USFNation.com breaks down the four newest Bulls and what they could bring to the table as early as the 2014 season next year.
Marlon Pope - Tight End - 6-foot-4, 270-pounds - Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. - With tight ends Michael McFarland and Sean Price already on the Bulls' roster, South Florida offensive coordinator Walt Wells added another weapon on Wednesday when Marlon Pope signed his LOI with the Bulls. Coach Taggart has brought the pro-style offense to Tampa Bay, and receiving Pope's signature solidifies his attack that much more.
While McFarland and Price are more pass catching tight ends, Pope is an excellent blocker in the run game and gives the Bulls an extra lineman on the edge to create space for the running backs. Pope has decent athleticism for his size and has shown great hands when the ball has been thrown to him. Overall, it gives quarterback Mike White a big target in the middle of the field, and he'll help solidify Walt Wells' running attacks in Tampa Bay.
Demetrius Hill - Defensive End - 6-foot-3, 240-pounds - Fort Scott C.C. - After Aaron Lynch declared for the 2014 NFL Draft on Tuesday, the Bulls received Hill's much needed verbal commitment shortly after. The Fort Scott product is a relentless pass rusher and possesses a terrific football IQ. He might not be a 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, but Hill uses his size and quickness to his advantage on the edge to get into the backfield.
With Lynch, Giddins, Forte and Mims all gone, I expect Hill to challenge for a starting spot when he arrives on campus. It sure doesn't hurt that he'll be there on Jan. 6 for winter workouts and spring ball to get a head start either.
Jamie Byrd - Defensive Back - 5-foot-11, 190-pounds - Iowa Western C.C. - Byrd will bring toughness to the Bulls' secondary the second he steps foot on campus, and you won't find too many defensive backs that throw their body around like he does. He is great in the run game and wraps up very well with good form. Byrd also shows great range as the centerfielder of the defense at safety and snags the ball at it's highest point.
Overall, Byrd might be the hardest hitting defensive back in all of the Junior-College ranks, and should make an instant impact with Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins' careers over in Tampa Bay.
Eric Mayes - Defensive Lineman - 6-foot-5, 270-pounds - Milford Academy - Standing 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, Mayes is a genetic freak for his size. The former Sarasota (Fla.) Booker product initially signed with the Bulls out of high school, but had his enrollment delayed due to an entrance exam score. He possesses a raw blend of size and athleticism for a defensive lineman and is versatile to play both tackle and end in Tampa Bay, but may be better suited lining up inside. He's only been playing football since his junior after switching over from the hardwood and has some potential.
Along with Demetrius Hill, Mayes will be a huge asset to the defensive line come next fall. Mayes finished the 2013 season with 20 tackles, five sacks, four TFL and a forced fumble for Milford Academy.