USF on Wednesday confirmed the transfer of Texas freshman ILB Cecil Cherry, who becomes the fifth player in less than a year to transfer from a Power Five school to USF.
The others: OL Reilly Gibbons (Stanford), QB Asiantii Woulard (UCLA), WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (N.C. State) and S Austin Hudson (Wisconsin).
Only Gibbons is currently eligible; Woulard is seeking a hardship waiver from the NCAA. A sixth possible transfer, former Pasco High TE Bowman Archibald (Wake Forest), announced in July he's transferring to USF, but hasn't yet formally joined the Bulls program.
According to USF, Cherry will enroll this week and will have four years' eligibility remaining after sitting out the '15 season. He can begin practicing once the enrollment process is complete, perhaps as early as Thursday.
Coach Willie Taggart gave his players Wednesday off, taking the team to the beach.
"Nearly all of the transfers we've asked to join our program are guys we knew very well," Taggart said in a news release.
"We built very strong relationships with them and their families during their high school recruiting process and are confident how they will benefit our program going forward."
Deemed a four-star recruit by Rivals, Cherry transferred from Frostproof to Lakeland Victory Christian for his senior year, leading the Storm to the Class 2A state title. He posted 160 tackles (95 solos), two sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles, earning Small School Defensive Player of the Year Honors from the Lakeland Ledger.
He chose Texas after initially committing to Tennessee, but spent only three days in the Longhorns' preseason camp. Cherry's dad, Winston, told the Austin American-Statesman that Texas "isn't designed for (Cecil's) style of defense."