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Hammer time: Tackle Jozwiak commits to Bulls

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Give it to Skip Holtz: He can recruit offensive linemen with cool names.

Just as the fun of Alabama lineman David "Boo" Simon committing to the Bulls was waning, USF has picked up a commitment from a 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman from Winter Haven's Lake Region High School named -- wait for it -- Thor Jozwiak.

The last name is pronounced "JOES-we-ack" and yes, he has the same first name as the hammer-wielding god of Viking lore, not to mention the movie blockbuster due out next May. It makes current Bulls center Sampson Genus seem like he might as well be named "Larry," and I could joke about how he strongly considered Norse Carolina and oh, if only he'd blocked for Mike Fjord and so on, but really, Jozwiak is a pretty good story himself, name aside.

I haven't talked with him yet -- still working on saying "Yes, may I please speak to Thor?" with a straight face -- but in talking with Lake Region coach Steve Reynolds, it sounds like another solid addition to Holtz's recruiting class of 2011.

"South Florida has a great pickup," said Reynolds, who has used Joswiak as an offensive tackle but said he's more likely to play guard at USF. "He has great feet, he's a workhorse in the weight room and a natural-born leader on the field."

What's more, he's the son of a former NFL first-round draft pick -- his father, Brian Jozwiak, was an All-American offensive lineman at West Virginia, taken in the first round of the 1986 draft by the Chiefs. Injuries would limit him to just 28 games in three NFL seasons, but his dad's revered status in Morgantown -- where Thor was born -- makes it all the more impressive that the Bulls were able to pry him away from his father's alma mater.

"I think he wants to mimic his dad," Reynolds said. "But West Virginia was still a fledgling program when his father played there, and he feels like he's in the same position at South Florida. He really feels at home there."

Reynolds rattles off a quickly growing list of offers for Jozwiak -- West Virginia, Louisville, Iowa State, North Carolina and Central Florida, he said, with Boston College expected to join the group. He said Jozwiak won't turn 18 until December, so he still has some growth left on an impressively large frame -- his dad played at 6-5, 304 pounds. He's USF's 10th commitment for the 2011 class but just the second offensive lineman, joining the aforementioned Boo.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:32pm]

    

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