If there's a geographic trend in Skip Holtz's recruiting efforts, it's perhaps that USF has been active and successful in the state of Georgia, and the latest from the Peach State is Joshua Parris, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end from Stephenson High in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain.
"I have family in Florida, I like the weather, and the offense they run is something else I like," said Parris, who considers his strength being a sure-handed pass-catcher, though he's working on his blocking skills as well.
It's the same school where running back Willie Davis, a 2011 Bulls signee, went to school, and Parris said he was impressed by the way Davis talked about the players and coaches from USF. Parris has a strong list of offers -- he named Vanderbilt and Mississippi as his next two choices, but also had offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Syracuse and Southern Miss.
Minutes later, he texted an update, saying the news of his USF commitment had prompted scholarship offers Friday night from Louisville and Boston College. Did that change his commitment? Not at all.
"Nothing can change my mind," he wrote. "I'm a Bull and I'm going to stay a Bull."
Parris transferred to Stephenson from Shiloh High in nearby Snellville, but Stephenson is overloaded with Division I talent this year, with as many as 12 seniors meriting major-college offers. When asked how many teammates had scholarship offers from USF, he said "basically all the starters." Running back Mike Davis and defensive tackle JaFar Mann have already committed to Florida, and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe to Florida State. Among those the Bulls are contending for at Stephenson are linebacker Raphael Kirby and defensive end Jarontay Jones, both four-star recruits according to Rivals.com.
He's also USF's second commitment from Georgia this year, joining cornerback D.J. White; Davis was one of three USF signees from Georgia in the Bulls' class arriving this fall.
Posted by Greg Auman at 10:25:57 pm on May 13, 2011