Juco lineman Green not part of USF's plans
Junior college offensive lineman Justin Green, who had been considered a USF commitment under coach Jim Leavitt, has been told he is not in USF's plans under new coach Skip Holtz, his junior college coach said.
"The South Florida deal is different with the coaching change," said Rion Rhoades, head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, who said his offensive line coach was notified by USF of the change in plans. "He's not going to sign with anyone on signing day."
Green has been hopeful of completing his associate of arts degree in time to enroll for the fall semester at a four-year school, but Rhoades said he has "work to do" to complete his degree as scheduled. Green has been linked to USF since 2008, when he committed to the Bulls but was not accepted by the school's academic committee, which reviews incoming recruits.
Holtz has cut ties with several USF recruits who previously tried to enroll with the Bulls, but failed to qualify academically. Former signee Josh Bellamy had a chance to sign with USF, but the school warned him not to take visits elsewhere; he's now expected to sign with Louisville. Former FSU tackle Daron Rose, who intended to sign with USF out of junior college, had not heard from USF coaches and will now choose between New Mexico and Division II North Alabama.
Green remains listed as a USF commitment on both major recruiting sites, which rated him as a three-star recruit, so the Bulls' class will drop slightly in the national rankings once he's removed from their lists.