As recruiting goes, USF has followed up its feeble December with a furious January.
New coach Jeff Scott received two more commitments Tuesday night, from rangy Tennessee receiver Holden Willis and Fort Pierce defensive end Gilber Edmond, giving the Bulls six new non-binding pledges since Sunday.
As a result, Scott’s 2020 class ― which included nine early signees in December ― has moved up from last in the American Athletic Conference to ninth in both the Rivals and 247Sports rankings.
Willis, who projects as a tight end for the Bulls at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, won Tennessee’s Division I, Class 1A Mr. Football award last season. He led Greenback High to the 1A state title game, setting a Tennessee single-season prep record with 28 touchdown catches. In 10 of his 15 games, he had more than one TD reception. Some of his hudl footage can be seen here.
Equally intriguing is Edmond, a 6-4, 215-pound converted receiver who had 80 tackles, 17 sacks, an interception, four fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns last season for Westwood High. His 35-yard TD on a fumble return clinched a win against Sebastian River in the 6A, District 11 title game.