Recruiting updates and more
USF had hoped to get good news this weekend from Dustin Scott, the 6-foot-8 forward from Tallahassee Community College who had made an official visit to USF a week earlier. Scott's parents, Cathy and Cardell, got a home visit last week in Jamestown, S.C., from coach Robert McCullum, who also took in a TCC practice in Tallahassee.
I talked to Scott's mother Sunday night, and she said she didn't expect her son to make a decision at least before she travels to Tallahassee to visit him on Oct. 22. The only two schools he's strongly considering right now are USF and Virginia Commonwealth, but Cathy Scott told me she wouldn't be surprised if Scott waited until the spring signing period after his sophomore season at TCC. USF remains the team to beat, but his waiting could bring other schools into the mix.
Still no word on the Kenie Freeman and Edwin Hart, the two Hillsborough Community College prospects who visited USF this past weekend. McCullum has five scholarships available for this recruiting season, and with Lake Wales' Dominique Jones, he has at least three clearly in play for the early signing period, which bodes well as compared to saving too many for the spring.
FOOTBALL: Big night on Friday for USF commitment Quenton Washington, a cornerback from North Fort Myers. Washington had two interceptions against Charlotte, giving him five this year, along with seven tackles and a 65-yard run on offense. NFM coach James Iandoli said other programs are "trying to sideswipe" USF's commitment, but Washington remains firm. Running back Noel Devine, one of the biggest running back prospects in the nation, has missed the last two games after being suspended from school, but he'll be back this week. Iandoli said Devine is still wide-open, and with 60 carries for 850 yards -- that's 14 yards a carry -- he can have his pick of the nation's elite.
Not it's probably just mean of me to include this link, but it's too much fun not to share. The News & Observer, where I got my first newspaper job ages ago, has a guy named Grey Blackwell who does a great job with spoof animations that skewer their local coaches. Here's one for this week's USF opponent, North Carolina coach John Bunting, who has kept his job longer than many expected by pulling off an annual upset of Miami. Since his Heels lost 27-7 last week in the Orange Bowl, his days might be numbered. The Chuck Amato and Mike Krzyzewski stuff on Blackwell's site is worth clicking, too.