Transfer complete: Jamar Taylor accepted
Former Alabama running back Jamar Taylor has been accepted into USF, the last hurdle to his transferring to USF. The Bulls will now pursue a hardship waiver that would allow the former Lakeland standout to play this fall and avoid sitting out the year as most Division I transfers must do.
"I'm very excited," said Taylor, who will report with his fellow freshmen Sunday. "USF has always been a top school in my mind. It came down to USF and Alabama and I just made a decision. I think USF is a perfect fit for me now, and I'm ready to play."
Taylor did not want to elaborate on the personal issues that would qualify him for a hardship waiver, but said he thought such a waiver was a "reasonable" possibility. He said a major benefit of being closer to Lakeland is having more time to spend with his 1-year-old son, Jamar Jr.
Taylor, who enrolled early at Alabama in January, is the second would-be Tide running back to join the Bulls this year, joining former Sarasota star Mike Ford, who signed with Alabama in 2005 and started classes at USF this spring.
I've gotten USF's preseason fall football roster, with a few notable additions and subtractions ...
-- Safety Jerrell Young of St. Petersburg Gibbs, who signed with USF in 2006 but did not qualify academically, is listed on the roster. He has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse but has not been accepted into USF; a decision should be coming soon.
-- Offensive tackle Jeff Ide of Bradenton Manatee, who redshirted last year as a freshman, is no longer on the team. Coach Jim Leavitt said Ide "has decided not to play football anymore." Ide's father, Don, said his son has been concerned about a lingering ankle injury, and will continue taking classes at USF as a regular student.
-- Linebacker Keith McCaskill, who signed in February and was expected to join his brother Kevin this fall, is not on the roster. An assistant at Tallahassee Godby said that while McCaskill posted qualifying test scores, there was a holdup in the admissions process at USF, one they hope can be resolved in the next week or so. If McCaskill didn't make it, he would be the sixth member of USF's recruiting class not to make it to campus this fall.
-- Former walk-on Treco Bellamy, who started at defensive end in last year's season opener but wasn't with the team this spring, is back on roster. Leavitt said a final decision hasn't been made as to whether he'll be with the team or not.
-- Three walk-ons from the open tryouts this spring have made the roster: defensive back Micah Morgan (a transfer from Missouri State), linebacker Lucas Darr (a transfer from N.C. State) and linebacker Kenneth Luberice of Spanish RIver. Also, there are two new walk-ons: linebacker Caleb Russell of Bradenton Southeast and defensive back Cameron Perkins of Pensacola. I'll have more updates later ...