Former Jesuit star to transfer to USF
Outfielder Ryan Lockwood, who helped Tampa Jesuit to four Final Fours from 2003-06, is transferring from Florida to USF, where he'll have four seasons of eligibility with the Bulls.
"USF's a great place, and I'm very excited to play for Coach (Lelo) Prado," said Lockwood, who decided to transfer after the Gators made a coaching change after last season. "We've got a chance to do something special if we can put it all together."
Lockwood, who will compete for the centerfield and leadoff jobs, took a medical redshirt in his only season at Florida due to a hamstring injury suffered two weeks before last season. He earned second-team all-state honors as a senior at Jesuit, hitting seven home runs and 30 RBIs. As a junior, he hit .400 with 27 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He's played in both the Cape Cod and Coastal Plain summer baseball leagues in the past two months.
He's one of three new transfers on Prado's 2008 roster, with catcher Corey Johnson, who played sparingly in one season at Liberty, and pitcher Andrew Salgueiro, who played for Prado at Louisville in 2006 and will sit out this season as required under Big East rules. Salgueiro, who also played for USF pitching coach Lelo Prado at Miami Gulliver Prep in 2004, went 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 appearances for Louisville last season. He'll have two years of eligibility with the Bulls.
Stay tuned for more information about late additions to USF's baseball roster.