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Where Are They Now: Savala at NAIA school



As we track down the last few pieces of USF's 2010 recruiting class, it's a good time to revisit the 2009 class and catch up with seven signees who didn't make it to campus last fall. It looks like just one of the seven is now on a course that could lead them back to USF -- safety Ivan Nicholas -- but we'll start the roundup with one of the bigger names discussed in last year's class.


Carlos Savala, OT: The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder from a California junior college was once expected to compete for a starting position at USF. But he didn't finish his courses and dropped off the recruiting radar -- we found him Monday, getting confirmation from an assistant coach that he's at ECU. That's not East Carolina, however -- it's East Central University, an NAIA school in Ada, Okla., where Savala enrolled in January and will play the next two seasons.

Ivan Nicholas, S: The younger brother of former USF and current Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas, he enrolled at ASA Institute, a junior college in Brooklyn, with the intention of returning to USF in 2011. The Bulls' coaching change could change that, but Nicholas played well as a freshman at ASA, competing in the same conference as USF signee Curtis Weatherspoon.

Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss: After not qualifying academically out of high school in Panama City, Thornton signed with USF from a Virginia prep school, but was not accepted by USF's academic committee. Released from his letter, he signed with Southern Miss, where he redshirted in 2009.

Kamran Joyer, OL, Louisville: Joyer signed with USF out of Wesley Chapel, but was also not accepted by USF's academic committee, which uncovered an unusually high number of grade changes on his transcript. Released from his letter, he signed with Big East rival Louisville, where he redshirted in 2009.

Gerard Atkins, TE, Toledo: Atkins, initially held up by USF's academic committee, was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse last summer, only to find out the Bulls did not have a scholarship available for him. He signed with Toledo, joining the program midyear last month.

Kevin Williams, DB, unknown: WIlliams, the final addition to USF's recruiting class, did not complete his classes in time to join the Bulls' this fall. He originally signed with USF in 2007 out of St. Petersburg Gibbs High, but had to go the junior college route. He still has two years of eligibility, but hasn't resurfaced with any schools yet.

Adaris Bellamy, RB, unknown: First commitment of USF's 2009 class didn't qualify academically last summer and was placed at Fork Union Military Academy with the hopes of him rejoning the Bulls in 2010. Bellamy's high school coach, Mark Everett, said Friday that Bellamy had posted a qualifying test score but was told by USF that were were no scholarships available for him this year.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:03pm]


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