TAMPA — Dunedin junior running back Adaris Bellamy, expected to be one of the top backs in the state in the fall, became USF's first oral commitment for 2009 when he gave a pledge to football coach Jim Leavitt on Saturday.
"It just seemed like the right fit for me," said Bellamy, who rushed for 1,950 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, earning first team All-State honors in Class 5A.
Bellamy, 5-foot-10 and 219 pounds, already had offers from Clemson and Mississippi, and was being recruited by other top-tier schools, but he was sold on USF after visiting the Bulls' first practice Wednesday with Dunedin coach Mark Everett.
CLEMSON: Running back Ray Ray McElrathbey, who gained attention two years ago for taking custody of his 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr, after their parent were unable to take care for him, will not play for the Tigers next season. Coach Tommy Bowden said that McElrathbey, 21, will graduate in August. McElrathbey has two years' eligibility left and could play for another school or remain at Clemson to pursue a master's degree.
Nebraska: Offensive lineman Andy Christensen was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a bar, and has been suspended from the team.
Southern Cal: A recruit was charged Friday in connection with the robbery of a man on a Compton street. Maurice Simmons, 18, a linebacker from Dominguez High in Compton, and Lamont Hall, 19, were charged with second-degree robbery and assault with a firearm. Both pleaded not guilty in court.
USF hits two slams
in eighth-inning rally
TAMPA — The Bulls tied an NCAA record by hitting two grand slams in the eighth inning of a 12-6 win over Savannah State in the first game of a doubleheader sweep. USF won the second game 9-0. Juniors Brandon Smith and Trey Manz each hit slams, matching an NCAA feat accomplished 21 previous times. The Bulls entered the eighth trailing 6-1. The last time a team hit two slams in an inning was Quinnipiac in 2005.
FSU: Elih Villanueva pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the host Seminoles beat Maryland 5-4, then won the nightcap 16-0 to run their winning streak over Maryland to 32 in a row. FSU is 11-0 overall, 2-0 ACC.
Florida: Avery Barnes singled with the bases loaded in the ninth as the host Gators (9-3) won 8-7 to salvage a doubleheader split with defending Ivy League champ Brown. Sophomore Will Weidig shut out UF for six innings to win the first game 11-2.
USF Softball: The U.S. national team beat the Bulls 18-0 in Clearwater.
Times wires contributed to this report.