Roundup: Watch lists, commitments and more
I'm guilty of sometimes reporting things with mere Tweets and not logging them in on the blog because independently, they're aren't necessarily enough to merit their own blog post. What's good is when I do this enough that I'm aware of it and can pile up a roundup of assorted notes. Today, it just so happens, is such an instance.
-- Watch List Watch List! A few more 2013 football watch lists have USF players in there -- defensive end Aaron Lynch made the Nagurski list and linebacker DeDe Lattimore made the Bednarik list. These are long lists, but it speaks well for USF to be on the national radar at that level.
-- As expected, USF baseball has lost junior left-hander Nick Gonzalez, who signed with the Giants, who drafted him in the 24th round. He'll report to Arizona and be assigned from there. ...
-- USF women's basketball has lost two staff members -- Carrie Banks, an assistant for the past three seasons, has left to take a job on the staff at Northwestern, and administrative assistant Miya McCurdy, the former Rutgers standout, left to become video coordinator at Ohio State. Jose Fernandez's new contract has a better pool for assistants, but he's still losing assistants to higher-paying jobs elsewhere.
-- USF women's soccer has added another solid transfer in Tori Abnathy, who redshirted as a freshman at Florida State last season. Abnathy was a prolific scorer at Lakeland's George Jenkins High, leading her county in scoring three years in a row, including 45 goals as a senior.
-- USF men's soccer announced their incoming recruits, and while we've reported on most of them, one new addition is Selorm Kennedy Adablah, who comes to USF from Ghana and should have two years of eligibility. Give coach George Kiefer credit for making the most of a recruiting trip to Africa -- can't do many of those on a USF recruiting budget -- as assistant Fred Dikranian identified Adablah and helped the Bulls land a talented scorer who could make an immediate impact. Lindo Mfeka could be USF's next big star, and the Bulls are still hoping to land Wayne Hall from juco powerhouse Tyler College in Texas. One more newcomer we'd missed: keeper Brentton Muhammad, a transfer from Florida Tech who could compete with Dallas Jaye for time in goal during his final college season.
-- USF volleyball has picked up a 2014 commitment from Adyson Goodnight, a versatile 5-foot-11 hitter from Papillion, Neb., who coach Courtney Draper spotted at a national tournament in Orlando last month. Goodnight was interested enough in USF to take a campus visit while she was in Florida and once there, she liked the Bulls enough to commit -- she's likely to come in as an outside hitter, though she's worked at middle blocker as well, with a strong serve. "The coaches were awesome. Courtney made me feel at home," said Goodnight, who was also recruited by Kent State, Akron, Texas-San Antonio and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
-- Former USF defensive end Claude Davis should have occasional cameos on a new reality TV show, "Bulloch Family Ranch," which starts on the UPtv network next week. Davis is one of several kids the Bullochs have brought into their home, including several Lake Gibson High football players. We wrote about the family in a feature on Louisville (and now Jets) running back Bilal Powell in 2010. Here's what the Times' Eric Deggans wrote about the family and how the show came about.