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Williston WR Welch latest to commit to Bulls



Williston receiver Deonte Welch, who visited USF this weekend despite being committed to Arkansas, has changed his mind and committed to the Bulls on Monday morning, his high school coach said.


"He's committed to South Florida," coach Jamie Baker said Monday. "He's always been interested in South Florida from the get-go, and it all worked out this weekend. Once he got down there, he knew it was where he wanted to go."

Welch, a three-star recruit according to, spent much of his senior year in the backfield in a flexbone offense, but will be a receiver at USF -- he's 6 feet and 187 pounds, with a frame and athleticism similar to Bulls rising senior Dontavia Bogan. He was committed to Arkansas, but also had offers from Illinois, Mississippi and Vanderbilt.

 It's the second commitment this weekend recruited by first-year USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, along with Thomasville (Ga.) safety Reshard Cliett. Welch's commitment helps shore up a need position for the Bulls, who lost out on Bradenton's Ace Sanders to South Carolina. USF also has a commitment from Lake City Columbia standout Jamaal Montague.

USF has done well going back to schools where prominent Bulls attended -- Welch is from the same high school as former Bulls defensive tackle Aaron Harris, and Cliett was a teammate of USF receiver Dontavia Bogan as a freshman at Thomas County Central.

By our count, USF is up to 14 commitments, in addition to the four players who enrolled for the spring semester last month.

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


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