Two Schools Out Front For Highland's Thorpe

With several schools inquiring about Highland JUCO defensive end Brandon Thorpe, two schools are starting to distance themselves in the defensive lineman's recruitment. USFNation.com caught up with Thorpe for the latest.

With his interest soaring from numerous collegiate programs around the nation, Highland Junior College defensive end Brandon Thorpe will be a wanted man come National Signing Day in February. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound pass rusher's impressive play has landed him scholarship offers from UAB, South Florida, Texas Tech, Middle Tennessee State and a heavy dose of interest from Washington, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Auburn and Western Kentucky amongst others.

One program that's kept in close contact with the Georgia native, making him a priority, is the South Florida Bulls.

"I've been talking to them (coaches) on Facebook and everything," Thorpe said. "They just said to keep doing what I'm doing now and wait until the season is over to set up a visit and everything. I've been speaking with coach (Eric) Mathies, coach (Stu) Holt, and I've spoke with the defensive coordinator (Chuck Bresnahan) a couple of times.

The possibility of early playing time at South Florida is intriguing for Highland defensive standout.

"The coaches were telling me they need guys to come in to play right away from the JUCO level," Thorpe said. "They need some experience on the defensive line and told me I have a good chance to be that guy playing and contributing to their defense."

With under five months until signing day, two programs are starting to distance themselves from the pack in Thorpe's recruitment.

"I'm leaning towards Texas Tech and USF overall because they're the ones that are keeping in contact the most," Thorpe said. "They've been telling me a lot about their programs and I've been talking to them the most. I'm feeling the most comfortable with those two schools right now."

Thorpe hopes to make a decision by the beginning of December.

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