Immokalee coach: WR Richardson not USF-bound
Immokalee receivers Tshumbi Johnson and Xavier Richardson were USF's first commitments for the 2013 class back in February, but neither are in USF's future plans, Indians coach Jerrod Ackley confirmed Friday.
Ackley said that USF's previous coaching staff, under Skip Holtz, had dropped both players during the season due to academic concerns, and Willie Taggart's staff has not inquired about either. Johnson is now "firmly" committed to playing at Cincinnati with improved test scores, he said, while the 6-foot-4 Richardson is now focusing on playing college basketball.
"They told me pretty early they were dropping Tshumbi and Xavier, I would say end of September," said Ackley, who has a policy of not discussing recruiting with reporters during his team's run to the state championship game and returned a call from the Times on Friday.
Johnson, a high school quarterback recruited by USF to play receiver, has made his interest in the Bearcats clear in his Twitter.com postings. Richardson has remained listed as a USF commitment on all major recruiting sites.
USF has remained in contact with Ackley about other talented members of his senior class -- top defensive tackle Deadrin Senat is still considering the Bulls, he said, and assistant Ray Woodie has inquired about twins Mackensie and Mackenro Alexander -- Mackensie is a coveted four-star cornerback prospect with a strong list of offers, while Mackenro is a safety.
"I would be shocked if Mackensie and Mackenro ended up there, but I'll also tell you, with Mackensie, nothing would shock me," he said.