Signee Engram headed to Pearl River
USF's freshman class of football players is due to report to campus Wednesday, but the class won't be arriving in its entirety. Tarpon Springs defensive end Donnell Engram, who signed with the Bulls in February, reported Tuesday for classes at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, where USF has placed several non-qualifying recruits in recent years.
"We put him in every situation we could to be successful," said Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis, who said Engram was unable to raise his core grade point average or improve test scores enough to meet the NCAA's standards for initial eligibility. "It's more a maturity process than anything else, but some kids just think it's going to work out by itself."
Kotis said Engram heads to Pearl River with full intentions of returning to USF in two years -- "he's not going anywhere else but USF." Kotis said Engram intends to play this fall at defensive end, but could also get a look at tight end, where his hands and size make him an intriguing option on offense.
The Bulls haven't had much success with the Pearl River pipeline for various reasons, but hope to get help this fall from three former Pearl River players, linebacker Kion Wilson, defensive back Theo Wilson and defensive end Craig Marshall.
Stay tuned for more news on the incoming class, including a possible grayshirt (deferred enrollment) or two and possible late additions as well. Three walk-ons who were on USF's football roster last fall -- defensive back Micah Morgan, defensive end Matt Aycox and receiver David Cozzo -- are no longer in USF's program. Of the three, only Morgan saw regular playing time last season, working on special teams.