Recruiting: 3 USF targets commit elsewhere
There's been a bit of a flurry of local commitments in recruiting, though they're not going in USF's direction -- first, Frostproof cornerback Nickell Robey committed to Georgia after having the Bulls in his top two, and then Lakeland quarterback Jarred Haggins, who was considering USF, committed to Florida State.
Family played a role in both decisions -- Haggins' uncle Odell is Florida State's defensive line coach, and Robey's cousin is Carlton Thomas, a sophomore at Georgia who also starred at Frostproof.
A third Bulls target, Dunnellon's Terrence Brooks, also committed to FSU, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.
-- More recruiting -- the Orlando Sentinel is ramping up its recruiting coverage, and Bill Buchalter already has his top 100 state prospects for the Class of 2011 -- those are rising juniors. Plant's James Wilder Jr. tops the list, and a recruit we told you about last week, Punta Gorda Charlotte running back Mike Bellamy, is ranked fourth. I feel old seeing that Wonderful Terrific Monds III of Fort Pierce is on the list -- I covered his dad with the Durham Bulls back in the 90s.
-- The Big East is expected to announce next week that the conference baseball tournament will remain at Clearwater's Bright House Field for the next two years. The eight-team tournament has been in Clearwater for three of the past four seasons, with Louisville winning the last two conference crowns. Next year's tournament will be held May 26-30, with USF again as the host school.