Five years ago USF found an athlete at Cape Coral high school named Nate Allen, who after 4 impressive seasons as a Bull is being projected as a first day selection in the upcoming NFL draft. Now there's another prospect at Cape Coral who's turning heads. His name is Edsel Caprice, a 6'3-190 pound rising senior, who attended USF's junior day this past weekend.
"I went over to USF this past weekend," said Edsel Caprice. "I liked it a lot."
This was the first junior day taken by Caprice, who went over to USF with his brother-in-law around 10:30 in the morning and got back after the Bulls basketball game.
"We took a short tour of the facilities, it was all real nice," said Caprice. "The basketball game was good, but I only got to stay until about the third quarter of the game. I liked it a lot."
Caprice said he just started talking to USF a few weeks ago after Bulls defensive coordinator Mark Snyder contacted his coach and set up the junior day visit.
"I talked to coach Holtz for a little bit. He seems like a good coach, but I only got to talk to him for a short bit."
On the recruiting front things Caprice holds one offer from Minnesota, but is garnering plenty of interest.
Even though he was born in Florida, Caprice said location isn't a big factor in choosing a school.
"I may try and stay in Florida, but I really don't mind if I go out of state," said Caprice. "I think I could adapt if I had too."
It's still early and offers are just starting to come in, but Edsel already has several schools that he's interested in.
USF didn't extend an offer during the weekend, but they were talking about how they were really interested in the Cape Coral standout.
"The staff at USF said they really like me. They want me to get to know them, and them to get to know me," said Caprice. "If I decide to go there they want me to be sure that I know what I'm getting in to."
"I'd love to get an offer from USF. I think they have a pretty good team and a good staff," said Caprice. "I'm going to go over there during spring practice to check them out some more."
In the classroom Caprice carries a 3.5 GPA, and already took the SAT, without writing got a 1040, but with writing included got a 1470, and is already qualified.
As a junior Caprice registered 110 tackles, 18 for loss, 20 sacks, and forced seven fumbles, earning First Team All Area, and being named a class 4A First Team All State selection at DL. At the Nike combine Edsel turned heads after clocking a 4.45 40 and posting a 39-inch vertical jump on his way to a 98.19 SPARQ Rating. He plays defensive end at Cape Coral, but figures to slide back to OLB at the next level.
"USF were talking about putting me at linebacker,' said Caprice. "I think what makes me a good player it's due to my speed and the way I use my hands and arms to get off of blocks."
After showing the speed and athleticism to play safety, Edsel could easily make the transition to outside linebacker in college, but is focused on his senior season right now.
"I want to help my teammates to get to another undefeated season," said Caprice. "And hopefully make it to a championship this year."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we follow Caprice's recruitment and the rest of the class of 2011