The Bulls class for '08 got another boost this week when they got a commitment from DE/FB Donnel Engram of Tarpon Springs HS. The Bulls have been looking for more help on the D-line and the 6-2.5-255 pound star lineman who was just awarded defensive line MVP of the Pinellas County All-Star Game could be a perfect fit for USF.
Today USFNation talked with Tarpon Springs Head Coach George Kotis who refers to Donnel as "Simply a freak on the football field".
"Coach Leavitt was at the All-Star game and afterward he made an offer to play for the Bulls," said Kotis. "Then today he decided that USF was a great fit and informed the coaches that he wanted to play for USF."
Engram first tuned heads at the Scout.com Combine in
"He is truly a dominant player," said Kotis. "He's got it all, great burst, great inside step, and what ever a lineman throws at him he's got the tenacity to get by them, through them or over them."
Donnel was a monster on the field and finished the season with 12 sacks, 79 total tackles with 62 of them solo and 11 tackles for a loss. He also had 6 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries. On the offensive side of the ball he scored 5 touchdowns while rushing for 130 yards on 10 carries. He was a TE before other injuries forced him to play FB. For all his efforts, he was voted to the Pinellas County All-Star Game where he was awarded defensive line MVP.
"For Donnel it really came down to the type of program USF has, and the coaching staff," said Coach Kotis. "He had some concerns, and they answered all of them. He likes Coach Leavitt, McCarney and Coach Canales. He really felt that when he gets on campus, they will take care of him in more ways then just football."
This season Engram has worked hard off the field and it shows up when on the field. He's benching over 350 pounds and squatting over 500 pounds. He knows he can work harder in the weight room, but once he gets to USF the strength coach will see to that.
"Coach Leavitt likes him at defensive end," said Kotis. "Other schools wanted him to put on 50 pounds and play tackles, but he likes to be on the outside rather then play inside. I'm sure if he had to, he could play either though"
The Sponger Star DE had offers from Indiana, Ole Miss, Troy, UCF, and Akron to name a few, but was recruited by everybody including FSU, Louisville, and a host of other schools. He's very close on grades with a 2.4 GPA and scored a 750 the first time he took the SAT, which caused many schools to wait before offering
Donnel has been up to USF many times to watch the Bulls play, and will make an official visit sometime soon. If you haven't got a chance to see Donnel play, you still have an opportunity. He's one of six
"He loves the athleticism of the Bulls D-line, where the program is heading and thinks it will be a great match for him," said Kotis. He's very excited to be a Bull."
Donnel Engram is a type of player that coaches love. He's tenacious, and never quits on a play. He's got a good frame and will get bigger and stronger once he gets to campus. With all the senior defensive lineman leaving this year, Engram will be a great addition to this already stellar class.