Charlton Sinclair Cleared to Join Bulls

Good news for Bulls fans, Mandarin standout safety Charlton Sinclair has been cleared to join the Bulls. Read on for all the details plus updates on the rest of the '07 recruiting class. Stay informed with!

The Bulls received good news this week on defensive back Charlton Sinclair from Mandarin HS in Jacksonville. Sinclair was one of the top rated members of USF's '07 recruiting class, but did not report with the Bulls' incoming freshmen in June due to an academic technicality, but said he received word from the NCAA clearing house that he was now cleared to join the team..

"I just found out Tuesday," said Sinclair, "I finished the class, got my A, and now I'm good to go."

Sinclair thought he was all set months ago, but the NCAA clearing house wouldn't accept a grade he got from his sophomore year. Sinclair had to retake a biology class and get an "A" so that he could be cleared by the NCAA.

"It's definitely a weight off of my shoulders. I'm not sure if you know, but my head coach, Coach Hall died last month." Sinclair said. He was so much more then just a coach to me, he was like a father and a friend. He did so much to make sure I got into college that there was no way I could let him down."

With his academic issues in the past Sinclair said now he can focus on college and football, and will most likely join the team in August.


"I wanted to get up there sooner," said Sinclair, "But a lot of the guys told me they were going home for the week. So I don't want to go up there and be by myself. So I'll probably wait until we have to report August 3rd, maybe a little earlier."


Sinclair has two weeks before he joins the Bulls, but won't be treating the time like a vacation.


"I've been training hard." said Sinclair, "I'm working out with former FSU receiver Kez McCorvey at the Titus sports Academy. He's helping me improve my game and get prepared for the next level."


This is great news for the Bulls, as Sinclair a standout safety with great abilities will add depth, and be a fixture in the Bulls defensive backfield for years to come.


"I can't wait to get to campus, I feel like I got a lot to show," said Sinclair. "Tell everyone get ready, Cha Cha's coming, Go Bulls!"



Josh Bellamy, the standout two-way player from Boca Ciega HS was another member of the '07 class who was academically ineligible, but was considering staying local or going to prep school while trying to qualify said he is taking the JUCO route instead.


"I spoke to the coaches and they decided that was best for me, so I'm heading to California to attend either Butte or Los Medonos CC," said Bellamy. I'm going over there with my teammate Preston Pace and I should know which school we'll go too soon"


If Bellamy chooses Los Medonas Community College in San Francisco he won't be alone. He'll be joining former Boca Ciega back Myron Dillard, former Gibbs receiver and USF commit Kevin Williams, and LB Rashawn Williams from Lakewood HS.


"I'll be at USF, I'm not sure when, but I'll be there, "said Bellamy. "I wish things ended up differently, but I got to play the cards dealt to me. I just got to stay focused, and work hard."



Two other members of the class are also going the JUCO route. Claude Davis of Lake Gibson is already at Pearl River Community College and the standout defensive end said his plans are to return to USF when he's done. Lawrence McCoy from Valdosta will be attending a JUCO also, but hasn't said which one.


Encouraging news for the rest of the class is that both Calvin Sutton & Kavenski McGee two 3-star recruits will remain in Tampa while they try to become academically eligible.  Sutton the former Deland HS standout linebacker wasn't happy about the situation, but seemed very upbeat that he will be at USF in January.  McGee the standout TE from Pahokee said he has taking everything in stride and that adversity will make him stronger. He has worked hard and has come a long way, but if he has to wait until joining the Bulls then that's what meant to be. The next time they can take the test is September 2nd and the fact that both are  staying in Tampa is encouraging that they're close enough to take the tests again this fall and be here in January similar to what Kevin McCaskill, Jeremiah Warren, & David Fonua did this year.

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