Two commits: LB Pozniak, OL Gudmundsson
If he keeps up this pace, USF coach Skip Holtz won't have to do much recruiting at all in December and January. The Bulls have picked up two more commitments -- making 14 total, and nine since the start of July -- with the additions of linebacker Antoine Pozniak of East Syracuse, N.Y., and offensive lineman Brynjar Gudmundsson of Wellington, just west of West Palm Beach.
Let's start with pronunciations -- it's ANT-wan POZZ-nee-ak and BRIN-yar GUDD-mon-son, and thanks to their current coaches for the help there. Pozniak is perhaps the first sign of Holtz turning to one of his old East Carolina pipelines, as Pozniak, who will enroll at USF in January, is playing this fall at Oak Ridge Military Academy near Greensboro, N.C., a program where coach Otis Yelverton has two former players on the current ECU roster.
"Antoine has a great work ethic -- you don't have anyone down there who will work harder," Yelverton said. "He lives in the weight room. The guy is built like Tarzan, real cut up. He knows he has the opportunity of a lifetime to play for Skip Holtz at South Florida."
Pozniak, 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, is playing defensive end at Oak Ridge, but Yelverton said he expects USF to use him at linebacker, saying that assistants Rick Smith and Vernon Hargreaves cited a "dire need" at linebacker, with seniors Sabbath Joseph, Jacquian Williams and Donte Spires all graduating after this season. He comes from not one but two Big East backyards -- he lived in Hamburg, N.J. before moving to East Syracuse last year. Yelverton said he had offers from Illinois and N.C. State coming out of high school, visited Michigan and LSU this summer and was looking at Oregon, Oregon State, California and East Carolina before choosing USF.
Yelverton said Holtz might not be done at Oak Ridge -- the Bulls are after 6-5, 320-pound lineman Brandon King, who Yelverton said might be headed to Syracuse, and there's interest in 340-pound defensive tackle Eric Young, who had an FSU offer last year.
The Bulls have clearly addressed the offensive line in recent weeks, with Gudmundsson as the fourth o-line commitment in this class. Wellington coach Chris Romano said what stands out is his athleticism and agility, along with his youth -- he just turned 17 last month. Gudmundsson is 6-3 and 265 pounds, and while he's playing tackle at Wellington, Romano said he expects him to be a guard at USF, or even a center, the position he played last season. He's also played some tight end and defensive end, so there's versatility to be sure.
Gudmundsson's father is from Iceland and his mother from South America, making him arguably the most international player in USF football history. Romano said he chose the Bulls over offers from Central Florida, Marshall and Florida International, and Syracuse was "very interested" but had yet to make an offer.
Back to pronunciations: It's going to be tricky to not get caught between Pozniak and OL commit Thor Jozwiak -- the latter is JOES-wee-ak, so as much fun as it would be, the two future linemates do not rhyme.
I'm counting 2010 signee Jamaal Montague, expected to enroll in January, among the 14 commitments, so the question is starting to be just how many scholarships the Bulls have left at their disposal. By my count, there should be about 20 available for this class, plus whatever comes available from attrition in the next year ...