Lake City RB Powell commits to USF for '10
I'm about two weeks behind on this, but when it comes to underclassmen making oral commitments, I'm a little more skeptical than most. Finally got to talk Wednesday morning with Tiger Powell, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back from Lake City Columbia, and he confirmed that he's committed to taking a football scholarship to USF in 2010.
"I felt at home there, felt like I knew a lot of guys there," said Powell, who is listed among Rivals.com's Top 250 prospects nationally for next year's class. "South Florida was the first school to offer me."
Powell has many ties to USF -- he played with current Bulls center Sampson Genus at Columbia, and his running backs coach at Columbia is former Bulls running back Quinton Callum. His stats are solid if not spectacular -- about 1,300 yards and 17-18 rushing touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. He also plays basketball and runs track at Columbia, running the 100 hurdles and the 4-by-100 relay, so there's a good combination of size and speed there.
He committed after visiting USF for its Junior Day event earlier this month. As is the case with Bradenton quarterback Brion Carnes, a commitment from a junior has to hold up for a long time -- remember Hillsborough's Jarred Fayson was once a USF commitment the same way.
-- How are the offensive lines looking? At Tuesday's practice, the starting line was Jake Sims at left tackle, walk-on Chaz HIne at left guard, Sampson Genus at center, Zach Hermann at right guard and Mark Popek at right tackle. Second line? Damian Edwards at left tackle, former DT Darren Powe at left guard, Kevin McCaskill at center, Mike McGowan at right guard and Danous Estenor at right tackle. Again, Josh Garvin is out sick, so he could displace one of the second-teamers.
-- First-team defense was the same as we reported Monday. Got to write down the second unit -- David Bedford and Patrick Hampton at end, Cory Grissom and Anthony Hill at tackle (Keith McCaskill didn't arrive until later and would likely take one of those spots); Donte Spires, Alonzo McQueen and Armando Sanchez at linebacker, George Baker and walk-on Dexter Baldwin at corner, Charlton Sinclair and walk-on Cameron Perkins at safety.
-- Since we press for salary information on USF coaches, available through public records law, I'm trying to push for the same information for USF coaches at their previous schools. I can report that defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, who will make $190,000 at USF, had a salary of $170,000 at Cincinnati last season. And Wally Burnham's contract at Iowa State, which pays him $275,000 this year and $300,000 in 2010, has incentives that call for a 5 percent bonus if the Cyclones play in a bowl game, escalating up to 15 percent if Iowa State plays in a BCS bowl. USF's assistants have a bonus incentive in Jim Leavitt's contract, rewarding them if the Bulls play in a bowl as well.
-- For you roster-number junkies, I have numbers for the new walk-ons: Deonte Franklin is wearing No. 30, Christopher Lane is wearing No. 23, receiver Bermanley Augustin (back out there now) is wearing No. 17 and linebacker Craig Breen is wearing the same No. 59 that another South Sumter graduate, Ben Moffitt, used to wear.
-- Former Bulls star Reggie Kohn, now head coach at Orlando Christian Prep, is a finalist for the Florida Dairy Farmers 2009 Coach of the Year. Kohn, who led Orlando Christian to a 30-2 record and the Class A state championship, is coach of the year for his class and one of six finalists for the overall award. His senior forward, Keith Clanton, who chose UCF over the Bulls last fall, is the Class A player of the year and a finalist for Mr. Basketball.