"I went to USF practice today and it went real well," said Edsel Caprice. "The best part of recruiting is going and seeing all the schools."
Edsel Caprice, is a 6'3-190 pound rising senior, who turned heads at the Nike combine after clocking a 4.45 40 and posting a 39-inch vertical jump on his way to a 98.19 SPARQ Rating. Edsel attended USF's junior day a few weeks ago and decided to take a trip to Tampa with his mother to watch the Bulls practice this week.
"I went with my mom, but she just dropped me off then when shopping, she got to meet Coach Rachel when she was leaving. It was my second visit and I got to meet all the coaches while I was there."
Caprice started talking to USF after Bulls defensive coordinator Mark Snyder contacted his coach and set up the junior day visit. He liked it so much that he wanted to see how the Bulls practice, and came away very impressed with what he saw.
"I loved the way they practiced. It was a good tempo with No walking around," said Caprice. "Coach Franks told me they were going light on contact today because they have a scrimmage on Saturday. But they still got it on."
As a junior Caprice registered 110 tackles, 18 for loss, 20 sacks, and forced seven fumbles, earning First Team All Area, and a class 4A First Team All State selection at DE. He plays defensive end at Cape Coral, but is being projected to slide back to OLB at the next level, the position the Bulls are recruiting him for.
"I watched mostly the LB's since that's what they are recruiting me for," said Caprice. "I watched them do hitting drills vs. the running backs. They were hitting pretty good."
Besides watching practice, Caprice also had an opportunity to meet and talk with the Bulls coaching staff.
"I met most of the staff while I was there and liked them all," said Caprice. "Coach Holtz talked to me for a bit and said they really liked how I play."
On the recruiting front Caprice holds offers from Minnesota and Iowa state, but is garnering plenty of interest from USF, Texas Tech, Michigan, Purdue, and Maryland. USF hasn't extended an offer yet, but the Cape Coral standout says one could be close.
"Things seem to be heating up," said Caprice. "I called Coach Snyder when I got back home and he said they will offer eventually. They just want to get to know me better first. Edsel added "I'd love to get an offer from USF. They have a great team and a very good staff."
In the classroom Caprice carries a 3.5 GPA, and already took the SAT, getting a 1040 without writing and a got a 1470 with writing and is already qualified.
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