(EDITOR’S NOTE: Right after Nick finished a post about Corey Bell leaving, he found out USF already had a replacement ready to go. We hid the original post so he could update. Also we didn’t want any angry comments on an incomplete story.)
(UPDATE: A West Virginia newspaper refutes Adams’ move to USF, citing a West Virginia source. H/T: commenter Harleymick1.)
(UPDATE 2: Adams confirms to the same paper he is taking the USF position. H/T: commenter Brickhaus.)
Just three days after putting the finishing touches on their 2017 recruiting class, the position coach carousel is turning quickly for USF. Multiple changes have been made today on the defensive side of the ball.
After being brought onto Charlie Strong’s staff in mid-January, defensive backs coach Corey Bell has decided to leave for the same position at the University of Florida, as first reported by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. He replaces former Gator DB coach Torrian Gray, who accepted a DB coaching position with the Washington Redskins earlier today.
With his history and deep ties to the Miami-Dade County region, Bell played a critical role for USF’s recruiting efforts during his short time in Tampa. Most notably, Bell was instrumental in hauling in Kevaughn Dingle, Donelle Thomas, and Naytron Culpepper, or the “Carol City Three” as they’ve been nicknamed.
Probably knowing of Bell’s intention to leave days in advance, USF wasted literally no time in lining up his replacement — Blue Adams from West Virginia.
West Virginia secondary Coach Blue Adams has joined South Florida and Charlie Strong. Great get for the Bulls. @scoutrecruiting— Jason Higdon (@Jason_Higdon) February 4, 2017
Adams, another Miami native, served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012-15 before jumping on the West Virginia staff as DB coach last year.
In Morgantown, he helped mold a unit that ranked 8th in DB “Havoc Rate” and a defense that ranked 37th overall in Defensive S&P+.