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USF Completes 2009 Signing Class of 29 Student-Athletes
 
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TAMPA –
The University of South Florida football program announced a highly-touted signing class that is filled with defensive standouts and top-flight speed.

In the simplest measure, the class fills holes on the USF roster, which has more returning offensive players than defensive players.  The USF staff signed 15 defensive players, 12 offensive players and two standouts that will come in as an athletes.

On the national level, USF’s signing class has been widely considered the best haul in program history.  It has been ranked as the best in the BIG EAST by Rivals.com and No. 30 nationally.  ESPN.com has the Bulls at No. 24 nationally and second among conference schools, while Scout has USF No. 25 nationally.

Of the defensive players signed, seven players are on the defensive line, including four defensive ends and four-star recruit Ryne Giddens. Giddens, who attends nearby Armwood high school, is a Parade All-American and a consensus top-100 prospect.  Also with a boatload of accolades is Fort Scott Community College product Jason Pierre-Paul, who is rated as a five-star recruit and the sixth best junior college recruit in the country.  The class of defensive lineman has been rated as high as No. 2 nationally.

The Bulls have lost three starting linebackers to graduation over the last two seasons, including NFL prospects Ben Moffitt and Tyrone McKenzie, but were able to assess those needs by signing four at the position.  Terry Parker high school standout Sam Barrington and Georgia product DeDe Lattimore were among the most highly sought after recruits in the class.

The secondary added depth and elite-speed in high school defensive backs Ricardo Dixon and Kayvon Webster, who highlight the group of four in the incoming class.

Offensively, the Bulls add three running backs to a unit that has only four returning letterwinners in 2009.  Marianna native Bradley Battles and local products Adaris Bellamy (Dunedin) and Lindsay Lamar (Hillsborough) bring a range of abilities and a ton of accolades from the national recruiting services.

With the graduation of four senior offensive lineman, Coach Leavitt’s program assessed the need by signing five offensive lineman, including South Broward high-school mauler Steven Jacques and junior college award winner Carlos Savala.

The stocked wide-receiving pool at USF just got deeper with the addition of 6-1, possession-receiver Sterling Griffin and burner Derrick Hopkins - who is among the fastest track athletes in the high school ranks.  Hallandale athlete Victor Marc could land at numerous spots on the USF roster, but is expected to get an early look at wide receiver after working as a quarterback and running back in high school.

The class is rounded out with 6-4 quarterback Isaac Virgin, who has a cannon for an arm and deceptively good feet, and Dixie Hollins high school tight end Gerard Atkins.

As usual, the Bulls stayed in their home state to pull from the nation’s deepest talent pool.  Of the 29 signees, 27 are originally from the state of Florida, one from Georgia and one from California.

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Pos
Ht
Wt
Hometown/School
 7:05 Ricardo Dixon  Video Highlights Coach Comments
CB
5-11
168
Hallandale, Fla. - Hallandale HS
 7:10 Victor Marc  Video Highlights Coach Comments
ATH
5-11
208
Hallandale Beach, Fla. - Hallandale HS
8:30 John McGhin Video Highlights Coach Comments
OG
6-3
291
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida HS
8:41 Gerard Atkins Video Highlights Coach Comments
TE
6-5
225
St. Petersburg, Fla. - Dixie Hollins HS
8:48 Luke Sager Video Highlights Coach Comments
DE
6-4
240
Niceville, Fla. - Niceville HS
8:51 Steven Jacques  Video Highlights Coach Comments
OG
6-4
280
Hollywood, Fla. - South Broward HS 
9:24 Devekeyan "De De" Lattimore  Video Highlights Coach Comments
ILB
6-1
225
Athens, Ga. - Cedar Shoals HS
9:45 Sam Barrington  Video Highlights Coach Comments
LB
6-3
220
Jacksonville, Fla. - Terry Parker HS 
9:50 Jamar Bass  Video Highlights Coach Comments
OG
6-4
290
Apopka, Fla. - Hutchinson CC 
9:53 Chase Griffiths  Video Highlights Coach Comments
ILB
6-3
213
Tallahassee, Fla. - North Florida Christian 
9:58 Demi Thompson Video Highlights Coach Comments
DT
6-1
245
Longwood, Fla.- Lake Mary HS
10:50 Leslie Stirrups  Video Highlights Coach Comments
DT
6-3
275
Tampa, Fla. - East Mississippi CC 
11:02 Ryne Giddins  Video Highlights Coach Comments
DE
6-4
235
Seffner, Fla. - Armwood HS 
11:03 Khyri Thornton  Video Highlights Coach Comments
NT
6-3
300
Panama City, Fla. - Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)
11:04 Carlos Savala  Video Highlights Coach Comments
OT
6-6
310
 Fontana, Calif. - College of the Desert
11:16 Jacquez Jenkins  Video Highlights Coach Comments
S
6-2
177
St. Petersburg, Fla. - Lakewood HS 
11:17 Ivan Nicholas  Video Highlights Coach Comments
S
5-10
180
Jacksonville, Fla. - Robert E. Lee HS 
11:43 Julius Forte  Video Highlights Coach Comments
DE
6-2
235
St. Petersburg, Fla. - Boca Ciega HS 
12:00 Bradley Battles  Video Highlights Coach Comments  RB

5-9

179  Marianna, Fla. - Marianna HS 
12:03 Isaac Virgin  Video Highlights Coach Comments  QB 6-4 235  Fort Pierce, Fla. - Westwood HS 
12:07 Lindsey Lamar  Video Highlights Coach Comments  RB 5-9  160  Tampa, Fla. - Hillsborough Senior HS 
12:28 Jason Pierre-Paul  Video Highlights Coach Comments  DE 6-6  265  Deerfield Beach, Fla. - Fort Scott CC 
12:29 Kamran Joyer Video Highlights Coach Comments OC  6-3  317  Zephyrhills, Fla. - Wesley Chapel HS 
12:37 Adaris Bellamy  Video Highlights Coach Comments RB 5-10 214  Dunedin, Fla. - Dunedin HS
1:50 Kayvon Webster Video Highlights Coach Comments DB 5-11  181  Opa Locka, Fla. - Miami Monsignor Pace HS 
1:52 Derrick Hopkins  Video Highlights Coach Comments WR 5-7  160  Opa Locka, Fla. - Miami Monsignor Pace HS 
3:02 Sterling Griffin Video Highlights Coach Comments WR 6-1 174 Opa Locka, Fla. - Miami Monsignor Pace HS 
4:15 Kevin Williams Video Highlights Coach Comments ATH 5-10  175  St. Petersburg, Fla. - Los Medanos JC / Gibbs HS 
2/5/09 Jaquian Williams Video Highlights Coach Comments OLB 6-4 225 Riverview, Fla. - Fort Scott CC/Riverview HS
 
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