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Published Jul. 31, 2007

USF's 2008 recruiting class has increased to six verbal commitments in the past week, with Lake Gibson teammates Josh Garvin and James Jones accepting scholarship offers to play for the Bulls.

Garvin, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman who could play guard or tackle, and Jones, a 6-2, 232-pound defensive end who had 93 tackles and 12 sacks last season, come from the same program as Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe.

"I liked the way the coaches treated me and the way the players acted around each other," said Jones, who said he had offers from West Virginia and Indiana and also was recruited by Virginia Tech and Iowa.

Garvin, who moved to Lakeland from Akron, Ohio, his freshman year, said he had offers from Baylor, Ball State and Florida International and drew interest from Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and Alabama.

USF got a commitment last week from Lake Mary linebacker Mike Lanaris.

FSU: Alex Braunfeld has joined the swimming and diving coaching staff as an assistant.

Times wires contributed to this report.