Recruiting: QB Gunsby officially commits to USF
He'd told us three days ago he intended to commit on his official visit, so it's no surprise that Jamius "Jay" Gunsby, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback from LaGrange, Ga., told USF coaches he will be signing with the Bulls on Wednesday.
"The coaches were so warm, made you feel welcome there," Gunsby said. "I felt like this was the place I needed to be. It was my kind of environment. I'm very excited."
More on Gunsby -- his high school coach, Steve Pardue, says Florida recruited Gunsby "really heavy" and as a quarterback -- "nobody has looked at him as anything other than a quarterback," he said.
If you're counting, Sunday's commitments from Gunsby and safety Reshard Cliett give USF 13 commitments by my count, in addition to the four players who enrolled for spring classes. A few more notes ...
-- One that got away from USF was Gainesville cornerback Devont'a Davis, whose visit was cut short by a family emergency, forcing him to leave Saturday morning, according to Gainesville coach Ryan Smith. Davis will stick to his commitment to Miami, Smith said.
-- Frostproof cornerback Nickell Robey, who visited USF during the week, then Southern Cal this weekend, will choose between USC, USF and West Virginia, his high school coach Brad Metheny said Sunday.
-- Miami Northwestern defensive tackle Todd Chandler, who visited this weekend, updated his cell-phone voice mail to let reporters know he isn't giving any interviews until Wednesday. He says "my recruiting process is over" and he'll choose Wednesday between USF, Louisville, Syracuse and Colorado State.
-- USF might be back to Thomasville often in the next year, trying to get in the mix for Thomas County junior defensive end Ray Drew, who already has an offer from the Bulls, along with SEC powers like Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
-- The Times' Keith Niebuhr talked with Plant safety Eric Dungy (yes, Tony's son) who is still considering USF among five final schools after a weekend trip to Oregon.
-- There's hope for your Wednesday office productivity after all -- Skip Holtz's signing day news conference won't be until 5:30 p.m., but yes, we'll have updates here throughout the day ...