National Signing Day recap: USF finishes with 2nd-best class in AAC

By Spectrum Sports Staff,
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The fax machine at the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center on the campus of USF was as quiet as it had ever been on a signing day.

But no one was really too worried about that.

Charlie Strong already had a 24-player class under his belt from the early signing day period in December, so he just needed to put on the finishing touches on Wednesday.

So when he went to bed on Tuesday night, the USF football head coach was able to sleep much better than usual.

“Usually in the past, you’d get the news (from a recruit): ‘Oh, coach, I’ve decided to go (to another school),’” Strong said.  “And any time they’d say, ‘Coach, I really love your staff, I really love you,’ then you knew what was coming next: ‘I think I’m going to go somewhere else.’  But it’s so much easier, because you were able to get the ones in December.”

While the Bulls lost out on George Jenkins defensive end Jordan Domineck, Strong was able to get two other three-star defensive linemen with local ties to ink the dotted line on Wednesday: Admiral Farragut’s John Waller and Venice’s Tyrone Barber.

“With big Waller coming in, it’s really going to help,” Strong said.  “And Barber out of Venice, where they won a state championship.  So it’s always good when you get guys from winning programs.  That really helps also.  And I always tell our guys: big guys beat up little guys.  And I want big guys.”

The only unexpected things to happen Wednesday was when the Bulls had some issues with their Twitter account in the morning.

That’s never a good thing to happen on signing day, but it was smooth sailing after that.

Ninety percent of the Bulls’ 26-member class is made up of three-star recruits, and USF ended up with the second-ranked recruiting class in the American Athletic Conference behind only Cincinnati.

Six of the Bulls signees are early enrollees who can participate in spring practice.

Coach Strong said he was most pleased with the eight defensive linemen and four offensive linemen he added, hoping to continue to build the program through outstanding play in the trenches.

Here's a complete list of USF signees:

NAME HIGH SCHOOL/JUCO POSITION
*Stacy Kirby Jones 3-star DE
*Zion Roland Admiral Farragut 3-star WR
Dwayne Boyles Miami Central 3-star WR
Sebastian Sainterling Chaminade-Madonna 3-star G
Brian Norris Chiefland 3-star RB
Trent Schneider Santa Barbara City College 3-star P
Octavious Battle Carver (GA) 3-star QB
Vincent Davis Robert E. Lee 3-star CB
Rashawn Yates Treasure Coast 3-star DE
Brad Cecil Bartram Trail 3-star C
Jajuan Cherry Okeechobee 3-star ATH
Trey Laing Godby 3-star DE
*Donovan Jennings Gaither 3-star OT
Ethan Watson Pensacola Catholic 3-star OT
Chris Carter South Dade 3-star TE
Tyrone Barber Venice 3-star DT
Keyon Helton West Florida Tech 3-star S
Johnny Ford Miami Senior 3-star APB
Devin Leacock Port Charlotte 3-star DT
*Jordan McCloud Plant 3-star QB
Terrence Horne Miramar 3-star ATH
Eugene Bowman IV Robert E. Lee 3-star CB
Randal Copeland East Gadsden 3-star ILB
Armon Williams South Gwinnett (GA) 3-star DE
*John Waller Admiral Farragut 3-star DT
Antonio Grier Mays (GA) 2-star OLB

*Bay Area and Central Florida recruits