For the South Florida Bulls, yesterday's National Signing Day only had a little bit of drama, and it quickly ended around 9:30 or so. At Miami Southridge High School, four-star DB prospect Lamar Robbins walked into the gym wearing red and black -- his high school's colors, but also the colors of Louisville, who made a late push to try and steal him away from the Bulls. The suspense didn't last, as he produced three green hats with gold U's, put one on, gave the others to his parents, and signed his letter of intent with USF.
Southridge DB Lamar Robbins signing with USF Bulls. Jamal Carter just signed with Canes. twitter.com/DavidFurones90…— David Furones (@DavidFurones90) February 6, 2013
After that, there weren't any surprises in USF's signing day. The Bulls expected 21 commits to add to the two JUCOs who had already enrolled, and they got all 21. Along the way, they hung on to defensive tackles Deadrin Senat (who still had South Carolina interested) and Derrick Calloway (who had flipped to USF from Louisville). They kept Mike White, their only quarterback in the class, and both of their running back commits in Sta'Fon McCray and Darius Tice. Maybe they didn't have any of the silent commits that Bill McGillis promised everyone on the radio last week. But they also didn't have any of their previous commits flip on them at the last minute.
A lot of people have already said it, but it bears repeating -- Willie Taggart and his staff did a terrific job putting together the majority of this recruiting class in only eight weeks. Considering that most of the other teams in the 2013 Big East had continuity all the way through this cycle, USF's class ranking is even more impressive:
(NOTE: Each service ranks classes on their own convoluted systems that I can't even begin to understand. Rivals and Scout only assign stars, so the average stars are listed. 247 also ranks recruits on a 60-100 scale, so the average recruit scores are listed.)
If you missed Taggart's press conference yesterday afternoon, here it is, from GoUSFBulls.com:
(If you missed some of the previous stories we've done about this year's key commits, check our USF Football Recruiting 2013 hub.)