Future Bulls, former Bulls and other notes ...
Lots to get to in the next day or two -- should have a post soon on how USF baseball could be impacted by next week's baseball draft, with a few signees in position to be selected high enough to consider going pro.
I was able to spend a half-hour this morning with USF President Judy Genshaft for a Q&A we'll have in Saturday's newspaper. Only room for so much in the paper, so we'll probably have much more here on the blog -- some interesting comments about facility upgrades on campus, among other things. First, some links:
-- USF football signee Kamran Joyer has been honored as the Times' North Suncoast Track Athlete of the Year after winning a state title in the shot put and finishing second in his class in weightlifting. The Times' Joey Knight has some interesting notes on Joyer, such as how he wants to be an Olympian in the shot put and how he had five uncles graduate from USF.
In making calls to USF's incoming freshman, I talked to Joyer on Wednesday night, and his first look at USF will definitely be as a center. Interestingly, Joyer's weight has generally listed around 315 pounds -- USF's official site has him at 317 -- but when I asked him for his height and weight, he said 6-3, 289.
Wesley Chapel coach John Castelamare said Wednesday that USF assistant coach Mike Simmonds stopped by practice this spring, and the Bulls have their eye on two rising seniors for the Wildcats: center Raymond Nixon and TE/DE Chris Pierre Charles. Wesley Chapel's best prospect was Joyer's brother Hunter, a rising junior fullback, but today's Times has news that Hunter is transferring to Tampa Catholic. Expect USF to be a major player in his recruitment ...
-- Former Bulls receiver Jackie Chambers, who signed with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders on Wednesday, still faces long odds to make their regular-season roster. Chambers is one of 13 receivers and slotbacks as the Stampeders open preseason camp, but the team will likely carry six to eight when the roster, currently at 74 players, is cut to 42 players and eight for the practice squad. Calgary's first game is July 1.
-- USF's official site is offering up the top 100 photos from the 2008-09 season, rolling out 20 each day and wrapping things up on Friday. Reminds me I probably ought to do some kind of top-10-stories post to wrap up the school year soon, but here are some the best pics they've selected so far: Jarriett Buie celebrating a hit on Kansas QB Todd Reesing, Ben Busbee diving into the end zone for a touchdown in the St. Pete Bowl, Jim Leavitt getting soaked with an icy cooler, Jose Fernandez cutting down the nets after a WNIT championship, goalie Jeff Attinella celebrating a win in penalty kicks in the Big East tournament, Maikon Bonani's winning field goal against Kansas, and Alex Rivas Sanchez and Stan Heath celebrating a win in the Sun Dome.
-- Former Florida defensive tackle John Brown, who had visited USF trying to transfer to the Bulls but will play this fall for a junior college in Mississippi, has committed to play for Tennessee in 2010.
-- Former Bulls linebacker Stephen Nicholas is in position to become a starter for the Falcons in his third NFL season, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.