Two more commit; front page for walk-ons
I'd hoped to link to today's story, but it doesn't seem to have found its way online. Regardless, there's an extra bit of game-day news in Saturday's Times: the Bulls have picked up two more commitments for their 2007 recruiting class.
The first is St. Petersburg Catholic receiver Andrew Harris, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect who has 78 receptions for 1,528 yards and nine touchdowns in his past two seasons. His list of offers is impressive, choosing the Bulls over West Virginia, Ohio State and Boston College.
The second is former Gibbs receiver/cornerback Kevin Williams, who was courted by West Virginia and Auburn last spring but did not have the necessary test scores. He's taking classes this fall at William Penn University in Iowa and is taking the ACT in two weeks, hoping to get a score that will allow him to enroll at USF in January. Williams (5-11, 175) had five interceptions in 2005 and also returned two kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns for Gibbs, and told me his first look at USF will be as a corner.
What's more, former Gibbs safety Jerrell Young, who signed with USF in February but failed to qualify, is taking classes in Tampa at Hillsborough Community College and getting tutored to improve his entrance exam scores. He, too, plans to be at USF in January. And another recruit from St. Pete Catholic, running back Jock Sanders, is "leaning toward" the Bulls but is still considering offers from West Virginia and Florida. Sanders likes USF enough that Harris told me he had committed, but Sanders told me himself he hasn't made up his mind just yet.
And for all the time we devote to walk-ons on the blog, we rarely have the occasion to get much in the paper. Well, today, the walk-ons made the front page of the sports section, with a story on how eight of them have earned scholarships since January and how 10 current or former walk-ons are on the current depth chart. You'll learn more about prominent players like Devin Gordon, Treco Bellamy and Jared Carnes and how they got to USF.
OK. That should tide you guys over until closer to game time. I'll check in from Raymond James this evening ... Oh, and running back Keeley Dorsey was cleared by the NCAA on Thursday, so expect to see him among a half-dozen or so true freshmen playing for the Bulls against McNeese.