Recruiting Battles: USF vs WVU

With so much riding on Friday night's game, USFNation takes a look at how the outcome could effect recruiting. Here is an in-depth look at recruits that have been offered by both WVU and USF.

It will be an epic battle on the field Friday night, but don't over look the ramifications off the field.  The winner of Friday's game will have one-leg up on a number of recruits in the Florida area.  West Virginia and South Florida are extremely successful at landing over-looked talent in Florida.  WVU also had success at landing one of the top HS players in history when they signed Noel Devine.


This year West Virginia gets an extra boost from two former USF coaches who have been recruiting in Florida for years.  Greg Frey who used to recruit the Space Coast and Pinellas County region along with Rod Smith who's territory was the coveted Miami/Ft Lauderdale area. 


Here is a list of top names that are currently offered by both USF and WVU:


CB Josh Price, Jacksonville Fl- Price is a corner/safety who has been on the USF radar since early June, he also made an appearance at USF's Senior Showcase camp in July.  The 5'11, 186 pound Price runs a 4.4 forty time.  Besides having offers from USF and WVU, his list includes Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville and UCF.


OT Ricky Barnum, Lakeland FL- Barnum told USFNation on Tuesday that he wishes he could make the game and he's already got the TIVO set so he doesn't miss a play.  Barnum has both USF and WVU in his top 5 along with UF, Auburn and Alabama. 


S Leonard Johnson, Largo FL- Johnson is a 5'11, 180 pound athlete who excels on both sides of the ball, however he is projected as a safety/corner on the college level.  He has offers from USF, WVU, Troy, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

OT Troy Niblack, Orlando FL- He's an athletic offensive tackle who was at USF'a summer showcase camp.  Niblack is 6'4, 270 and has offers from UConn, Louisville, Kansas State, West Virginia, USF, Nebraska and Purdue.

DB Rashard Hall, St Augustine FL- Big enough to play safety (6'2, 176), quick enough to be a lock-down corner.  It's easy to see why USF and WVU offered early this summer. Other teams who have offered Hall are Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. 


QB B.J. Daniels, Tallahassee FL- He was the number one player in the latest USFNation Hot 20 which came out last week.  Daniels is a dual-threat QB who runs the same ‘Spread Option' attack that both WVU and USF run. A perfect fit for either school.  Other teams who have offered are Georgia Tech, Alabama, Iowa State and Illinois.


OL Brandon Davis, Jacksonville FL- Somewhat of a sleeper so far the 6'3, 270 pound Davis plays both offense and defense, but probably projects as more of a offensive guard or tackle.  He is high on both WVU and USF and also has offers from Louisville and Maryland.


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