The South Florida Bulls improved their recruiting class once again this year, signing 24 talented recruits to the 2008 class. However there were a couple losses taken along the way. Here are the top 5 Misses according to USFNation.com:
1) Andrew Mitchell: USF was looking to land a guy that could come in and start right away at the left tackle position and Mitchell would have done just that. The staff got on him late, but after a visit was scheduled it looked like the Bulls were in a good position to land the 6'5, 300 pound tackle. 2 weeks before his visit he informed the USF staff that he would not be visiting and it was a two team race between Arizona and Oklahoma State, in the end Mitchell chose to stay close to his home and play for the Cowboys.
2) Corey Liuget: Even Coach Leavitt admitted after signing day that this one "stung" a little. The Bulls had been recruiting Liuget since he was a freshman and they considered the Hialeah standout the missing piece in the middle of the D-line. Liuget, 6'4, 280 could have been a Warren Sapp type defensive tackle playing between two pass rushing specialists in David Bedford and George Selvie. To the staff's credit, they were in the mix until the very end when Corey chose Illinois over USF and LSU.
3) Orhian Johnson: It's always important to keep the talent in your backyard playing for the home team. Instead the ATH from Boca Ciega will be playing for the runner-up to the National Championship, the Ohio State Buckeye's. What could have kept Orhian in Tampa? Maybe it was the period of about 5 or 6 weeks when the Bulls stopped recruiting him in October. The answer will never be known, but there were valuable lesson's to be learned from his recruitment.
4) Tommy Streeter: Sometimes there are mistakes made in recruiting a prospect which result in him choosing a school besides USF. However in the case of Tommy Streeter, USF played this one perfectly, but lost out on Signing Day. The staff pulled out all the stops and still came up short to the team that recruited him the least, the Canes. This shows the magnitude of influence strong tradition brings in recruiting, it can be blinding to a young recruit and one day the tradition at South Florida will have the same effect.
5) Anthony Mains: When the 6'6 defensive end committed to USF back in October there was no doubt Mains would be contributing on the field in the next few years. That was until he de-committed from the Bulls and verballed to the University of Wisconsin. With the loss of Mains USF was never able to land another true DE out of the high school ranks. The loss won't be felt in the short-term with the addition of David Bedford, but it will make the defensive end position a priority in '09.
Class of '08: Top 5 Misses
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