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New USF commitment could step in at left guard



USF has picked up a commitment at a key position from a familiar pipeline, getting a pledge Sunday from Chandlor Mathews, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.


Mathews, who will enroll at USF next month with two years of eligibility, played left tackle at Pearl River, but is being recruited as a potential starter at left guard, where senior Jeremiah Warren is graduating. None of USF's backups have significant college experience, so Matthews would give them a physical player with more experience to step in as one of two new o-line starters in 2012. His commitment was first reported by

Mathews chose the Bulls over offers from Pittsburgh, East Carolina and Marshall -- he's from Mobile, Ala., originally and went to high school in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Pearl River has been a consistent supplier of top talent for the Bulls, going back to linebacker Kion Wilson, defensive end Craig Marshall and receiver Theo Wilson in recent years.

Mathews should be the fifth USF commitment to enroll in January, joining grayshirt receiver Alex Mut, cornerback Chris Bivins, defensive tackle J.T. Hamilton and defensive end Eric Lee. Another potential addition, quarterback Tyler Cameron of Jupiter, recently backed out of a commitment to USF and is now expected to sign with Wake Forest.

[Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 12:18pm]


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