TAMPA, Fla. -- Quarterbacks and wide receivers usually receive the attention at the USF Sling & Shoot event, but a larger-than-usual crowd gathered Saturday to watch the Big Man Challenge and ESPNU 150 defensive lineman Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland).
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Williams has been traveling through the Southeast for the past two weeks with stops at Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee.
He has also camped at FSU and went out west to his birthplace, Los Angeles, to visit USC, one of his childhood favorites.
"I've always loved USC, they keep in touch with me a lot," Williams said. "They send me plenty of mail."
Williams has had other schools, including Clemson, working hard to get him on campus, but things haven't always worked out. He also had to cancel a trip to the Florida Gators' Friday Night Lights.
"After going to all those other camps I just didn't have the funds for Friday Night Lights," Williams explained.
On Saturday, however, USF was the focus and Williams, who holds offers from more than 15 programs, was eager to see what the Bulls' program had to offer.
"I'm just trying to come here and get to know the coaching staff," Williams said. "I want to see what they are about and check out the facilities."
Williams, who also raved about his visit to Auburn, said he's going to trim his list of schools down to five at the end of the summer. He will take official visits to those five schools. It appears that the Trojans have already made the cut.
"I'm probably going to go to USC for an official," Williams said. "After I take the five officials I will trim the list to three, and hopefully I can make my commitment at the Under Armour All-American Game."
Taylor joins team
ESPNU 150 tight end Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla./Land O'Lakes) did attend Friday Night Lights in Gainesville and returned Saturday to Tampa to compete in Sling & Shoot with his team.
"I wanted to be here with my team so we can prepare for the season," Taylor said. "It's a good chance to see the competition and some of our potential opponents."
Taylor is still looking at several options, including Penn State, Alabama and Florida State, but the Gators' coaching staff is very interested and was hoping to receive a commitment from the 6-4, 220-pounder.
"They were definitely working me pretty good trying to get a commitment," Taylor said. "It was tough being around all the staff and the commitments but I have to make sure that everything is right before I make that decision."
Sineace high on Bulls
Offensive lineman Edens Sineace (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central) was one of the top offensive linemen in the Big Man Challenge, and he spent extra time working with the USF coaches after the event.
The former tight end is more than 6-4, 300 pounds and is hoping to add a USF offer to a group that includes Kentucky, Bowling Green, Florida International, Marshall and others.
"I think the coaches are looking at me pretty hard here and I'm real high on this program," Sineace said. "I want to stay close to home and I really like the way the linemen play here."
Sineace says the Miami Hurricanes are also showing interest after he was the offensive line MVP at one of their camps.
McCall stays the course
Defensive back Jarvis McCall (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) has been on USF's radar for a while, and the USF coaches were keeping an eye on the 6-1, 200-pounder during pool play Saturday.
McCall, who has offers from South Florida, Vanderbilt, UCF, Indiana, Florida International and Grambling State, is keeping his options open. He recently stopped by Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida.
"I really like what's happening at Vanderbilt right now," McCall said. "And my former teammate Josh Grady is there and he's really selling us hard on joining him."
McCall says the Volunteers are nearing an offer and he will wait to make a decision during the season or possibly after the season.
"I want to see some games and see what else comes through before I make a move," McCall added. "I want to see what other schools are interested."
Other news and notes
• Class of 2013 defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) had a nasty-looking ankle injury during pool play but it turned out to be just a sprain, which will probably keep him out of action for a week or so.
• Florida commit Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) was with his team but did not participate. He says he is going to stay inactive until training camp begins next week.
• Class of 2013 defensive lineman Robert Garcia (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) was another standout performer in the Big Man Challenge. The 6-4, 240-pounder has camped at USF, UCF and Miami during the offseason. "I've found out that there are a lot of great players in this state," Garcia joked.
• Another player who stayed around for extra work was Class of 2014 offensive lineman K.C. McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central), brother of Miami offensive lineman Shane McDermott. K.C. is a shade taller than 6-4 and weighs 265 pounds.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at email@example.com.