The trend of transfers returning to the bay area to finish their collegiate careers has suddenly loaded the talent deck for South Florida in the upcoming years. Joining the likes of local products Reilly Gibbons and Asiantii Woulard is NC State wide receiver and St. Pete native Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who decided this week to transfer to USF.
Coach Willie Taggart’s success in attracting local kids to stay home and play for the Bulls continues to manifest itself as now, even players that they initially missed out on are making the decision to return home. “Nearly all of the transfers we’ve asked to join our program are guys we knew very well,” Taggart mentioned. “We built very strong relationships with them and their families during their high school recruiting process and are confident how they will benefit our program.”
In two seasons at NC State, Valdes-Scantling played a limited, but positive role for the Wolfpack under Dave Doeren. The 6-3, 208 pound Lakewood High School alum posted 538 yards on 44 catches and 1 TD in his two year career in Raleigh. In 2014, the new Bull started the first eight games of the season while averaging 11.7 yards per catch.
Having to sit out for the upcoming 2015 season, Valdes-Scantling will add to what is shaping up to be a loaded receiver core for the 2016 campaign alongside the likes of Rodney Adams, Ryshene Bronson, A.J. Legree, Chris Barr, and Jarvis Baxter.