Missouri player on Famous: 'Flabbergasted'
If you were surprised that USF pulled off a recruiting coup by getting a commitment Monday from junior college center Jarrid Famous, apparently you're not the only one.
This Missouri fan blog, writing at length about disbelief that USF could beat Mizzou for Famous, writes that Tigers freshman forward Kim English updated his Facebook.com status to say he was "flabbergasted" that Missouri would lose out to the Bulls.
"The fact is, the Bulls are miserable," the Missouri blogger later writes. "... He will get no exposure playing in the lowly obscurity that is USF basketball."
There's a "University of Southern Florida" reference in there, too. Lots more reaction from other Famous suitors: This Villanova blog, reporting Famous' decision, asks "Am I crazy to think South Florida could be dancing next year?" ... The news even registered with the New York Daily News' Dick "Hoops" Weiss, who called Famous "the most attractive big post prospect in the area." ...
-- Other notes: Croatian center Sandi Marcius, who visited USF this past weekend, enjoyed the trip, according to Delray Brooks, his coach at La Lumiere School in Indiana. Brooks said Marcius is done taking visits and will choose between USF, Purdue and SMU, sometime in the next week or two.
-- NFL Draft is now five days away, and Mel Kiper's latest four-round mock draft at ESPN.com has former USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie going in the fourth round to the Saints. Big East first-rounder? Rutgers WR Kenny Britt goes 22nd to the Vikings, UConn RB Donald Brown goes 23rd to the Patriots and Louisville C Eric Wood goes 32nd to the Steelers. Kiper has five Big East players in the second round, most notably West Virginia quarterback Pat White, who he has going as a receiver to the Patriots.
-- ESPN.com also has deep positional rankings for the draft, and you'd be surprised which Bull has the highest position ranking after McKenzie. It's kicker Justin Teachey, rated as the No. 15 kicker in the country, which won't translate to any kind of draft pick, but puts him far ahead of any other Bulls -- next would be receiver Taurus Johnson, which ESPN rates as the No. 33 receiver in the class.
-- Rivals.com's David Fox writes about Jim Leavitt's spring-game sprint to open a story on schools trying to do more things to promote spring games.
-- More Rivals.com: Tom Dienhart makes the obligatory list of the nation's top 30 coaches. Jim Leavitt is No. 27 and fellow Big East coaches check in at No. 8 (Brian Kelly), No. 20 (Randy Edsall) and No. 23 (Greg Schiano). Fun conversation starter, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a single story kissing up to so many people at once.