Reshard Cliett Brings Excitement & Hard Hits

This weekend Reshard Cliett, the 6'2-200 pound safety out of Thomas County Central HS in Georgia visited USF for an official visit and committed after receiving an offer. One of the Bulls newest commits talks about his vist and as a bonus, his coach weighs in on what to expect from the gifted athlete. Only on

This weekend Reshard Cliett, the 6'2-200 pound safety out of Thomas County Central HS in Georgia visited USF for an official visit this past weekend with his family. Cliett came in without an offer from USF, but while received one while there and acted on it, and notified via text message that he has committed to play for USF.

"USF offered, and I took it," said Cliett via text message. "I'm going to be a Bull!"

After his visit we spoke to Cliett who was very happy with how the weekend turned out.

"I feel real good, I'm very happy how the whole weekend went," said Cliett who came in with his family. "My family really liked Tampa, they may be more happy then me."

Reshard was hosted by USF tight end Andreas Shields and spent the weekend touring the campus, checking out the facilities, seeing Raymond James Stadium, meeting academic advisors, hanging with players and eating a lot of good food.

"The campus and the facilities were real nice. We went to a lot of nice restaurants, top of the line type places and we ate a lot, it was real nice," said Reshard. "I hung out and went o a party with the players, and it was a lot of fun."

"I hung out with a lot of the players, the center Sampson Genus, and Dontavia Bogan who went to the same school as I did. He told me how nice of a place it was and everything. Everybody seemed like real good people."

"Seeing the stadium was real cool. It's a pro stadium, the Buc's play there too and I can't wait to play on that field," said Cliett. "When we went into the locker rooms they had my name on the locker and a jersey's with my number 16 on it. That was nice too."

He received the offer to be a Bull on Sunday during his meeting with Coach Skip Holtz, and his decision didn't come long after.

"It took about second for me to say yes," said Cliett. "I liked everything about what I saw there. I think my mom and dad wanted to jump for joy when they heard that."

They've done real good with the program down there, they won a bunch of bowl games and I thought that was the place to commit to."

Getting an offer was the best part of the trip for the Cliett and he was real impressed with the coaching staff and Head Coach Skip Holtz.

"He's a real cool coach real down to earth coach, but you can tell he means business," said Cliett. "He was boosting me up, but told me I have to work hard. He said they like me as a free safety."

Cliett is tall and built like a strong safety/outside linebacker and can hit like a ton of bricks. He went under the radar after missing most of the 2008 season and part of the 2007 season because of a shoulder injury, but after successful surgery last year came back and recorded 97 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. He said his fast 40 time was 4.32, but says since he put on some size runs a 4.4 now.

He still only had offers from Troy, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Eastern Kentucky, Presbyterian, Carson-Newman, and Valdosta State and had interest from a lot of other schools including ECU, but is ready to show he shouldn't have been overlooked.

"Yeah I think I went under the radar because of my injury, and feel real good that USF believed in me enough to offer me, but that gives me a little more incentive to prove what I can do on the field. There are a couple of people ahead of me on the depth chart, but I can't wait to get there and start working."

"It seems like the perfect fit for me, I'm real excited for what the future will bring down there," said Cliett. "I can't wait for signing day, and get down there. I'm ready to get it started."

Reshard also plays basketball, and runs track, competing in the 400, 200, 100, 4x100 relay high jump and long jump. In the class room Cliett says he's fully qualified with a 920 test score and a 2.47 core GPA.

What should USF fans expect from Reshard wants he gets to Tampa?

"They should expect a lot of excitement and some hard hitting football!"

Bonus coaches take:

We spoke with Thomas County Central defensive coordinator Cliff Heard who had this to say about Cliett.

"Reshard is a very gifted phenomenal athlete, but a green football player. He had pretty good numbers, and was class 4A all-area, and all-region, but his biggest problem was how much he missed his sophomore and junior year due to his shoulder injury, and even after he came back after surgery it took him some time to get back into the groove. But he has great upside based on his speed. He's very physical and with his speed can cover a lot of ground, and can hit. After missing so much time, he's still learning the game and is going to continue to get better. He's a great kid, an all around athlete that plays football, basketball, runs track and is a great long jumper and high jumper. He comes from a good family, and is a real good student and is a full qualifier. His potential upside is real high."

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