It may be time to bring back #ALLTHETRANSFERS. After securing big commits this offseason from former Stanford lineman Reilly Gibbons, former UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard, and former NC State receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, USF picked up another big transfer on the offensive side of the ball in former Wake Forest tight end Bowman Archibald.
Archibald is a true freshman from local Pasco High School who enrolled early at Wake, but suffered a broken leg in spring and returned home to rehab. He received his release from head coach David Clawson in June, and thus will sit out a season before having four years to play four seasons starting in 2016.
This is a huge pickup for the offensively-challenged Bulls. Bowman was a high three-star or four-star recruit out of Pasco, depending on where you look. ESPN loved him, giving him four stars and ranking him as the 189th-best prospect in his class (eighth among tight ends!). He chose Wake after decommitting from Miami, and boasted an impressive offer list: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oregon, Penn State, and Tennessee all offered, among many others, including USF.
Here are highlights from Archibald's senior season at Pasco, where he played both tight end and defensive end. It's easy to see why he was such a big-time prospect out of high school-- he's got a big frame (around 6'5", 244 lbs.) and has the athleticism to line up out wide and play along the sideline.