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Long jumper Morse earns All-America honors



USF sophomore Mikese Morse earned All-America honors Thursday night, finishing ninth in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships in Iowa with a mark of 25 feet, 4.5 inches. He's USF's fourth male track All-American and the first since Jimmy Baxter in the high jump in 2004.

Two pole vaulters will try to join Morse as All-Americans on Friday, as Sean Young will compete in the men's final at 4:15 p.m., while Denise von Eynatten will compete in the women's final at 7:30.

-- Two redshirt freshmen who announced they were transferring from USF's football program this spring have found new homes. Defensive end Josh Smiley, who couldn't break into the end rotation last season, has landed at Bethune-Cookman, which will again have a large USF presence on its defense -- he's listed as a weakside linebacker on the Wildcats' preseason depth chart. And cornerback Dylan Douglas, a regular on special teams last season, will play at Georgia Southern, where running back Ricky Ponton enrolled in January. Both Smiley and Douglas will have three years of eligibility at their new schools.

-- Is Gus Gilchrist coming to USF for a visit this weekend? Certainly seems so. The 6-foot-9 center, granted a release from Maryland and seeking to transfer, isn't talking publicly, but his personal trainer, Terrelle Woody, said he expects to come down to Tampa with Gilchrist this weekend. Woody actually said they're taking a trip to Busch Gardens and "may stop by the campus and say 'Hi.'"

Talk to the people around Gilchrist and you get a different list of schools from everyone. Damon Handon, from his AAU program, the DC Assault, said this week he's heard it's just USF and West Virginia. Woody named USF, West Virginia and Kentucky, but said UAB has entered the fray, with coach Mike Davis talking to Gilchrist this week. "Gus liked some of the things he was staying," Woody said, but then again, he also said Gilchrist was excited about playing with guard Robert Vaden, who declared for the NBA Draft in March; Vaden has until next week to pull out of early-entry status and return for his senior year.

Woody said Gilchrist should decide "in the next week or so" because he wants to enroll in summer classes at his new school. That would bode well for USF, coming off a visit, but Woody said he expected Gilchrist to check out West Virginia and Kentucky before making a final decision.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:28pm]


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