Tracking athletes with jobs, plus notes
Couple of things to round up, first a link to a story in Thursday's Times about how colleges try to stay on top of athletes and their jobs, an issue brought to light after Matt Grothe's arrest two weeks ago. USF has a thorough system in place, but it relies first on athletes following a policy of notifying administrators about a job before they start working.
Another link to another story: Josh Julmiste, dismissed from the Bulls in February, is transferring to Bethune-Cookman -- and that's Bethune-Cookman University, for those of you stuck still saying BCC. Of course, if you say BCU, nobody knows what you're talking about yet. Julmiste finished the spring semester at USF taking only seven hours, so it's unknown if he'll be in an academic position to play for the Division I-AA school this fall. Thanks, by the way, to "Mama Bull" for the heads-up on this one ...
What else? I can knock another recruit off the Stan Heath list. Hamidu Rahman, the 6-foot-11 center prospect from Aston, Pa., who'd been considering USF under the Robert McCullum days, is "probably headed to junior college," says his coach, Tony Bergeron. Bergeron said he hasn't heard from USF since Heath took over, so don't count on him being part of USF's immediate future.
One interesting development: Milos Klimovic, a 6-foot-6 guard at Hillsborough Community College who had signed with Houston on April 13, was granted his release on Wednesday. USF coach Stan Heath visited HCC his first week on the job, and while the primary interest was HCC forward Ejike Hart, coach Derrick Worrels said Heath spoke with the Sarajevo-born Klimovic as well. We still think Heath uses his spring scholarships on frontcourt help, but if he's seeking another wing, Klimovic is suddenly available again. Hart, by the way, doesn't seem to be a priority for USF -- he's visiting Wichita State and Gregg Marshall this weekend, after visiting his old school, Winthrop, last week.
All this APR talk had me checking up with football signees on the academic bubble. There's good news from Tallahassee, where Godby defensive end/linebacker Keith McCaskill has made considerable progress. He's retaken some classes, raising his grade-point average to the extent that Godby coach Shelton Crews said he's "90 percent sure" McCaskill will qualify in time to start summer classes. Interestingly, Crews said USF had discussed greyshirting McCaskill -- that's recruit-speak for deferring his enrollment until January, when he'd count toward next year's 25-player limit -- but after spring football last month, the Bulls told McCaskill they want him this fall. That could mean other signees aren't expected to be there in August.
One more recruiting update: Gulf quarterback Alton Voss said Wednesday he's optimistic of qualifying and being ready to report June 27 when freshmen head to campus to prepare for summer classes. Voss said he's one point shy of a qualifying score on the ACT exam, and he's taking the SAT this weekend. If he needs to, he has another shot at the ACT in June. Voss would logically redshirt this fall, but his presence would help USF's depth at quarterback.