Fortunes have indeed gone full circle for South Florida football as the Bulls will be picking up a familiar face. After an offseason of speculation, UCLA QB and former Bulls commit Asiantii Woulard announced via Twitter that he would be transferring to USF. “Decided to come home & play at the University of South Florida. No past regrets at all but looking forward to a new beginning in Tampa! #USF.”
Committing to then head coach Skip Holtz’s staff in the fall of 2012, Woulard became arguably the highest touted recruit in USF history. Ranked as a 4 star dual threat QB by Scout, the Winter Park, FL native took home honors of MVP at the 2012 Elite 11 QB competition, creating much anticipation for the QB’s arrival in Tampa. However, upon Holtz’s firing that December, Woulard backed out of his commitment and settled on taking his talents west to become a part of Jim Mora’s first recruiting class at UCLA.
During his two year stint in Westwood, Woulard served as a backup to QB’s Brett Hundley and Jerry Neuheisel, failing to receive any playing time for the Bruins. Upon the arrival of the nation’s top QB recruit Josh Rosen this past spring, Woulard ultimately decided to spend his final two years of eligibility elsewhere, landing in the place he originally intended. He would offer a thank you to UCLA once again through Twitter. “Thank you UCLA for everything, forever grateful & appreciate everyone there. Excited for this new opportunity! #Bulls.”
Woulard will have to sit out for the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but his addition does offer a much needed potential upgrade at the QB position in the upcoming future. With Willie Taggart and company gearing the offense towards a more spread based philosophy, the transfer will be in good position to prepare for an entire season before potentially taking the starting job in 2016.