Punta Gorda Charlotte receiver Alex Mut, the USF signee who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee playing basketball in January, said he plans to wait until spring 2012 to join the Bulls football program.
"I think I'm going to grayshirt," Mut said Tuesday night, speaking of the practice of deferring enrollment until January so as not to start his eligibility clock. "I've been up (to USF) a few times and after talking with Coach (Skip) Holtz and (receivers coach Phil) McGeoghan, they think it's in my best interests. I'll be able to get my bearings in school and make sure my knee is 100 percent before I come back."
Mut had his ACL surgery performed by one of USF's team physicians nine weeks ago and said his recovery is ahead of schedule, with his next step light jogging as his knee continues to improve. Mut plans to enroll at USF this fall as a part-time student, paying his own way as a regular student, allowing him to be around campus without beginning his five-year window of eligibility.
Mut was already expected to redshirt this season, with plenty of depth at receiver, including receivers A.J. Love and Sterling Griffin, who are returning healthy after sitting out the 2010 season with injuries. USF has two other true freshmen from Tampa -- Jefferson's Andre Davis and Robinson's Ruben Gonzalez -- and Holtz has said both will have a chance to compete for the right to play as true freshmen.
By deferring his enrollment, Mut makes it easier for USF to enter this season under the NCAA maximum of 85 total scholarships. The Bulls have more flexibility to add transfers such as former Florida receiver Chris Dunkley and former Gators running back Mike Blakely, both of whom are possible late additions to the incoming class.