More midday links: Potential commitment?
Could Saturday's SuperBull recruiting event at Raymond James Stadium net a few commitments for USF? The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville has found one recruit who sounds like he's ready to commit: Jackson High receiver Marquel Wade, who also has Miami, Clemson and South Carolina among his top four suitors.
"I'm going down there Saturday, and there's a good chance I'll commit," Wade told the T-U. "They play freshmen. That's the main reason why I like them. The coaches told me I'm the player they are missing. They've said I can return kicks and get time at receiver my first year."
I talked to Jackson coach Kevin Sullivan on Thursday afternoon, and he said Wade (6-0, 175 pounds) averaged 23.9 yards per catch as a junior, finishing with 10 touchdowns on a team that went 11-1.
"He's very interested in South Florida," Sullivan said. "I think it's the location, and my relationship with the coaches there. He's probably one of the most athletic kids I've coached in my 19 years. He's just very explosive, can do something big every time he touches the ball."
-- Nobody at USF seems to endure more turnover than strength and conditioning coach Ronnie McKeefery, but he has a new assistant in Graham Anderson, who previously worked for him at USF from 2003-05.
-- Another basketball top 25: Foxsports.com's Jeff Goodman puts Villanova No. 6, Connecticut at No. 10, and West Virginia No. 13, with Notre Dame, Louisville, Georgetown, Syracuse and Seton Hall among 20 more teams to watch.
-- There's a picture of former USF receiver Jackie Chambers in a Calgary Stampeders uniform from a CFL preseason game on a Canadian radio station's site.
-- And as some of you noticed, there's a story on former USF offensive coordinator Greg Gregory in his hometown paper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
-- USF's official site has had a great parade of videos this week from Bulls players and coaches wishing a Happy Father's Day, especially to their own dads. Here's a fun one from Tommy Tonelli ...
-- Catching up with the N.Y. Times' Quad blog counting down all 120 Division I-A football teams: Florida Atlantic checks in at No. 77, Louisville is No. 76, and St. Pete Bowl opponent Memphis is No. 75.