Inclement weather may have forced the cancellation of USF's Sling & Shoot 7-on-7 event this weekend, but things have been anything but dormant on the recruiting side.
Four Class of 2020 prospects ― including offensive tackle Miller Merriweather-Lewis ― announced Saturday via Twitter they intend to sign with the Bulls this winter.
The others giving non-binding pledges: juco receiver Da’Quan Bailey-Brown and two players from Lake City Columbia: receiver Marquez Bell and speed rusher Levontae Camiel.
The significance of Merriweather-Lewis’ announcement? He’s considered a four-star prospect by Rivals. No four-star recruit has signed with the Bulls in the Charlie Strong era.
A 6-foot-4, 310-pounder from Ocala Trinity Catholic (where new Bulls offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell once coached), Merriweather-Lewis said Bulls coaches have assured him they want him at tackle.
He said his other serious offers include Florida, Georgia, UCF, Auburn, Louisville, Michigan and Oklahoma State, among others.
“There are most definitely some exciting times coming in the future down there,” Merriweather-Lewis said in a text message Saturday. “The speed of the new offense is ridiculous and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Bailey-Brown, who attended Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas High, had 12 receptions for 231 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman last season at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. He also averaged nearly 26 yards on 24 kick returns.
Marquez Bell (6-0, 160), a three-star prospect, reportedly has offers from a number of Power Five programs. Camiel (6-2, 205), once a South Alabama commitment, said he was swayed to switch to USF by Kerwin Bell, new Bulls defensive line coach Paul Spicer and Columbia quarterback Jordan Smith, who previously committed to the Bulls.
“They changed the game,” Camiel said.
USF now has nine commitments from the Class of ’20.
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