Quick thoughts from USF's SuperBull
Spent a few hours at Raymond James Stadium tonight, taking in the "SuperBull" recruiting camp, which brought about 85 prospects from across the state and even farther in some cases. Lots of big names on hand, including some of the top targets for USF's 2010 recruiting class. I'll have more Sunday night or Monday -- not going to spend much time blogging on Father's Day, and wishing a happy Sunday to all the dads reading out there ...
-- I can't report any new commitments right now, but I think the folks over at USFnation.com should have one. I'll follow up as soon as I'm able to confirm ...
-- Two of the biggest recruits in attendance were from Tampa Catholic: quarterback Christian Green and offensive lineman Chaz Green. I talked to Christian and will get a Q&A up in the next day or so, but he looked sharp working as a quarterback -- he counts USF among six schools he's considering, with Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio State. He said he sees himself as a receiver in college, but said USF is recruiting him as a quarterback and he's intrigued by how he could fit into USF's offense. He's grown up in Tampa as a USF season-ticket holder, his father Hiram played basketball for the Bulls and continues to work at USF, and his godfather is Lee Roy Selmon, so there's a near-ideal level of familiarity with USF athletics. He said he hopes to make a decision by end of summer, but doesn't want to rush things. More on him to come.
-- Most impressive kid I talked to might be Gibbs defensive end Tim Jackson, who went to Florida International's camp at Largo High on Saturday morning then came over with several teammates. Jackson's a real strong kid academically, said he had a 3.7 grade-point average and a 1620 on the SAT -- that's with three sections, not two as in olden times, but still a strong score. Consider the academic caliber of the schools he has offers from: Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Wake Forest. Jackson said he'll take all five of his visits and won't make a decision until after football season. He had 42 tackles and eight sacks last season -- he too is someone we'll be writing more about.
-- Talked to Bradenton Manatee QB Brion Carnes, who has been listed with varying levels of commitment to USF. He said he considers himself a USF commitment: "South Florida is my No. 1 school," but said he's getting a lot of contact from other schools, listing Clemson, West Virginia and Georgia. He's talked with Jim Leavitt about his interest in listening to other options -- again, I'll post a full transcript in the next day or two ... His top target, receiver Ace Sanders, was also in attendance, showcasing some of the best speed in the event, and Carnes said he's trying to get Sanders to USF, but his recruitment remains wide-open.
-- Two intriguing quarterbacks in attendance: One is a QB/TE recruit named Zach McCabe, all the way from Sioux City, Iowa. Kid has great size -- he's drawing scholarship offers in basketball as a forward -- and while he had a TE jersey on, he looked sharp working with the quarterbacks. Another passer who didn't seem to throw a bad pass was a kid named Akeem Jones, who seemed impressive before I found out he's a rising freshman. Yep, that's the recruiting class of 2013. Literally hasn't decided where he'll play football this fall, but I hear that St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale is a possibility. Remember the name, folks, remember the name.
-- Coolest drill I saw? Offensive coordinator Mike Canales stands at the middle of the field and has the quarterback backpedal along the yard-line, clear to the sidelines. As the QB backpedals, Canales holds up one hand and keeps changing the number of fingers he's holding up, making the quarterback call out the numbers: "1 ... 4 ... 2 ... 5." You're talking about like a 15-step drop, but shows a passer's ability to read something on the run.
-- Advice for anyone showing up at a USF practice: Don't wear another school's apparel. Leavitt doesn't take kindly to guests proudly displaying other team's colors, especially with a ton of recruits around. Guy showed up tonight with a red Ohio State shirt on, and was politely encouraged to turn it inside-out.
-- Again, lots more to come from tonight, with plenty to follow up on. Again, a big shoutout to all the dads out there. I'll be back late Sunday or first thing Monday morning ...