'09 Commits React to 2008 Season

The South Florida Bulls have lost 3 of the last 4 games. Coaches, players and fans are all concerned, but what about the recruits? Especially the one's that have already given their commitment to play for USF next year, USFNation.com caught up with QB Victor Marc, CB Jaquez Jenkins, OL Kendall Kelly and TE Gerard Atkins to find out how they are taking the losses.

Everyone has their take on the current state of the South Florida program, including some that have a personal stake in the well-being of the team – the 2009 recruiting class. USFNation took some time to call a couple key recruits and see their reaction to the 2008 season. We talked with Jacquez Jenkins, Victor Marc, Kendall Kelly and Gerard Atkins, and this is what they had to say:

Jacquez Jenkins on the Bulls losing 3 of their last 4 games:

"I hope this is a situation where I can come in and help. They got some young guys out there playing and mistakes will happen, but I think they'll be better for it in the long-run."

Jenkins on "negative recruiting":

"I talk to other teams but they don't usually bring up anything like that."

What has the USF staff's reaction been?

"I talk to Coach Gregory about once every two weeks. Last time I talked to him they had just lost to Pittsburgh. Right now I think he's probably too busy with correcting the problems, I think if I talked to him it might be a topic to talk about, but we haven't talked about it yet."

Do you think this is just a down year or is it more than that?

"I think it's just one of those seasons. We had a good recruiting class last year and this one ('09) is shaping up to be very good. Like I said, there are a lot of young players and the youth is growing up."

Victor Marc on his commitment to South Florida:

"I'm still committed to South Florida. I'm looking at some other schools right now, but I'm coming to USF."

Marc's thoughts on the Bulls losing 3 of their last 4 games:

"They have to just work a little harder and focus on each game separately. They need to win their conference games."

Do you see it as something you can come in and help fix?

"Oh yeah, no doubt. I have an opportunity to get on the field a little bit as a freshman, get some playing time and show people what I can do on the next level."

Has Coach Scott been staying in touch with you and what has he said about the losses?

"Ya know, he's been about the same throughout the whole thing. Every week we talk about my family, how I'm doing in school, he always tells me to hang in there and keep working in the classroom. He tells me to keep it going and stay focused on making it to USF."

You initially committed to USF with 2 friends -- James Green and Ricardo Dixon, have you talked with those guys about the recent losses?

"We are still committed together. We are still in it no matter what the outcome of this season is. Not many times do 3 friends get this opportunity, we've talked about it together and decided we want to take advantage of that opportunity. We want to come to USF and make big things happen on the field, and off the field we want to live together, kinda watch over one-another and let each other know we are focused on our goal."

Kendall Kelly on the Bulls 2008 season:

"I don't like to see them lose but down-years happen. I would love to see them win the Big East – if its not meant to be, then its not meant to be. Hopefully they finish the season strong and nobody gets injured and I can come in next year and make a difference."

Has this changed your commitment to USF in any way?

"Oh no, no, no. I'm solid."

Coach Simmonds is your recruiter, what has he been saying these past few weeks?

"I talked to him on Friday and he said they were still fighting. You know, I'm going through the same thing right now with my (high school) team. We are 4-4, out of the playoffs, so I'm kinda feelin his pain a little bit. I know what it feels like. All you can do is try to get better."

Are you planning on taking any other visits?

"My only visit will be to USF."

Gerard Atkins gives his thoughts on this year's USF season:

"Every team hits a rough stretch during a season and this is it for the Bulls. I feel like they are a good team and they'll turn it around soon."

Does this type of season affect your decision to commit to USF?

"No, not at all. I'm solid."

How do you see yourself helping the Bulls when you get there?

"I have to get adjusted to everything, pick up the offense and hopefully I can help right away."

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