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QB Carnes picks W. Kentucky, will face USF



Another twist in the recruitment of Bradenton Manatee quarterback Brion Carnes, as one day after having his scholarship offer pulled by USF, the recruit made a commitment during an official visit to sign Wednesday with Western Kentucky, according to the Bradenton Herald.


Why would Carnes, who visited Nebraska last week, choose a Sun Belt school that went 0-12 in 2009 and has lost its last 20 games? It could be any number of reasons -- the Hilltoppers' new coach, Willie Taggart, is a Manatee alumnus, and being in a smaller conference would logically make it easier for Carnes to play. The Hilltoppers' starting quarterback last year was a freshman, however, so he'll have to unseat a returning starter. Carnes hasn't posted a qualifying test score yet, and if that doesn't change, he would have an easier time enrolling at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers come to Tampa on Sept. 25 to face USF at Raymond James Stadium.

Carnes had been the first player to commit to USF for the 2010 class, though after the firing of Jim Leavitt, he had reopened his recruitment and made visits to other schools. USF coach Skip Holtz's decision to withdraw the scholarship offer isn't being received well in Bradenton -- this column in the Herald has advice for Holtz: "You might want to start repairing those bridges you burned."

Expect a busy day with lots of updates as key players finish their final official campus visits before national signing day and announce their decisions ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:02pm]


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