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Could USF surprise on signing day?

USF coach Charlie Strong's first Bulls signing class formally will be unveiled Wednesday.

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USF coach Charlie Strong's first Bulls signing class formally will be unveiled Wednesday.



The recruiting season's final stretch has been quiet -- almost strangely so -- around USF. No 11th-hour flips or midnight-hour pledges. Instead of the normal din, we're getting mostly dead air.

All of which leads one to wonder if Charlie Strong has called the first misdirection play of his Bulls tenure. Could a surprise or two be in store?

So far, we've had subtle suggestions. On Saturday, Miami Southridge S Naytron Grayson tweeted his commitment to USF, but deleted it soon thereafter. He also tweeted, "Signing day gone(sic) be a shocker."

Meantime, running backs coach (and local recruiting extraordinaire) Shaun King continues teasing Bulls fans with tweets rife with optimism if not specifics:

Its gonna be such an awesome signing day! (Wednesday)

Got some great news today!!!! (Thursday)

And don't forget four-star Hillsborough DE Zachary Carter, a Florida commitment who told Times staff writer Bob Putnam that Strong is the only coach who possibly could lure him away from Gainesville.

Mike Farrell, national recruiting director for, said Friday he doesn't see the Bulls pulling off any signing-day stunners, but does believe Strong will add some players. Currently, USF has 11 non-binding verbal commitments, now that Deerfield Beach three-star WR Daewood Davis announced Sunday he has flipped to Oregon.

"It would shock me if (Strong) didn't add anybody, so I think you'll see a few kids added between now and Wednesday," Farrell said.

"Some of 'em could be high-level, three-star kids. But I don't see anybody...that's a four-star kid that's gonna say, 'I'm not going here, I'm gonna go to USF,' unless they're dropped. This is the time of year where teams fill up (scholarship allotments). So there are some four-star kids that get sort of left out."

At any rate, the suspense ends Wednesday.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:27pm]


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