Near-complete: Bulls' class now at 27 ...
We won't be able to talk to USF coach Jim Leavitt until 4 p.m., but USF's incoming recruiting class is nearly complete, with 27 confirming signings now and just junior college linebacker Jacquian Williams remaining. (Photo, left, of signee Adaris Bellamy, submitted by Kit Ewing)
USF has confirmed all but the three from Miami Pace -- receivers Derrick Hopkins and Sterling Griffin and, in a huge coup, cornerback Kayvon Webster -- and I've gotten independent confirmation on those.
"It felt good, with all my family and friends there," Hopkins said of his ceremony in the school cafeteria. "I've known Kayvon for four years, known Sterling for three years, so it's great that we all decided on South Florida. It's good to know all the hard work has paid off."
USF has confirmed a few others since the last posting -- running backs Adaris Bellamy and Bradley Battles, offensive lineman Kamran Joyer, quarterback/tight end Isaac Virgin, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Presuming Williams joins them -- and there's no reason to think otherwise -- you'll have a class of 29 players, including defensive tackle Anthony Hill, who joined the team last month and can officially count toward the 2008 limit.
By my count, the Bulls are seven scholarships over their limit of 85 right now, but that can be addressed through attrition (Quavon Taylor, for instance), through signees failing to qualify academically, and through grayshirts, with some signees deferring enrollment until January if necessary.
We'll have to wait to see where the national rankings shake out, but with the addition of Webster and linebacker Sam Barrington in the last 24 hours, it's easily the highest ranked class in USF history, and those two recruits add another level of intrigue to the USF-Miami rivalry in November.
-- Update on Jacquian Williams: His junior college coach, Jeff Sims, said Wednesday afternoon that Williams hadn't been by to sign his paperwork, but he expects him to sign with USF later today.