Weekend Wrap-up

After a big weekend, the Bulls have only one week till signing day. USFnation.com breaksdown where South Florida stands when it comes to recruiting. Read a position-by-position analysis, included is who USF is still after and a new name at wide receiver (pictured). Read on for the best recruiting info anywhere.

This past weekend the Bulls kept rolling, getting verbals from four more recruits at ‘need' positions. This weeks commitments came from a three star linebacker out of Jacksonville Alonzo McQueen, a much needed center Kevin McCaskill, a virtual unknown with a ton of potential Hector Hernandez, and another incredible athlete on the defensive side of the ball Josh Smiley. All four only further solidify the '06 recruiting class.

Coming into the weekend the two "must haves" were Kevin McCaskill and Alonzo McQueen and the South Florida staff was able to close on each of them. McCaskill will be an important piece of the offensive line for years to come, and with John Miller graduating, McCaskill will have the opportunity to come in and compete for a starting job. McQueen was a major pickup because there were no other linebackers on USF's board accept for Kevin Alexander, who ended up having a disappointing visit. What was especially encouraging about McQueen's commitment was that the Bulls have been after him since mid-summer, and there were times when it looked like they had no chance at all.

Here is a breakdown of each position. It includes who has committed and who may still commit:

Quarterback
Already committing are two mobile and strong-armed passers Alwan Lee and Nate Allen. USF is still going after Thaddeus Lewis, who will visit Duke this weekend. It could be quite a log jam behind center if they bring in three quarterbacks in this class, that would bring the number of scholarship QB's on the roster to seven.


Nate Allen

Running Back
There is an obvious void in the backfield with the departure of Andre Hall, however neither of the backs the Bulls have verbals from are expected to start next year. Aston Samuels and Keeley Dorsey are both solid backs, but the job will probably go to sophomore Ricky Ponton. There is one scenario where a freshman could earn the job, and that would be if USF was able to pull off a shocker and land four star running back Javarris James. He is the type of back that could surely come in and compete right away. If the Bulls don't get a good feel from him in the next few days, they may offer Niceville's Devon Freeman.



Devon Freeman

Wide Receiver
Already loaded at this position the Bulls may only take one or two kids this year. Carlton Mitchell of Gaither in Tampa already committed and Edner Alcin of Chamberlain might not be far behind. I hear he is close to committing, but an offer from West Virginia is expected to come in a day or two and that could delay the decision. There is also another name that has popped up and that is Jamar Newsome from Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg. He has been on the peripheral of the Bulls radar, but could receive an offer if Alcin goes elsewhere.


Jamar Newsome


Carlton Mitchell

Offensive Line
This may be one of the best offensive line classes in Bulls history. It is also one of the biggest, each lineman is at least 6-foot-3 and the lightest of the group is Hector Hernandez at 280 pounds. James Boger, Zach Hermann and Jeff Ide are all expected to be Bulls on signing day. The Bulls look to be finished at this position with the commitment of Don Mosley to Ole Miss, however there may be one more out there.


James Boger


Zach Hermann

Tightend
The only tightend committed so far is Andrew Ketchel from Fort Walton Beach, he is a big pass catching TE that could add a lot to the USF air attack. The other is Jeff Ide, but his days of receiving are most likely over as he is expected to play o-line in college.
Andrew Ketchel





Defensive End
The defensive line in general was a priority that is why two weeks before signing day USF has four defensive ends committed. Aaron Harris and Craig Marshall highlight the group with two others that may play different positions, David Fonua and Josh Smiley. Fonua might move inside to tackle and Smiley has the athleticism to play outside linebacker. Although they have four commits look for them to go hard after Bryant Miller, he comes in for an official visit this weekend.


Bryant Miller

Defensive Tackle
The first shock of the class came from the tackle position and that was when Leslie Stirrups let the country know he would attend USF next season. Stirrups was the Bulls first four star recruit of this year's class. Then came another four star tackle, from Pearl River junior college Frank Harry. Harry could be the only incoming recruit that is guaranteed to start right away. Also included in the class is another JUCO player, James Jackson.


Frank Harry


Leslie Stirrups

Linebacker
Once the defensive end position was filled the focus shifted to landing two more linebackers. Not only did the USF staff fill the need, they landed two of the top prospects in the state at their position. LaBrandon Glover and Alonzo McQueen were both longshots at one point but now are solidly committed to USF. With Kevin Alexander reaffirming his intentions to play for Clemson, the Bulls are probably done recruiting this position. They will most likely get Sabbath Joseph from Miami, but he could be moved to safety on the next level.


LaBrandon Glover

Defensive Backs
With Marcus Udell most likely not coming for a visit, USF could be finished with the defensive backfield. The other prospects are Darin Baldwin and Jevon Walker who both committed to NC State recently, but the fight for these two is not over. There is one other name that is in limbo right now, Jeremy Terry from Belle Glades. His offer is pending a qualifying test score. The Bulls have already locked up a corner, Dylan Douglas and a safety, Jerrel Young.


Jerrell Young


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