USF State of Recruiting, Offense

The recruiting season tends to heat-up in mid-to-late October, so before things get too crazy let's take a look at who's committed and who the key prospects are heading down the stretch. Here is an in-depth look at the offensive side of the ball. Only on USFNation.com!

Offense

Quarterback - Victor Marc is the lone QB commit at this point, he has the athletic ability to also play WR, S or even LB. The South Florida staff is only recruiting an elite group this year and for Marc to even be offered shows that Coach Leavitt believes he can help them win a Big East Championship.

On The Board: Eugene Smith, Miramar.

Prediction: It's a bold one…the Bulls will land Eugene Smith this year and shock the recruiting world. I believe they are the team to beat and only a total collapse this year would prevent it from happening.



Running Back - Already in the boat is Bradley Battles and Adaris Bellamy. Battles is a two-way athlete who is a homerun threat and an above average corner. Bellamy is a pure running back who looks and plays a lot like former Bull Andre Hall. He's got the frame of a Mack truck and the speed to break the big one, the one knock on Bellamy is grades, that's why I don't think the staff is through recruiting this position.

On The Board: Lindsey Lamar, Hillsborough; Al-Terek McBurse, Winter Springs; Rodney Scott, Dixie County; Dontae Aycock, Chamberlain; Mike James, Ridge Community.

Prediction - In my opinion, the Bulls take 2 of these 3. Al-Terek McBurse, Lindsey Lamar and Rodney Scott. It's tough to predict what Rodney Scott will do since he's been an on-and-off Auburn commit since June. There is also the chance that the staff could take all three and use Lamar in the slot.



Offensive Line - The O-Line class is shaping up to be one of the best classes in years for USF. They have commits from Kamran Joyer, Kendall Kelly and John McGhin. Typically the Bulls don't get many early commits at this position, but this year the staff already has a solid foundation of Big Men as we head into the "crunch time" of recruiting season.

On The Board: Carlos Savala, College of the Desert; Jarred Wheeler, American; Jamar Bass. Hutchinson JC; Mylon Brown, Pasco; Jack Julsing, College of the Desert (no offer); Brandon McCray, Merrit Island (no offer).

Prediction: First of all I predict that there will be more offers going out to lineman all the way up until signing day. O-Line is a tough position to throw early offers at, but of the guys mentioned I definitely see the Bulls landing a JUCO or two, one of which being Carlos Savala. Savala is a guy who can come in and immediately help this team more than any other recruit on the board.



Tight End - For now Gerard Atkins is the lone commit, he's under-utilized and out of position in Dixie Hollins' offense. Atkins is playing WR for a team that predominantly runs the ball. It's okay because the staff may have found a diamond in the rough and hope to use him to fill the shoes of graduating senior Cedric Hill.

On The Board: Gabe Holmes, St. Thomas

Prediction: The South Florida staff would be elated to land both Holmes and Atkins, however grades are said to be an issue with Holmes and right now I would say Atkins will be the only TE in this class. If Holmes can get his grades together and come to USF, I believe he has the ability to take Coach Gregory's offense to a new level. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds he'd be nearly the size of Cedric Hill, except Holmes is still in high school!



Wide Receiver - The Bulls run a spread offense that utilizes 4 or 5 WR, due to the frequency of injuries, it means they need at least 7 capable WR's at any given time. Prior to last week the Bulls only had one committed, WR James Green. Considering they only took one last year, it was almost time to get worried. However JUCO standout Edgard Theliar from Butler CC in Kansas decided it was the right time to announce he'd be a Bull. Theliar brings big-play capability on offense and special teams, just last week he returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown. He also has the maturity and determination this team needs to win a Big East Championship.

On The Board: Lamar Scruggs, Duncan Fletcher; Stedman Bailey, Miramar; Sterling Griffin, Pace; Erick Williams, Manatee.

Prediction: I see the Bulls taking at least two more. Scruggs is at the top of the list but I'd call it even right now between USF and South Carolina for his services. Out of all those names, Sterling Griffin could end up being the best college WR of them all. The Bulls were the first team to offer back in the spring and have a great shot at landing the 6-foot prospect out of Miami.



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