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USF's big offseason acquisition is eligible right away. Will he make an immediate impact?

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#76 OT Reilly Gibbons
Freshman, 6'6", 305 lbs.

Stats in 2014: Reilly enrolled in summer classes at Stanford, but never attended and left the team before the season began.

Spot on Spring Depth Chart: Not listed, which makes sense as USF only recently found out he'd be eligible for the 2015 season.

How He Came to USF: It's been a long journey. Gibbons went to St. Petersburg Catholic High School and boasted over 47 offers including Florida, Florida State, Auburn, and Miami. He originally committed to the Hurricanes before switching to Stanford before National Signing Day. Alas, he never enrolled at Stanford in the fall and announced in October that he'd be transferring to USF. After a long battle with the NCAA and a couple unsuccessful attempts, Reilly was ruled immediately eligible for the 2015 season. You get the feeling that Willie Taggart and company realized how valuable he might be.

Recruiting Rankings: 247 gave Gibbons four stars and ranked him 31st among offensive tackles. Rivals liked him a bit more, giving him four stars and slotting him 19th at his position and 216th nationally.

Projected Playing Time: It's really, really hard for freshmen to come in and start on the offensive line right away (case in point: USF's talented young linemen who haven't cracked the lineup yet), but Reilly might be able to buck the trend. He's older than your average freshman, has tremendous size for his age, has been with the team since spring ball... and the USF offensive line really needs the help. It'd be nice to see Reilly come in and make an immediate impact, but he's in line for a fine career no matter what he does in 2015.

Highlights: Here's a very brief clip of Reilly at the Under Armour Combine in St. Pete:

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And here's a longer clip of his junior year highlights at St. Pete Catholic:

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