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Sun. February 17, 2013 | Joel Anderson

USF has offered scholarships to three of the bay area’s top recruits, hoping to build on new head coach’s Willie Taggart’s recent success at attracting local talent.

Wharton quarterback Chase Litton, Alonso offensive tackle Gary Brown and Northeast quarterback-receiver Ryan Davis all reported receiving offers from the Bulls at the conclusion of USF’s junior day event Sunday.

Litton and Brown are coming off their junior seasons, while Davis is a rising sophomore.

“Just got offered by USF! #GoBulls,” Litton said via his Twitter account.

“Ya boy Prince of Deadlift just got his first Offer from USF #Legendary,” Brown said.

Litton is the most highly-rated local quarterback in upcoming recruiting class, a 6-foot-6 pocket passer who led Hillsborough County with 2,732 passing yards. He also completed 58 percent of his passes and threw 23 touchdowns, lifting Wharton to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Class 8A playoffs.

Litton received his first and only other offer from LSU in March.

USF is the first program to offer Brown, a 6-3 and 270-pound lineman who was the anchor of Alonso’s balanced offensive attack. He will be one of the Ravens’ three major-college recruits in 2014, including running back Ish Witter and receiver Marcus Mosley.

And Davis is a 5-9, 170-pound quarterback who has also been working out at receiver during recent combines and recruiting events. He totaled more than 2,100 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore, leading the Vikings to a 7-4 record and a playoff berth.

USF hosted nearly 100 recruits during its junior day, the Bulls first media day under Taggart.

The Bulls punctuated their 2013 haul of recruits by luring Hillsborough linebacker Nigel Harris and Freedom defensive back Nate Godwin, two players who were thought to be headed elsewhere until Taggart came to town. Taggart’s efforts on the recruiting trail locally have been lauded by coaches and players around the bay area.

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