NEWPORT, R.I. — Skip Holtz and two of his seniors are representing USF here at the Big East football media gathering, where the Bulls find out today where they'll be in the league's preseason media poll. But the day's biggest news could come tonight in Jupiter, where coveted QB Tyler Cameron is announcing his college decision, with USF a favorite ahead of LSU, Illinois and Purdue.
Cameron is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, which ranks him as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country; the Orlando Sentinel rates him as the state's No. 18 overall recruit this year and the top player listed as a quarterback. His commitment would add to a promising recruiting class that was rated No. 20 in the nation in Rivals' initial ranking of the nation's 2012 classes.
Cameron, 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds, said Saturday he was waiting to publicly announce his decision until today, but another USF commitment, Gainesville CB Chris Bivins, might have let the cat out of the bag on Twitter.com. Bivins mentioned Cameron as a USF commitment, saying "Welcome to the family," but quickly deleted the post. "Don't be surprised if Tyler does commit," he later wrote.
B.J. Daniels seems entrenched as a starter entering his junior season, but Cameron would overlap one season with Daniels, entering a competition with current sophomore Bobby Eveld and freshman Matt Floyd for the right to (in the least) succeed Daniels.
USF already has two four-star recruits committed for 2012 in TE Sean Price and WR LaMarlin Wiggins.
LATE ADDITION?: Holtz won't release his fall roster until Wednesday as the Bulls work out the final members of the 105-player group that on Saturday will head to Vero Beach for 11 days.
One possible late addition is former Blake TE Mike McFarland, who is transferring from Florida and waiting for word from the Bulls. If a scholarship isn't available, McFarland could join the Bulls as a walk-on, as Auburn transfer Dontae Aycock did last summer before going on scholarship this spring after a solid fall.
McFarland said Sunday that he is exploring a hardship waiver due to a family illness that would allow him to play immediately this fall without sitting out a year.
THIS AND THAT: Which Bulls player has the most career starts? That would be senior G Jeremiah Warren, who is in Newport representing the USF offense and has started all 26 games over the past two seasons. Fellow senior G Chaz Hine, the former walk-on from Newsome, is one start behind Warren with 25. … Holtz will have a more traditional in-studio weekly coaches show this fall on Bright House Sports Network, taped on Tuesday morning and likely airing on Tuesday nights. Last year, Holtz's weekly news conferences were aired live with interviews afterward, but Holtz will now be able to go over highlights from each week's games.