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After November swoon, USF hopes for December surge…in recruiting

With less than a month before the NCAA's signing period, USF has non-binding commitments from at least 17 players
USF coach Charlie Strong and his staff were set to go out recruiting in earnest on Monday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
USF coach Charlie Strong and his staff were set to go out recruiting in earnest on Monday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Nov. 26, 2018

Having watched their team limp to the regular season finish line, Bulls fans can only hope their coaches hit the recruiting trail Monday with full, furious strides.

They appear to have some catching up to do.

Based on how much credence one lends to the nation's most prominent recruiting services, USF finds itself in the American Athletic Conference's middle pack with less than a month remaining before the NCAA's early signing period (Dec. 19-21).

The Bulls' class of 17 non-binding commitments is ranked seventh in the AAC by 247Sports, and fourth by Rivals (which lists 18 commitments). All 17 commitments are deemed three-star prospects by 247Sports; Rivals ranks 13 as three-stars.

Seven are defensive players, though if Strong's post-UCF comments are any sign, he'll be scouring the state and South to increase that number.

"Right now on defense we play a lot of guys, but we've got to get bigger, we've got to get stronger," Strong said. "When you look at it, you have (Khalid) McGee (213 pounds), who's one of your starting linebackers and he's a safety. He's playing 'backer so you've got to go recruiting and go get you some guys."

Related: USF morning after: assessing the fallout from a 5-game skid

Ascertaining how many players Strong can or will sign during this cycle is nearly impossible, based on unknown factors (number of players who will leave, others who could transfer in).

As it stands, USF loses 13 scholarship seniors and returns approximately 70 others on scholarship. With an 85-scholarship limit, a signing class of roughly 25 is likely.