Recruiting: Bulls get LB, DB from Pearl River
Want a silver lining in USF's third consecutive loss? The Bulls picked up a pair of junior college oral commitments over the weekend in linebacker Kion Wilson and defensive back Theo Wilson, according to their coach at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.
Kion Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound recruit from Jacksonville's Raines High, is a four-star recruit according to Scout.com, making him the highest-rated commitment in USF's current class. He'll graduate from Pearl River in December, allowing him to join the Bulls in January with two years of eligibility.
"It's a good one for them, but they have a good program, so that shouldn't surprise people," Tim Hatten said.
Theo Wilson (no relation), 5-11 and 195 pounds, was a standout quarterback at Dunedin in 2004 but is most likely a defensive back at USF. We first mentioned his recruitment back in July, and he's played a little of everything at Pearl River, working at quarterback, receiver, running back and returning kicks. Hatten said USF is still recruiting receiver Roger Frazier (a high school teammate of Matt Grothe) and safety Brandon Burns from PRCC's current sophomore class.
Theo Wilson was also drawing interest from West Virginia and Alabama, while Kion was considering Miami, Mississippi and Alabama. The two pledges, who both made campus visits this weekend, give USF 17 commitments for the 2008 class, including two previous signees who have now qualified and will enroll in January. One can count toward last year's class, so there's room for nine more commitments within the 25-player class limit.
-- Injury update: Receivers Amarri Jackson (knee), Taurus Johnson (ankle) and Dontavia Bogan (hip) did not practice, though Bogan was just "sore," coach Jim Leavitt said. Jackson is walking with a limp, while Johnson seems farther along, starting to run but not making any turns or cuts yet. Running back Ben Williams was held out with a sore ankle, but that isn't likely to sideline him from Saturday's game at Syracuse.
Guard Matt Huners made his season debut Saturday after missing eight games recovering from knee surgery, and Leavitt said he's competing for a starting role.
"Everything's up in the air on the offensive line right now," Leavitt said. "I wasn't real happy with how we played on the offensive line. We didn't play very good."
Tackle Walt Walker is not yet participating with the offensive line. Not sure if it's injury-related, but freshman Jeremiah Warren, who is redshirting this season, was lined up as the second-team right guard, while freshman Sampson Genus, who has played this season, is now working with the third line.
-- MInor roster update: Quarterback Matt Piloto, the true freshman walk-on from Englewood Lemon Bay, has decided not to continue with football. He hasn't practiced with the team in several weeks, but is expected to stay at USF as a student. His departure leaves four quarterbacks on roster: starter Matt Grothe, backup Grant Gregory, senior Anthony Severino and true freshman Alton Voss, who is redshirting.
-- Forgot to mention this over the weekend, but I was able to speak briefly with Lee Roy Selmon before Saturday's game. I asked him if his increased financial stake in the chain of restaurants that bears his name would have any impact on his responsibilities with athletic fund-raising at USF. His answer: "None whatsoever." Shouldn't change his daily schedule at all.
-- More than two months after defensive end Woody George was arrested, the state attorney's office decided last week to pursue a felony charge of third-degree grand theft, relating to a parking boot that had been placed on George's vehicle in a campus parking lot in August. It's still possible the charge could be lessened or dropped if George can pay restitution for the boot, which is valued at $450. He faces an arraignment later this month. After starting last season, George has been USF's top backup at both defensive end positions this year.