Saturday, February 24, 2018
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College football recruiting: USF Bulls commitments

USF

KEY LOSSES: S Jamie Byrd, OT Mak Djulbegovic, P Mattias Ciabatti, DE Shawn Hill, C Brynjar Gudmundsson, OG Thor Jozwiak, DE Eric Lee, TE Sean Price

ORAL COMMITMENTS (15)

PlayerPos.Ht./Wt.School
Josh DunnCB6-0/195Lake Wales
Christion GainerOT6-6/285Panama City Bay
Frank JohnsonDE6-5/235Hinds (Miss.) C.C.
Logan MacDonaldOG6-4/254Davenport Ridge
Elijah MackRB5-11/195Punta Gorda Charlotte
Armunz MathewsCB5-11/180Tallahassee N. Florida Chr.
Gabe NabersTE6-2/215Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes
Andre PolkOLB6-3/190South Fort Myers
Chris OladokunQB6-1/175Sickles
Darnell SalomonWR6-3/210Miami Central
Craig SmithOT6-7/303Tyler (Texas) J.C.
Micario StanleyLB6-1/245Cape Coral
Grayson StoverOL6-6/300Hudson
Craig Watts Jr.DB6-0/180Admiral Farragut
Michael WiggsOG6-3/275Lakeland Lake Gibson
EARLY ENROLLEES (3)
Glen BethelOT6-6/300Arizona Western C.C.
LaDarrius JacksonDE6-4/243Hinds (Miss.) C.C.
Trevon SandsATH5-11/175Miami Southwest

HOT PROSPECTS: A pair of four-star commitments (Salomon, Watts) has helped propel USF to second — behind Houston — in the 247Sports and Rivals rankings of American Athletic Conference recruiting classes. Bethel and Sands, holdovers from the 2014 class, already have enrolled with Jackson, who could provide immediate help to an area of need (defensive end). If all the commitments hold true, the Bulls could boast the AAC's best group of incoming offensive linemen, led by Bethel — who will compete for the left tackle job immediately — and Gainer. Mathews could evolve into the starter at the husky position (where Byrd excelled) if USF stays with the 4-2-5 system under new defensive coordinator Raymond Woodie.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

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