The transfers keep coming in for USF, this time on the offensive side of the ball.
As reported by Kelly Quinlan of Running the Bulls late Saturday night, Rice wide receiver Temi Alaka will come to Tampa as a graduate transfer for the 2017 season.
This is the second transfer for Charlie Strong’s staff in as many days. They landed former Boise State and Coffeyville C.C. defensive tackle Dereck Boles on Friday.
A three-star Class of 2013 receiver recruit out of Cypress Falls High School in Houston, Alaka chose the hometown Rice Owls over offers from Purdue, Iowa State, Colorado State, and others.
After redshirting his freshman year, the Houston native played in at least nine games in each of the next three seasons. He served as somewhat of a bright spot as the X receiver for a regressing Owl offense in 2016, leading the team with 458 yards on 28 receptions and two touchdowns.
Given that there’s already a plethora of receiving depth for USF with the likes of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Tyre McCants, and Ryeshene Bronson returning, Alaka will have an uphill battle to force his way onto the field for playing time.
But hey, the more weapons Quinton Flowers and this potent offense has at their disposal, the better. Alaka could have his number called in key moments at certain points throughout the season.