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USF signee Joyer may sign with Big East rival



Wesley Chapel offensive lineman Kamran Joyer, who signed with USF in February but was granted a release from the Bulls last month, will likely be signing with a Big East rival this week.

Joyer's father Jack said Tuesday night that his son will be making an official visit to Louisville on Wednesday and has another visit scheduled to Rutgers on Friday. Those are the center's top two choices, though he's also gotten interest from Nebraska and Tennessee, his father said. If the Louisville visit goes well, Joyer could sign with the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Joyer asked USF for a release last month after academic issues left the family uncertain as to whether he would be accepted into USF. Joyer's father said that USF couldn't assure the family Joyer would be admitted, even if he completed two summer classes at Hillsborough Community College. Joyer had the requisite grades and exam scores to meet NCAA requirements, but his father said the academic issue dealt with the practice of "grade forgiveness," as Joyer had retaken four classes online to improve his original grades to meet NCAA minimums.

Joyer also had interest from Florida International and Division I-AA Georgia Southern, but has eliminated those as possibilities, his father said.

The Big East has a policy that blocks football players from transferring from one member school to another, but such a rule would not apply if an athlete's letter of intent was declared null and void. One way for that to happen would be if a student is officially denied admission to the first school.

If another Big East school signed a player who was not admitted by USF, it could hurt the Bulls from a recruiting standpoint with future players who are academically on the bubble. At the same time, it also could be perceived as a boost for the program's academic standing, which has been in the news because the Bulls' football team had the lowest Academic Progress Rate scores of any BCS program.

-- One more recruiting update: Tight end Gerard Atkins of Dixie Hollins, who signed with USF in February but is expected to grayshirt or defer his enrollment until January, has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, according to Dixie Hollins coach Mike Morey. USF is believed to be at the NCAA limit of 85 total scholarships this fall, but if a scholarship were to come available in the next month, Atkins could join the Bulls this fall, Morey said.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:46pm]


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