Soccer: UCF top scorer transfers to USF
Forward Zak Boggs, the top scorer at Central Florida last season, has transferred to USF and will play his final two seasons of college soccer with the Bulls.
Boggs, who scored five goals with one assist last season, left UCF this summer after a coaching change and was granted his release by the Knights. He's been accepted at USF and is registered as a full-time student for fall classes. The only catch is whether he'll be able to play this fall: he spent his freshman year at West Virginia, and while soccer players can transfer once without sitting out a year, they need a waiver to do so a second time. USF is in the process of filing that waiver with the NCAA, and Boggs would have two seasons of eligibility with the Bulls, even if he had to redshirt this fall. The kicker in all of this? UCF opens its season at USF on August 31.
The 6-foot-1 Boggs played at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton and was the West Virginia Coaches Player of the Year in 2003 before going to IMG. He earned second-team All-Conference USA honors as a sophomore last fall. He also scored five goals and an assist as a freshman at West Virginia, and joins a promising recruiting class for coach George Kiefer that also includes newcomers from Trinidad, Jamaica and Venezuela.
-- Speaking of juicy transfers and season openers: Linebacker LeBrandon Glover still wants to transfer to Division I-AA Elon and is now willing to go over coach Jim Leavitt's head to get there. Glover, who redshirted his only season at USF, has not been granted a release to the North Carolina school because of Leavitt's policy of not releasing players to schools on USF's schedule -- USF opens this season at home against Elon). Glover is in the process of filing a rare waiver request that would be considered by a panel selected by USF's faculty representative and could grant him his release without Leavitt's approval. A lot of fuss for a freshman linebacker and a I-AA school USF should beat by 40 points, but Leavitt doesn't want to set a precedent for allowing kids who have had USF's playbook for a year to transfer to an opponent.