USF lands Calloway

USF got a huge commitment last night from Bradenton Manatee defensive tackle Derrick Calloway.

It was a big Sunday for South Florida and new Bulls head coach Willie Taggart. USF picked up several commitments, perhaps none bigger than Bradenton Manatee three-star defensive tackle Derrick Calloway.

"Yes, I committed," said Calloway via text message. "It came down to my family and the support of Manatee County."

Calloway was previously committed to Louisville. He committed to the Cardinals a few weeks ago. This past weekend he traveled north to Louisville for his official visit.

"I think it was one of those situations where he realized he wanted to be close to home," said Steve Gulash, Manatee's defensive line coach.

Calloway was very familiar USF and the old coaching staff under Skip Holtz. He was very comfortable with their former defensive line coach Kevin Patrick. But the staff was let go and being familiar with his position coach was important to Calloway.

"He had been up there a bunch and knew coach Patrick very well," Gulash said. "That was big for him. Then you have a new staff and I think there was a point he just didn't feel comfortable. But now he does and he made the best decision for him."

Calloway, 6-foot-1 and 300-pounds, fills a glaring need for USF and their defense. He's an absolute load at his size because he had a very good get off, he plays with outstanding leverage and this kid knows how to use his hands effectively. Calloway does a nice job of moving the line of scrimmage. He shows very good short space quickness and lateral movement for a big man. Calloway is ideal playing the one-technique (over the center) over the three-technique.

"I agree," Gulash said. "He's the type of player that can anchor a defense and he's tough to move."

Calloway is the No. 42 ranked defensive tackle in the nation. He will not make any more official visits.

USF now has 22 commitments. Defensive ends Mike Love (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) and Eric Mayes (Sarasota, Fla./Booker) and cornerback Hassan Childs (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola) also committed to the Bulls yesterday.

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