The Big East Bulls have received their first two commitments for 2013 from a pair of Immokalee (Fla.) High School teammates, the Naples Daily News reports.
Tshumbi Johnson and Xavier Richardson, cousins who have played together since Pop Warner, are set to continue their careers at South Florida. They committed over the weekend while attending the program's junior day.
Johnson is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect who plays quarterback for Immokalee. Last season, he threw for 2,629 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 862 yards and 19 more scores. Johnson was named the area player of the year and a first team all-state selection.
However, Johnson will likely move from under center at the next level. “They want me as a slot (receiver),” he said. “I play quarterback and safety, so I should know where the ball is going to be placed and what coverage the defense is in.”
South Florida was Johnson's only offer at this time but other programs such as Florida, Florida State, Miami-FL, Kansas, Rutgers and Wisconsin were showing early interest.
Richardson is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver who selected the Bulls over a scholarship offer from South Carolina. He caught 34 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.
The chemistry between Johnson and Richardson extends beyond the gridiron, as the pair also starts for Immokalee's basketball team.
Immokalee, which finished 12-1 last fall, now has four 2013 prospects verbally committed to FBS programs. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander is headed to Tennessee and defensive tackle Deadrin Senat recently picked Florida State.