Grading The USF Recruiting Class (Offense)

Jim Leavitt's '07 recruiting class at the University of South Florida included several highly-regarded standouts, like Sarasota Star running back Mike Ford. What kind of marks did USF's offensive recruits garner? provides the grades. Get it First, Get It Fast!



With Matt Grothe's emergence this past season, finding a quarterback wasn't the top need this year. However, Finding a top-notch quarterback was still a high priority for the USF coaching staff. In Alton Voss, A dual threat, 3 star  quarterback from Gulf HS, the Bulls might have found that guy. ranks him the 36th top QB in country. Voss has all the tools to become USF's next great quarterback, the confidence and the arm. Voss is also an outstanding two-way player at quarterback and defensive back. Voss had 1,600 passing and 600 rushing yards in 2006, but he was named to St. Petersburg Times all-Suncoast Team as a first team defensive back, and led Gulf HS  in  interceptions, sacks and he blocked eight kicks as a senior. With Voss's defensive prowlness, he could however, end up on that side of the ball. GRADE: C+  


The Bulls biggest need  of '07 was to find a running back that could replace the production lost since former Bull Andre Hall left for the NFL. In '07 the Bulls have hit the mother load, signing four quality backs. In four-star prospect Mike Ford 6'2-220 pounds, USF has struck recruiting gold. A four-star prospect, he ran for a state record 2,836 yards with 37 touchdowns in his 2004 senior season, and was the Class 5A Player of the Year in . Ford provides explosiveness in the backfield, and will contribute immediately. The Bulls also landed three-star prospects Tyson Butler and fullback Richard Kelly. Butler provides explosiveness in the backfield whether he's running or catching the ball, and was the class 4A player of the year. Kelly, 6'0-245 pounds is ranked the 15th best fullback by, and is more of a power runner despite boasting 4.7 speed. Both players, who combined for over 3,100 yards and 43 touchdowns last season, can take it the distance and promise plenty of big plays in the future. The Bull weren't finished there, signing Boca Ciega MVP Running back Josh Bellamy, who was heavily recruited by the Gators. Don't be surprised if the 6'0, 180-pound Bellamy who runs a 4.41-40 and was named the 5th best prospect coming out of the Bay area, develops into a USF version of West Virginia star Steve Slaton. GRADE: A


Jim Leavitt  is blessed with a deep and talented receiving corps, but still added 6'0-180 pound Patrick Richardson of Woodham High. Richardson who runs a 4.4-40 and is also accomplished in track & field, being one of the top in the state in triple jump and has an impressive 6-4 high jump. The Bulls also signed Dontavia Bogan, a 6-1, 185-pound star from, Thomasville, Ga. Bogan was the Region 4A Defensive Player of the Year, and All-area as a receiver. He was also All-area, and all-region at free safety, being named five-times as athlete of the week. "I'm real excited about the receivers. said Jim Leavitt, "Dontavia Bogan, I'm gonna tell you guys, this guy can play. He's big, he's strong, he's fast, he's got huge hands. I think that he's going to be a tremendous player for us. I'm certainly excited about Patrick Richardson.". GRADE: B


The Bulls have been looking for true tight end to replace seniors Will Bleakly and Devon Gordon. USF has Ben Busbee, Cedric Hill, and red shirt freshmen Andrew Ketchel on roster, but Busbee is coming off of shoulder surgery, and Hill is  still a bit under sized and more of a tight end/receiver. Leavitt would like to utilize the tight end more in his offense,  and 6-2, 245-pound  Kavenski McGee from Pahoke Fla., fits the mold. The three-star prospect McGee possesses good size and speed and excellent hands, turned heads at the 2B State Championship Game, where he caught 3 touchdowns against Trinity Catholic and was named the MVP of state title game. Mike McGowan 6-5, 255 pounds from West Boca Raton High also accepted the Bulls offer to GreyShirt. A bit under-rated, McGowan was First team all-conference, second team all-Palm Beach County, and played in the Outback Palm Beach County All-Star Team. He's an athletic, pass catching tight end who also can be physical at the line of scrimmage, but could use the extra time to develop. GRADE: B


The Bulls signed a pair of three-star offensive line prospects in Bartrum Trails Thomas Edenfield, and Godby center Kevin McCaskill. Edenfield, 6-6, 310 pounds was one of the most sought after tackles in the state of Florida this season before suffering a knee injury in September. He is a physical and athletic lineman who is nicknamed IHOP for all the pancake blocks that he delivers. The Bulls also signed tackle Lawrence McCoy, 6'6-265 pounds out of Valsosta, GA, Sampson Genus, 6'1-310 pounds from Columbia HS, and Jeremiah Warren, 6'4-320 pounds from Bay HS.  McCaskill and Warren were spring enrollee's and can contribute immediately. This o-line class is big, strong and versatile, and will be a corner stone for years to come. GRADE: A

Stay tuned to as we next grade out the defensive recruits in USF's 2007 recruiting class.


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