Summer Visits for USF Commit

While he maintains he's firmly committed to South Florida, Immokalee (FL) athlete Jimmy Bayes continues to visit schools, and could take a trip up to Wisconsin.

Having the goal of committing early in the 2014 recruiting cycle, Immokalee (FL) athlete Jimmy Bayes was excited about giving his verbal commitment to South Florida in late January. Now Bayes is trying to figure out whether to take a lot of visits and see what else is out there or stay firm to playing for the local school who has been there since the start.

"I really don't know what to do because offers are still coming in," Bayes told Badger Nation. "I am just trying to take everything one step at a time. I sitting down and letting things roll."

One of the many offers to roll in for the 6-3, 185-pound athlete was from Wisconsin and wide receivers coach Chris Beatty in mid May. While many schools view Bayes as a defensive back or outside linebacker, Wisconsin was the first school to offer him as a wide receiver.

"Coach Beatty keeps in contact with me on Facebook, and that's a pretty intriguing offer from Wisconsin to be able to play receiver," said Bayes. "They are a pretty good program, so that's something possibly want to look at."

Bayes said if he does visit Madison, he plans to take an official visit to see the school, camps and the gameday atmosphere.

"Everyone says it's cold up there, but that doesn't matter to me," said Bayes. "Wherever best fits me is where I am going to play at, cold or hot."

Playing on both sides of the ball, Bayes - a three-star prospect and the No.85 receiver in the country by Fox Sports Next - put up 80 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass breakups on defense and 35 receptions on offense.

In addition to Wisconsin, Bayes holds offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, Missouri, Rutgers, USC, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and others. Bayes just got back from Los Angeles, as the Trojans and running backs coach Tommie Robinson view him as either a linebacker or wide receiver.

"USC has already showed that want me," said Bayes. "They have five or six redshirt seniors who are going to graduate, so I understand why they want me. I just went there to check out the campus."

While he plans to visit Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, West Virginia and Western Kentucky, Bayes maintains he is solid to South Florida.

"I love coach Taggert and what he's planning to do with the program," said Bayes. "I want to stay committed but if schools want to talk to me, I'll keep it in the back of my head and listen out of respect for them. As of right now, I am a Bull."


Badger Nation Top Stories