The surprise signing day story yesterday was when Monsignor Pace cornerback Kayvon Webster announced that he was switching his commitment from UM to USF. For days leading up the Bulls coaching staff was trying to sway the coveted prospect, but most recruiting pundits said it would be to hard a battle to pull a Dade County kid from the ‘U'. All that changed when the All-State player announced he was going to be a Bull.
"I'm excited to be part of USF and of something that is going to make history. I want to help Coach Leavitt get to 100 wins."
Coach Larry Scott did a great job and the USF staff never gave up on Webster, and they were still in the mix when the noon press conference was held. However, the earlier news that Atlantic CB Jayron Hosley, who everyone thought was heading to USF, announced he was signing with Virginia Tech instead, and that helped seal the deal.
"I've was thinking about what to do all day," said Webster. "And when I heard that Jayron Hosley committed to V-tech, I knew I was going to be a Bull."
After the announcement, USF fans rejoiced and all of Miami was shocked, but Webster said there were a lot of other factors in his decision.
"Ever since my first visit I liked them. When I was with the players, I felt like I was already part of the team. We all got a long and had great talks, not just about football, but a lot of things. Through the whole recruitment all the coaches were real true."
The Bulls were the very first team to offer the Dade standout, and the relationship with the USF coaching staff was something that always stood out to Kayvon.
"Me and Coach Scott talk about everything, football, life, you name it. He was very instrumental in my recruitment."
Kayvon's signing created a clean sweep for USF of the top three recruits at Pace, and being from Dade county, choosing to go away from Miami and to USF was no easy task.
"It was tough, but after seeing all the recruits that they had, I saw they were putting together a great class, and wanted to be part of it. I'm not afraid of competition, and they play freshmen. I also felt like I was one of their most prized possessions, and at Miami I just felt like another player coming from Dade County."
Another huge factor that was in favor for USF was Jim Leavitt, the Bulls only Head Coach in their history.
"I really like Coach Leavitt. He's always wired and hyper, and very active with the players. He's a cool guy, and has always been straight up with me."
Webster did a little of everything at Pace, and said that the Bulls are looking at him for multiple positions.
‘They're talking to me about playing corner, safety, little bit of receiver, and kick returner. I have no preference and just want to be part of team that will allow me to showcase my ability, and help them win games."
Not even his teammates knew of his plans, and were surprised and happy when he put on the Bull cap. As shocked as most Miami fans were of the news, nobody was more surprised than the USF coaching staff when they heard.
"They were shocked. They said they heard the news, but had to hear it from the horse's mouth. They were very excited to hear it."
Kayvon joins his teammates Sterling Griffin and Derrick Hopkins as future Bulls, and is fully aware that Miami and USF is slated to play for the next five years.
"I'm very excited, next year that's going to be a game to watch."
Now that it's over Kayvon said he's happy and relieved that it's all over and start focusing on the future.
''The Bulls are a team on the rise, they just signed the best class in their history, and I'm glad to be a part of it,'' Webster said. "I can go in there and make my own tradition."
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Webster Talks about Making the Switch to USF
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