USF football coach Skip Holtz gave his first comments on the Bulls' first signees Wednesday in an interview on GoUSFbulls.com. Here are some of his comments:
Holtz: "Today is the day that everything comes together after a couple of hard weeks on the road. Just a lot of excitement and anticipation to get all these letters in here. As long as we don't have any major surprises today, we'll be fine."
On QB Jamius Gunsby: "He has great size at 6-5, 230 pounds. Athletic, has a very strong arm. I think he's so athletic, he can do so many different things. Especially with B.J. Daniels, he's really your only quarterback on scholarship. I think it's really important to get somebody in there that can play in a backup role."
"He's an incredible athlete when you look at his size. Playing quarterback is all about developing mentally. He has every physical tool to be as good as he wants to be. I hate to put him in the pressure of that category, but he's a Vince Young-type of player. He's tall, he's athletic, he's strong. He's going to have to develop mentally. I don't think you can throw the whole offense at him right now. It's like drinking through a fire hose. He's not going to be able to absorb it all."
On tackle Jake Kaufman, 6-8, 320: "Great size. He wears a size-19 shoe. I don't care if he can't move his feet, they have to run around him. You look at a guy you can plant as an anchor at a tackle position. Huge individual. I don't know that he's done growing. ... We need to get a little more beef up front on both sides, and this is a good place to start."
On lineman Tony Kibler, 6-5, 315: "More of an interior player. He's shaped like a refrigerator. He's a box. He's one of those guys you can put at guard and he can hold his ground. Right out of the chutes at 300-plus pounds, they're big, they're thick, they're strong, physical. He's got a chance to be a real anchor for us inside."
On linebacker Hans Louis, who backed out of a Marshall commitment to sign with the Bulls: "Solid player, really good student. Can run, is athletic. Linebacker is really a position of need for us. From a depth standpoint, I think it's something I probably wish we would have addressed a little more in this class. He has a chance to come in and compete for one of the top six linebacker (spots)."
On running back Marcus Shaw, who rushed eight times for 344 yards against Estero: "I hope he has a lot of those in his college career. Leading rusher in the state of Florida, just a great young man. I would compare him to like an Emmitt Smith — hard runner, physical runner, elusive, can make a lot of things happen. I don't care what level you're doing it at, to be the leading rusher in the state of Florida, you're doing something positive. His durability, his toughness, the type of young man he is, I think he has a chance to be a real staple for us at the running back position."
On kicker Chris Veron: "Chris came in here on that original weekend, came into my office with a Bulls hat on, Bulls shirt on. This was the only thing he's wanted to do. When you look at it right now, we need a punter. Himself and (Justin Brockhaus-Kann) are going to be competing for that punting job when we get to fall camp. I'm excited to have him on board and anxious to watch him punt live."