Recruiting: Pearl River update
It's funny, perhaps, that Pearl River Community College in Mississippi has built a reputation as being a pipeline or feeder program for USF, since the Bulls have yet to actually get a player from Pearl River in the three falls I've been on the beat. That should change in the next year, perhaps in a big way.
There's two new developments in the USF-Pearl River connection, first that Roger Frazier, who was Matt Grothe's top target in their last two seasons at Lake Gibson High, will attend Pearl River starting in January, with an eye on making it to USF as a junior in 2008. Frazier, who didn't have the grades to get Division I offers out of Lake Gibson, led all junior-college receivers last year with 1,074 yards, catching 13 touchdown passes as a freshman at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. He's back home in Lakeland this fall, but will try to right himself academically at Pearl River. If he can do that, he'd be a fine addition to USF's receiving corps for what would be Grothe's final two seasons.
Speaking of the Mississippi juco juggernaut, none other than USF coach Jim Leavitt was there Thursday, talking not only to players he's already lined up such as Plant linebacker Donte Spires, but many of Pearl River's top prospects. Spires will sign with USF and transfer this summer (no, not in January) as a redshirt sophomore with three years to play. According to Pearl River coach Tim Hatten, Leavitt also spoke with former Bulls star Carlton Hill, now back at quarterback, and Pearl's two stud receivers, Larry Freeman and Demetrius Byrd, both Floridians the Bulls have a good shot at, with Freeman ready to enroll in January. A new name Hatten mentioned as drawing USF's interest: defensive end Brian Coulter, a Baton Rouge native who is one of the top speed ends available in the juco ranks.