Gainesville cornerback Chris Bivins received his first offer from USF several weeks ago and this weekend took a Junior Day visit to Tampa to check out what the Bulls had to offer.
"I attended USF's Junior Day yesterday," said Bivins. "It was real nice, the facilities were great and I love the coaches over there."
Bivins got to take a short tour of the campus, go over the academics and got an up-close look at the Bulls facilities and new upgrades, and was very impressed.
"The facilities they have are great," said Bivins. "I saw the new turf filed they have and that looked great. They have very up to date, new and improved facilities. I think USF is just on the rise for bigger and better things."
The Gainesville corner back enjoyed seeing all the Bulls digs, but was really impressed with the USF coaching staff and with Head Coach Skip Holtz.
"I like everything about the coaching staff," said Bivins. "They're down to earth, and they're very real and very fun to be around. They can also be serious but also like to play around with you. I like them a lot."
"Coach Holtz wanted to talk to me one-on-one before the day started," said Bivins. "He told me he's real excited about me and told me how life would be if I came to USF. He seems like a really cool coach."
After checking out everything Bivins was able to go watch the Bulls practice and really enjoyed watching them go at it.
"Watching them practice was great, and they really go at it," said Bivins. "I like how they keep the players moving. They make practice faster than the games so when the players get in the game it'll be much easier."
Seeing how the Bulls practice also gave Bivins a good feel for how the staff coaches up the players.
"Yeah it was very intense and hard," said Bivins. "They show that they want their players to be the very best."
Bivins was also able to meet some of the players, talk with them and get a feel for how they are.
"It was real cool talking with them," said Bivins. "The players kept it real and told us how it would really be like to go there."
After meeting with the coaches and players Bivins able to get a good feel for the atmosphere of the team.
"It was great, very family orientated," said Bivins. "Everyone seems very close, so it's like a second family."
Bivins was already high on USF before making the trip so how did the visit affect how he feels about the Bulls?
"It was good and they really impressed me, but I'm going to keep my options open to all schools and conferences," said Bivins. "USF is my number one school as of now."
The standout corner only has the one offer from USF as of now, but says more are coming and plans on being busy over the next month.
"I have the 7on7 tourney coming up on the 12th-13th and that should be a lot of fun," said Bivins. Then I go to UCF's junior day on the 26 of March."
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.
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Chris Bivins recruitment and the rest of the class of 2012.