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Rose, Josh Bellamy re-commit to Bulls for 2010

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Josh Bellamy and Daron Rose, two former Tampa Bay area prep standouts who have been linked to USF in previous years, are now both committed to join the Bulls next season.

Bellamy, the former Boca Ciega star who signed with USF in 2007 and Iowa State in 2009 but didn't qualify academically either time, said he'll join the Bulls in January, most likely as a receiver or safety. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound recruit said he only needs a three-hour science class he'll take online this fall to get his associate of arts degree. He said Iowa State had held a scholarship for him for next season, but the desire to stay close to his family in St. Petersburg won out.

"I started thinking about it, talking to my mom, and I know I'd like to be closer to my family, closer to my son," said Bellamy, who is close friends with USF safety Jerrell Young. "I've been away from home for two years, and I talked to Coach (Jim) Leavitt today. I'll be there in January."

Rose, the former Jefferson and Florida State offensive tackle, had hoped to be at USF this fall, but didn't finish the courses needed for his AA degree. He's enrolled now at ASA Institute, a new junior college football program in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he is the starting left tackle, ASA coach Dennis Orlando said.

Orlando said Rose will finish classes at ASA next spring and will then take a scholarship at USF, where he'll have one year of eligibility. He started 11 games at FSU in 2007, but was declared academically ineligible in spring 2008 and didn't play football last fall. He still has three games remaining from a four-game NCAA suspension levied against him from the academic scandal at FSU.

Both players were highly rated out of high school -- Rose was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, ranked by the latter as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation for the Class of 2006; Bellamy was rated as a two-star recruit last season after totaling 80 catches for 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons at Butte (Ca.) Community College.

Bellamy and Rose are the 10th and 11th commitments for USF's 2010 recruiting class, and the Bulls have enough returning players that only 17 scholarships are currently available for next year's class.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:01pm]

    

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