TBR: USF football gains two more pledges

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Per 247 Sports – The recruiting news continues for USF football today with the announcement that the Bulls received two pledges, one for the 2018 class and the first for the 2019 class.

The first is from defensive end Trey Laing (6’4″ 235 lbs.) from Tallahassee, FL (Tallahassee Leon HS). The 3-star defensive end is the first defensive lineman pledge for this class and is an intriguing player. Click here for his 247 Sports profile which includes some highlight reels on him.

This announcement makes him the 6th pledge of the 2018 class joining Chris Carter (3-star tight end), Brad Cecil (3-star offensive lineman), Jujuan Cherry (3-star defensive back), Gerald Jackson (wide receiver), and Octavious Battle (quarterback). Again, nothing is set with these players until signing day, so take it all with a grain of salt.

It was also announced today that Laing’s younger brother, also pledged to USF, making him the first pledge for the 2019 class. Kyler Laing is a 6’2″ 235 defensive end player just like his older brother. His 247 Sport page is here. Again, and even more so here, nothing is officially and these pledges are not set in stone so relax and don’t get too worked up over the moves.

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TBR: Rush through the Roster: #60 Bruce Hector

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Bruce Hector is a senior leader on the defensive line and is poised for a big year in his final season in the green and gold.  Continue reading

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The Rays Corner: Game 77: Rays fall to Baltimore

The Rays, 40-37, fell 8 to 3 to Baltimore in the second game of the series. The offense wasn’t clicking as hot as it did on Friday and the bullpen screwed up big time.  Continue reading

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TBR: Rush Through the Roster: #66 Matt Nelson

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Matt Nelson is a walk-on that is trying to at least get onto the field, but does even have a player profile page on the USF website.  Continue reading

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TBR: Per report – USF football adds 5th pledge

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Per 247 Sports – USF landed its 5th pledge for the 2018 recruiting class with dual threat quarterback Octavious Battle. The Bulls have added 3 pledges over the past two days with Battle being the first quarterback of the class.

Battle is 6’3″ 180 lbs. out of Atlanta, Georgia (Carver HS). None of the recruiting services have rated him yet with their star ranking systems, but I would assume that will be coming soon. He is a true dual threat that has a pretty good arm and can hit targets on the run. His junior highlights can be found here.

Now again, a lot of things can happen between now and signing day, but quarterback is a need for next year’s class. With Quinton Flowers graduating, the program would only have Chris Oladokun and Brett Kean on the roster, so the need for depth is there. Battle will get other offers and I will repeat myself, a lot can happen down the road, but this is a solid sign for the early stages.


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The Rays Corner: Game 76: Rays roll past Baltimore

The Rays, 40-36, won 15 to 5 over Baltimore in a huge win over the AL East foe after the off day. Chris Archer wasn’t great, but man oh man, the offense took care of business in this game.  Continue reading

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TBR: Per Reports – USF football adds 4th pledge to 2018 class

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Per Rivals and other sites – After adding 3-star defensive back Jajuan Cherry to the class of 2018, less than 24 hours later, Coach Strong and staff have picked up their 4th pledge of the group.

Wide receiver/defensive back Gerald Jackson III has pledged to the 2018 class. Jackson is 6’5 205 lbs. out of Belle Glade, FL (Glades Day HS). Now Rivals has him listed as a wide receiver while 247 Sports has him at defensive back, so I would assume he plays at  both positions. His Hudl highlights from his sophomore year show him at receiver a lot, so who know which position he plays at the end if and when he comes here.

I feel this does not need to be repeated, but I will do it again. Signing day is a long way, away and a lot can change, so we never know if Jackson will come to USF. Also, DO NOT TWEET AT RECRUITS!

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