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Recruiting notes, and the skunk is delicious



What's recruiting coverage without a little name-dropping? My Pinellas readers will remember the name from a few years back: Theo Wilson, once a standout dual-threat quarterback at Dunedin. In 2003, he made our All-Suncoast team as a junior, and he totaled 50 touchdowns passing and running in his last two years with the Falcons. Google him and you find words like "electrifying" and "terrific" and so on.

He didn't graduate from Dunedin until 2006, however, spent last year at Southwest Mississippi Community College and is now ready to make a splash at -- where else? -- Pearl River Community College, also in Mississippi. Wilson, 5-11 and 205 pounds, is likely a receiver on the college level, but he's been a USF target for years, and coach Tim Hatten said Tuesday he expects the Bulls to offer Wilson a scholarship.

"Every time I run into Jim Leavitt, he says 'Coach, when Theo gets his AA, we'll take him in a heartbeat,'" Dunedin coach Mark Everett said Tuesday.

-- Just to balance out a steady stream of July optimism: a blogger at, a Michigan site, picks USF to finish sixth in the Big East, going 6-6 overall. He does like "Taurus Jackson" and talks about the defense being the "lynch pin" of the team. But he titles his piece "2007 Misguided and Misinformed Preview of the Big East," so who am I to criticize?

-- Those of you who are actually Times subscribers (of course, all of you are subscribers, no?) should check out Sunday's paper for a chance to win a trip to USF's football game at Auburn. I know this not because I work for the Times, but because I'm mooching off the free wireless at the Panera Bread off Fowler Avenue, and there's a sign there teasing the promotion. For all I know, they might be giving away the opportunity to write a USF-Auburn game story in my place. Times are tough.

-- An actual conversation overheard here at Panera, just because I wanted to share:

Customer, intrigued by a bakery sample: "What is this?"

Panera worker with Southern accent: "A scone."

Customer, looking a bit confused: "A skunk?"

Panera worker, enunciating better: "No, a scone."

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