Recruiting: Six from Plant to visit USF-WVU
One point I've heard made from the "don't play college ball on Friday night" crowd this week is that because high school players are busy playing on Friday night, they won't be able to attend or watch the Bulls' big game against No. 5 West Virginia.
First, there's TiVo, and second, not all high school teams are playing this week. Among those with bye weeks this week is Plant, which will have six USF recruits making unofficial visits as guests of the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. Most notable of the six is junior quarterback Aaron Murray, who has made a strong impression in his first four starts since taking over for Robert Marve, now at Miami.
Murray already had a scholarship offer from USF before his first game this season, but check out his numbers in Plant's 3-1 start: he's thrown for 1,302 yards, with 11 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions, rushing for another 277 yards and four scores. According to Plant coach Robert Weiner, the other five including two seniors with scholarship offers from USF: receiver Derek Winter, who graced the cover of the Times' Hillsborough County season preview section, and running back Lovell Jackson.
The other three due to visit from Plant are offensive lineman Rhonne (pronounced "Ron") Sanderson, defensive lineman Tyler Evans, and receiver Cornelius Gallon. Gallon has made a big splash -- Winter has three touchdowns in four games so far, while Gallon has caught seven. By the way, you can learn a ton about Plant from our team page at the Times' High School Hub. Some really good stuff there -- with pictures on player pages and college-quality statistics. Plant, by the way, is No. 4 in our latest Top 50.
Lots more to come on USF-West Virginia -- in the morning, I'll add links to our preview in sports, a column from Gary Shelton and a story on 1A (yes, the actual front page) about how this is exactly what USF had hoped for when it launched its football program. Keep those comments coming ...