NFL Draft lightens USF's 2008 schedule
Today is the deadline for underclassmen submitting their names for early entry in the NFL Draft, and already, there's a list of nine talented players who suddenly won't be playing against USF in 2008.
Three Bulls opponents -- Kansas, West Virginia and Louisville -- have lost two key players to the draft, and Rutgers avoided being a fourth when safety Courtney Greene said Monday he won't be joining running back Ray Rice in this year's draft.
Kansas loses super-corner Aqib Talib and tackle Anthony Collins, West Virginia loses running back Steve Slaton and receiver Darius Reynaud, Louisville loses linebacker Lamar Myles and receiver Mario Urrutia (perhaps the single most questionable early-entry call I've seen) and UCF loses running back Kevin Smith. Doesn't mean as much, but Syracuse receiver Taj Smith is also off to the pros.
USF, meanwhile, has consistently been able to keep its underclassmen on campus, with the lone exception of Shurron Pierson. Defensive end George Selvie, already talked about as a potential first-rounder after just his sophomore season, would make sense as an early-entry guy if his junior year is anything like the 2007 season that made him a consensus All-American.
-- Palm Beach Post had it first, but the South Florida Sun-Sentinel also has a short story on Palm Beach Gardens offensive lineman Justin Green committing to USF. Odd that Palm Beach County would have as many USF commitments (3) as Pinellas and more than Hillsborough (2).
-- Greg Gregory Watch: We told you Monday that Virginia defensive coordinator Mike London, a Richmond alum who coached there three seasons, reportedly interviewed with the Spiders on Monday. Well according to Virginia TV station WCAV, The Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins also interviewed Monday. Higgins has no obvious ties to Richmond (I will point out he coached at my dad's alma mater, Lehigh). Gregory continues to be mentioned as a candidate, and as quickly as Richmond is moving, we should know in the next day or two if he'll get an interview. The Richmond Times-Dispatch said a new coach could be named this week.
-- NBCSports.com's John Walters, breaking down the top 25 nonconference football games for 2008, has the Bulls not just once but twice, with the USF-Kansas game ranked 15th and the final USF-UCF tilt in Orlando at No. 21.
-- Draft update: ESPN.com's Mel Kiper has updated his "Big Board" -- that's "Insider" premium content, as a warning -- and without specific explanation, former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins has dropped from No. 8 to No. 16, the second-largest drop in Kiper's latest update. Kiper still has Jenkins as his No. 1 cornerback, however. ESPN.com's Todd McShay has Jenkins No. 13 on his overall board, with two undecided underclassmen ranked ahead of him. McShay, incidentally, has UCF running back Kevin Smith projecting as a third-round pick.
-- Basketball recruiting? Why not? New name to drop in, though I don't know how seriously to take this: The Daily Advertiser -- as honest a newspaper name as I've heard -- has a story out of Louisiana that USF is (barely) in the mix for 6-foot-10 Emmanuel Adeife, a center out of Fort Lauderdale who has already been to three schools in two and a half years, bouncing from Houston to a Florida juco to UNLV, where he was dismissed from the team in November. Looks like he's headed to Louisiana-Lafayette as a midyear transfer. ...