Bulls Get First Commitment of '08

South Florida got off to a fast start this year in recruiting. Before the annual spring game USF landed their first recruit of the '08 class. He's a 6'4, 240 pound tight end. Going into this recruiting season tight end was a need position and this looks to be a good start towards filling that need. Read on to find out who it is and why he chose USF.

USF's first recruit of 2008 is tight end Jeff Hawkins from Vanguard High School in Ocala Florida. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds Hawkins does it all, he's being brought in to play tight end but he also longsnaps, plays DE, and kicks.

"I pretty much never leave the field."

He is coming off an excellent junior season that put his name on the recruiting map.

"I played pretty well," Hawkins said. "I was used mainly as a blocker on offense and I only played a few games on defense."

Hawkins also wrestles and said choosing USF was an easy decision.

"I've always been a big fan of USF. My dad went there and they offered me two weeks ago. I knew where I wanted to go then, so I decided today would be a good day to commit."

Recently Larry Scott was named to be the Bulls new tight end coach and he is already making an impact on recruiting.

"I came to Raymond James and told coach Scott I want to play at South Florida."

Currently Jeff holds a 3.1 and scored a 23 on his first attempt at the ACT. He also says taking other visits is out of the question.

"I'm not looking at other schools, I'm set. USF is where I want to be."

This summer Hawkins looks to improve on his speed. He says he runs the 40 in the high 4.7 range and is doing speed and agility training to get that time down to 4.6.

Look for a full Q&A with the Bulls recruit sometime after the spring game.

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