Notes: More on Boyd's transfer to USF
In one quick day, Spencer Boyd has gone from recruit to recruiter. The transfer from Notre Dame, talking Monday night about his decision to play at USF, said he's been texting a former teammate at Cape Coral High, defensive end/outside linebacker Edsel Caprice, about making the same choice he has.
Caprice is visiting USF today and will choose between the Bulls and North Carolina. Last week, he was leaning toward the Tar Heels, but Boyd said he'll do his part to keep his friend in the state of Florida.
"I know him very well, and we've been texting back and forth," Boyd said. "I'm definitely going to get in his ear about being a Bull."
Boyd had stayed quiet throughout the transfer process over the last six weeks, letting his father Scott do much of the public commenting. But speaking Monday night, Spencer said he's eager to get back to Florida and use the next year to get bigger and better, most likely as a receiver with the Bulls.
"USF was my first choice all along -- it's as close to home as I can get. It was the best decision I could have made," he said. "When I went on my visit, Coach (Skip) Holtz seemed like a great guy, and it seemed like a good fit for me."
Boyd, 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, said he'd like to get up to 185 or 190 pounds over the next year, and while USF has told him his first look will be at receiver, he said he was told "not to rule out defense completely."
"I like to make plays," said Boyd, who started his high school career more at receiver before making a name for himself as a corner in the last two years. His first game at USF will be the 2011 opener at Notre Dame.
You don't hear coaches comment much on recruits they didn't get, so interesting to read West Virginia's Bill Stewart talking to the Charleston Gazette about Boyd. Stewart said he was only interested in Boyd if he could play right away with a hardship waiver, and said that like USF, he liked Boyd as a slot receiver.
-- More notes: Collin Sherwin over at Voodoofive.com has cool video interviews from Las Vegas and the NBA summer league -- not just USF's Dominique Jones, but a candid, daiquiri-sipping Mark Cuban as well.
-- Is USF that much worse than the team that won the International Bowl in January? The Orlando Sentinel, continuing its rankings of all 120 college football teams, has Northern Illinois -- which lost 27-3 to USF in Toronto -- ranked No. 49, nine spots ahead of USF. (Don't feel that bad for the Bulls -- Georgia is No. 64 and Tennessee No. 72) ... Central Florida is still waiting for its Sentinel ranking.
-- Speaking of rankings, The Sporting News writes about USF today at No. 52 -- Dave Curtis has USF going 6-6 and finishing sixth in the Big East. And PreSnapRead.com continues its countdown -- they haven't gotten to USF yet and just unveiled Rutgers at No. 53, meaning they have the Bulls fifth or higher in the Big East.
-- USAToday.com lists the top 10 young coaches in college football -- Florida Today writer David Jones is good people -- and 46-year-old Skip Holtz is one of three Big East coaches on the list.
-- USF made it official that men's basketball is playing in a November tournament on South Padre Island in Texas, as we first reported back in February. USF gets two home games to open the tournament, then plays two in South Padre, arguably with their toughest non-conference opponents -- potentially BYU, St. Mary's or Texas Tech.