The Bulls offensive line just got another big boost for 2009, when they found out that 6'4, 285 pound Hutchinson CC offensive tackle Jamar Bass who planned to attend Illinois, will now be heading to Tampa instead. According to Hutchinson Offensive coordinator and O-line Coach Josh Gooch.
"He's switched his commitment to USF, and will sign there on Wednesday," said Gooch.
The All-Jay Hawk conference offensive lineman had plenty of interest but narrowed his choices down to USF and Illinois, before choosing the Illini. However, after not being able to enroll this past spring opened things back up, and will now be a Bull.
"He had two really great choices and it was really a tough decision for him. South Florida did a great job and so did Illinois," said Gooch. "He likes what they have at South Florida and is excited for the opportunity."
Gooch and the Hutchinson staff actually signed Bass while at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, but when the staff went to Hutchinson, he wasn't allowed to transfer, so he redshirted then went to Northwest Mississippi Community College for a year before rejoining the staff at Hutchinson.
"He's probably the most talented offensive lineman that's out there in this year's signing class. He's got unbelievably great feet. Great striking ability with his hands, and understands the game of football at a high level."
Bass has a great combination of strength and speed. He benches 385 pounds and has squatted an impressive 615 pounds. His coaches at Hutchinson say his 40-yard dash time of 4.69 seconds is not a misprint.
"That's a correct; I timed him at a 4.69," said Coach Gooch. "It's not surprising if you see him, he's fast, has got small ankles and has a great start. It's not like he ran a 4.69 and a slow time, the others times were a 4.71, 4.72 but 4.69 was his fastest. And that's with two guys timing him and comparing those times."
That combination of power and speed has helped Bass who played left tackle for the Dragons.
"It helps him a lot, because we ran counter a lot. He can read the guards block or kick out, and he's fast. He can reach block a 5-technique or step inside the 3-technique and knock him off. He's fast and strong. He can kick swipe as good as anybody and isn't on the ground very much."
Bass also got to work against one of the best defensive linemen in the country JUCO All-American Eugene Kinlaw every day at practice, and that made him that much better.
"He can drive block anybody," said Gooch. "He got to go against Eugene, who's a very special player every day in practice. They're both super strong and working against a player like Eugene, helped him get better, and made both of them get better."
The addition of Bass will help bolster the Bulls offensive line and will have 2 years of eligibility remaining.
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