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South's 30th-Ranked Safety, Naytron Culpepper, Rates South Florida Official Visit a '10' on 1-10 Scale

Naytron Culpepper, the 30th-ranked safety in the South, says Charlie Strong and South Florida knocked it out of the park during his official visit.

Charlie Strong and South Florida continue to make a run at some of the more highly-regarded, uncommitted prospects across the state of Florida, with Naytron Culpepper being one of the prospects that's heavily considering the Bulls with National Signing Day right around the corner.

Culpepper, who's fresh off capturing a state championship with Miami Carol City, is a Power Five target that checks in as the 30th-ranked safety in the South.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defender has already took official visits to South CarolinaMichigan State and Maryland, and plans to swing through the University of Kentucky's campus before sealing the deal on Feb. 1.

"It was nice," Culpepper said. "It was a great visit, and (it's awesome) just to think that one of the more dominant head coaches is back in Florida. I loved the way coach Strong brought Louisville up while he was there.

"I bonded with all of them. They just said, 'we want you and Donelle Thomas to come in, work hard and become impact players.'"

Culpepper relished everything that Tampa Bay and USF's campus has to offer, but it was the players' workmanlike and determined manner that grasped his attention in a hurry.

"It wasn't really the campus; it was the players," Culpepper said. "I felt like they all had that dog in them, and they want to play the best and try to dominate them.

"The campus was good and they are looking to add onto it."

With all that being said, what does Culpepper rate this official visit weekend on a 1-10 scale?

"Definitely a 10," Culpepper said. "(What highlighted the weekend was) the coaches and players' attitude towards the program, and how it's growing and how they plan on keeping it that way."

Culpepper, who claims no leader, has racked up nearly 30 Division I scholarship offers over the past couple of years.

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