USF signee Joyer cleared by NCAA
On the very day that USF's new football players report to campus to start summer classes next week, Wesley Chapel offensive lineman Kamran Joyer learned he has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, his father Jack said Wednesday morning.
Joyer, who signed with USF in February, may still need to go before an academic committee that evaluates incoming athletes to USF, but his father said Joyer will either start classes at USF next week or seek a release to go to college elsewhere, rather than wait in limbo until August.
With Joyer cleared, USF is believed to have just one more incoming signee in academic limbo, with safety Ivan Nicholas of Jacksonville still waiting for results from an entrance exam he recently took. Nicholas said he expected those results today, so his situation could be resolved in time for next week's classes as well.
Four of the 29 players USF signed in February aren't expected to be with the team this fall, though three could join the Bulls at a later date. Defensive tackle Khyri Thornton, who said he was not admitted by USF's academic committee, has since been granted a release and signed with Southern Miss.
-- A bit off topic, but I haven't seen it written anywhere, so I can report that former Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis, who announced two weeks ago he was transferring after being suspended for academic reasons, will play this fall at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, according to Lakeland Kathleen coach Irving Strickland.
Davis can play this season and will still have two years of eligibility at a four-year school starting in 2010 after he gets an associate of arts degree from Fort Scott. USF signed two players, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and linebacker Jaquian Williams, from Fort Scott in February, but Strickland said USF did not call to inquire about Davis.