Junior college tackle Bass will sign with USF
Junior college offensive tackle Jamar Bass, who intended to enroll last month at Illinois, said he will instead sign with USF on Wednesday.
Rhoades said that Bass had "some academic issues that didn't allow him to get in at Illinois," according to Rion Rhoads, his coach at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Bass is taking classes at Hutchinson this spring that will allow him to attend USF in the fall. Rhoades said Bass is 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds -- a little larger than we've previously reported -- and played left tackle for Hutchinson.
Offensive line is a priority for USF's recruiting efforts because the Bulls lost four senior starters from the 2008 team. Bass, who is from Apopka, joins another junior college tackle, Carlos Savala, as potential new starters at tackle, along with former FSU tackle Daron Rose, who plans to be at USF this fall.
Rhoades mentioned another familiar name he expects to be at USF a year from now: Offensive lineman Justin Green, who committed to the Bulls a year ago but was not accepted by USF's academic committee. Green redshirted this past fall at Hutchinson, and Rhoades said he'll play this fall and should complete his associate of arts degree in time to sign with USF in 2010 and join the Bulls with three years of eligibility.