Manatee QB is Bulls' first 2010 commitment
As the Bulls continue preparations for next week's St. Petersburg Bowl, USF picked up its first oral commitment toward the 2010 recruiting class from Brion Carnes, a junior quarterback at Bradenton Manatee.
"I can bring a lot to the table," said Carnes, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. "I can run the ball, though I'm known more for passing. My accuracy is getting better and I want to keep working on that, and getting in the weight room."
Carnes, a third-year starter, has been timed with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, according to Manatee coach Joe Kinnan. He's also quick enough to run on Manatee's 4x100 sprint relay.
"He has a great arm, and is very athletic," Kinnan said. "A lot of schools have been down to see him, but he likes USF and wants to stay close to home."
Carnes -- his first name is pronounced "BREE-on" -- is close friends with USF freshman safety Jerrell Young and calls him his brother, though there is no actual blood relation.
"We talk all the time, and I go to their practices a lot. Coach (Jim) Leavitt and (recruiting coordinator) Coach (Carl) Franks have shown me a lot of love when I've been up there. I felt like I was home, and I knew that was the right place for me."
Carnes said he chose the Bulls over scholarship offers from Louisville and Clemson, with Oregon and Florida State among the other schools showing interest. His raw speed could translate to other positions, but he said he'll be a quarterback in college.
Carnes said he'll quickly go from recruit to recruiter, trying to convince his cousin and top target, junior receiver Tracy "Ace" Sanders, to join him with the Bulls. Sanders already has scholarship offers from USF, Auburn, Clemson and several other Division I-A programs.