Safety Ivan Nicholas won't join Bulls this fall
More news on the incoming recruit front, as safety Ivan Nicholas, a USF signee from Jacksonville, said Friday morning that his latest entrance exam scores weren't what he needed to meet the NCAA requirements for initial eligibility, so he will not be joining the Bulls this fall.
Nicholas has a few options, including prep school or junior college, but said he's most likely to grayshirt, or defer his enrollment until January, giving him time to take the tests again and improve his scores. If he were to enroll in January, he would count toward next year's class.
Nicholas, the younger brother of former USF and current Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas, is the fifth signee not expected to be on campus -- defensive tackle Khyri Thornton wasn't admitted and signed with Southern Miss, cornerback Kevin Williams didn't have enough credit hours from his junior college, running back Adaris Bellamy is headed to a Virginia prep school and tight end Gerard Atkins is expected to grayshirt.
Another signee, Wesley Chapel center Kamran Joyer could still join the Bulls in August, but even if he did, USF would have 24 initial scholarships (under the NCAA max of 25) and exactly 85 total scholarships. That overall total could go down if other returning players leave the program over the summer, but based on current information, USF is at the maxium of 85.
-- Our Gators writer, Antonya English, has a story online now and in Saturday's paper, looking at Florida's 24 arrests since January 2005. If you're curious, the comparable number for USF is 11 arrests in the past four years; FSU's is 16, and Miami's, impressively, is just two.
-- I'm shooting for 2 p.m. for my Big East preseason football ballot. Still deadlocked in deliberations.
-- Do I have readers here from Melbourne? Surely at least one, right? USF reports that WINT-AM 1560 in Melbourne will carry USF football this fall as a new part of the Bulls radio family.
-- Mild correction to make -- last night, Stan Heath wrote on his Twitter page that with former Arkansas star Patrick Beverley getting drafted by the Lakers in second round, it's three years in a row that he's coached a player who's been drafted. It's actually his third time in four years -- Ronnie Brewer in 2006, Sonny Weems in 2008 and now Beverley.