Georgia cornerback raves about USF after visit

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Cornerback will be a major priority in USF's recruiting efforts for 2012, and the Bulls are in strong position for Rico McWilliams, a 6-foot, 170-pound corner from Hampton, Ga., just south of Atlanta, who visited USF this weekend.

"I had a great time -- I love it down there," said McWilliams, whose only scholarship offer is from USF, though he's made visits to Clemson, Tennessee and Wake Forest and is also drawing interest from Mississippi State, Kentucky and Illinois.

McWilliams is being recruited to USF by offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler, who was the head coach at nearby Griffin High in 1996-97. He met with Shankweiler this weekend, along with defensive backs coach Rick Smith and head coach Skip Holtz. He also got to meet key members of USF's defensive secondary -- Quenton Washington, Kayvon Webster, Jerrell Young and JaQuez Jenkins. He has played against USF linebacker DeDe Lattimore, who is from Athens.

McWilliams said USF is at the top of his list, and when asked about a timetable on making a decision for college, he said it could be as soon as tonight when he talks by phone with USF coaches. He said his strengths are as a one-on-one cover cornerback, though he's had success as a receiver, catching six touchdown passes last season. He's quick enough to run on Lovejoy High's 4-by-100-meter relay and also runs the 200.

USF already has one defensive back committed for 2012 in St. Petersburg safety Rayshawn Jenkins, but McWilliams would be the first cornerback in the class. The Bulls have two corners arriving this fall in Tallahassee's C.J. Garye and Valdosta's Kenneth Durden.

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 1:39pm]

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