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A study published in July in the Chronicle of Higher Education looked at recruiting budgets across college football, discovering that USF had the lowest — $468,813 — of any school in a BCS conference. By comparison, Florida's is $1.45-million, or a bit more than three times as much, and Florida State's is just more than double at $946,356. Central Florida was about 35 percent higher, at $632,564.
While USF's athletic budget has doubled in the last five years, the Bulls are known for making more out of less. We asked recruiting coordinator Carl Franks what it says about the Bulls.
"We get done what we need to get done. We don't recruit the entire country, either. We recruit Florida, Georgia, a little bit of lower Alabama, a little bit in New Jersey, but for the most part, we recruit Florida.
"We're fortunate that Southwest Airlines has some great rates for us. We can fly about anywhere we want to in Florida for usually under a hundred bucks, as long as we're able to do it in advance. We usually know when we're going recruiting. We're fortunate that we have the state of Florida to recruit in. It works to our advantage."
Which high school programs have produced the most USF football players entering the 2008 season? Take three guesses. There are 12 programs that have had at least five graduates play in a game for USF. Here they are, with two notable names from each school:
Mike Jenkins, Dyral McMillan
Belle Glade Glades Central: John Miller, Jessie Hester
Hillsborough: J.R. Reed, Joey Sipp
Clearwater Central Catholic: Nick Capogna, Marcus Edwards
Dixie Hollins: Andre Hall, Marquel Blackwell
Miami Edison: Charlie Jackson, Marc Dile, Brouce Mompremier
Jesuit: Derek Carter, Anthony Severino
Punta Gorda Charlotte: Javan Camon, Bruce Gipson
Lake City Columbia: Allen Cray, Sampson Genus
South Sumter: Ben Moffitt, Clenton Crossley
Miami Northwestern: Vassay Marc, Allynson Sheffield
Lake Wales: Chad Barnhardt, Ben Williams
Going both ways
Sophomore Sampson Genus is expected to play at nose tackle, impressive considering he played as an offensive lineman last fall. He joins a short list of players who have played on both sides of the ball since USF moved to Division I-A football in 2001.
The most prominent? Tim Jones, who was a contributor at both defensive line and tight end, later making the Bucs' preseason roster. Derek Carter played briefly at defensive end in 2001 before moving to tight end, and Bruce Gipson is the only Bull to start on both sides in the same season, opening 2004 as a receiver, then shifting to cornerback.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer