Miami lineman Jose between USF, UCF
Miami Central lineman Jose Jose has been committed to USF, but took a visit this weekend to Central Florida, where at least four of his high school teammates are already set to sign, according to his coach.
"He's between South Florida and Central, caught in the middle," Central coach Telley Lockett said Monday. "If it was up to me and I was a betting man, I'd still say South Florida. He really liked his visit and everything there."
Jose was scheduled to play Saturday in the "Team USA vs. The World" showcase game in Fort Lauderdale, which was shown on NFL Network, but Lockett said Jose was sick and the game's organizers, fearing he had strep throat, didn't want him getting other players sick, so he didn't play. Instead, Lockett said he visited UCF, which already has commitments from Central QB Jeffrey Godfrey, WR Josh Reese, DB Jamar McClain and DL LeBrandon Richardson.
UPDATE: 11:30 -- Talked again to Lockett, and he says RB Brandon Gainer visited UCF but has not decided. Still choosing between UCF, USF, North Carolina and Kentucky. Still no word on Jose.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Richardson committed to UCF Saturday at the same game Jose was supposed to attend, and Gainer was supposed to be visiting UCF over the weekend. If Jose sticks to his USF commitment, he'll do it despite being surrounded by future Knights.
This could go one of two ways, given the dynamics of USF's recruiting in the past week -- the Bulls, seeing a commitment take a visit elsewhere, could pull his scholarship offer, or if they value him enough, could make a late phone call (there are no more in-person visits before Wednesday's signing day) to try to keep him on board.
USF already has four commitments from offensive linemen -- New Jersey's Jake Kaufman, Alabama's Quinterrius Eatmon, Belle Glade's Tony Kibler and Lakewood Ranch's Austin Reiter (who enrolled for spring classes).