JUCO WR Returning to Florida, Commits to USF

Edgard Theliar is the first JUCO commit for the Bulls '09 class. He's originally a product of Bradenton Manatee HS and hopes to add an explosive dimension to the South Florida offense next year. Read on for the details.

When Edgard Theliar graduated from Bradenton Manatee HS in 2007 he left the state of Florida for California to play JUCO ball at College of the Desert. After one highly productive season, which included 15 touchdowns, Theliar made a move to Kansas to play for Butler CC. In between stops he realized after graduation he's ready to move back to Florida and finish his college career. On Tuesday Edgard took a giant step in that direction when he committed to the South Florida Bulls coaching staff.

"I committed to USF today." Edgard told USFNation.com.

"USF is where I want to be. (Matt) Grothe comes back next year, they pass the ball a lot in 4 and 5 wide sets, they are one of the top 25 teams in the nation, it's close to home and they have the coaches that will get you right for the next level. It's where I want to be."

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds Edgard Theliar is a threat from anywhere on the field, he possess 4.4 speed with above average leaping ability. Last year he was named to the All-Conference team as a freshman and this year Theliar has 15 catches for 400 yards and 3 scores in an offense that is vastly different from the pass-happy offense he played in California. Although his numbers are down, Edgard says he's not worried because he his eye is on the big-picture and that is to return to the Tampa Bay area.

"I've really been thinking about all the schools recruiting me and where I want to be. After living in California and now in Kansas, it's been rough going through all that. I want to be in a program that fits me and is close to home."

Loyalty is something that also drove Edgard to committing to South Florida. Throughout the process USF has been the one team to keep in contact with him.

"They've showed me love this whole time. Oregon will call me off and on, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, I talked to Cal once. Nobody stayed with me like USF."

Besides USF, Theliar had offers from Oregon, Louisiana Lafayette, Hawaii and San Diego State to name a few.

Although the recruiting process is over-with, Edgard says that doesn't mean he's done recruiting. That's right, Edgard has a few friends in mind that he wants to bring along to Tampa.

"I talked to Carlos (Savala) and Jack (Julsing) the other day. I think Carlos is about ready to commit too. I told him he needs to go ahead and do it and stop playing! We're going to play for USF together. But I haven't talked to him since I committed, I just got out of practice and I'm going to call him when I get back to my dorm."

Edgard also mentioned that former hard-hitting Rickards HS defensive back Rudell Crim, a current teammate at Butler may also be looking to come to Tampa when his season is over. Theliar is expected to graduate in December and be ready to join USF for spring practice. He says he's anxious to be a Bull and can't wait for his official visit to Tampa during bowl week practice. Until then Theliar will focus on school and football, USFNation will have more updates on Edgard throughout the year.

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