USF continues to pick up momentum in recruiting, as the Bulls picked up a commitment Friday from Kofi Amichia, a 6-foot-4, 263-pound offensive tackle from McEachern High School in the Atlanta suburb of Powder Springs.
"I went down there for a visit last Friday and they really treated me like family, made me feel like I was one of them," said Amichia (a-MEECH-ee-a), who chose the Bulls over Cincinnati, Indiana and Southern Miss.
Amichia is the starting right tackle at McEachern, important because the team has a left-handed quarterback, making him the blind-side tackle, though he said USF is interested in looking at him as a guard in college. His athleticism is a strength -- he has played basketball up until this past year, and he has a 6-foot-10 wingspan with long arms to extend in blocking.
"He's a very athletic kid -- big, tall and long," said McEachern coach Kyle Hockman, who was a graduate assistant at East Carolina in 1990, working directly under current USF offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler. "He's really strong in pass protection, and he's just a real solid individual off the field as well."
Amichia's parents were both born in Ghana in West Africa, and he didn't even realize he has a bond with one of USF's current players -- his name is the middle name of linebacker Sam Barrington, who has visited his father in Ghana in each of the last two springs.
Amichia is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com, which ranks him as the No. 80 offensive tackle in the country; Rivals.com has yet to evaluate him in its star system. USF is now more than halfway through its available scholarships -- counting greyshirt Alex Mut, the Bulls now have nine scholarships accounted for for 2012, with only 14 scholarship seniors due to graduate. The Bulls could pick up another commitment next week when Jupiter quarterback Tyler Cameron announces his decision, choosing from USF, LSU, Illinois and Purdue.