Independence linebacker Mike Jeune, verbally committed to the Bulls back in October, and today the 6'foot-2, 230 pound linebacker signed his binding national letter of intent today play for USF.
"I feel happy, and excited," said Jeune. "I couldn't wait to get it over with and officially become a Bull."
The newest USF signee just finished his sophomore season with Independence CC, recording 98 tackles, 3 tackles for-a-loss, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumbles recovered, earning first team All-Conference, and first team all region at linebacker, while also serving as the teams punter. Jeune also took his official visit to USF back in November.
"My visit to Tampa was a blast, I loved it, and had a lot of fun," said Jeune. "I got to hang out with Sam and the players, they're all real good guys and we had a great time. I got to really see the campus, facilities, and I got to sit down with the coach's one on one and talked about me getting to campus and getting things started. I'm excited."
Juene got to see Sam and the Bulls play live for the first time against PITT, and loved what he saw.
"Man that was crazy, the fans really get loud there, and the atmosphere was great," said Jeune. "The team played real good, the defense played great, and they should have won. B.J. wasn't a hundred percent, and they made a few mistakes, but overall they played a good game. I was telling coach come on man, give me some shoulder pads and put me in, I want to play!"
The last time Jeune was on campus, the facilities and everything surrounding it looked much different.
"Wow, I couldn't believe how much different it looked from the summer," said Jeune. "I really think South Florida is coming up and will be one of the top schools in the country soon."
Jeune has simple goals once he gets on campus.
"My goal is to get a good education and become a better man," said Jeune. "Football wise, my goals are to learn the plays and adjust to everything as quickly as I can."
Originally from Orange Park High school, Jeune is excited to rejoin his former teammate and good friend Sam Barrington.
"I'm real excited and feel great to get back on the field with Sam," said Jeune. "Now we have 2 out of the 3 amigos getting back together, we're just waiting on one more person, another linebacker that played with Sam and I named Sed Chaney, we were the top linebackers and the city back in high school."
Jeune is coming in as a linebacker, but isn't 100 percent sure what position yet, but strong side seems likely.
"They don't know for sure yet," said Jeune. "Sam, Will, or MIKE, I'm good at all of them."
One thing Jeune does know for sure is that he was a hard worker at every level he's been at, and will continue to work hard once he gets to Tampa.
"Things didn't work out how I thought they would out of high school, and I signed to a school I never thought I would sign to, and that's a JUCO. I hated every moment of it, but Coach Patrick saw how hard I worked to get out of there and gave me the opportunity to come back to Florida. I'm going to keep working hard, because hard work pays off."
The Florida native is looking forward to getting back to the state, and to Tampa..
"I can't wait, I really can't," said Jeune. "I'm going back on the 22nd of this month and I'm ready to be a Bull, and get it started.