This list in no way reflects the opinion's of USF or anybody associated with the USF program. This is purely based on the opinion from the staff of USFnation.com. The criteria for the list is based on overall interest by the recruit, scholarship has been offered, the recruit has yet to commit to USF and the realistic chance USF has in landing the recruit.
1)Daron Rose, OL Jefferson High School
Daron Rose has the size to play tackle or guard on the next level and is a smart player capable of picking up a new system early in college. Rose has quick feet and great technique. He showed the country what he is made of by playing in the Army All-American game and the Cali/Florida Bowl.
USF Focus:If USF could land a player like Rose it would not only make them better at OL, but could open the gates to more 4 and 5 star recruits.
Competition:FSU and Michigan.
2)Javarris James, RB Immokalee High School
He is a shifty runner with excellent balance and even better hands out of the backfield. He knows when to make a man miss, and when to bury his head into a pile. He combines tremendous instincts and explosiveness, which make him a complete back.
USF Focus:Javarris is another guy that would put USF on the map. He is a Miami commit as of now, but has been wavering lately. With Andre Hall leaving, there could be an enticing hole in the backfield for James. With a visit scheduled for January, things are about to get very interesting.
Competition:James is a Miami commit.
3)Chris Duvalt, CB Lake Gibson High School
Duvalt has an excellent break on the ball, and he does a great job of anticipating the throws. He is a weapon on defense, because he is a great runner once he has made the interception.
USF Focus:Duvalt is too good and lives too close to USF for them to let him get away. He is a great corner and the staff has been on him since early summer. It would be good to see a kid like this stay at home. Good fit for both USF and Duvalt.
Competition:Southern Miss, Indiana and Maryland.
4)Kevin McCaskill, C Godby High School
McCaskill has been the anchor for Godby's line, starting all four years at the center position. He is very aggressive and a solid run blocker. He is also very agile for his size, on screen plays he's great at getting out in front of the running back to block down field.
USF Focus:With John Miller graduating, the cupboard is basically empty at the center position. McCaskill has been told he can come in and compete right away for a starting position. After talking with McCaskill he says playing time is one of the main factors in his decision, so USF looks like a good match.
Competition:Louisville and Mississippi.
5)Ashton Henderson, CB Lincoln High School
Soft spoken off the field, but has quite a mean streak when he's in the game. Henderson is a big hitter with good speed. He was named defensive MVP in his district and the Wendy's All-American team.
USF Focus:USF lacks a big physical-type corner and that's what Henderson would bring. He won't be easy to land, Henderson says location is not an issue and he is currently being recruited by schools all over the nation.
Competition:Ohio State, Mississippi and UCLA.
6)LaBrandon Glover, LB Pensacola High School
Glover is a 6-foot-1, 215 linebacker with good speed, running a 4.6 40. As a Junior Glover was named 1st team all-district and third team all-state with 131 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions. His senior year was not as productive due to a strained MCL, which occurred during the third game of the year. He played through the injury but it stuck with him the rest of the season.
USF Focus:Glover would fit perfectly into the mold of linebackers at USF. He's aggressive, fast and likes to fly to the ball. He's a tackling machine and could be needed soon if Stephen Nicholas turns pro.
Competition:He's committed to Mississippi state, but also interested in Illinois.
7)Alonzo McQueen, LB Robert E. Lee High School
The 6-foot-1, 210 pound linebacker collected 116 tackles, two blocked punts, two blocked field goals, six sacks, three fumbles caused and three fumble recoveries. He also earned all-district and all-county honors. He runs a 4.6 and was one of the most productive linebackers in the state.
USF Focus:McQueen is a big time talent in the state of Florida and would surely help bolster the Bulls defense. He is being recruited by Coach Dawsey, but Dawsey could be getting a little extra help from a current player. Stephen Nicholas went to the same high school as McQueen and could help influence his decision.
Competition:South Carolina, Clemson and UCF.
8)Gerard Lee, JUCO DT Scottsdale Arizona
Quick defensive tackle with a very fast first step who also plays with leverage. On pace to receive his AA degree in the spring, with two years to play at the next level.
Scottsdale assistant coach Mark Mejia: "He's quicker off the ball than darned near everybody -- including the offensive linemen. That initial step off the snap is how he's really able to create pressure."
USF Focus:At 6-foot-3, 274 he has great size and could start right away at USF. The tackle position is not the strongest on the defense and Lee could step in and fill that void.
Competition: Oregon State and Utah.
9)Thaddeus Lewis, QB Miami Lakes High School
An outstanding athlete that does a good job of knowing when to run and when to stay in the pocket, Lewis can make plays on the move and has a killer instinct looking to make a play.
USF Focus:Even though USF already has verbals from Alwan Lee and Nate Allen, Thaddeus Lewis is a different type of QB. Although he is athletic he is more of a pocket passer. He also has told me that he would like to stay close to home.
Competition:TCU, Duke and Pittsburgh.
10)Sabbath Joseph, LB Miami Central High School
One of the top linebacker prospects in South Florida, Joseph finished last season with 95 tackles, three blocked kicks, and one defensive touchdown. He has tremendous sideline-to-sideline speed and is very physical in the running game. His understanding of the game is very strong and he plays with a tremendous amount of energy and passion.
USF Focus:The 5-foot-11 215 pound linebacker showed why he is worthy of being a Bull, he dominated his senior year compiling 85 tackles, 7 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and a defensive score. He is friends with Courtney Denson and Anthony Gaines.
Competition:Mississippi, Cincinnati and Rutgers.
On the outside:
Leslie Stirrups– Grades
Kevin Alexander- I don't get as good a feel from him as I get from McQueen or Joseph.
Darrell Roseman- Auburn and NC State will be the teams to beat.
Justin Jenkins- Grades
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