JUCO LB Weatherspoon Talks USF Decision

Curtis Weatherspoon, a 6'1-207 pound linebacker out of Dean College in Massachusetts talks of his decision to play for the Bulls.

The Bull recruiting momentum keeps on rolling as the Bulls picked up another commit when 6'1-207-pound linebacker/safety Curtis Weatherspoon, from Dean College in Massachusetts said he has verbally committed to the Bulls.

"Yes sir, I committed to the USF," said Weatherspoon. "I love everything about the school and feel very good about my decision."

Playing as a freshman at Dean College, Weatherspoon (6'1-205) saw time at both linebacker and at safety registering 55 tackles, 11 for-a-loss, 5 sacks 4 forced fumbles, earning 1st-team All-Conference. He was also named Defensive Player of the week, after finishing with eight tackles (five solo), recorded three sacks for a loss of 30 yards and forced a fumble that was recovered by a teammate who scored on the play.

"My best assets are my awareness, and my knowledge of the game. I feel like I'm smarter than everybody else on the field," said Curtis. "I have great instincts and a nose for the football."

Besides having great football instincts, Weatherspoon said he had a 36 inch vertical last summer, and has speed to go with it.

"The other day I was demonstrating how to run a 40 at a camp," said Curtis. "I ran 4.5 flat without shoes on."

Before attending Dean, Weatherspoon was a First team 5A All-State linebacker for Valdosta high school in 2007 after he recorded 110 tackles, five sacks, intercepted two passes and recovered four fumbles for the Wildcats. He was also named Region 1AAAAA Region Player of the Year, GA All Star Team Member, and Team USA vs. Japan Member.

The Valdosta native said the Bulls are recruiting him at linebacker and possibly a little safety.

"I can play anywhere on defense except for the Defensive line," said Curtis. "I can cover, or take it up field, but my specialty is blitzing. I love blowing a play up."

Weatherspoon was recruited by USF linebacker Coach David Blackwell, and also had offers from Marshall, Bowling Green, and UMass, but also said he had interest from Georgia, Maryland, Memphis, Tennessee, and Iowa State.

"I actually committed about a month ago after talking things over with my family," said Weatherspoon. "They were real excited with my choice."

"I liked everything about the school, I like the coaches, it's close to home, and it felt like a good fit."

Weatherspoon visited USF about two months ago, and was hosted by two former Bulls from Valdosta Carlton Williams, and Cedric Hill. "We talk often and they told me how great of a school USF was, and I took their word for it but wanted to check it out for myself."

"I loved the visit, the campus was beautiful and I loved the facilities," said Curtis. "Another thing that helped was that I have family in Tampa and St. Petersburg. My Grandma and my Aunts on my dad's side all live down there."

Even though he was actually born in St. Petersburg, he moved to Valdosta when he was young, and after spending time up north said he can't wait to get back down south again.

"That's another thing why I'm excited to get down to USF. I don't like the weather up north. The cold up here is crazy, and I can't get used to the snow and things like that."

Weatherspoon said he's working to graduate from Dean in December, making him eligible to start in the spring with two years of eligibility left.

"I'm on course now to graduate in December. I'm taking six classes this summer to get ahead, that way when this fall comes around I can be all done."


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