One more name to keep an eye on this weekend as USF wraps up its 2012 recruiting class -- former Bulls signee Tiger Powell, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back from Lake City, is coming in Friday for an official campus visit, giving Skip Holtz one more option if he chooses to sign a running back.
Powell was technically part of Holtz's first recruiting class --he committed to USF under Jim Leavitt in March 2009, though by the time he signed with the Bulls in February 2010, it was understood he would be heading to junior college. He's played the last two seasons at Jones County Community College in Mississippi, following the same path his high school position coach, Quinton Callum, did before playing running back for USF in 2001-02.
After a quiet first season at Jones, Powell flourished this year, rushing for a team-best 897 yards and 12 touchdowns in just nine games, earning second-team all-region honors. Two weeks ago, he said he hadn't heard from USF coaches in months, and he still does not have a scholarship offer, though he could pick one up by the end of the weekend.
Running back remains a key position for USF to address -- with Darrell Scott leaving early for the NFL Draft, the Bulls have little depth behind rising senior Demetris Murray, with juniors Marcus Shaw (38 yards) and Bradley Battles and redshirt freshman Willie Davis.
Holtz now has three options to choose from at running back -- another junior college recruit, Mike Pierre, will make an official visit from his Orlando home before heading back out to his California junior college, and the Bulls could still extend an offer to Citra North Marion's Jamie Gilmore, a teammate of Bulls commitment Sean Price who has expressed an interest in playing for the Bulls. USF may or may not use a scholarship on one of those three running backs, depending on what happens with existing commitments and uncommitted players.
USF is still waiting and optimistic about two high school recruits who made campus visits two weeks ago -- Oakland Park Northeast offensive lineman Kam Davis and Gainesville linebacker Tashon Whitehurst. Whitehurst, a Syracuse commitment, had made an official visit to Rutgers this past weekend, so the Bulls should benefit there from coach Greg Schiano leaving to become the Bucs' head coach.