Holtz has high hopes for new USF transfers
Wednesday's news conference was USF coach Skip Holtz's first chance to comment publicly on all of his post-signing day additions, and he's been busy this summer, adding five scholarship transfers. Only two -- junior college receiver T.J. Knowles and East Carolina fullback/tight end Kevin Gidrey -- can play this fall, but here are his thoughts on how all five came to USF:
Kevin Gidrey, FB/TE, ECU (eligible immediately, one year): "Kevin Gidrey is a young man that played for us the last three years at East Caroilna. He had redshirted there. He's a good student, has done very well academically. When the new offense came in, they don't utilitze the tight end, and he's a young man who was kind of out in the cold. I had talked to (ECU athletic director) Terry Holland on the phone about the whole process and what we were trying to do is help the young man. There have been a lot of other (ECU) people that maybe have expressed a desire to leave, but this was one I felt strongly about because I think this was in the best interests of the young man."
T.J. Knowles, WR, Saddleback (Ca.) College (eligible immediately, three years): "He's a junior college receiver that we got on probably the earliest of all of these. Knowing some of our needs that we had, with A.J. Love getting hurt in the spring game, we knew immediately we've got to go get some help. That's a position of need for us right now. Sterling Griffin getting (hurt) certainly didn't help the situation. He's a young man, he's a 6-8, 235-pound wide receiver who has great size. He's a guy we're bringing in to try to create some immediate help for us. I keep saying it's going to be like drinking through a fire hose for a guy like that, with all the information that's going to be thrown at him as he's trying to get to know the players and everything else. I think that's a great pickup and a great situation for us right now."
Darrell Scott, RB, Colorado (sitting out 2010, two years left) and Dontae Aycock, RB, Auburn (sitting out 2010, three years left): "We had a number of players. I'm going to use an off-the-cuff number of probably 20 people request the desire to transfer here with permission granted. You research every one of them to see if there's merit, what position do they play, what holes do we have. You take (Mike) Ford and (Jamar) Taylor out of the mix, and Mo Plancher is going to be a senior and Aston Samuels, that's four running backs out of the mix right now, and that's why running back was kind of a priority with where we are. Not necessarily for this year, because you have Mo Plancher and some of the young guys in (Demetris) Murray and (Bradley) Battles and Joel Miller, but it was something (for 2011). I thought Darrell Scott, obviously a tremendous talent coming out of high school, he had ties to this area, has family in this area, and when he was looking to leave, it was something that we got together, were very honest and upfront with each other. This was not a big recruiting game for any of these guys. It was much more matter of fact: You've already been through the recruiting process. We've just got to get this right. Both Darrell Scott and (Dontae) Aycock were in that boat. They requested information from us, to talk to us. We researched it and got more and more excited about it, and that's why I think it worked so well. Not only did we want them here, but they want to be here and there's a position of need for them."
Spencer Boyd, WR, Notre Dame (sitting out 2010, four years left): "He contacted us through a release, that he had some interest in South Florida, had interest in coming close to home (in Cape Coral). We sat down, looked at it, he's primarily been a defensive back. We looked at it and said, 'You know, he's a guy who can obviously help us at other positions like wide receiver, with some of the needs we had there."
"They're all their own story, but I think all five have a chance to help this team, not only maybe some of them this year, but others definitely from the longterm standpoint, we think can really help create some depth on this football team and make me feel much better about the future of where we're going."