LB Spires done with classes at Pearl River
Linebacker Donte Spires, the former Plant star who has twice signed with USF, has completed classes at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi and is "ready to roll" at USF, Pearl River coach Tim Hatten said last week.
Spires, who could compete for a starting outside linebacker job this fall, is back in Tampa but has not yet enrolled in any summer classes at USF. And he'll have to have enough transferrable credits to be eligible at USF, where he would be a redshirt sophomore this fall. But it's an encouraging update on a key recruit who could contribute right away if everything works out for him.
A few more Pearl River updates: Hatten said former USF signee Leslie Stirrups has been a "model citizen" in completing his first semester of classes. The former Hillsborough High defensive tackle will play at Pearl River this fall, and perhaps in 2008, with plans of returning to USF after getting his associate of arts degree. USF has two other athletes placed at Pearl River: defensive lineman Craig Marshall, who redshirted last fall and will play this season, hoping to return to USF for the 2008 season, and receiver Roger Frazier, a high school teammate of Matt Grothe's at Lake Gibson and a juco All-American in 2005 who will play this fall with hopes of getting to USF in 2008 as well.
I can offer up a new name as the next potential ride on the Pearl River-USF pipeline: linebacker Kion Wilson, a rising sophomore from Jacksonville Raines who has already been offered by the Bulls and has taken a liking to defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, Hatten said. He's also been offered by Mississippi and Mississippi State and will surely land more suitors by fall. You'll find him on some of the recruiting databases as "Keon Williams" -- in their defense, that's how he's listed on Pearl River's 2006 roster. I'm not saying you have to have a kid's first and last name spelled right, but one or the other's always nice to see.