Manatee receiver Ace Sanders has been a top target for USF this season and this morning announced his decision where he was going play college ball.
"Ace told me this morning that he was going to play for South Carolina and Steve Spurrier," said Manatee coach Joe Kinnan.
There was word was it was down to South Florida and South Carolina after his trip there this past weekend, and that he might have been favoring South Carolina, and this morning he chose the Gamecocks.
"After he got back he thought that was where he fit in the best, and has a lot of respect for Coach Spurrier," said Kinnan. "They recruited him very hard as did the other people, but made a major effort to get him in there.
"He really didn't say why, but he's handled himself very professionally through the whole recruiting process," said Kinnan. "He didn't lead people on as the process unfolded. I've had head coaches come in here like Greg Shiano, who came here after Christmas to try and get him to visit, but he told them he wasn't interested, and didn't waste their time or his."
The rumors of a commitment started early this morning, but an official word didn't come out until later.
"He told me first thing this morning, but until he contacted all the people, he didn't want me to release it."
Ace has since canceled planned visit to West Virginia, and called the different coaches to tell them he's made his choice, and Kinnan said one call was probably the hardest.
"Probably calling South Florida, calling the coaches over there was the most difficult for him."
Ace was a top target of USF this recruiting season, but a coaching change with just weeks before signing day didn't help their cause.
"You never know, but with the transition at USF, I'm sure that disrupted what he was looking at previously. Right now it's different than it was in December. It's a different landscape and different coaches. It's the same school but things are different. Those things happen, it's no fault of his, and it's no fault of USF's. It's just a fact of life."
This is a tough loss for the Bulls, who are also trying to secure Ace's teammate quarterback Brion Carnes, who's committed to the Bulls back in 2008, but visited Nebraska last week and will visit WKU.
"We've had steady stream of coach's stop in this week. Head coach Bo Pelini was in yesterday and stopped by are banquet yesterday.South Florida has been in, and Western Kentucky has been in," Kinnan said. "He'll visit WKU and make his final decision this weekend. Tommy Frazier is his second cousin and Willie Taggert played quarterback for us."
"It'll give him a different perspective on the whole recruiting process. And he'll choose between USF, Nebraska, and WKU."
Bulls Lose Out on Ace to South Carolina
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