TAMPA — As dusk descends Saturday on Raymond James Stadium, USF junior Marquez Valdes-Scantling will emerge from the southwest tunnel with his peers, immersing himself in a sea of adoration, pulsating band music and optimism.If all goes as hoped, at some point later that evening he'll hook up with his legend, which preceded him. Valdes-Scantling hasn't caught an official pass for USF. But his unofficial ones —with the 2015 scout team — have transformed him into arguably the greatest Bull you've never seen."Any time he went deep," tailback Marlon Mack said, "he was 2 feet away from the DB and catching the ball." "Every single time we went up against (him), he went and made a crazy catch," middle linebacker Auggie Sanchez said. "Every single week. Every single one he made an awesome play, a vertical touchdown over one of our corners or a vertical touchdown over two or three guys."If any Bull epitomizes this season of percolating anticipation, it's the sleek wideout in a small forward's body, who arrived last summer after two seasons at North Carolina State. Rarely in Tampa has a September — or a player — arrived with so much buildup.In both cases, it's warranted. The Bulls, perhaps deeper than ever at the skill spots, have a bona fide chance to make history (i.e. program's first conference title). Valdes-Scantling (6 feet 5, 207 pounds), who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, has a chance to make highlights."I don't think I'm gonna cry. It's definitely gonna be emotional though," said Valdes-Scantling, slated to start at X-receiver in USF's three-receiver set. "I haven't played a game since December 2014. That's definitely a long time to be away from football, especially when you've played every snap your entire life."If destiny were to offer him a debut similar to the one he made at N.C. State three years ago, he'd likely take that deal.On the second play of his college career, Valdes-Scantling hauled in a 26-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Mitchell. A quarter later, he made a 21-yard snag on third and 4. By night's end, he had four catches for a team-best 87 yards in a 40-14 rout of Louisiana Tech, spoiling the Bulldogs coaching debut of a guy named Skip Holtz.A week later, he again led all Wolfpack receivers (eight catches, 87 yards) in a 23-21 victory against Richmond. Valdes-Scantling finished with 22 catches that season, but hit a snag as a sophomore, struggling with consistency and the Wolfpack's offensive philosophy.He started eight games that year, but could only match his freshman receptions total. N.C. State finished 8-5 and topped UCF in the St. Petersburg Bowl — the last college game in which Valdes-Scantling has played — but ranked 82nd nationally in pass offense (204 yards per game)."It was just they did different things with the offense with the running backs and the tight ends, and the receivers weren't really involved in the passing game as much," said Valdes-Scantling, noting he wasn't the only Wolfpack receiver to depart after the 2014 season."That was my ultimate decision of why to leave. I wanted to be at the next level and not being able to get the ball, that was a main reason."Nonetheless, he said the decision was agonizing, flanked by an assortment of questions: Is it really worth transferring? Am I gonna be able to reach the goals I want at another school? Should I tough it out up here?Some answers begin arriving Saturday, but others have long since been attained. His family, which includes his parents and younger brother Marcellus Scantling, now can see him perform regularly. "They haven't gotten to see me play in a long time," he said.He's also reunited with former Lakewood teammates Rodney Adams and Adrian Palmore, the former of which will line up alongside him in the slot. As seniors in 2012, the trio helped guide the Spartans to a 10-2 record and the Class 5A region semifinals."(Transferring) was definitely the toughest time for me, but I think coming here has been the best time," said Valdes-Scantling, who's about seven classes shy of his communications degree with a long-term goal of a master's in sports management."I enjoy myself, I enjoy my teammates. I love being around the guys, the coaches, the atmosphere. It's a real family and I enjoy being here."They'll convene inside that tunnel Saturday, just before Valdes-Scantling embarks on the most eagerly-awaited chapter of his career. Receivers coach T.J. Weist said he's not concerned about Valdes-Scantling, less than six weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, psyching himself out or being too amped. "Even though it's been a while, he's played enough," Weist said. "He knows."It's hardly his first rodeo. Just the first one in which he's the Bull."He's got the body, he's got all the tools, everything you need," Sanchez said. "Last year (on scout team), he did it to us. So this year, hopefully, he'll do it to the opposing team."