USF State of Recruiting, Defense

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 defensive side of the ball. Only on!

Defensive Line - Although they have only one commit on the Dline there is no need to panic. Demi Thompson committed to South Florida back at the SuperBull in June. He is listed as a DE and plays as one in high school, however after seeing him in person I think he'll be able to make a quick transition to the three-technique in college. He's got the size, 6-goot-2, 250 and runs an impressive 4.71 forty. USF will look to add 3-5 more recruits on the Dline by the time Signing Day rolls around. The biggest concern is landing quality DE's, something this year's class is thin on.

On The Board: DE Ryne Giddins, Armwood; DE Julius Forte, Boca Ciega; DE Luke Sager, Niceville; DE Olivier Vernon, American; DT Jason Pierre-Paul, Fort Scott JC; DT Arthur Jeffery, Sarasota Booker; DT Akeem Spence, Fort Walton.

Prediction: This Dline class will shape up very nicely for the Bulls. Along with Demi Thompson USF will most likely land Giddins, Sager and Pierre-Paul. They also have a good chance of getting Forte and Spence. I'd say the long shots right now are Jeffery and Vernon. By Signing Day the defensive line will be the most talented group in the '09 class.

Linebackers - Already committed the Bulls have Tyrone Williams and Chase Griffiths, two totally different players. Williams is a side-to-side outside backer that is a tackling machine, while Griffiths is a 6-foot3, 220 pound run-stopping middle linebacker. The Bulls will probably end-up with a total of 4 or 5 linebackers in this class.

On The Board: Jaquain Williams, Fort Scott JC; Shane Gordon, Cypress Bay; Sam Barrington, Terry Parker; Daniel Mack, Dade Christian; Jon Bostic, Palm Beach Central.

Prediction: Count on Sam Barrington and Jaquain Williams to sign with USF. Shane Gordon would also be a quality pick-up and the Signing Day surprise would be Jon Bostic. He's a long-shot, but if he schedules an official visit things with South Florida, things could change.

Secondary - The USF coaching staff has taken advantage of their on-campus camps this season, landing CB Ricardo Dixon and S Ivan Nicholas at the SuperBull and Sling & Shoot respectively, and local S/CB Jaquez Jenkins committed just days after attending the SuperBull back in June. With three commits already in the boat, expect the Bulls to try and sign at least 2 more at both safety and corner. Remember runningback commit Bradley Battles may also end up at corner once he gets on campus.

On The Board: CB Jayron Hosley, Atlantic; CB Josh Robinson, Plantation; S Vlad Emilien, Plantation; S Angelo Hadley, Armwood; CB Mywan Jackson, Armwood; CB Denard Robinson, Deerfield; S Frank Crawford, Gulliver Prep.

Prediction: The secondary class in Florida this year is not very deep, so none of the guys on the board will be easy catches for the staff. Josh Robinson will be a Bull despite his attraction to UCF, I still say UF is more of a threat to the Bulls even though they have not offered. Jayron Hosley will be playing in Tampa as well, the team to watch is UM, they haven't offered and I'd be surprised if they did, its worth keeping an eye on. Mywan is a tough one to read right now and so is Denard Robinson, mostly because he still wants to be brought in as a QB, something USF isn't going to be reluctant to do.

The real fight will be at the safety position, Vlad Emilien is flirting with the Big Ten and if he's set on leaving the state there is nothing the Bulls can do. Same deal with Angelo Hadley, he's told me numerous times he wants to leave, yet he still comes around USF about as often as teammate Ryne Giddins. Frank Crawford may be the biggest reach at this point because he's got an instate offer from Florida State and really enjoyed his time at their camp over the summer. However, FSU is low on schollys and if Crawford drags it out till February the Noles may not have room for him.

A name to remember is Rudell Crim at Butler CC, he's a Godby grad and I've been told he wants to come and play for USF. He has not been offered yet, if USF chooses to grab another JUCO DB this year Crim is the guy because of his versatility to play either safety or corner.

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