We interrupt for a basketball update ...
Amid all this football news, I want to jump in with a basketball recruiting update. Not a commitment, but certainly a player USF has offered and is targeting for the early signing period. Damier Pitts, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Charlotte Christian School, said Thursday he has USF in his top three schools and will make a decision before his senior starts this fall.
"They've got a good style of play, running up and down the court," said Pitts, who visited USF's campus last week and has USF, South Carolina and Illinois as his current top three. "I liked the campus and the coaches. It was a pretty good visit."
Damier (that's da-MEER) already visited South Carolina and Virginia Tech and doesn't have any other visits scheduled, and said he might make another visit to USF before deciding. His AAU coach with the Carolina Raptors, Walt Clement, said USF is a "strong possibility" for Pitts, though North Carolina is starting to take an interest, sending assistant Joe Holladay to see him. Wichita State has also shown interest.
Scout.com and Rivals.com give Pitts three stars, with Scout ranking him as the No. 39 point guard in the country -- only 10 uncommitted point guards are above him on the list. You'll see Pitts listed online as playing for Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia this fall, but he said he hasn't decided where he'll play, and Charlotte Christian coach Shonn Brown said he'll be in Charlotte for his senior year.
Why is that a good thing for USF? Brown knows the Bulls program well, from his days at tiny Clearwater Christian College. He fondly remembers the Jesse Salters days, and if that old-school USF connection doesn't impress you, how about this: he calls former USF coach Lee Rose a friend and mentor. Rose's grandchildren attend Charlotte Christian, and the 70-year-old was named last month as an assistant on the Charlotte Bobcats coaching staff.
-- Football ticket stunts! Hoping to bolster its opening-week attendance for lowly Elon, USF has a deal with 97X, where fans can get a $31 ticket in Section 219 for the Sept. 1 game for $9.70. Not sure how many tickets are left, but you find out here.
-- Remember all the fuss about freshman linebacker LeBrandon Glover transferring to Elon? How he wanted to go but Jim Leavitt wouldn't release him, so he went over Leavitt's head and was petitioning to a committee, so Leavitt went ahead and released him? He never got there. Glover is at Jackson State, another I-AA school, and said Wednesday he needed to be closer to his home in Pensacola because his grandmother had been hospitalized due to kidney failure. Glover's been out with a knee injury but said he'll be competing for a starting job.
-- USF has finally released a kickoff time for the Elon game, and as expected, it's a 7:05 p.m. kick. USF hasn't released any other new kickoff times, but Central Florida's official site lists the USF-UCF game (or the UCF-USF game, if you'd prefer) on Oct. 13 as a 7 p.m. kickoff.