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The USF Football Scholarship Tracker

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Answering the age-old questions of college football like “how many can we sign?” and “who’s on scholarship?”

Charlie Strong’s extreme verbal commitment success so early in the process has been fantastic to behold for fans of USF. But there’s been one lingering question:

How can you sign all these kids? Aren’t there rules about this kind of thing?

Well yes, there are rules. They are:

  • A maximum of 85 players on scholarship.
  • No more than 25 scholarships added in a single academic year.

Notice that’s academic year, so players who enroll in January via transfer or graduating high school early can be “back-counted” towards the previous year’s class. And that’s a big caveat likely to help the Bulls in 2018.

By our count:

  • There are 81 USF football players currently on scholarship.
  • The Bulls only signed just 23 towards the 2017-18 class, and could “back-count” two more for this year via early enrollment.
  • There are 19 current players on scholarship whose eligibility will expire after the 2017 season.

We show our work below.

So by this math, USF can add 23 full scholarships for the 2018-19 class before any attrition on the current roster. And if just four more current scholarship players are no longer with the Bulls next year, they could add up to 27 players (25 signees for 18-19, 2 back-counts).

Because of the nature of verbal commitments, USF should of course keep recruiting. And we’re sure there are private discussions between USF coaches, current players, and recruits that we’re not aware of which affect this count in ways we just don’t know.

But for now, this is the math as we can decipher it.

NOTE: USF is playing coy about confirming some of this, so this is merely our pretty-educated guess. If there is an error, we’ll update it. Also we’ve got all the info going back five years on a fancy spreadsheet, and we’re trying to find a way to keep a permanent page updated. These things change from year to year.

Total current USF scholarships (81)

Andre Polk
Auggie Sanchez
Bentlee Sanders
Brandon Boyce
Brett Kean
Brooks Larkin
Bruce Hector
Cam Ruff
Chauncy Smart
Chris Barr
Chris Oladokun
Christian Gainer
Craig Watts
D'Ernest Johnson
Danny Thomas
Darius Tice
Darnell Salomon
Darrien Grant
Deadrin Senat
Deangelo Antoine
Deatrick Nichols
Demetri Harris
Devin Abraham
DeVontres Dukes
Donelle Thomas
Duran Bell, Jr.
Elijah Mack
Elkanah Dillon
Emilio Nadelman
Eric Mayes
Frank Johnson
Frederick Lloyd
Glen Bethel
Grant Polk
Greg Reaves
Jabreel Stephens
Jaymon Thomas
Jean Marcellus
Jeff Farrer
Jeremi Hall
Jeremiah Stafford
Jernard Phillips
Jimmy Bayes
Jonathan Hernandez
Jordan Cronkrite
Jordan Reed
Josh Black
Juwuan Brown
Keirston Johnson
Kelvin Kegler
Kelvin Pinkney
Kevin Bronson
Khalid McGee
Kirk Livingstone
Marcus Norman
Marlon Gonzalez
Marquez Valdes_Scantling
Marquies Price
Mazzi Wilkins
Mehki LaPointe
Micario Stanley
Michael Galati
Michael Wiggs
Mike Hampton
Mike Love
Mitchell Wilcox
Nate Ferguson
Naytron Culpepper
Nick Roberts
Nico Sawtelle
Quinton Flowers
Randall St. Felix
Ronnie Hoggins
Ryeshene Bronson
Stanley Clerveaux
Tajee Fullwood
Temi Alaka
Trevon Sands
Tyre McCants
Vincent Jackson Jr
William Atterbury

Class of 2017-18

Signees (18)

Duran Bell Jr.
Naytron Culpepper
Kevaughn Dingle
Darrien Grant
Demetris Harris
Keirston Johnson
Kelvin Kegler
Mekhi LaPointe
Frederick Lloyd
Jean Marcellus
Kelvin Pinkney
Nick Roberts
Randall St. Felix
Bentlee Sanders
Chauncy Smart
Jeremiah Stafford
Jabreel Stephens
Donelle Thomas

Transfers (5)

Temi Alaka (Rice)
Brandon Boyce (Duke)
Marquies Price (Duke)
Jordan Cronkrite (Florida)
Jeffery Farrar (Mt. Sacramento JC)

2017 scholarship players on roster completing eligibility: (19)

Devin Abraham
Temi Alaka
Glen Bethel
Ryeshene Bronson
Quinton Flowers
Tajee Fullwood
Jeremi Hall
Bruce Hector
Jonathan Hernandez
D’Ernest Johnson
Mike Love
Eric Mayes
Emilio Nadelman
Deatrick Nichols
Cam Ruff
Auggie Sanchez
Deadrin Senat
Darius Tice
Marquez Valdes-Scantling