Former USF DT Clebert chosen in UFL draft
Former USF defensive tackle Richard Clebert, who tried out for the Saints in May but didn't earn a contract, was drafted by the New York franchise in the new UFL's initial draft Thursday night.
Clebert, who last played for USF in the 2007 season, was part of the "Edison Five" from Miami's Edison High who signed with USF in 2004, along with running back Chad Simpson (now with the Colts), tackle Marc Dile (now with the Bucs), receiver Jackie Chambers (now in the CFL with Calgary) and linebacker Brouce Mompremier.
I count seven other players with Big East ties, most interestingly Seton Hall basketball player Paul Gause, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound guard who is listed as a defensive back on the Las Vegas roster. Gause last played football as high school senior in Pittsgrove, N.J., in 2004.
Las Vegas also took linebacker Gary Stills, an NFL veteran from West VIrginia, and former Louisville tight end Scott Kuhn; New York has linebacker Marc Magro (West Virginia) and tight end Ronnie Ghent (Louisville) and Orlando has running back Quincy Wilson (West Virginia) and tackle Rob Petitti (Pittsburgh).
Thursday's draft had 24 rounds, and the UFL's four teams will add to their rosters until a Sept. 10 deadline -- after the NFL's final cuts -- will cap each team at 50 players. We'll have more from Clebert later on Friday ...