USFNation Top 5: Quarterbacks of '08

It's a known fact that USF is looking to land one or two big time quarterbacks this off-season. put together a list of the top QB's that the Bulls are currently recruiting. This should give fans an idea of who the targets are in a ranked order. Only on!

1)  Jacory Harris, Miami Northwestern: At 6'1, 175 pounds Harris is the Bulls number one quarterback target.  As a junior Harris led his team to the Class 6A state championship.  In the 10-game regular season, Harris completed 71-percent of his passes for 1,846 yards with 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions.  Harris' total season passing stats were 194 completions of 285 attempts. 2,920 yards and 37 touchdowns. Harris was named First Team All-State 6A QB and All-Dade County 6A. 


Currently Harris holds 13 offers including LSU, Alabama, Iowa State, USF and most recently Miami.  It's still early so why not aim high. Of course this is a long shot, but who knows what can transpire from now until signing day.  Until he picks a school, count USF as a player in this one.


2)  B.J. Daniels, Tallahassee Lincoln: The Bulls have been on him early, and he did not hurt his stock this spring.  During spring drills Daniels collected several offers including West Virginia, Illinois and a call from Nick Saban that resulted in an offer. 


Last year Daniels threw for 1153 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 534 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground.  He is extremely athletic and also excels on the basketball court.  As of now he plans to play both sports, but that could change if he wants to play in a major football conference. 


Some schools have talked about offering him as an athlete or a WR, USF has made it clear to him they want him as a quarterback.  All of his current offers are at quarterback.


3)  Orhiane Johnson, St. Petersburg Boca Ciega: At one point Johnson was USF's little secret.  A kid who has incredible athleticism and was flying far under the radar of any big time program.  As a sophomore he won team MVP as a safety, then his junior year he switched to QB where he threw and ran for over 900 yards and showed flashes of what could be with a little more experience behind center.


His performance this spring made things a little more difficult for the Bulls.  Johnson played so well that a number of teams have noticed, including Ohio State, who has not offered but said they will try to find a spot for him. 


Of the top 3 QB's on the list, USF has the best chance of landing Johnson, they just need to close.  He likes the idea of staying local and his teammate and good friend Josh Bellamy signed with the Bulls in February.


4)  Star Jackson, Lake Worth:  If USF could land Jackson he would be the closest thing to a pro-style QB they have had.  Jackson runs well, but at 6'3 185, his strength is his ability to see the field and throw out of the pocket.


Jackson has offers from South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Alabama to name a few.  He's a bit of a long shot also, but the risk is worth the reward. 


5)Casey Kelly, Sarasota:  Here is another pro-style QB who would be a great fit to USF's spread offense.  The only knock on him is his ability to play baseball, most experts I talk to say he will be drafted near the first round and will probably go pro.  If it were not for that uncertainty he would be ranked higher on the list.


Currently Kelly holds offers from USF, Duke, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama.  Look for USF to continue to recruit him until he makes a decision on whether or not to play baseball.





DeRon Furr, Justin Tuggle, Jaybo Shaw, D.C. Jefferson, Troy Dannehower

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