Receiver Murdock lands at Pearl River
Familiar name + familiar place = midsummer intrigue!
Back in spring, former Middleton receiver O.J. Murdock, having managed one catch in two seasons at South Carolina, had said he was transferring to USF. That fell through, but he's landed at a familiar place for Bulls fans: Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, where USF regularly places recruits who fail to qualify academically.
Had Murdock transferred to another Division I school, he would have had to sit out this fall, but he started classes at Pearl River this summer (with former USF signees Claude Davis, Leslie Stirrups and Craig Marshall, and Lake Gibson receiver Roger Frazier) and says he'll be eligible to transfer to a major college in January with two years of eligibility remaining.
Murdock said he hadn't ruled out USF as an option, though the Bulls were not involved in his choosing Pearl River. He said he has other schools recruiting him more intently, including Florida State and Louisville, and he has a scholarship offer from Marshall.
-- Here's a name to remember for basketball recruiting next season: Marcus Capers, a 6-foot-4 rising senior at Lake Region High near Winter Haven. He's a former AAU teammate of USF signee Dominique Jones, and recently attended a team camp at USF, leading his team to a second-place finish in its flight. He's versatile enough to play either guard positions or small forward, though at 170 pounds he'll need to put on weight. He counts USF among six schools he's considering, along with Florida State, Clemson, Illinois, Missouri and Florida Atlantic, with the Owls as his only offer thus far.
-- Talk about a huge football prospect: Count USF in the mix for defensive tackle Terrence Cody, a 6-foot-6, 385-pound rising sophomore at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. "He has a lot of the big boys on him," MGCCC coach Steven Campbell said, starting his list with Florida State, LSU and Clemson. Cody is from Riverdale High in Fort Myers, an area where USF has fared well in recent years. MGCCC, by the way, is where 2006 USF signee Alwan Lee spent last fall, redshirting after an injury. He's not there anymore, though I should be able to track him down in the next day or two. ...
-- One baseball note. USF's official release said four Bulls players were drafted, but that neglected to mention lefty Davis Bilardello, drafted by the Cardinals in the 43rd round, higher than all but one of his teammates. Bilardello, who left the Bulls with about a month left in the season, has already signed and made his debut at the team's spring training complex in Jupiter, striking out the side Wednesday in his one-inning debut. Bilardello's father, Dann, a major-league catcher for eight seasons, is the Cardinals' minor-league catching coordinator.