Tuesday, June 26, 2012
USF recruiting on a hot streak
By Andrea Adelson
It has been hard to ignore some of the headlines USF has made in recent weeks on the recruiting trail.
On the heels of commitments from four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard and four-star running back Jojo Kemp, the Bulls have made some serious strides in gaining high-profile commits. USF and Louisville now have gotten commitments in the class of 2013 from two four-star prospects to lead the entire conference.
The pace is a far cry from a season ago, when USF struggled to gain early commitments. As of now, USF has eight. I had a chance to ask ESPN Recruiting Nation Insider Corey Long for his take on how USF has done so far.
"The numbers are a little better this year overall for sure," he said. "The major difference is the commitments of Tshumbi Johnson and Xavier Richardson from a junior day in February. Last year, South Florida received two of their biggest commitments right after the Super Bull (defensive back Chris Bivins and tight end Sean Price), and this year they received three commits (four if you count Woulard's from the Friday before) so they have made their splash around this time.
"I think the other major difference is that they met needs at quarterback and running back head on this year. Last year, they needed an arm and one running back and they just never pulled the trigger on anyone despite having some solid prospects they could have landed. This year, not only do they have a quarterback and running back in the fold already, but Woulard might be the best quarterback prospect in the state and Kemp is physically ready to go when he steps on campus in 2013. They will still need another quarterback and at least one more running back, but Skip Holtz and his staff are being much more aggressive about meeting their needs this year."
As for where USF stacks up against Louisville, which has the No. 1 class in the Big East so far, Long said, "Louisville's class is a step better and might stay that way because of the 10 commits they have. They haven't gone into Miami yet, which is where they will eventually get their riches once the kids down there see Teddy Bridgewater, Keith Brown and James Burgess playing all the time."