Greetings from Newport: Landi embracing senior role
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Greetings from Rhode Island, where the Big East hosts its annual preseason football media gathering, starting with tonight's big clambake at the Eisenhower House.
Tomorrow's Times previews the big day with a feature on tight end Evan Landi, one of four seniors representing the Bulls here in Newport and part of a huge senior class loaded with experienced leaders.
We'll have updates from the clambake later -- can anyone in USF's party uphold the high lobster expectations set last year by Jeremiah Warren? Those answers and more are coming, with tons of notes tomorrow as well.
RECRUITING: Another name to keep an eye on: Amari Williams, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa, is making an unofficial visit to USF on Friday and is hoping to land a scholarship offer from the Bulls.
Williams graduates in January, which would allow him to enroll in January and have the spring to learn USF's offense, which will lose three key tight ends in seniors Evan Landi, Andreas Shields and Jeff Hawkins. Williams is from Daytona Beach and played high school ball with USF guard Lawrence Martin at Mainland High. Ellsworth is best known to Bulls fans as where safety Mistral Raymond played before he came to USF.
Williams led Ellsworth with four touchdown receptions in 2011, catching 16 passes for 314 yards in seven games.