Football making inroads at new Brooklyn juco
Most of USF's recruiting efforts this week are around the state of Florida, but special teams coach John Hendrick is up in New York and New Jersey and made a stop this week at a new junior college launching its program in Brooklyn.
The ASA Institute will play its first season this fall, and Hendrick already has solid ties with head coach Dennis Orlando, whose father coached Hendrick in high school. USF already has an active relationship with ASA, with a former signee on campus and another recruit who intends to play at USF in 2011.
Remember Kevenski McGee? The tight end from Pahokee signed with USF in 2007 but failed to qualify. He briefly attended a junior college in Missisippi, but is now in his first semester at ASA. USF is aware of him, but Orlando said there is no scholarship offer in place, as is often the case with Bulls signees.
Another ASA player this fall who is more likely to make it to USF is offensive lineman Rahjon Jones, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect from Newark who was first reported as a USF commitment by USFbullseye.com's Alan Dell back in February. Orlando said Jones should be finished at ASA by December 2010, allowing him to join the Bulls as part of their 2011 signing class.
ASA has other BCS-caliber recruits this spring, including nose guard Gilbert Pena, who has solid size at 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds. Running back Rashad White, who signed with Rutgers last year but failed to qualify, is another top prospect.
It could be a year or more before anyone at ASA can sign with the Bulls, but Hendrick appears to be setting up a relationship with a school in a unique position geographically for a Big East program. Orlando said he hasn't been visited by any other Big East programs yet -- Minnesota has stopped by, along with local programs like Hofstra and Stony Brook. More to come ...