Welcome to the 2018 USF football Undrafted Free Agent Signing Tracker. We’ll post where every Bull is headed as the news breaks so check back here often.
Check out the the Bulls draft picks and signing already written here:
- Third round pick Deadrin Senat
- Fifth round pick Marquez Valdes-Scantling
- Undrafted Free Agent Quinton Flowers
- Undrafted Free Agent Deatrick Nichols
(Update Monday, 4/30, 6:30 p.m.)
OL Jeremi Hall Invited to Rookie Mini-Camp With the Chicago Bears
Blessed to get another opportunity with the @ChicagoBears. #TrustTheProccess— BIG JERM (@YoungB_73) April 30, 2018
The 6-foot-5, 332 lb right guard has started 24 straight games for the Bulls and helped pave the way for the second best rushing attack in the conference in 2017 en route to a first-team all conference selection.
RB Darius Tice Invited to Rookie Mini-Camp With the Jacksonville Jaguars
The RB out of Northwestern HS in Miami will be heading to North Florida. Tice, who received an additional year of eligibility after a broken ankle sidelined him for most of the 2016 season, used his second chance to amass 943 rushing yards on 178 attempts (5.3 ypc) and tie for a team-best 11 rushing TD’s in 2017. He ends his USF career with 2,027 all- purpose yards (1,817 rushing, 149 receiving, 61 kick returning) in 47 total games played.
LB Auggie Sanchez Invited to Rookie Mini-Camp With the New York Giants
The record breaking #Baymade product from St. Petersburg was a four year starter and the defensive MVP of the Bulls since he stepped on the field in 2014. The four-time conference all-academic team selection started 50 games at USF, tied for the program record with George Selvie, was first in career tackles with 388 and was a three time team all-conference selection (2nd team in 2015 & 2016 and first team in 2017.)
Young Bulls NFL Dreams:— Saki Mihalakos (@CoachSaki) April 30, 2018
Senat: #Falcons 3rdRd
MVS: #Packers 5thRd
Hector: #Eagles UFA
Love: #Bills UFA
Nichols: #Cardinals UFA
Flowers: #Bengals UFA
Johnson: #Saints MC
Abraham: #Raiders MC
Sanchez: #Giants MC
Hall: #Bears MC
Tice: #Jaguars MC
Hernandez: #Saints MC
Kudos to Coach Saki with the Twitter Tracker of now 12 Bulls either drafted, signed or invited to attend Rookie Mini-Camps in the NFL. Congratulations to all of our former Bulls and good luck.
(Update Monday, 4/30, 1:00 p.m.)
Safety Devin Abraham Heading to Oakland for Tryout
Just want to take the time out to thank the @RAIDERS for allowing me to come and compete for a job this weekend. The dream is still alive— Devin Abraham (@IcemanJr20) April 30, 2018
Former Bulls safety Devin Abraham is getting out to Oakland this weekend for a tryout with the Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden.
Abraham had the best season of his career in 2017 and earned second-team all-AAC honors after registering 48 tackles, two TFL, one sack, and a team and career-high five interceptions He recorded three interceptions in the first four games of the season for USF. He improved dramatically as a tackler from his junior season to senior season as well.
The East Lake alum finished his USF career with 168 tackles, seven TFL, 17 passes defended, and two sacks.
His nine career interceptions has him tied for fifth all-time with former Bull and Raider Nate Allen.
Congratulations Devin and good luck.
(Update Monday, 4/30, 12:00 p.m.)
Large. Adult. Punter. Joins New Orleans Saints in Rookie Mini-Camp
Been waiting for the opportunity to show the world what I can do. So thankful to the @Saints for giving me the chance to be a part of their rookie camp and program. Looking forward to making plenty of plays #forthebrand.— Jonathan Hernandez (@JonHernandez44) April 29, 2018
TDS’s favorite son has found a home.
Jonathan Hernandez came to USF in the summer of 2016 after spending three seasons as a walk-on at FSU—he has a national championship—and won the job prior to the start of the season. He totaled 25 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2016, and tacked on another 13 in 2017. LAP had 26 career punts of 50 yards or more, with a career-long of 66 versus C. in 2016. He will be remembered for his size and his fantastic celebrations #ForTheBrand.
Congratulations LAP and good luck.
DE Mike Love Signs With the Buffalo Bills
Undrafted South Florida DE Mike Love is headed to the Bills.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) April 28, 2018
While we typically saw Love with a hand in the dirt at USF, scouts suggested that he could become a hybrid DE/OLB at the next level. He showed great fluidity in coverage drills during his pro day and has the size at 6’4”, 260 lbs to easily flow between the two.
His first couple of seasons at USF were plagued by injuries but once he remained healthy we saw the potential that the former 3-star had coming out of Countryside High School. Love totaled 28 tackles, 11 TFL, and 5.5 sacks his senior season. He also recorded 27 tackles, seven TFL, and three sacks in 2016.
DT Bruce Hector Signs With the Philadelphia Eagles
If you missed Ryan’s excellent piece on Hector prior to the draft, check it out here.
I'm told South Florida DT Bruce Hector is signing with the @Eagles— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) April 29, 2018
Hector doesn’t exactly have the ideal frame of an NFL three-technique, but many scouts believe his active feet and lower body strength will help him play strong through the edges. His frame and game are better-suited for an upfield, one-gapping defense.
The Tampa native played in 43 games as a Bull, registering 18 career sacks, good for fourth all-time on the USF career sacks chart. During his senior campaign in 2017, Hector posted seven sacks and 38 tackles, adding a forced fumble, a blocked kick and a pass breakup in starting all 12 games.
RB D’Ernest Johnson Signs With the New Orleans Saints
All I Ever Needed Was An Opportunity. Thankful For The Opportunity @Saints To Be Able To Come In To Compete At Rookie Mini Camp.— D'Ernest Johnson (@DernestJohnson5) April 29, 2018
One of the best running backs to ever take the field at USF, Johnson finished his career in the green and gold as USF’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage with 4,186 yards (surpassing former teammate, and fan-favorite, RB Marlon Mack), including 1,796 career yards rushing.
The Immokalee High product is an extremely tough runner willing to drive right into contact to grind out yardage for his team, and his special teams experience at USF could boost his chances at making a roster once he arrives at Saints rookie camp.