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USF Bulls get oral commitment from North Carolina prep school defensive tackle

North Carolina Tech defensive tackle Marquis White has orally committed to USF, his high school coach said Monday.

White, 6 feet 5, 297 pounds, played at Orlando Olympia with current Bulls commitment Corian Hamilton and spent the past year at North Carolina Tech, a prep school in Charlotte. He visited USF on Jan. 21 and made his final recruiting trip to Florida A&M over the weekend before picking the Bulls, helping them fill a need. White also had North Carolina and Minnesota among his suitors.

"I think South Florida made him feel the most comfortable with the offer they gave him," said Tim Newman, White's coach at N.C. Tech. "He'll probably be playing on Sundays; he made a great impact here for us. A year or two from now, he'll be a fantastic player; he just has to mature into his position.

"This is a natural-born athlete, like a freak of nature. He's got great size, he's fast, he's got great instincts. We had to tell him to stop hitting the quarterback in practice one day. They got a quality football player. It looks like that program is going in the right direction, getting guys like Marquis."

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OBITUARY: Vaughn Mancha, a four-year starter at center and middle linebacker for Alabama from 1944 to 1947 and the athletic director at Florida State for 12 years, died in a Tallahassee hospice Thursday. He was 89.

TEMPLE: Chuck Heater, formerly co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Florida, was hired as defensive coordinator.

VANDERBILT: Coach James Franklin completed his staff by hiring former William and Mary defensive coordinator Bob Shoop to the same job, former Georgia Southern assistant Brent Pry as co-defensive coordinator, former Miami assistant Wesley McGriff as defensive backs coach and defensive recruiting coordinator and former Bowling Green assistant Sean Spencer as defensive line coach.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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