Two 3-star recruits to join Bulls in January
A pair of three-star recruits who had signed with USF but initially failed to qualify academically will join the Bulls in January, an early start to Jim Leavitt's next recruiting class.
Safety Charlton Sinclair of Jacksonville, one of the top recruits in USF's 2007 class, was held up this summer when the NCAA questioned a summer class he had taken. The 6-foot, 190-pound Mandarin graduate has since qualified and has been admitted into USF for spring classes.
Defensive end Craig Marshall of Fort Walton Beach, who signed with USF in 2006 but didn't qualify, will finish his associate of arts degree from Pearl River Community College this fall and enroll at USF in January, Pearl River coach Tim Hatten said. Marshall, 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, redshirted last season, so he'll have three years of eligibility with the Bulls.
Marshall is the fifth member of USF's 2006 recruiting class to join the Bulls after failing to qualify initially, joining offensive linemen Kevin McCaskill and Jeremiah Warren, defensive end David Fonua and safety Jerrell Young. Marshall had a fumble recovery in Pearl River's season finale Saturday, along with an interception in the third overtime Saturday to clinch a victory. He's a former high school teammate of USF tight end Andrew Ketchel at Choctawhatchee. So of those nine that didn't make grades that fall, more than half will be on campus a year and a half later.
Because USF didn't use its full allotment of 25 initial scholarships this fall, it's believed that one of the January additions can be "rolled back" to the 2007 class and not count toward the maximum of 25 players for the 2008 class. Sinclair and Ketchel were both rated as three-star recruits by Rivals.com and Scout.com; that's as high a rating as any player in the current class of commitments has.
Two key recruits from Pearl River will be making visits to USF this weekend: former Dunedin standout Theo Wilson, who could be a receiver or defensive back, and linebacker Kion Wilson, a four-star recruit from Jacksonville who is also considering Miami. Sinclair, who has been working in Jacksonville to stay busy this fall, said he'll also be in Tampa for the Cincinnati game.