Incoming USF football class arrives Wednesday
USF football's incoming recruiting class arrives on campus Wednesday with the second summer semester of classes starting next week, but at least two incoming freshmen say they remain in academic limbo and have not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Center Kamran Joyer of Wesley Chapel said Monday night that he hasn't been cleared by the NCAA and probably will not be at USF for summer classes, though he could get news Tuesday. Safety Ivan Nicholas of Jacksonville, the younger brother of former Bulls linebacker Stephen Nicholas, said Monday he is still awaiting test scores from a recent entrance exam and hopes those scores will allow him to meet the NCAA's requirements for initial eligibility. Once both are cleared by the NCAA, they still would have to be approved by an academic committee at USF that evaluates incoming student-athletes.
Four other players who signed with USF in February aren't expected to be with the Bulls this fall -- defensive tackle Khyri Thornton said he wasn't accepted into USF by the academic committee; he has since been released from his scholarship and has signed with Southern Miss.Running back Adaris Bellamy of Dunedin is bound for prep school in Virginia, tight end Gerard Atkins of Dixie Hollins is expected to grayshirt or defer enrollment until January, and junior college defensive back Kevin Williams said he did not have enough credit hours to be admitted for fall classes.
USF signed 29 players in February knowing only 25 could join the Bulls this fall, so much of the attrition to this year's class was anticipated by USF's coaching staff on signing day.