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USF’s Jeff Scott addresses vital areas with pledges from Miami’s Katravis Marsh, Chamberlain’s Cesar Reyes

The Bulls fortify depth at quarterback and on the offensive line.
Chamberlain offensive tackle Cesar Reyes said via Twitter on Sunday he plans to sign with USF. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
Chamberlain offensive tackle Cesar Reyes said via Twitter on Sunday he plans to sign with USF. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]
Published Jan. 20
Updated Jan. 20

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.

Related: Jeff Scott: Offensive line, quarterback depth are USF's immediate recruiting needs

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.


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  2. Connecticut's Jalen Gaffney (0) and South Florida's David Collins (0) battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn) [STEPHEN DUNN  |  AP]
  3. USF guard Laquincy Rideau drives to the basket between Houston's Nate Hinton, left, and Fabian White during a game on Jan. 26, 2020, in Houston. [MICHAEL WYKE  |  AP]
  4. USF athletic director Michael Kelly (left) and first-year football coach Jeff Scott have confirmed the Bulls' spring football game will remain on campus. [JOEY KNIGHT | TAMPA BAY TIMES] [Joey Knight]
  5. USF coach Brian Gregory's club dropped its third consecutive game Thursday, falling 65-55 at Wichita State. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  6. Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) smashes into LSU Tigers safety John Battle (26) in the second quarter. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times) [Times]
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Florida Gators wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) catches the ball near the end zone in the third quarter in a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  [Times]
  8. USF defensive back Mike Hampton (7), returning an interception during the 2018 season opener, will help lead the Bulls through what could be the American Athletic Conference's toughest schedule in 2020. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  9. USF wide receiver Randall St. Felix (84) and the Bulls have only one open date in the 2020 season. USF's complete 2020 schedule was finalized Tuesday. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  10. Former USF coach Charlie Strong (left), greeting Alabama coach Nick Saban at a 2017 summer football camp on the Bulls campus, reportedly has joined Saban's staff in an analyst role. [Joey Knight]
  11. Connecticut's Megan Walker, left, drives past USF's Shae Leverett during the second half of the Huskies' 67-47 triumph Sunday at the Yuengling Center. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) [MIKE CARLSON  |  AP]
  12. Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma brings his team to the Yuengling Center for the final time as an American Athletic Conference member today. [SEAN RAYFORD  |  AP]