On Saturday USF held its SuperBull camp with over 100 prospects competing under the lights at Raymond James Stadium. The Annual event has become a staple for USF recruiting, but was the first for Bulls new Head Coach Skip Holtz. After the event concluded Coach Holtz gave his thoughts on the camp.
"Without getting into individual names, there was a lot of talent at this camp and it gave our coaches a lot of time to work one-on-one with a lot of great players. We had an hour to an hour and a half until the lightning showed up. There was a lot of energy; there was a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. I love camps like this because there not the long drawn out for three or four days, but it's one day to be on the field, for two hours. The players get the opportunity to meet the coaches and the coaches get the opportunity to be around the players. It's different watching a guy on the field rather than on tape. Seeing his personality and how he works with others, and other types of things. I really enjoyed this day, and it was one of my favorite days of the year."
Being able to host an event with 100 plus prospects at a well known stadium like Raymond James has always been a plus for USF to be able to have.
"This is where we play. It's an opportunity to come here and look around and they're able to get a visual picture of what it's like to play here seven games a year. They have the opportunity to get on the grass here and run around and get a real feel for it. They've had four Super Bowls here and there are a lot of positive things going on here right now and lots of energy and excitement."
Coach Skip Holtz knows the importance of recruiting and when he took over as the Bulls new head Coach, he knew that USF sits in a recruiting hotbed and made it a priority to identify the top local prospects, and sealing the borders has been the catch phrase for the 2011 recruiting class and beyond.
"The coaches around here have been great, they really have. They've been very receptive, and very open. We are really trying to work obviously with the local or what he call the home area, and we're focusing on the closest 100 schools to our campus. The coaches all over the state have been great. I have a great staff that works extremely hard and gets out there, and they enjoy recruiting. They are people-people that get out there and enjoy building relationships with the area coaches and the young athletes."
"The transition recruiting wise has been like drinking water through a fire hose. Right now we have to identify sophomores, juniors and freshman, and guys that we have to keep our eye on. We have to build our database from scratch. When we first came in here we had 10 days to recruit, and all we had a chance to do was finish up, and then we were doing it the old timer's way, going out in the spring and finding the juniors.
"We're starting to build a recruiting base and it‘ll take us a couple of years to really get our feet entrenched in as much as we want to, and get to know everything we want to know about all the school we're recruiting."
"Right now it's been really positive and we're just trying to keep working really hard at it. We have to change the face of our team. We got some positions I feel good about and we have some positions where we really need some help. Recruiting is going to be critical to our future success, because that's going to be our lifeline."