Mathies, Reaves latest to join Taggart's USF staff
TAMPA -- USF football coach Willie Taggart has added two more assistants to his staff, both known as top recruiters, with former South Carolina assistant David Reaves taking over as receivers coach and defensive line coach Eric Mathies as another addition from Taggart's Western Kentucky staff.
Reaves, who worked at IMG Academy in 2012, has recruited the Tampa area well for years -- his first coaching job was as a Tampa Catholic assistant in 2001, and he's recruited for the likes of Steve Spurrier and Lane Kiffin. He's the son of former Gators and Tampa Bay Bandits quarterback John Reaves, who still lives in Tampa.
Mathies has been Taggart's recruiting coordinator at WKU, having spent eight years coaching the Hilltoppers defensive line. His recruiting classes were rated as the Sun Belt's best in 2010 and 2011 according to Rivals.com, and second-best in 2012. One of his linemen last season, Quanterus Smith, earned All-America honors from SI.com after finishing third nationally with 12.5 sacks.
Mathies joins three other WKU assistants on the new USF staff, with offensive coordinator Walt Wells, quarterback coach Nick Sheridan and linebackers coach Ray Woodie. Another Taggart assistant at WKU, Stu Holt, is now USF's director of player personnel. Taggart retained offensive assistant Larry Scott from Skip Holtz's staff, and he's brought in former Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan and former LSU and Bucs secondary coach Ron Cooper as well. Taggart has filled all but one of his nine full-time openings on his staff.