At least a half-dozen high school seniors — and possibly more — are expected to sign with USF when the NCAA's new 72-hour early signing period for football commences Wednesday.
Homestead South Dade TE Chris Carter Jr., a three-star prospect who reaffirmed his commitment to USF on Dec. 7, said Monday morning he'll sign with the Bulls on Wednesday.
He joins Plant QB Jordan McCloud, Admiral Farragut WR Zion Roland, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna OG Sebastian Sainterling, Okeechobee ATH Jajuan Cherry and Chiefland RB Brian Norris as Bulls commitments expected to sign by Friday.
Those who have confirmed they'll wait until the conventional early signing day in February: Admiral Farragut DT John Waller, Lakeland Jenkins DE Jordan Domineck, Tallahassee Leon DE Trey Laing, Pensacola Catholic OT Ethan Watson and West Florida Tech S Keyon Helton.
USF currently has 23 non-binding verbal commitments, and appears in solid contention for a handful of prominent local recruits who remain undecided.
Among them are Tampa Bay Tech QB Michael Penix, a three-star prospect who recently de-committed from Tennessee. Penix, who will sign Wednesday afternoon at his school, visited FSU over the weekend and appears to have narrowed his choices to the 'Noles, Bulls and Indiana.
Jesuit CB Kendrick Torain, a former UCLA commit, also appears to be warming up to USF and has a mid-January visit planned. Torain also will visit Maryland and Louisville in January, according to 247Sports.