Weekend reshuffled: Famous is only visitor
Instead of three official visits this weekend, USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath will have just one, but it's a key recruit: Westchester Community College center Jarrid Famous.
Another scheduled visitor, LaPorte (Ind.) center Sandi Marcius, had a conflict and had to reschedule for the weekend of April 16, the first weekend after the spring signing period begins. Marcius' coach at La Lumiere Academy, Delray Brooks, said Thursday that USF is one of three schools in the running for the Croatian big man: He's already visited SMU, and is scheduled to visit nearby Purdue the weekend of April 9.
A third scheduled visitor, Sanford (N.C.) guard Akeem Richmond, now apparently won't visit USF at all, as the Bulls are going in another direction as they assess the best use of their third and final scholarship available this spring. With four guards already due in with the incoming class, the Bulls remain in strong contention for junior college forward Daequon Montreal, Oak Hill Academy small forward Glenn Bryant, as well as Lexington (Ky.) combo guard Vee Sanford. Richmond, the second-highest prep scorer in North Carolina history, appears to be a fallback option if other recruits don't go USF's way.
Back to Famous: He's already visited Missouri and Seton Hall, and according to an assistant coach at Westchester, his next official visit is probably Xavier, with one more available if he still isn't sure where he wants to play. He's arguably the best of the big men USF is pursuing.
-- The Times' Izzy Gould reports that Sickles LB/DE Cody Durakovic has accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at USF this fall. We'll report on additional incoming walk-ons as we get confirmation on them ...
-- The Orlando Sentinel's Chris Harry has a feature on redshirt freshman Mike Lanaris, who came from a UCF family in Lake Mary but chose the Bulls -- he was lining up as the second-string middle linebacker at Thursday's practice.
-- Really good read in today's New York Times on college basketball analyst Bill Raftery, who spoke at a USF basketball banquet a few years back. I still laugh thinking of Raftery's Jim Boeheim impersonation.
-- USF's official site has rolled out a "Photo of the Day" feature, digging through the school's photo archives for some gems. Today's is a black-and-white shot of softball coach Ken Eriksen from his baseball days with the Bulls ...