Naples kicker Kloss may walk on with Bulls
Marvin Kloss, a kicker from Naples Barron Collier who made an official visit to USF two weeks ago but did not get a scholarship offer, is considering walking on with the Bulls, his high school coach said.
"He has the idea that he's going to kick in state of Florida for a BCS school," said Barron Collier coach Mark Ivey, who talked with USF coach Skip Holtz on Friday. "He's an unbelieveable kicker, and wherever he goes, within a year or two, he's going to be a starter. He likes South Florida very, very much."
Kloss, rated as the nation's No. 1 kicker by the Kornblue Kicking School, is also talking with Florida about walking on with the Gators and may visit the Gainesville campus next weekend, Ivey said. Kloss' grades are strong enough that he'll qualify for the Bright Futures Scholarship at either school.
USF will have three kicking specialists on scholarship this fall -- sophomore Maikon Bonani, the team's primary kicker in 2008, and sophomore Justin Brockhaus-Kann and true freshman Chris Veron, who will compete for the punting job. The Bulls also have senior walk-on Eric Schwartz, who excelled in stepping in for the injured Bonani this past season. Kloss' leg is strong enough that he could compete for kickoff duties, even as a freshman walk-on.
You can see highlights of Kloss here on Youtube.com.
-- USF freshmen Lindsey Lamar and Derrick Hopkins will compete in the indoor 60-meter dash tonight at Penn State -- you can check here for live stats, with prelims starting at 5 p.m. Lamar is in position to post an NCAA qualifying mark, having already registered the fastest time in the Big East this season.
-- Here's a name from the past -- Chris DeArmas, who signed with USF in 2005 but quit the team after just four practices, has resurfaced five years later, signing with Arizona State. DeArmas most recently played at El Camino College in California.