#81 WR Ryeshene Bronson
Sophomore, 6'3", 187 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Played in 10 games and made one start. Bronson caught three passes on the season for 85 yards and a touchdown, with most of that coming from a 75-yard TD grab against NC State. He also ran once for six yards.
Spot on Spring Depth Chart: Ryeshene is listed as the starter at the X receiver.
How He Came to USF: By way of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, where he excelled at football and also starred at basketball. He's one of Willie Taggart's biggest pickups to date-- Bronson was a Florida commit at one point and had offers from the Gators, Florida State, Miami, Auburn, and Arkansas among many others.
Recruiting Rankings: 247 gave Ryeshene a high three-star ranking and labelled him the 389th best player in his class, the 55th best receiver and the 50th best Florida prospect. Rivals also had him at three stars, slotting him at 63rd among receivers and 58th in Florida. ESPN, however, gave him four stars, calling him the 254th best prospect in America and 34th among receivers.
Projected Playing Time: If you're looking for a breakout candidate among USF's receiving corps, look no further. Bronson is a near-lock to start as the Bulls' X receiver, and while he isn't as dangerous in space as, say, Rodney Adams, he gives the Bulls a legitimate deep threat. The hope is that Ryeshene can blossom into an Andre Davis-type player: a reliable route runner with the skills to body up defenders along the sideline. If there's someone able to get him the ball consistently-- never a safe assumption 'round these parts-- Ryeshene could put up pretty nice numbers this season.
Fun Fact: Ryeshene's got some serious pedigree: his cousin is Buffalo Bills standout receiver Sammy Watkins.
Highlights: Here's Bronson hauling in a 75-yard TD against NC State. What a shame that I can't seem to remember anything else that happened during that game.
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And here's a brief clip of him from ESPN at the Under Armour Combine back in 2013. He's not a burner-- depending on who you ask, he runs somewhere in the 4.6-4.7 range-- but he's got tantalizing size and route running ability.
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Depth Chart: Since Ryeshene is the last receiver we'll cover until August, here's our best guess at how the Bulls' receiving corps stacks up in the early summer.
Bronson is the undisputed starter here, though Clerveaux will likely see some snaps. Alex Mut will see the field for his blocking, but I expect Clerveaux to cut into his playing time.
From what we've seen so far, Adams will line up alongside Bronson for two-receiver sets, while A.J. Legree will be the flanker in three-receiver sets (which we'll see much more of this season). Aikens and McCants are long shots to see significant playing time; Baxter or Barr could certainly hop them with a strong fall camp.
While Adams will frequently move to the slot in three-receiver sets, Chase Whitehead has been perfectly capable there in the spring, and as of now is probably the Bulls' number four receiver. I don't see Reed seeing the field as a true freshman.