Football, hoops newcomers report to USF today
Incoming signees for football and basketball are expected to report to USF's campus today, with orientation this weekend and the start of the Summer B semester set for Monday.
The only known academic casualties so far have been running back Tiger Powell in football and center Waverly Austin, though enrolling for summer doesn't guarantee a student-athlete has been cleared and accepted for the fall semester.
Among those reporting for football today is walk-on kicker Marvin Kloss of Naples, who said he has kept a spot on USF's roster despite an arrest in March related to a home theft. Kloss was initially charged with felony grand theft, but that was reduced to misdemeanor petit theft and he has entered into a pre-trial intervention program that should allow the charge to be dropped after completion of community service and a short probationary period.
Kloss said that the only stipulation USF coach Skip Holtz put on his staying with the team was that he must be willing to take random drug testing while with the Bulls. Kloss, expected to compete for the kickoff duties as a true freshman, said he is grateful for the opportunity to play at USF.
We could get an update from Holtz today on which signees have reported to campus -- the Times has reached all 14 from signing day and all have indicated they will be reporting. Holtz could also speak to whether any players from last season are no longer with the program.
Other known walk-ons expected to join the Bulls today are Zephyrhills quarterback/tight end Tyler Guy, Durant linebacker Ruben Garcia, Hillsborough tight end Jordan Duval and Stuart defensive back Zach Fisher.
The Bulls continue to be involved with prominent potential transfers, including Colorado running back Darrell Scott, Notre Dame cornerback/receiver Spencer Boyd, N.C. State receiver Donald Bowens and Auburn running back Dontae Aycock. It's more likely that a new transfer would join the program for two-a-days in August rather than for the start of Summer B classes.