CB Terrence Mitchell of Tampa Hillsborough has decommitted Florida State and will be heading to hometown USF, according to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times.
It's the first big recruiting prize landed by new coach Skip Holtz and it comes at the expense of the Seminoles, who the Bulls had already handed an on-field defeat during the past football season.
Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia told the Times: "It's a big, big coup for South Florida, for Carl Franks and Skip Holtz and the whole gang. I am surprised, but pleasantly surprised, since both of my degrees are from South Florida. It's the kind of commitment that could sway other guys."
The Bulls are also looking at another committed player in Frostproof DB Nickell Robey as they look to shore up a position that has only five players returning on the current depth chart in the defensive secondary.
Robey has visited Tennessee, USF and West Virginia and he'll also be taking a trip to USC this weekend. Robey could not be reached for comment and appears to be talking to only limited people, but Chip Towers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached his high school's athletic director, Chuck Loveless, on Tuesday and it appears that Robey will not end up at Georgia.
"Georgia's listing him as a soft commit but I don't think he's going to Georgia," Loveless told the AJC. "I'm a close friend of Mark Richt from our Florida State days. But basically [Robey] liked Coach [Willie] Martinez a lot and wanted to play for him. He told them when all that happened he was not happy with the change. You have to realize, Coach Martinez was sitting in his living room one day and was gone two days later. That's pretty tough on a kid."
Martinez, Georgia's former defensive coordinator was fired this past December and he was one of Robey's primary recruiters.
Loveless also weighed in on where he thought Robey would end up.
"Southern Cal is a long, long way to go. Too far probably," Loveless told the AJC. "I think West Virginia is probably in there. And Virginia Tech is probably in there, too. That's a team that has been kind of under the radar but quietly recruiting him all along. He camped down there and likes the coaches and they've been very consistent and kind of low-key with him. Honestly, Georgia is probably a poor third right now. His best bet might be South Florida but they're playing catch-up with Skip Holtz."
It appears that Holtz may have already caught up.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun