TAMPA ― In the first recruiting weekend commanding his full attention and including his full complement of assistants, new USF football coach Jeff Scott addressed his two most critical needs.
The Bulls got non-binding pledges Sunday from 6-foot-5 Miami Central pro-style quarterback Katravis Marsh and Chamberlain 315-pound offensive tackle Cesar Reyes. Both are three-star prospects according to Rivals.
A day earlier, Lake City Columbia outside linebacker Le’vontae Camiel reaffirmed his commitment to the Bulls, announcing via Twitter he is shutting down his recruiting.
The pledges from Marsh and Reyes were especially significant, coming three days after Jeff Scott told the Tampa Bay Times that offensive line and quarterback depth were his most pressing needs entering before the Feb. 5 signing day. The Bulls have only 10 offensive linemen on scholarship, some of whom are nursing injuries that may keep them sidelined this spring.
Marsh, a onetime Utah pledge, led Central to the 2019 Class 6A state title. He went 10-for-15 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown, with 19 yards and another TD on five carries, in a 62-27 romp of Pensacola Escambia in the title game. The Rockets rushed for a state title-game record 498 yards.
“He is someone who has it all: size, athletic ability and field awareness,” longtime south Florida football recruiting analyst Larry Blustein said. “(He) needs to continue developing and maturing, and he has the chance to be very special.”
Reyes had offers from LSU and Nebraska before suffering a knee injury as a junior. Last summer, he was ranked No. 39 on the annual HomeTeam 100 list of the bay area’s top players.