TAMPA - The University of South Florida football program added five junior college transfers on Wednesday, head coach Skip Holtz has announced. The group includes two offensive linemen, Lawrence Martin and Chandlor Mathews, two defensive backs, Josh Brown and Fidel Montgomery, and defensive end Tevin Mims. All five are expected to enroll for the spring semester and will have two years of eligibility starting in 2012.
"These five young men have a chance to be solid additions to our roster," Holtz said. "We have a veteran group returning and we wanted to bring in some young men that could help us fill some holes on the depth chart. We feel we've addressed some need areas and this will help our depth as we go through winter workouts and into spring practice."
Martin, a 6-4, 290-pounder, is coming off a redshirt year at Merced College in Merced, Calif. He spent the 2010 season at offensive tackle for the Blue Devils, where he earned first-team Region II All-California honors and was named first-team All-Golden Gate Conference. In 2009, Martin played in 10 games at Georgia Military College. Originally from Daytona Beach, Fla., Martinwas a four-year letterman and all-state selection at Seabreeze High School.
A versatile 6-4, 295-pound lineman, Mathews played in 18 games over the last two seasons at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Miss. He saw action in nine games last year and earned all-region honors. As a tackle, Mathews helped the Wildcats average 455 total yards per game. In addition, he was awarded the Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late Dobie Holden, one of PRCC's most successful coaches. Mathews played in nine games as a true freshman in 2010. He played his prep football at St. Stanislas High School in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Brown, a 6-1, 190-pounder, was a highly coveted prospect coming out of high school in Lancaster, Texas, where he was ranked as one of the Top 100 players in the state and one of the top cornerbacks nationally. After playing in seven games at Trinity Valley Community College in 2009, Brown redshirted before playing his sophomore season at Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Ariz. At AWCC, Brown tallied 21 tackles, a TFL, an INT and six PBU while helping the Matadors to an 11-1 record (8-0 WSFL) and a berth in the NJCAA National Championship game.
A physical 5-11, 183-pound junior, Montgomery joins the Bulls after posting 121 tackles at Southwest Mississippi Community College in 2011, which tied for the fifth-most nationally at the junior college level. In addition to his tackle total, Montgomery added a TFL, an INT, three PBU, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. A dangerous return man, Montgomery also posted 13 kickoff returns for 313 yards (24.1 ypr). He notched 25 tackles as a true freshman in 2010. Montgomery played his prep football at Marianna High School in Marianna, Fla.
Mims, a 6-4, 250-pound defender, played at Navarro College in 2011, where he helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and a Southwest Junior College championship. He posted 19 tackles, four sacks, seven TFL and three PBU. Mims started his collegiate career at Texas, playing in four games as a true freshman in 2009 before redshirting in 2010. A Round Rock, Texas native, Mims was an all-state and two-time all-district selection at Stony Point High School, where he ranked as one of the nation's top 20 weakside defensive ends. The 16th-ranked prospect in the state after his senior season, Mims recorded 122 tackles, 19 sacks, 49 TFL and 23 pressures during his final two prep seasons.