The USF football team wrapped up its 2012 recruiting class with the addition of three-star linebacker Tashon Whitehurst and three-star offensive lineman Kameron Davis, signing their letters of intent on Wednesday.
As National Signing Day came to a close, USF landed themselves at No. 48, finishing in the bottom of the top 50 schools according to Rivals.com.
A total of 11 players have signed their letters of intent to play for the Bulls in the fall to go along with five junior-college transfers, three early enrollees, and one grey-shirt, who has been on campus since January. The roster consists of 20 players, including North Marion High’s Sean Price, Gainesville High stars Chris Bivins and Whitehurst and Winter Park High product D’Vario Montgomery. Price is one of the most notable additions after being ranked as the fourth-best tight end in this class.
Game film of Sean Price:
Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season, the Bulls’ main focus coming into Wednesday was on the defensive side of the ball, bringing in a total of 11 defensive players. That includes junior-college transfer Tevin Mims, a lineman, who previously played for the Texas Longhorns.
They also landed Guito Ervilus, an athletic defensive lineman from Oak Ridge High who can play on both sides of the ball, along with Fidel Montgomery, a defensive back transferring from Southwest Mississippi Community College.
The Bulls had a strong presence in Orlando and Gainesville due to the help of wide receiver coach Phil McGeoghan, regarded by 247sports.com as one of the nation’s top 50 recruiters, and offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, landing three players from Gainesville and five players from Orlando.
USF also added four offensive lineman to the mix including 6-foot-4, 270-pound Kofi Amichia from Powder Springs, Ga.
The addition of wide receivers D. Montgomery, 6-foot-3, 210-pound, and Price, 6-foot-3, 235-pound, gives quarterback B.J. Daniels huge targets that he can throw the ball to and create plays for the team.
Game film of D’vario Montgomery:
“He’s impressive from the moment you lay eyes on him,” said head coach Skip Holtz regarding D. Montgomery on GoUSFBulls.com. “He’s a big, athletic, physical wide receiver who can do a lot of different things for you.”
Although Holtz is excited about the kids he recruited, it’s another average signing class for the Bulls, which sees three-star wide receiver LaMarlin Wiggins, out of Plant City High, possibly going to a junior college.
Most of the roster is made up of three-star athletes with the exception of two four-star athletes, D. Montgomery and Price.
Phil Neary, a writer for Rivals.com, says this year’s signing class is okay.
“It’s not great, but it’s decent,” Neary said, “They got some good players in Whitehurst and Davis along with the five or six junior college transfers.”
Compared to other teams in the Big East, Neary says the Bulls are “no higher than three, no less than five.” The staff at Rivals.com ultimately ranked USF’s recruiting class as the fifth-best in the conference.
No quarterback was recruited this year, which makes it a high priority for Holtz in the 2013 class.