The South Florida Bulls football team received some good news on this April Fool’s Day when Oklahoma State graduate transfer, Patrick Macon, announced via Twitter that he will finish out his college career with USF. He will be immediately eligible to play in 2019.
I Want To Thank God Because Without Him None Of This Is Possible. I Put A lot Of Thought Into This Knowing That This Is My Last Shot. I've Came To A Decision That I Will Be Finishing My Career At The University Of South Florida. pic.twitter.com/2vbZ3ejlwM— PatMaconMoves‼️〽️ (@Patrick_Macon44) April 1, 2019
Macon comes to USF after two years at Oklahoma State where he redshirted in 2017, then broke his foot in fall camp and missed the entire 2018 campaign. Prior to his two years in Stillwater, Macon was a standout linebacker at Arizona Western College where he earned the 2016 NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 122 tackles, 27.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks, and nine forced fumbles as a sophomore.
After his successful stint at the JUCO level, Macon earned a 4-star (.8720) rating from 247sports and was the fourth-ranked JUCO linebacker in the 2017 cycle.
Macon (6’3”, 244 lbs.) adds depth and significant size at linebacker for USF which has been sorely missing since Auggie Sanchez graduated in 2017. Macon weighs at least 15 pounds more than every other linebacker on the current USF roster.
The school has not announced the transfer and as of right now, it’s unclear if he’s enrolled and able to participate in spring practice.
Update 4:10 p.m.
We’ve reached out to Patrick Macon via Twitter and he informed The Daily Stampede that he will enroll at USF in the summer and will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility for the 2020 season due to missing the 2018 because of injury.
We asked what sold him on USF and said:
“The coaches. They made me want to be a part of the family.”
Head coach Charlie Strong and new defensive backs coach Steve Ellis were the primary contacts for Macon. Looks like the Ellis hire has already started to pay dividends on the recruiting trail.
USF could not confirm the news to TDS.