The word "pipeline" is a recruiting buzz-word that fans love to use and coaches love to create. The Bulls staff has established one at Lake Gibson and it looks like Plant City could be an up-and-coming feeder school for future USF talent.
In 2008 the Bulls signed 6'-foot-7, 305 pound Mark Popek to a scholarship and they already got their eyes on another target. Defensive end Denzel Drone has not been offered by USF yet, but says there is mutual interest.
"I was invited to their junior day last summer, right before school started." Adding, "I know they are interested, Coach (Larry) Scott is recruiting me, he told me he likes me. We talked at the junior day."
Last season Denzel primarily played defensive end and racked up 93 tackles, 11 sacks, 46 tackles for loss, and 4 forced fumbles. As of now he's got two offers, Auburn and Kentucky. Drone, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, plays on the line in high school, but says he'll play linebacker or safety in college.
Teammate Mark Popek already spoke with Denzel about the recruiting process and has impacted Drone's early feelings toward USF.
"He told me about USF. He said he liked USF more than anywhere else because of the way they treat people. They treat people like family."
Denzel says that is exactly what he is looking for when choosing his college.
"I want to stay home. USF would be a good fit, but if they don't want me….I gotta do what I gotta do."
After his JV season ended in 9th grade, Drone moved to the varsity team for the final two games of the year and hasn't looked back since. He's been a regular starter since his sophomore year and is expecting big things for his senior season.
"I want to have 110 tackles, 16 sacks, an INT and a touchdown. I haven't scored since my 10th grade year when I ran back a fumble."
Drone compares himself to Julius Peppers of the Carolina Panthers. He says he's a speed rusher with enough power to muscle through the offensive linemen that get in his way. Last summer he ran a 4.5 40 time at a camp in Tallahassee.
Even though he's got only two offers, it is early and there are a bunch of teams showing him attention. On a regular basis he gets mail from Pitt, Colorado, UF, NCST, UM and Georgia.
Stick with USFNation for the latest on this Bay Area prospect.
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