Recruiting: Lamar working on cousin Mitchell
Freshman running back Lindsey Lamar has in one year gone from recruit to recruiter, helping the Bulls as they try to convince his first cousin, Hillsborough High cornerback Terrence Mitchell to stay at home much the same way Lamar did in signing with USF last year.
"We're real close," Lamar said. "He's coming to us (for an official visit) next weekend, and I'm going to be his host. I'm just trying to help him know what's best for him."
Lamar said Mitchell, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 5 cornerback and the No. 84 overall prospect in the nation, is visiting Illinois this weekend and has already visited Tennessee and Georgia, with FSU as another strong contender.
Lamar has played sparingly as a true freshman, rushing for 177 yards and two touchdowns, but said the experience of playing this fall will help him next season. With starter Mo Plancher set to graduate, Lamar will be in competition with several other returning backs next spring for a larger role.
"It's been a good year, a good start," Lamar said. "I enjoyed the traveling experience, the road experience. I'm proud of the year I've had. I've learned a lot, and it'll be easier in my sophomore year to pick up the game faster. I'm ready for the next game at UConn. "
Lamar said it would be the first time in his life he's seen snow if it does in Connecticut -- Weather.com is calling for a low of 31 degrees on Saturday night, when the Bulls and Huskies have an 8 p.m. kickoff.
Lamar said he intends to run track for USF this spring, both in the 100 meters and as part of the Bulls' 4-by-100-meter relay, alongside fellow freshman football player Derrick Hopkins.