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Six months before signing period, USF is sitting pretty

The Bulls’ 2020 class currently is ranked 38th nationally by Rivals.
With a week still remaining in June, USF coach Charlie Strong already has received non-binding verbal commitments from 14 members of the Class of 2020. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Jun. 24

The six-month countdown to college football’s early signing period has commenced, which prompts the pointless, provocative, if-the-signing-period-began-today query.

For USF fans, it’s an uplifting hypothetical.

The Bulls added two more non-binding commitments from the Class of 2020 over the weekend, giving them 14. At this point, Rivals ranks the class first in the American Athletic Conference and tied for 38th nationally. No other Group of Five program is ranked higher.

The latest to pledge: Two-way standouts Mac Harris (6-foot, 200 pounds) of The Villages and A.J. Hamilton (6-0, 165) of Dunnellon. Harris is deemed a two-star recruit by Rivals, Hamilton a three-star.

Both likely will begin their college careers as defensive backs.

Harris totaled more than 2,100 yards as a quarterback and 100 tackles on defense last season, helping lead the Buffalo to the Class 4A region finals.

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They fell to Hamilton’s team in that round. Hamilton finished the ’19 season with 12 receptions for 289 yards, another 289 yards rushing, and six pass breakups and an interception on defense.

But again, six months remain before either can officially become Bulls. The early signing period for football starts Dec. 18.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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