USF football announces 16 new walk-ons
USF football on Thursday released the names of 16 new walk-ons who have joined the team for spring practice, including defensive end Rony Delisca, who played three games on special teams in 2009.
USF coach Skip Holtz selected the 16 from a group of about 60 that participated in the first two days of practice after taking part in an open tryout process on campus. Once the new recruits and preferred walk-ons arrive on campus this fall, only a handful of the new names might be able to land spots on the Bulls' 105-man roster for two-a-days in August.
The others include a few names we've mentioned before -- we wrote about safety Patrice Pierre last fall, but he didn't stay on USF's roster; we mentioned another defensive back, freshman Zach Fisher, last spring. Defensive back Sherief Hussein was on USF's roster last spring but didn't make the fall cut.
The rest of the new additions: defensive backs Allen Singleton (Ocala Forest), Ernie Tabuteau (North Miami), Andrew Laughery (Pinellas Park), receivers Clinton Jones (Fort Lauderdale Ely) and John Toston (Dunedin), offensive linemen Nathan Marvel (Plant) and Brandon Gengler (Lakeland Kathleen), fullback Justin Wilcox (Freedom), linebacker Kalin Hall (Sarasota Bayshore), defensive end Victor Sanchez (Boca Ciega), kicker Ian Kitchell (Palmetto) and long-snapper Archibald Ryan (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna).
Some cursory Googling (I have a flight to catch) yields a few interesting things -- Tabuteau played at tiny Miles College (where he was a teammate of erstwhile Bulls QB Carlton Hill). Looks like he ran track there last fall, so he might have to sit out a season before he can play. Kitchell, the kicker, has a nine-minute video online from his time with the "Sarasota Millionaires" team -- I believe he would have overlapped with running back Mike Ford there at some point.
Jones, the receiver from Ely, has a six-minute highlight video on Youtube, which shows him with 47 catches for 703 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. He also made it into Rivals.com's player database, linked then to USF. Toston, the Dunedin receiver, has his own Youtube video as well. Marvel, who is listed as an offensive lineman though he's 6-3 and 236 pounds, was a receiver at Plant -- according to this Times story, he had a 72-yard touchdown catch in the 2008 state championship victory.