One player starting to garner more interest is Gainesville cornerback Chris Bivins. As a junior the 5-foot-11, 170 pound prospect had 46 tackles with 4 interceptions and one returned for a score, he also had 3 passes deflected and 2 forced fumbles. Bivins was also one of the top corners at the Under Armor Junior Combine in January, and schools have taking notice and showing interest, as he just received his first offer.
"Yes sir, South Florida offered me Friday," said Bivins. "It actually feels pretty good and like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder. I like USF and they're my number one school right now. I like them a lot."
USF has been recruiting him for awhile now and Bivins was excited that the Bulls were his first offer and said why.
"I like everything about them," said Bivins. "The coaching staff is great, the players, the academics are pretty good. USF is in Tampa, which is a cool place and real friendly. I like everything about it and I really like South Florida right now."."
"I speak a lot with Coach McGeoghan, I like him and he's real cool and easy to talk with," said Bivins. "I spoke to Coach Smith when I was down there for the games and he told if I did go there what my first year would be like. He's real cool and has a lot to talk about and can carry on a conversation. He's real confident with his schemes that he runs at South Florida, and I like that about him."
"I went t down there for the Syracuse and FAU games. The stadium was real nice, it has a great field and is bigger than most stadiums that colleges play at.," said Bivins. "I watched the defense and like the coach's defensive scheme and how they use the defensive backs. They set up their corners and safeties to make plays."
Even though he's seen the Bulls play live twice in Tampa, he's never actually been to the campus or seen the USF facilities.
"I haven't seen the campus yet and that's why I'm going to come down there for Junior Day on March 5th," said Bivins. "I was supposed to go there last weekend, but my dad wanted me to go to Florida's Junior Day. I've been really looking forward to going down there and now since they offered me, I'm even more excited to go down there."
South Florida was the first to offer, but they aren't the only team to be showing interest in Bivens at this time. He's receiving a lot of letters, e-mails and coaches from different schools have been calling his coach asking for film and showing a lot of interest.
"There's been a bunch showing interest," said Bivins. "Florida, Arkansas, Florida State, Miami, GT, Alabama and a bunch of the SEC schools like Mississippi and Tennessee, and Rutgers have also been showing interest."
Bivins tripped to Florida two weeks ago and to Georgia Tech this past Saturday for Junior Days.
"The Florida visit was pretty good. I talked to the DB coach, they said they like my film and want me to come to a camp this summer," said Bivins. "The Georgia Tech visit went pretty good and they let me try on one of their jerseys."
At this stage of the process, Bivins says he interested in a couple schools that are standing out to him with one out in front.
"Yeah, South Florida, Florida, and probably Georgia Tech," said Bivins. "That me my top three right now and USF is my leader. I like them a lot"
The Gainesville prospect talked more about what he likes about the South Florida football program and why there his leader.
"I like how their football program is playing and where they're heading," said Bivins. "I saw them beat Miami this year and that's a big step for them, they also beat Clemson in the bowl game, and that's two good wins over two ACC teams. They did some real big things and that's also what caught my attention because they're doing so well."
""I already know just by watching pro football that they send a lot of defensive backs into league," said Bivins. "I think they're getting up there with other top schools for sending defensive players into the NFL."
Bivins had a solid junior campaign and has been working hard lifting and talking with his coach talked about what he needs to work on this off-season.
"I've been really working on everything," said Bivins. "I've been working on my footwork, it was good last year, but I'm just trying to keep working on it so it comes more natural to move with the receivers every move. I like to play a physical style of ball, and I'm physical off the line. I'm just working and trying to do everything the best that I can."
When he was at a Bulls game Bivins met several USF players and one's words gave him advice which he still goes by today.
"I actually met the safety Jerrell Young and when we talked he told me to always push to be the very best," said Bivins. "He was real cool and since then I've been working hard to be the best that I can be.
As for what's on tap for the talented corner back, he's busy training and also preparing for the Badger 7-on-7 tournament.
"I've been training for this Badger 7-on-7 thing and we should be down there in like two or three weeks for the tournament at USF," said Bivins. "That's what I got going on and then South Florida's Junior Day and that's pretty much it for right now."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Chris Bivins and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class.