Selvie, McKenzie on Lott Trophy watch list
The 2008 Watch List Watch List grows! USF defensive end George Selvie and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie are among 42 names on the watch list for the Lott Trophy, given each year to the top defensive player in college football.
Selvie, a rising junior who led the nation in tackles for loss last season, is one of seven players returning from last year's watch list, along with Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, a finalist last season. McKenzie, a rising senior who is getting a look at middle linebacker this week, has more tackles in the last two seasons -- 250 -- than any returning player in college football.
USF has two of five Big East players on the list, with the other three Rutgers safety Courtney Greene, Pitt linebacker Scott McKillop and West Virginia linebacker Reed Williams. There are two other players from Florida colleges on the list in Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes and FSU safety Myron Rolle.
-- Basketball update, on the Bulls reserves transferring elsewhere: First, sophomore forward Amu Saaka will visit Georgia Southern next week (not to be confused with Georgia State, where Dante Curry is and Solomon Bozeman might wind up) and is also considering Furman -- where he signed originally out of high school -- and Colorado State.
Redshirt freshman Aaron Holmes is headed to a junior college for one season, rather than burn a year transferring directly to another four-year school. He's already visited Hillsborough Community College and Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, with a visit lined up for Iowa Western next week. He also is considering Chipola College up in the Panhandle, as well as San Jacinto College, the Texas school where Kentrell Gransberry played his first two seasons of college basketball.
And while recruiting is a little slow this week with coaches convening in San Antonio for the Final Four, if you read this story in the Lexington Herald-Leader, it sure looks like Kentucky is in good shape for Maryland prep center Maurice Sutton, who is also considering USF. Good news on another front, as another USF target, Southern Idaho forward Juan Pattillo, visited Oklahoma State last weekend, just days before coach Sean Sutton resigned. I'm not positive USF will take another power forward, but if they do intend to, this helps their position with a strong rebounder.