TAMPA ― If the final stretch before signing day comes and goes without much of a splash at USF, it’s only because Jeff Scott and Co. preceded it with a proverbial cannonball.
Thanks to a banner weekend in mid-January, Scott’s inaugural recruiting class appears nearly set, with some wriggle room left over for an 11th-hour pledge or two, and some later arrivals via the transfer portal.
Entering this weekend, when only a handful of prospects are expected on campus, USF has nine recruits (including transfers) from December’s early signing period locked up, and nine more pledges expected to sign a week from today.
Seven of those commitments came two weekends ago, the first recruiting weekend featuring Scott and his entire coaching staff.
“We invited seven guys to come on campus with their families last weekend (Jan. 17-19) for an official visit, and that was kind of our top seven guys that we were going after,” Scott said during a recent interview on WDAE, the school’s flagship radio station.
“And we had some other guys scheduled for the next weekend in case we missed (some) of those guys, but very fortunate all seven of those guys have committed. So that was pretty good right out of the gate for our staff, and I think there’s just a lot of excitement, a lot of energy.”
Among the three to four prospects expected on campus this weekend are Orlando Edgewater three-star interior offensive lineman David Anderton. The starting left tackle on the 2019 Edgewater team that reached the Class 7A state final, Anderton (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) got an in-home visit Monday night from Scott and offensive line coach Allen Mogridge.
An Anderton commitment would give USF three offensive line pledges entering the second signing day, helping fulfill what Scott has deemed a critical area of need for the Bulls.
Here’s how the 2020 class shapes up (signees and pledges) entering this final furlong. The group doesn’t include Stanford defensive tackle (and Plant High alumnus) Bo Peek because USF hasn’t formally confirmed his recent announcement (via social media) that he’s joining the Bulls as a graduate transfer.
USF signees (including transfers)
RB Brian Battie, 5-8/170, Sarasota
WR Omarion Dollison, 5-9/172, Columbia (S.C.) Gray Collegiate*
RB Darrian Felix, 5-11/197, Oregon*
QB Cade Fortin, 6-3/220, North Carolina*
CB AJ Hamilton, 5-10/161, Dunnellon
S Mac Harris, 6-0/200, The Villages Charter
CB Ben Knox, 6-2/173, DeLand
CB Chris Townsel, 6-2/176, Deerfield Beach*
DT Sione Tuitupou, 6-4/290, East Los Angeles College*
WR Sincere Brown, 6-4/170, Charleston (S.C.) First Baptist
LB Levontae Camiel, 6-1/200, Lake City Columbia
DE Gilber Edmond, 6-4/215, Fort Pierce Westwood
OG Uriah Greene, 6-3/288, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DE Tramel Logan, 6-3/230, Miami Washington
QB Katravis Marsh, 6-4/195, Miami Central
OG Cesar Reyes, 6-5/287, Chamberlain
QB Jordan Smith, 6-1/180, Lake City Columbia
TE Holden Willis, 6-4/204, Greenback (Tenn.)