After starting the season with a big win over Notre Dame, the USF football team easily beat Ball State in their home opener. The announced crowd was over 45,000 and there were a good amount of prospects that attended the game and got to see the Bulls rout of the Cardinals. USFN caught up with many of the recruits to get their reaction on the game, the atmosphere and more.
Gainesville 3-star corner back Chris Bivins, a USF commit attended his Bulls game since committing to them this summer and enjoyed the experience.
"I loved it, loved the fans and the coaches. It was a lot of fun, as usual," said Bivins. "They played great. The defense has a hell of a scheme, and they have a lot of playmakers on both sides of the ball and on special teams."
"The fans were great and are getting a lot more into it," said Bivins who also took note of how they honored Lee Roy Selmon. "The fireworks to honor LRS was real nice to watch and a great tribute."
Nelson Agholor, a 5-star WR prospect and a national recruit
"It was a great game and a lot of fun to be at. Ball State is probably not the best team to base a performance on, but they did a lot of good things on the football field," said Agholor, who said he can see the difference in USF. "I think the Bulls have a totally different attitude about them, and have a lot more confidence. I think their preparation was really a key for them, they looked real organized and played a great game."
"The atmosphere was great and you can really see the change over at USF," said Agholor. "They got a big win in the opener and the fans are buying into it the system, fans and the student body came out to show their support for the home opener."
Daphne defensive end Eric Lee made the trip from Georgia to watch the game and came away very impressed.
"I enjoyed it very much. I've never been to Tampa before, so everything was new to me. They played a great game and took it to Ball State," said Lee. "It seemed like all of the players were focused and so were the coaches. The stadium was live and very interactive. Overall it was a great experience."
Armwood defensive back Jarvis McCall, the Bulls newest commit loved the experience
"I thought the game was great and they played great," said McCall. "Right from the opening kick-off they set the tone with the forced fumble and the scoop and score, and they got the crowd going early.
"I just loved the whole experience," said McCall. "It was just great to be at and it felt really good watching them roll."
The Bulls have limited number of scholarships to use this year, but in 2013 and 2014 they'll have a full allotment, and USF is already making a good early impression on the underclassmen that were at the game, especially the local kids.
One of those top 2013 prospects is Vernon Hargreaves III, Wharton's stud corner, who was impressed.
"It was a good game and they did what they had to do to get the job done. It was an easy win for them and I said they would win by 30 points before the game," said Hargreaves. "I was surprised by the offense. They didn't try to do too much or too little, and got the job done."
"There were a lot more people there then I thought would be there and the way they honored Selmon was nice, but was still kind of sad though," said Hargreaves. I'm real impressed with them so far, but I expect them to keep winning."
Another local stud who has an early offer from USF is Richard Benjamin, Middleton's 2013 wide receiver
"I went and had a good time. They did their thing and it was fun to watch," said Benjamin. "The offense really stood out to me on Saturday."
"The game atmosphere was real nice, and there were a lot of people there," said Benjamin. "I like USF right now, they're showing a lot."
Jordan Sherit, Hillsborough's junior D-end also has a Bulls offer.
"I thought it was a great game, and I really loved the atmosphere!" said Sherit. "I really liked how they played with a lot of enthusiasm."
Another Hillsborough prospect is 2013 linebacker Nigel Harris. He doesn't have an offer but is being recruited by the Bulls.
"The game was very good, and a lot of fun to be at. I liked how well the SAM and WILL linebackers played. They were very good with having a nose for the ball," said
Harris. "The game atmosphere was pretty good, the fans got into it and it felt good to be out there."
Vincent Jackson, Jesuits sophomore DE/TE/LB already has a USF offer and took in the Bulls home opener.
"I loved the game and the way they played," said Jackson."I loved the atmosphere, the fans, and student body. Everything was great and I really enjoyed it!"
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