Today the Bulls got a commitment from two-way lineman Danous Estenar of Palm Beach Central. The Bulls and Knights have been fighting over the 6-3.5, 300 pound lineman for the last two weeks. Estanar narrowed his list to USF/UCF and took back-to-back weekend visits to each school, respectively. He says the final decision came down to a "gut feeling".
Today USFNation talked with Danous' guardian/mentor Jim Hertz, both of Estenar's parents are Haitian and neither speaks English. Hertz has been the one guiding him through the recruiting process.
"Danous struggled all week, going back-and-forth between the two schools, but decided in the end USF is a great fit for him."
Two weeks ago Estenar was on an official visit in Tampa and was hosted by former Palm Beach teammate Quincy Okolie. All though he had a touch of the flu, Estenar saw enough of the program to call USF home for the next 4 years.
"For Danous it really came down to the coaches. He has a great relationship with Leavitt, McCarney and Simmonds. He also likes their conference schedule and the fact that USF plays a majority of their games on national TV."
This season Estenar has worked hard on and off the field. One of his main goals was to get his weight down from 340, which wasn't an ideal playing weight. By the start of the season and up until now, Estenar has maintained a weight of 297-300, making him more athletic and able to dominate on both sides of the ball.
"Coach Leavitt likes him at both defensive nose tackle and offensive guard. Either one is a possibility."
After a long recruitment, Hertz says Danous is glad for it to come to an end.
"He made his decision this morning and called both coaching staffs (UCF and USF) to inform them of his decision."
Danous Estenar is a type of player that the USF staff typically recruits. He's able to play two positions of need and he's already got the size coming in as a freshman. I wouldn't expect to see him get major playing time his freshman year, but with his frame it's a possibility. Oh, and beating out your in-state rival never hurts either!
Two-way lineman picks Bulls over Knights
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