddins made the 4A first team, running back Bradley Battles made the 2A first team (as a DB), lineman John McGinn made the 2B first team and linebacker Chase Griffiths made the 1A first team.
Defensive end Julius Forte made the 4A second team (as a receiver?!), running back Lindsey Lamar made the 4A third team and defensive back JaQuez Jenkins and quarterback Isaac Virgin were honorable mentions in 4A. All four kids USF is waiting to hear on -- Jayron Hosley, Sterling Griffin, Kayvon Webster and Mike Marry -- also earned all-state honors.