1) QB B.J. Daniels, Tallahassee Lincoln- This kid is a flat-out playmaker. Whether it's with his legs or arm he finds a way to get it done. Daniels is a dual-threat QB who would fit perfectly in USF's wide open offense. He can stretch the field with his arm, which is accurate over 40 yards, and he can wear a defense out with his scrambling ability.
B.J. Daniels is being highly recruited, he has offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Illinois, West Virginia and Iowa State. If Daniels were to commit to USF this summer there is a chance he could be the only QB taken this year. It's an important year to land a QB and Daniels is at the top of the list. Take a look for yourself why he earned the number one spot:
2) OLB Sean Spence, Miami Northwestern- Spence is one of the top linebacker prospects in South Florida, he helped lead his team to the Class 6A state championship, while racking up 160 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Spence was awarded First Team All-State LB and First Team All-Dade County for his junior season. He's got the size and the speed to play in USF's up-tempo defense. At 6'1, 205 Spence has sub 4.7 speed which he utilizes to become a tackling machine.
Teams have certainly taken notice, especially a few rival Big East teams including Rutgers who could be USF's biggest competitor for Spence. He is also desirable because of his academics Sean recently took the ACT for the first time and scored a 24.
3) RB Richard Watson, Tallahassee FAMU HS- Watson is a dangerous mix of size and speed. Last season the talented running back was the best player on the Class 1B state championship team as a junior. He finished the season with 2,140 yards rushing for 34 touchdowns, ending the season with a 123-yard performance in the state title game. He also boasts a bench of 330 pounds.
It's obvious by the backs offered this year that the Bulls are looking for a big back that can run between the tackles. At first glance Watson is very similar to '07 prospect Richard Kelly, however Watson has the same power, but brings more break-away speed. He is a load to take down and usually delivers a harder hit than the defense trying to tackle him.
USF has only recently jumped in on Watson, they offered him about three weeks ago. They are now battling it out with teams like Ohio State, Arkansas, UCLA and Clemson. If Watson makes it to USF's showcase camp it will be a big step towards landing this exciting prospect.
4) OT Troy Niblack, Orlando Edgewater- Quality offensive linemen are hard to find, and they are the most important piece to a successful offense. Niblack is the top O-lineman on the list because of his long arms and quick feet. He's a smart player who was named to the All-Area list in Orlando as a junior.
Some schools have overlooked this prospect because he plays along side Michael Brewster one of the top OL in the country. But USF may land a gem if they can out recruit teams such as Kansas State and Purdue. Right now Kansas State has a slight lead over USF, that is until he makes a visit. Niblack is expected to perform in USF's showcase camp next month, it will be interesting to see what effect that has on his decision.
5) OT Greg Shaw, Miami Pace- It's no coincidence that there are two offensive tackles in the top 5. With the almost certain loss of Lawrence McCoy from last years class (grades), it puts even more emphasis on landing quality tackles.
At 6'6 280, Shaw is a franchise type tackle that has the ability to become a 3 or even 4 year starter for the Bulls. He's deceptively large, even though he's close to 300, he looks closer to 250 because of his height and lack of body fat.
USF does not have an easy task at hand, they are competing with basically every team in the country on this one Auburn, Florida, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Tennessee have all extended offers. Yes he is a long-shot and that's one of the factors in why he isn't ranked higher on this list, but after talking to him the Bulls are definitely in the picture. He says he plans to attend the USF showcase camp in July and if he shows it will be a good indicator on where the Bulls stand.