Butler cornerback Torrel Saffold was one of a group of junior college players that visited USF over the weekend. The 5'11, 180 pound defensive back liked it so much he committed to new head coach Willie Taggart shortly afterwards.
"My visit to USF went great and they showed me a real good time and showed me what USF was all about," said Saffold. "The campus was by far one of the nicest I've seen, and it's huge. Not to mention the football facilities are amazing, from the fileds, to the weight room to the training facilities. They have everything you could ever want. I knew that was the place I wanted to be"
The JUCO cornerback talked about what stood out to him during his visit.
"What really stood out was how close the players were and New Head Coach Willie Taggart," said Saffold. "He told us what he expected, and was very competitive in the way he spoke. He said that were going to shoot for excellence and to catch greatness along the way."
The new head coach Willie Taggart made a big impression on Saffold.
"He knows what he wants, he knows what to do, and gets you all pumped up," said Saffold. "He said we're going to play ball the right way and we're going to have fun doing it. He's a young successful coach that you want to play for. He also knows how to turn a program around."
The 5-foot-11,180 pound defensive back got to hang out with several of the Bulls defensive back and really enjoyed hearing what they had to say.
"I hung with Fidel Montgomery and Mark Joyce and they were great hosts," said Saffold. ""They told me that they loved it there and that my position was needed and that they need corners for next season. I told them I'm going to come in help and grind with them on the field."
Playing a position of need sealed the deal for Saffold.
"That's definitely one of the big reasons that it came down to, being a position that they needed," said Saffold. "I knew that's where I needed to go, and it was a great fit."
Saffold came down from Kansas along with his teammate linebacker Rahmon Swain.
"It was a great experience going down to Florida being a Kansas boy, the weather was fantastic, it's 27 degrees in Kansas," said Saffold. "We both completely loved the trip, and can't wait to get down there and be Bulls!"
The future Bull said what fans should expect out of him once he gets to Tampa.
"What I bring to the table is accountability, the defense can count on me to do my job as far as not getting beat deep, helping out the defensive line by providing coverage, knocking the ball away or picking it off, that's what I do. I'm disciplined and a competitor on the field, I watch a lot of film and soak up all the coaches' knowledge. I'm a technician, that's what I do.
During his sophomore season Saffold recorded 14 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions with one returned 38-yard yards for a touchdown, to go with 52 total tackles, 32 solo, and 2.5 tackles for a loss, with 1 fumble recovered. Playing on special teams he had one field goal attempt blocked. As a freshman he recorded 2 INTs, 4 pass break-ups, with 16 tackles.
Saffold will graduate in December and join the team in January.
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