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Countryside defensive end Mike Love committed to USF during his official visit this weekend, the Cougars football program announced via Twitter.
Love, the Times' 2011 Pinellas County defensive player of the year, always had the Bulls at the top of his list but did not get a lot of interest from them until the past month.
Countryside coach Jared Davis said Love still needs a qualifying GPA and test score but is close.
Davis said he reached out to USF assistant Raymond Woodie to see if the school was interested in Love.
"Woodie used to recruit to this area for Western Kentucky, so I talked to him about Love when he visited the school earlier this month," Davis said. "That's when we really started to get the ball rolling."
Davis said USF gave Love serious consideration once defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan was able to watch film of Love.
This past season, Love had 29 tackles and eight sacks and was a first-team all-county selection. Love, ranked 12th in the bay area in the HomeTeam 100, had dozens of offers and chose the Bulls over Division-I programs like Nebraska, UCF, Mississippi State and Cincinnati.