Another former Sunshine State product is returning home via the transfer portal as Oregon running back Darrian Felix announced on Friday that he’ll be taking his talents to Tampa to join USF.
Coming out of Fort Myers as a mid three-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting cycle, Felix was one of seven Florida recruits who followed former USF head coach Willie Taggart to Eugene right after he took the Oregon job.
The speedster carried the ball 30 times for 182 yards and a single touchdown as a true freshman in 2017 before a season-ending ankle injury ended his sophomore campaign after just two games in 2018.
This past season, he was firmly behind Travis Dye, Cyrus Habibi-Likio and 1,000-yard rusher CJ Verdell on the depth chart but still offered some production on the ground by running for 197 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns.
Just a few days after the Ducks’ victory over Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game, Felix announced on Twitter that he was entering the transfer portal, leading to immediate speculation that he would be heading to a program closer to home. And with his horns up tweet that he sent out on Friday, it became clear where his intended destination was.
It should be noted that the Bulls initially offered him back in the 2017 cycle, once again proving the portal’s effectiveness in allowing American Athletic Conference schools in talent rich areas like USF to get a second crack at prospects they initially missed out on.