USF Offers Left Tackle at Spring Game

Spring is the best time for the USF coaching staff to makes its evaluations, and that's exactly what they did in Orlando at Edgewater's annual spring game. They saw enough to offer Troy Niblack on the spot. Read on to find out what he thinks of USF, his plans for the summer and who else has offered.

It's obvious that USF is in need of a quarterback, this spring they have offered close to 7 of them. However they also need help on the offensive line, particularly left tackle. It's not as easy to evaluate and offer line talent like it is at quarterback. That's why the coaches hit the road all spring leading up to the final jamboree weekend. In the case of Troy Niblack the spring evaluation period paid off.

Last season Niblack only played a handful of games after suffering a deep bruise to his knee, an injury that nagged at him all season even when he was healthy enough to play. He knew this spring would be important for him to prove to his self and colleges that he can compete on the division one level.

"I feel great." Said Niblack, "My coach actually talked to me today about my performance this spring. He said I did a complete 180 from where I was a year ago."

The 6-foot-5, 270 pound left tackle said that last year it was impossible for him to play the way he wanted to due to the injury.

"I improved my footwork and my contact off the line in runblocking. I still have work to do when it comes to blocking speedy pass-rushers, but I'm going to work on that this summer."

His high school coach was not the only one impressed. The staff at South Florida took notice and offered him right there at the spring game.

"One of the coaches came up to my dad at the game and told him they want to offer me a scholarship. That was pretty cool, they were the only team that offered me that night."

Niblack already had offers from Purdue, FAU, Kansas State and FIU. He says there are close to 10 other teams that are also showing interest including, Louisville, Uconn, Nebraska, FSU and Virginia.

"I don't have a top 5 right now, I'm looking at all my options. I want to take a look at Purdue and USF this summer. I also might go to a camp at Kansas State, their coach just sent me some information on it today."

Although there is plenty of time until a decision needs to be made, Troy says he plans to make his this fall. "If I can take a couple visits this summer I think I'll be ready to decide either during my season or right after."

Niblack considers himself a "city boy" and would prefer to attend college somewhere close to a big city. Other factors in his decision are academics and the overall program, including coaches and facilities. will update Troy Niblack in a few weeks and find out what his summer plans will be.

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