USF picked up its fifth bay area pledge from the class of 2021 Wednesday evening when lanky Clearwater High receiver Cardrece Mobley indicated via Instagram that he intends to sign with the Bulls.
The Bulls’ 18th non-binding commitment from the class, Mobley (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) joins defensive tackle Desmond “Tank” Mamudi (Carrollwood Day), receive Nickola Tshivuadi (Clearwater Academy International), offensive tackle Andrew Kilfoyl (Gaither) and defensive tackle Jhalin Hobbs (Lennard) as USF commitments.
Rivals currently lists him as a two-star prospect, but his stock could skyrocket this fall if a conventional prep season unfolds. He had 35 catches last season while playing alongside 1,000-yard receiver Keedrik Murray.
Clearwater (9-3) reached the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
“‘Drece didn’t probably get as many balls as he deserved, just because those two had such a good chemistry,” Tornadoes coach Don Mesick said. “He does have a really high ceiling because he is a big-body kid.”
An honorable-mention pick on last year’s Tampa Bay Times all-Pinellas County squad, Mobley was a left-handed quarterback for Countryside in 2018 before transferring. Though primarily a wideout, he is capable of moving inside to tight end or possibly even providing matchup headaches in the slot.
“He’s a tremendous blocker,” Mesick said. “Last year that might have been the strongest point of his game. The two biggest things he had going for him last year was, he was a really good blocker on the perimeter, and he’s really tough to bring down.”