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Five jucos in 2 weeks: Cornerback commits to USF

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No sooner do we finish one post on a junior college commitment when there's another to report: Skip Holtz's sudden shift to midyear junior college transfers now has five commitments in two weeks, as Josh Brown, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback from Arizona Western, backed out of a commitment to New Mexico State after an official visit this weekend.

"It's home for me," said Brown, who grew up in Jacksonville, playing at First Coast High and Daytona Beach's Mainland High before moving to Lancaster, Texas, his sophomore year. "They told me they needed corners who could play immediately. I knew they had to be confident in what they had to offer because I was already committed."

Brown is one of two junior college corners to commit to the Bulls on Sunday -- like Fidel Montgomery, Brown was hosted by USF safety Mark Joyce on his official visit and liked what he saw. Brown said he's familiar with USF's team -- he watched the regular-season finale against West Virginia on TV -- and said his strength on the field is his aggressive nature.

"I'd say my aggressiveness, the way I attack the football," said Brown, who had 21 tackles this season, including eight for losses. "I'm explosive when I tackle. I enjoy tackling. I don't mind putting my hands on a receiver, giving a little bump."

Brown committed to Nebraska in the Class of 2009 but wound up at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas before transferring to Arizona Western. He had North Carolina among his offers in high school, and said he was being recruited by Utah, Utah State and UTEP before committing to New Mexico State earlier this month.

USF now has what should be more than half its 2012 recruiting class coming in for spring classes -- nine scholarship players joining next month, including the five midyear junior transfers who have committed since Dec. 5, after the Bulls ended their season with seven losses in their last eight games.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2011 6:50pm]

    

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