Bulls After Top D-Lineman

With the success of this year's Defensive line there hasn't been much talk about who the Bulls are recruiting at that position. However, there is a big name out there that almost everyone in the country is eyeing, but the Bulls have the inside track on him.

John Paul from Immokalee (Fla.) is high on everyone's list. The 6-foot-4 250 pound defensive tackle has offers from Miami, Oklahoma, Texas, OSU, FSU, UF, South Florida and Rutgers. As a junior he led his team to a state title while recording 75 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 5 sacks and one touchdown. Coming into this year he received numerous pre-season awards, including first team all state honors.

This season the team is off to a 6-1 start, and when I asked him about how he was doing personally, John Paul said, "I'm doing pretty good, but I'm not worried about the stats. I'm focused on winning another championship."

South Florida started recruiting Paul early.

"They offered me either as a sophomore or a junior."

As for his interest in the Bulls.

"I'm taking them serious." Says Paul, "I was at their camp this summer and had a chance to check out the facilities and talk with the coaches."

As of now John Paul doesn't have any visits set but he is working on getting those set. Will he make a visit to Tampa?

"Oh yeah, I'm going to get over there."

Before I did the interview with John Paul, I spoke with his head coach. He told me that John's grades may force him to go the JUCO route. However, USF has a program for special ed students like John. Also from what I'm hearing South Florida may be the only program that could offer him this opportunity. His coach said it would be great for both him and USF if they could work this out. Because coach feels if he ends up in JUCO he would likely transfer to a big time national program when he was eligible.

If USF could pull this out, they will be getting the best D-lineman in the state and one of the best in the country. In the end it will all comedown to whether or not John Paul wants to do what is necessary (paper work, etc.) to get into USF.

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