Bradenton quarterback Brion Carnes was the Bulls first commit of the 2010 class, committing to USF before the 2008 season was even over last December. Carnes is a 3-star prospect currently ranked the 46th QB in the nation by scout.com that was considered a solid commit until the news broke about Head coach Jim Leavitt's dismissal, and for a week it was very cloudy situation.
When Carnes first heard he was going to be the new head coach, he said he heard a lot of good things about him, and was looking forward to meeting him. Carnes made his official trip to Tampa this weekend and got his chance to meet Holtz in person for the first time.
"It was a good visit, we got to know Coach Holtz some more and see how he feels about me and all. It was fun."
Carnes has seen USF many times, but got to spend time with the academic advisors, and spend time with the coaches and the players.
"I've seen everything already pretty much, the campus the facilities, and all that" said Carnes. "I was just having a good time." Carnes added. "I talked with Coach Franks and Coach Canales and had a good time with them. My favorite part was just hanging with all the players."
Brion said he went to a lot of great places, got to watch the Bulls basketball team beat Rutgers Saturday night and was hosted by true freshmen Sterling Griffin on his visit.
"I liked going on the boat cruise, and the dinner at the Columbia restaurant was excellent, it was so good, and the basketball game was a lot of fun," said Carnes. "I never really met Sterling until this weekend, but now he's my boy."
Carnes also got to spend time with the Bulls new Head Coach skip Holtz.
"Coach Holtz is a real cool dude," said Carnes. "He's fun, energetic, and funny, but serious when it comes down to football. You can tell he likes to have fun to, he's got that personality."
"He told me all the stuff I wanted to hear. He really likes what he saw in my highlight, and as a person."
"We talked about the situation going on, how he really wants me and told me about his visions of the future at USF and where I fit in. It all sounded good," said Carnes. "He answered a lot of questions I had, and, and said the staff should be finalized in the next few days."
Brion's teammate Ace Sanders also made his official visit to Tampa.
"Ace said Coach Holtz was cool and that he liked him and everything," said Carnes. "I don't know what he's really feeling, but that's what he tells me."
Carnes has more visits on tap with Nebraska on Jan 22, and then to WKU on Jan 29, he also plans on tripping to Cincinnati on the 26.
"I'm going to still take my visits," said Carnes. "I just want to go out and see. I never flew on a plane before. I just want to take t his opportunity. It's once in a lifetime with me being in this situation, that's all."
Carnes said that the visit went great and meeting Coach Holtz helped confirm his feelings for USF.
"I feel better about USF right now" said Carnes. "I'm just taking my time right now. Think things over and see what's up."
"USF is still number one!" Carnes said. "They never left the top of my list. Right now I just am keeping my options open just in case something major happens."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we follow Brion on his visit schedule, and the rest of the 2010 recruiting class.
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