More recruiting: Bulls looking into 6-9 shooter
Just when you think Stan Heath is done with recruiting for this season, there's another name popping up as a possibility for the Bulls' last available scholarship. It's still early in the process, but USF called last week to request tape on Gokhan Sirin, a 6-foot-9, 208-pound forward from St. Mary's Ryken Prep in Leonardtown, Md.
Sirin, originally from Istanbul, Turkey, would be a small forward on the college level, because his strongest asset is perimeter shooting -- he hit 47 3-pointers this season in averaging 12.3 points per game, according to the Washington Post. St. Mary's Ryken coach Matt Tallman went so far as to compare him to former West Virginia guard Alex Ruoff.
Tallman -- like he doesn't get that joke every day -- said that Sirin has scholarship offers from Georgetown, Charlotte and Loyola (Md.), but is interested in USF and likes the idea of going to college in a warm climate while playing in the Big East. As of Monday, Tallman hadn't heard from USF since they'd requested footage of this past season, but he said they could still be in the mix if they wanted to be.
St. Mary's Ryken actually played in Tampa this past season in the Tampa Hoops Classic, but Tallman said Sirin didn't play well in the tournament. He finished the season strong enough that he's drawing interest from major-conference programs, but nearly three weeks into the spring signing period, most top-level talents have already signed on with other programs.
-- Cool video from Saturday's Class 2A high school track championships, where three future USF football players helped Miami Monsignor Pace to a state title. If you liked the explosive finish to Saturday's Kentucky Derby, check out the end of the 4x400 relay at the start of this video -- Pace is a full 10 strides behind the lead entering the last leg, but future USF receiver Sterling Griffin makes up a huge amount of ground in the final quarter-lap. If you fast-forward (kids, ask your parents what that means) to the 23-minute mark, you can see Pace's 4x100 winning relay celebrating the fastest prep time in the nation this year.
-- We've told you how three members of that Pace 4x100 relay are coming to USF, but could the Bulls get all four? The fourth sprinter, senior Jeffrey Allen, is trying to follow his teammates to Tampa. Pace track coach Pearson Sutton said Monday that Allen was hoping to get to USF as well, either on a track or football scholarship. If he's part of the football team (he played cornerback at Pace), he can't be on a track scholarship, and football is already three scholarships over its limit, so the most viable option would be him coming to USF as a sprinter only. Sutton said Middle Tennessee and Alabama State are also pursuing Allen to play football.
-- Pace's record-setting 4x100 relay isn't done running together -- Sutton said his sprinters are committed to running in two elite events -- the Golden South Classic meet in Orlando on May 30 and the Nike Outdoor Nationals meet in Greensboro, N.C., on June 18.