After bountiful December, Bulls expect subdued signing day

USF locked up 24 recruits in the NCAA's early signing period in late December
USF coach Charlie Strong signed 24 players in December. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
USF coach Charlie Strong signed 24 players in December. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Feb. 6, 2018

Less than 24 hours before 'flip' and 'fax' again re-enter the mainstream sports lexicon, all signs indicate USF is set for its quietest national signing day on record.

Just the way the Bulls envisioned it.

Roughly six weeks after receiving 24 letters of intent during the NCAA's inaugural early signing period, the Bulls are expected to receive only two or three more faxes Wednesday.

Among the final signees will be Admiral Farragut three-star DT John Waller, who remains pledged to the Bulls despite some late interest elsewhere, Blue Jackets coach (and former USF assistant) Rick Kravitz said Monday.

Another longstanding Bulls pledge, Venice three-star DT Tyrone Barber, also plans to sign with USF that day, Indians coach John Peacock said. Lakeland Jenkins three-star DE Jordan Domineck, who made a non-binding verbal commitment to the Bulls last summer, said he de-committed over the weekend.

The final signatures should fortify USF's position atop the American Athletic Conference's recruiting rankings, which shouldn't greatly fluctuate Wednesday. USF's class currently is ranked second in the league (behind Cincinnati) by 247Sports and Rivals.

Each of the AAC's four top ranked teams (per 247) already have at least 20 signees.

Technically, USF has some wiggle room that would enable it to sign a few more players (as this story explains), but the Bulls likely won't utilize it Wednesday, instead saving a scholarship or two for a possible transfer.

All of which makes Wednesday more quiet than climactic.

Just the way the Bulls envisioned it.