As we count down the days to August 4th, there have been some wacky goings-on in the world of recruiting.
First off, after announcing his commitment to the Bulls on Friday, four-star dual-threat QB Quinton Flowers decommitted... sometime later on Friday. This is your reminder that recruiting is weird, and I don't like it.
But hey, look! We got a different quarterback! Three-star Chase Litton moved up his commitment date to Monday and joined Willie Taggart's first recruiting class, perhaps taking advantage of the Flowers-induced chaos. Litton, who was considered a hard USF lean from the start, is a 6'5", 190 pound pocket passer who had offers from LSU, Marshall, and FAU, among others. With the Bulls' quarterback situation still pretty much in flux, Litton might be able to compete for a job as soon as he steps on campus. That is, assuming he steps on campus. Recruiting is weird, and I don't like it.
Taggart also got a commitment from 6'3", 301 pound defensive tackle Bruno Reagan. Reagan, a three-star recruit, chose the Bulls over UConn and Middle Tennessee on Saturday and added that he is "100% Bull." So at least there's that.
No article here, but Greg Auman tweeted yesterday that suspended running back Bradley Battles will play his senior at Division II Clark Atlanta, where his high school coach is the offensive coordinator. After Terrence Mitchell's departure, Battles is the second of the three suspended players from the spring to transfer out. That doesn't bode particularly well for Chris Dunkley.
Earlier today USF announced the hiring of Ohio University's Jim Harris as senior associate athletic director and associate vice president for development. Harris held the same position at Ohio, and will focus mainly on fundraising with USF.
Here's some stuff that happened a while back that we hadn't mentioned yet:
Bulls junior center fielder James Ramsay was selected in the seventh round of this year's draft by the Houston Astros. Ramsay, who was the 197th overall pick, led USF in batting average (.337) as well as slugging and hits and was named first team All-Big East. Just a day later, junior pitcher Nick Gonzalez was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 24th round.
USF softball coach Ken Eriksen signed a much-deserved seven-year contract on June 8th. Eriksen is the winningest coach in USF athletics history and will hopefully stay here forever.
Some pleasant news as the annual APR scores have been released, and USF keeps trending upward. Four years ago, the Bulls' football APR score was 909. This year it was 970, good for sixteenth among the top six conferences and second in the Big East. Men's basketball earned a score of 953, well above their 878 mark from four years ago. Softball, men's tennis and women's tennis all earned perfect multi-year scores.