USF Bulls 2006 Incoming Class by PositionIncoming Quarterbacks:
The Bulls intended on bringing in two new faces to the quarterback battle this year. However Alwan Lee from Booker T failed to qualify academically and will be headed to JUCO. Which leaves Nate Allen from Cape Coral as the lone quarterback in the '06 class. Allen is an athletic, dual threat style quarterback and is capable of playing other positions. He's coming to USF with the expectation of playing quarterback. Allen will be given a fair shot, but don't be surprised if he plays another position, most likely safety. Coach Leavitt often brings up the fact that he thinks Allen was one of the best safeties in the state, which means he could end up on the defensive side of the ball.
In 2006 the Bulls signed two Florida backs, Aston Samuels (5-10-190lbs) from Miami, and Keeley Dorsey (5'11–214lbs) from Tallahassee. Samuels has great vision, speed and toughness, running a consistent 4.4 40, but on a good day can run in a 4.3. Dorsey also runs in the 4.4 range, but runs with a lot of power. Neither back was expected to see any significant playing time next season, however with the Bulls commitment to a running game and the current depth at the position, they could see more action. Especially if there are any injuries to Ricky Ponton, or Moise Plancher who sat out most of spring practice with a hamstring injury. There is also a good chance that one of the two could be redshirted, which is common to add a year separation between the two.
The 2006 recruiting class was only expected to bring in one, maybe two receivers. The Bulls were content with the early commitment of Carlton Mitchell (6'4-190lb), but when they found Edner Alcin (6'2-180lb) and Jason Sherman (6'4-200lb), USF couldn't pass them up. Mitchell and Sherman are both big receiver's but are also burners, running in the 4.4-4.5 range, Sherman can also help in the run game by being a good down-field blocker. Alcin is a bit smaller (6'2-180lb), but maybe a step faster. All of them have excellent hands, but they need to add weight and get used to the system. They will get a chance to compete this summer, but with the receiving core returning from a strong spring showing, they will have plenty of time to make an easy transition to the college game rather than being immediately thrown into the fire.
Incoming: Offensive Line:
The Bulls landed a very solid, not to mention very BIG, offensive line class in 2006. Zach Hermann (6'3-315lbs), James Boger (6'4-310lbs), Jeff Ide (6'6-260lbs), Kevin McCaskill (62.5-290lbs), and Jeremiah Warren (6'3-290lbs) (who plays both OL and DL) will all add much needed depth to next year's line. It's still too early to tell, but it looks as if the only recruit that will see legitimate playing time next year could be McCaskill, mostly due to the fact that he will be the only "true" center on the roster. It basically depends on if these guys can come in this summer and get into playing shape quick enough. However, when bringing in a class like this there will be a couple guys that end up being redshirted, saving them a year of eligibility for when they are physically ready to compete.
Incoming Tight End:
Andrew Ketchel is the lone recruit brought in for 2006 as a tight end. Jeff Ide did play a little tight end in high school, but those were probably the last catches of his career. Don't be surprised to see Ketchel get a redshirt. With three returning tight ends Cedric Hill, Will Bleakley, and Ben Busbee, and walk on Devon Gordon who had a good spring, coupled with the lack of plays called for them, it would make sense for him to use a season to add some weight and learn the offense.
Incoming Defensive Line:
After losing 4 seniors on the defensive line last year, the line became a priority in 2006, and the staff thought they filled this position with talent by landing two four star tackles. However, JUCO transfer Frank Harry didn't make it through spring practice before leaving the team, and Hillsborough High standout Leslie Stirrups ended up not qualifying academically. Also Craig Marshall (6'5-220lb) of Choctawhatchee didn't qualify and will go the JUCO route, and David Fonua (6'2-55lbs) of Bradenton South East didn't qualify but will try again next spring. However, at the end position they loaded up on a couple kids with a ton of potential. The coaches really Joseph Jackson (6'4-215) of Booker T., Josh Smiley (6'3-232lbs) of Milton, and Aaron Harris (6'4-245lb) of Williston, who are all big explosive type players that are built in the same mold as Terrence Royal. There is also Jeremiah Warren (6'3-290lbs) of Bay Senior (who plays both OL and DL). Also transfer Julian Riley (6'4-285lb) is still awaiting word on his hardship appeal to play in 2006. They will all get a chance this summer to add some depth to the D-line.
Linebacker was a need coming in to the 2006-recruiting season, and the Bulls filled that need with three, three star recruits. Alonzo McQueen (6'1-220lbs) from Jacksonville, LaBrandon Glover (6'1-225lbs) from Pensacola, and Sabbath Joseph (6'0-215lbs) from Miami Central, make up this year's linebacker class. McQueen is a hard hitter with excellent speed, running a 4.6 40-yard dash, as a senior he collected 116 tackles, two blocked punts, two blocked field goals, six sacks, three fumbles caused and three fumble recoveries. Glover was a major steal in this group. After his sophomore year Glover was the number one ranked linebacker in the state by Larry Blustein of Floridakids.us. He had a good junior season, but strained his MCL before his senior year. Although the injury didn't keep him out of games, it did linger and caused his stats to fall off from his previous years. The big schools lost interest and he committed early to Miss. St. Then after a USF visit and a falling out with the Miss. St. coaches, Glover committed to USF.
Another one of the top linebacker prospects in Florida was Sabbath Joseph. He has tremendous sideline-to-sideline speed running a 4.5 forty-yard dash and is very physical in the running game. His understanding of the game is his strength and he plays with a tremendous amount of energy and passion. He had an outstanding senior season that saw him record nearly 100 tackles with 7 sacks, 3 blocked kicks and 12 forced fumbles. A late addition to the roster was Brandon Peguese (6'2-230lbs) from Greensboro, N.C., who had 19.5 sacks as a defensive end last season, but also plays linebacker. All will get a chance this summer to learn from the Bulls star linebacker trio, and possibly earn a back-up role.
Incoming Defensive Backs:
There were not many DB's signed in this year's class, mostly due to the fact that there are sixteen returning players and only four starting spots. Corner Dylan Douglas (5'10-175lbs) and safety Jerrel Young (6'2-205lbs) are both considered sleepers in this year's recruiting class. Young was ranked 24th best player in Tampa Bay area, and named first team all-county by the St. Petersburg Times as a utility player in his senior season, Young recorded over 120 tackles, and had six interceptions, including two for touchdowns on defense. He also rushed for over 1,500 yards with 16 touchdowns, and had 400-plus yards receiving while playing offense, but will play defense at USF.
Much has been said already about Young, but there is still not a lot known about Douglas, except that this past season Dylan had 5 INT's, 2 returned for scores, 63 tackles and a kick return for a touchdown. He also said that Coach Dawsey has talked to him about returning punts/kicks for the Bulls, which Douglas also did in high school. The Bulls feel that in time Douglas will be a great corner in their system. However, with the Bulls talented secondary, don't expect either to see any significant playing time next year.
The Bulls lost both starting kicker and punter after the 2005 season, and Delbert Alvarado (6'2-185lbs) out of Robinson Senior High School was the lone scholarship kicker signed in 2006. The St. Petersburg Times ranked Alvarado the 44th best player in Tampa Bay area, and named first team all county by the Tampa Tribune. Alvarado was also selected to the Hillsborough County All-Star game. He had 51 PATs for 60 points to lead all kickers in Hillsborough County. Walk-on punter Illia Petrov of Tampa Bay Tech who was named class 4A first team in 2006 and 2005 will join him. With the transfer of starting kicker Kyle Bronson and the graduation of punter Brandon Baker, coupled with the struggles of kicker Mike Benzer, both will have an opportunity this summer to make an immediate impact.