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USF football recruiting remains bright spot in bleak summer

The Bulls recently got a pledge from Clearwater Academy International's Nick Tshivuadi
USF football coach Jeff Scott has received 12 non-binding pledges from Class of 2021 recruits to this point. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
USF football coach Jeff Scott has received 12 non-binding pledges from Class of 2021 recruits to this point. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] [ SCOTT KEELER | TAMPA BAY TIMES ]
Published Jul. 11, 2020

In our ongoing efforts to unearth silver linings during this grim juncture, we bring you the Bulls' 2021 football recruiting class.

It continues building steam, not to mention a bit of national cachet.

Five months before the commencement of the early signing period, the Bulls’ class ― which currently features 12 non-binding pledges ― is ranked 60th and 66th by Rivals and 247Sports, respectively.

For context, neither recruiting service had USF’s 2020 class in its final top 100.

Related: Riverview High alum TJ Robinson commits to USF

The latest addition to the group is 6-foot-4 Clearwater Academy International receiver Nick Tshivuadi, who pledged to Jeff Scott’s program July 4. A Canada native who moved to the bay area last summer, Tshivuadi is deemed a project of sorts with boundless physical upside.

“He’s a big, rangy receiver who’s a natural route runner and extremely coachable,” CAI coach Jesse Chinchar said. “He fits the mold of the big-bodied receivers Coach Scott likes and is used to having in his offense.”

Speaking of upside, the potential exists for the Bulls’ class to keep burgeoning.

USF remains in the hunt for Calvary Christian three-star defensive back Makkah “MJ” Jordan and 270-pound Savannah (Ga.) defensive tackle Jacquez Williams, both of whom recently listed USF among the “finalists” they’re considering.