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Kamran Joyer wanted to go into fall practice with a clear head.

The Wesley Chapel lineman officially ended his football recruitment Monday by orally committing to USF.

The 6-foot-3, 317-pounder visited Miami this weekend and decided he had seen enough of the schools and heard enough from the coaches. He was drawn to USF because of its close proximity to home, which would allow for family and friends not to miss a moment of his collegiate career. Three of his uncles and one of his aunts went to USF. He also considered Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Illinois.

Kamran decided not to go out of state because of his tight bond with younger brother, Hunter, who he hopes will join him on the USF football team in three years.
"I didn't want to go too far away from my brother," Kamran said. "I've been researching them (USF) a lot. They have good facilities and a good education."

Early on, Kamran was high on Florida though a scholarship was never offered. The Gators asked Joyer to wait until July, his father Jack Joyer said.

Kamran will either play center or guard for the Bulls and will have an opportunity to start, his father said. Kamran considered graduating from Wesley Chapel early but has decided to stay in high school next spring in hopes of competing for weightlifting and shot put state titles.

Oral commitments are non-binding and not recognized by the NCAA. When asked if he would reconsider his commitment if Florida offered him a scholarship, Kamran said, "I wouldn't take it. I would stick to my commitment."


[Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2008 3:55pm]


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