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Four more juniors in the bay area have reported receiving scholarship offers from USF, including three from local powerhouse Plant High.
The Bulls have extended offers to linebacker Andrew Beck, offensive lineman Ray Raulerson and cornerback Mazzi Wilkins of Plant and linebacker Tre Watson of Tampa Catholic.
Beck also has offers from Miami, Kentucky, Boston College, Central Florida, SMU and Rutgers. Raulerson also has been offered by Rutgets and Boston College. USF is the first school to offer Wilkins and Watson.
"It just got real. The first one is the one to remember," Watson said via his Twitter account. "Thanks @CoachTaggart. #GoBulls #USF #Football #1stOffer."
In recent days, USF has also reportedly offered Wharton quarterback Chase Litton, Alonso offensive lineman Gary Brown, Northeast quarterback-wide receiver Ryan Davis and Nature Coast defensive end Rohan Blackwood.
The offers came after the program’s junior day, which featured about 100 recruits from around the state on Sunday. It was essentially the first media day event for new USF coach Willie Taggart, who has earned praise for his efforts recruiting players in the bay area and across the state.
It should come as little surprise that USF has shown early interest in players from Plant. Panthers head coach Robert Weiner accepted a job at USF last month as a wide receivers coach but decided to return to Plant within two days.
Beck is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker who led the Panthers in 126 tackles last season; Wilkins had 54 tackles and deflected 18 passes as one of the team’s top defensive backs; and Raulerson is a 6-5, 265-pounder who emerged as one of the Panthers’ top linemen over the second half of the season.
At Tampa Catholic, Watson had 161 tackles, 25 for a loss, 16.5 sacks, three caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception. He joins Corey Martinez, a four-star offensive lineman, and linebacker T.J. Harrell as Crusaders who boast offers from USF.
Also Monday, the 6-4, 295-pound Martinez said he received another offer, this one from Notre Dame.