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Feel-good story: Holtz stays true to injured recruit

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By now, many of you have read in the Times about the unfortunate situation involving Armwood WR A.J. King, the Purdue commitment who suffered a season-ending injury in a preseason game and later found out the Boilermakers scholarship offer was rescinded (even though he made an official visit in December).

Then you look at what happened to USF WR recruit Alex Mut, a senior receiver from Port Charlotte High. Mut tore his ACL two weeks ago playing basketball. There's a good chance he won't be playing football this year, likely a redshirt situation. But USF coach Skip Holtz said he reached out to Mut, telling him to worry about his knee, not his scholarship, because it was here to stay.

"He was our very first commitment, very first verbal commitment in the summer," Holtz said. "He hasn't taken an official visit anywhere else, he didn't shop around, so I'm not shopping around. We're engaged."

Mut said a big reason he chose USF was because of the family-type atmosphere, and how "loyal" they are to each other. Having Holtz stand by him just solidified it. "It made me feel very appreciative," Mut said. "That's the kind of man he is."

Holtz said while USF wasn't bound legally to sign Mut, but it didn't matter.

"From my standpoint, when you take that verbal commitment, to me it's stronger than the piece of paper we put our names on today," Holtz said. "I feel that strong about the young men that commit to us as well, it's a two -way street. ... All I need is a, "Coach, I want to end it, I want to be a Bull,' you shake your hand and we're done. I don't care what happens. I don't care if you walk out that door and an alligator bites your foot. You're a Bull, and that scholarship is there to educate you. You believed in this place enough to make that verbal commitment. I believe that strongly my word is our bond."

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 6:37pm]

    

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