Still going: More signing-day nuggets ...
USF's football coaches have had a few days to catch their breath -- Jim Leavitt said he was going to enjoy Gasparilla this weekend and then get back to work Monday. The Bulls had open walk-on tryouts Thursday and have already winnowed a group of 42 hopefuls to 11, with more cuts likely coming before spring drills start in less than a month.
USF's official site has highlights and video comments from coaches on the incoming recruits, so there's interesting nuggets to be gleaned from the clips.
-- Pronunciation guide, brought to you by the letter J: Linebacker Jaquian Williams is juh-KWON, defensive back Jaquez Jenkins is juh-KWEZ, but offensive lineman Steven Jacques is "jocks," according to Leavitt.
-- Tallahassee offensive lineman John McGhin, who could play guard or tackle at USF, wears a size-18 shoe.
-- Recruiting coordinator Carl Franks, on how recruiting announcements from high school stars have gotten a bit out of control. "We've seen them on TV at some of the all-star games. A couple of years ago, somebody did it in a hot tub," Franks said. "Some of it has gotten out of hand, and some of it has been handled very tastefully. Most of our guys, fortunately, do that, but they like to keep us on edge sometimes."
-- Franks, on USF dabbling in recruiting in New Jersey: "We go to New Jersey a little bit. We like to harass some of the other teams in the Big East up there."
-- Dixie Hollins' Gerard Atkins will be a tight end at USF, though he was used as a 6-5, 225-pound receiver and safety in high school. "You're hoping a year from now, two years from now, he's 240 to 250, 6-5 and is a guy who can run," assistant Greg Gregory said. "As long as that's good weight and he can continue to run, he can really help us."
-- Fun behind-the-scenes video on signing day -- from collecting faxes to writing on the dry-erase board to supply information for Jim Louk's marathon live-streaming coverage ... Lots of impressive highlight footage here -- check out running back Bradley Battles, for instance.
I'm off to Stan Heath's weekly news conference, but more to come this afternoon ...