USF coach Skip Holtz has made a late addition to his fall roster, announcing Friday that Mike McFarland, a tight end from Tampa's Blake High who spent last season redshirting at Florida, has transferred to USF and will start practicing with the team immediately.
USF said it is pursuing a hardship waiver (citing a family illness) that could allow McFarland to play this fall, rather than sit out the season as normally required for transfers from four-year schools to I-A programs. McFarland is the second transfer from Gainesville to Tampa, joining another freshman, receiver Chris Dunkley, who joined the Bulls this summer.
Much like Dunkley, McFarland was a coveted recruit out of high school -- Scout.com rated him as a four-star recruit and ranked him as the nation's No. 12 tight end; Rivals.com called him a three-star and No. 24 nationally at his position.
McFarland, 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, will wear No. 86 for the Bulls. If he can play this fall, it would help the Bulls at a thin position, as junior Jeff Hawkins was lost for the 2011 season when he tore his right ACL during voluntary workouts last month.