Sunday morning links aplenty ...

29

June

So much to still get to -- haven't gone through all the new walk-ons, haven't really touched on the huge recruiting haul USF football had last weekend, netting six firm commitments for the class of 2009. I've got lots of links to offer up, and then we'll get back to newsy stuff on Monday ...

-- Before the links, thought I'd share that USF coach Jim Leavitt is not in favor of an early signing period for football, as has been proposed by SEC coaches. Leavitt, like most coaches, doesn't like the NCAA's decision to keep head coaches off high school campuses in the spring, keeping him from making key evaluations in person. Given that, he doesn't want to see the recruiting process sped up even more by having a fall signing period, which would force colleges to make decisions about which players best fit their needs before their seasons had ended. Leavitt said if the spring ban were lifted, he'd be more amenable to an earlier signing date, but until then, that's as rushed as he wants to be. USF is far ahead of its usual timeframe for piling up commitments as it is ...

-- Odd that I haven't been to an "Around the Horns" booster gathering, in that I usually sit in at a few to hear the stump speeches from Leavitt, Stan Heath, etc., but I haven't yet. I should be at Monday's at Tampa Palms, and here's a report from the Fort Myers gathering last week.

-- Lots of bloggers writing up previews, and rarely do you learn more than their quick thoughts on who'll finish where, but there's a decent Big East rundown from "The Shwag." Lost me a little bit when he started talking about "running back Larry Ford." He has USF picked second ...

-- For a while now, USF has had a football site geared toward recruits, theusfbulls.com. You can register for free, and there's an unintentionally funny collection of "tours of Tampa Bay" videos, with coaches standing in front of Tampa landmarks to show newcomers all the great things in the area. Some of the coaches are very polished in a short 30-second reading, while others ... are clearly ... reading from ... cue cards. Can't tell who's cooler -- Mike Canales hanging out in Ybor or Larry Scott at International Plaza. Fun stuff ...

-- Georgia State is the latest startup football program, and new coach Bill Curry has been very complimentary of USF, mentioning Jim Leavitt in nearly every article I've seen. Here's one, from the Effingham Herald. Then again, I've seen UAB's Watson Brown referenced a lot, too ...

-- Ryan Boyd with the Bradenton Herald has a new Q&A with Leavitt -- no major revelations, but lots of his thoughts on Matt Grothe, George Selvie and company. ...

-- I'll get around to catching up with the new commits from last week, but there's a good writeup at ESPN.com, running through the basics. Leavitt told me the "Super Bull" event at Raymond James Stadium, backed by Under Armour, was the best recruiting event he's had at USF, and he wants it even bigger next summer. He wants to call it "Saturday Night Live" -- if I'd gotten five or six commits on one night, I don't know that I'd change anything about the event just right away ...

-- The Louisville Courier-Journal's Rick Bozich, writing about college football, tabs USF as the team "Most Likely To Be the Next Louisville." Honestly, after last season, I took that to mean "the Big East team most likely to suffer an unexpected and thorough collapse from high expectations." I think he means it in a more positive way. I'm curious to see how Hunter Cantwell can step in for Louisville -- I've seen him rated as high as the No. 2 quarterback in the conference. Seems like folks expect the transition to be as seamless as it was when Brian Brohm came in three years ago, but I'd be impressed if that happens twice in a row. Cantwell only threw 14 passes last season ...

-- Sounds like there's another preferred walk-on coming to USF in Joe Onorato, a kicker from Glassboro, N.J. ... this story from NJ.com writes that if he comes out of camp as one of the top two kickers, he'll go on scholarship. He might have said that, and he might have been told that, but as long I've dealt with USF, the general timeframe for walk-ons earning a scholarship is two full seasons. There's a long list who have done it that way, but I can't think of one who earned it his first August. We'll get more on Onorato and other walk-ons as we get confirmation ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:31pm]

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...