Big offseason news for South Florida football coming on Friday afternoon as OL transfer Reilly Gibbons has officially been declared eligible to play during the 2015 season by the NCAA. The instant addition of Gibbons gives a much needed boost to an offensive line lacking experience and entering a new system.
Coming from nearby St. Pete Catholic High School, Gibbons was a highly sought after four star recruit in 2014 who ended up signing with Stanford. After a brief stay in Palo Alto, the Bay Area native immediately decided to transfer back home and join Willie Taggart’s offense at USF. Almost as soon as Gibbons arrived to campus and started working out with the team in the spring, the appeals process to the NCAA began to get Gibbons on the playing field for the upcoming season. Initially denied, it seemed that Bulls fans would have to wait until 2016 to see the hometown kid playing in green and gold on Saturdays. Now, when USF opens the season on September 5th hosting Florida A&M, Gibbons will be in uniform ready to go.
If 100% and healthy, Gibbons will serve as a shot in the arm for new offensive line coach Danny Hope and his unit as the entire offense continues the transition into a spread based, quick snap attack. The additions of Gibbons and JUCO transfer Glen Bethel could potentially provide the upgrade and spark the Bulls offensive line needed heading into the 2015 campaign.