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Friday, January 18, 2013
USF adds two more assistants

By Andrea Adelson

USF announced Friday that it has hired two more assistants -- David Reaves will coach receivers and Eric Mathies will coach defensive line.

Together, the pair brings 24 years of coaching experience to USF, including a combined six years as recruiting coordinators.

"David and Eric bring a great combination of on-the-field coaching experience and recruiting prowess,” coach Willie Taggart said in a statement. "I love the energy that they bring, and they’ll be great compliments to the other staff members. Both have been heavily involved in recruiting, especially here in Florida, and I believe that will be a huge asset as we build this program."

Reaves previously worked at South Carolina, Tennessee and New Mexico. During his career, Reaves has developed a reputation as one of the top recruiters in Florida and the southeast. In 2012, Reaves served as an instructor at IMG Academy, working with top-flight athletes at the professional, collegiate and prep levels.

If his name sounds familiar to you -- his brother-in-law is USC coach Lane Kiffin. And His father, John, was an All-America quarterback at Florida.

Mathies previously worked at Western Kentucky, Tennessee St. and Midwestern (Texas) St. He spent the past eight seasons working at Western Kentucky, serving as recruiting coordinator for three seasons under Taggart.