4-star DE Giddins Talks about USF Commitment

USF recruiting has been huge lately, with 5 commits in 4 days. And it all started this past weekend when USF landed the most highly decorated recruit in program history in Armwood's 4 star DE Ryne Giddins who committed during his visit to Tampa. Read on for this exclusive interview and find out all the details. Only on USFNation.com

It's been talked about and anticipated for a while, but this past weekend it actually happened. USF landed the most highly decorated recruit in program history, when Armwood's 4 star defensive end Ryne Giddins committed to the South Florida Bull's staff during his visit to Tampa.

"I felt love there. I really did," said Giddins. "I felt real comfortable with the players, the coaches, everything."

Giddins(6'4-235)is the 12th ranked DE in the nation by Scout and was a consensus national top 100 recruit. Received more than 70 Division I scholarship offers, but recently narrowed down his list of schools to just USF and UF. When he announced he was down to the two schools many thought Giddins was a virtual lock to choose the national champion Gators, but the best pass rusher in the state chose the hometown Bulls.

"What put USF over the top was the overall feeling I got when I was around the team and the players. It really felt like home," said Giddins. "I've to the campus many times and just love it."

Giddins is arguably the Bulls most heralded prospect, and the first national recruit to sign with USF. This season Ryne earned the CSTV National Defensive Player of the Year, USA Today first-team All-American, and was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after racking up over 70 tackles, 6 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two returned for scores and 18 tackles for a loss.

Recorded 98 tackles, 21 for a loss, and an amazing 21 sacks as a junior. Finished as Armwood's all-time sack leader, earning first team All-county by both the Times and the Tribune as a junior and senior, and was also voted a two-time defensive player of the year by the Times, among other post season honors.

"Another big factor was that I had a great relationship with Coach Patrick, Coach Leavitt, coach Douglas and the entire coaching staff. They all played a role."

Landing a player like Ryne is quite a coup for the Bulls coaching staff, and is an indication of where the program is heading, but no one was happier about the news then USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt.

"When I told him, Coach couldn't stop smiling," said Ryne. "I don't think I've seen someone smile so much.He was happy."

Ryne has developed into a hometown hero of sorts, and the chance to play just around the corner has everyone around him very excited, especially his mother, who was the first person he told of his decision.

"My mom's just wanted what's best for me and she's real happy that I'll be close," said Ryne. "The chance to play in front of all my friends and family is real big."

Giddins also was eager to learn and play alongside USF's only two-time All-American George Selvie.

"I feel great about that, and think we'll be a great team together."

This past weekend Ryne made his official visit to Tampa, saying "The weekend visit was great, and a lot of fun. It was a perfect 10. I wouldn't have committed if I didn't have a great time."

During the visit Ryne also made sure to introduce himself to all the other recruits and let them know why he chose the Bulls.

"After I announced my choice, they all congratulated me and I think it gave them a better understanding of what they may want to do, but I didn't really recruit them. I'll let everybody make their own choice, like I did."

Choosing where to play college was tough on Ryne, especially when it meant picking the Bulls over the Gators, but Giddins said he did a lot of soul searching to find his answer.

"It's been on my mind and I've been praying about it a lot. I asked him to show me where I should go, and he led me to USF."

Ryne has been a regular at Bulls practices, games, and is friendly with many USF players which helped in his decision, and is now glad that it's out of the way.

"I'm rock solid in my choice," said Giddins. "A lot of stress came off my shoulders after making my decision. I'm ready to take it to the next level."

Stay tuned with USFNation.com, as we update you on Ryne Giddins and the rest of the 2009 class leading up to signing day

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