Sunday, January 21, 2018
Colleges

Cornerback, running back commit to USF Bulls

TAMPA — USF picked up oral commitments Sunday from Lamar Robbins, a cornerback from Miami Southridge, as well as Stafon McCray, a running back from Kissimmee Osceola. Both made official visits this weekend.

Robbins, 6 feet 3, 200 pounds, is a four-star recruit, according to rivals.com and 247Sports.com and a three-star, according to espn.com. He had about 30 offers and also visited Oklahoma, West Virginia, Louisville and Purdue.

McCray, a 5-11, 196-pound consensus three-star recruit, is a teammate of another USF oral commitment, defensive back Hassan Childs.

Oral commitments cannot be made binding until Feb. 6.

The Bulls also lost two commitments.

Junior college cornerback Howard Wilder decommitted after visiting Cincinnati. He said he is still considering the Bulls but the Bearcats now lead.

Also decommitting was Jesuit defensive tackle Robby Garcia. Garcia, who committed to fired coach Skip Holtz, said USF told him to "keep my options open." He visited Iowa State this weekend and said he hopes to hear from Boston College this week.

And don't expect the arrival of former Plant High star Phillip Ely, who has been a backup during Alabama's two national titles.

Recruiting site Bulls247.com reported this weekend Ely is considering transferring to USF. But Plant coach Robert Weiner said Sunday he spoke to Ely, who told him he was not considering it.

Mississippi: The school agreed to pay Houston Nutt, fired as coach after the 2011 season, a lump sum of $4.35 million to complete his contract buyout. There was $4.8 million left on a $6 million buyout scheduled to be paid out over five years.

Virginia Tech: Corner Antone Exum, a second-team all-ACC pick in 2012 who considered declaring for the draft, has a torn right ACL and could miss the start of 2013. The school did not disclose how or when the injury occurred.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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