Having just taken the USF job two months ago, former Clemson co-offensive coordinator, Jeff Scott, knew he had a lot of ground to make up in a short amount of time to build his firsrt recruiting class. And by most accounts, Scott and his new Bulls staff did a solid job for 2020.
Scott met with the media Wednesday afternoon after the Bulls second National Signing Day class was announced and had some interesting comments:
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Scott made clear that the quarterback battle is already an open one and that will include, North Carolina transfer Cade Fortin coming in. Scott had previously recruited Fortin for Clemson out of Suwanee, Georgia, before he chose the Tar Heels. But now, they are re-united and the transfer has a great chance to win the job against USF part-time starter from last year, freshman Jordan McLeod.
Next, as this item laid out analyzing the Bulls class, a player to keep an eye on is defensive back Ben Knox from DeLand. At 6’2 with some coverage skills, Knox has a lot of promise for the USF secondary.
One example of a poor job, not just on the field (losing 14 of their last 18 games at the end of 2018 and all of 2019) that Charlie Strong and his staff had done with the Bulls, was the disaster of having virtually no players from the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area for this USF class.
The Bulls traditionally have drawn numerous quallity players every year from the local high schools in the immediate area to help bolster their roster and succeed.
Scott and his staff were able to land a massive offensive lineman, Cesar Reyes, from Tampa Chamberlain High School, and he may end up starting as a freshman.
USF also locked up the commitment of Brian Beattie, a running back from Sarasota.
However, that was basically it.
On the point of the struggles of the past year and a half, Scott also made clear to the media Wednesday that he hasn’t watched a single play from the 2019 season, yet. And, that’s because recruiting was the priority, while he was still coaching Clemson in the College Football Playoff, and he wants to judge everyone with a clean slate ,starting now.
Clearly there is work to do as the USF class was ranked 9th in the American Conference by 24/7 Sports. However, Scott and his new players will also take that as incentive and as motivation to try to outperform that slight by the analysts.