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January 17, 2013

Bulls need to add to depth at OL

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The offensive line: warriors, guardians, protectors of the quarterback, and, usually, the most overlooked players in the game of football. There are a lot of questions for the Bulls going into 2013; one of the biggest is who will play quarterback?

Another question falling under the radar is; who is going to protect that quarterback. With youth and experience most likely behind center for USF next year, one of the most important things for the Bulls will be protection on the offensive line. In this breakdown, we take a look at that offensive line:

To find out more information on each player, just click on the player's name for a complete Rivals.com profile.

On the Roster
Quinterrius Eatmon
6-foot-6|301 | R-Jr. | Vigor (Prichard, Ala.)
The Buzz: Eatmon was one of the Bulls' most effect offensive linemen in 2012. The redshirt sophomore had a rough spring, leading to Max Lang starting the opening game of the year. Eatmon won his starting job back for the game against Nevada and the Alabama product started the remainder of the year. Rated the 39th best prospect in Alabama by Rivals.com in the class of 2010, Eatmon has been long thought of to have the ability to be a difference maker. Most likely, we will see Eatmon step into a leadership role in 2013, the C F Vigor High School product will have the most experience of any offensive lineman on the roster.

Brynjar Gudmundsson

6-foot-4 | 304 | R-So. | Wellington (Wellington, Fla.)
The Buzz: One of the most fun names on the roster, Gudmundsson got his feet wet in 2012, playing in nine games, and starting one. The Wellington native picked up his lone start of the year against the University of Connecticut when an injury sidelined Danous Estenor. Gudmundsson, who redshirted the 2011 season, will be one of the linemen to watch in 2013 and is expected to compete for a started job on the offensive line

Thor Jozwiak

5-foot-10 | 164| R-So.| Lake Region (Eagle Lake, Fla.)
The Buzz: Another 2011 redshirt, Jozwiak turned out to be a big contributor in the 2012 season. Jozwiak played in nine games and started the final five of the season. After the graduation of Mark Popek, Jozwiak will compete to fill the void left by the senior in the spring and summer. Jozwiak, a three-star recruit, was the 36th ranked offensive guard in the state of Florida by Rivals.com.

Max Lang

6-foot-5 |282 | R-So.| Boone (Orlando, Fla.)
The Buzz: Lang was a big surprise in the 2012 spring practice, coming out of nowhere and beating out Quinterrius Eatmon for the season opening start on the offensive line. Lang saw little playing time after the start, participating in just three more games, against Florida State, Temple, and Louisville. Lang will be another wildcard for Willie Taggart and the Bulls in 2013. He should be ready to be a major contributor on the offensive line. Lang was a three-star recruit out of the class of 2011

Committed - Not Signed
Cameron Fraser

6-foot-4 | 290| Central (Phenix City, Ala.)
The Buzz: Fraser committed to the Bulls in June, when Skip Holtz was the head coach. Since Willie Taggart has been hired, Fraser has remained strongly committed to USF. A two-star recruit out of Alabama, Fraser is the 29th ranked player in the state by Rivals.com. The Phenix City native made his official visit to USF on January 11th, and will make visits to Louisville on January 18th and UAB on January 25th. The Central High School product received offers from seven schools, most notably Arkansas, Memphis and the Bulls.

Cameron Ruff

6-foot-4 | 296| Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
The Buzz: Another one of Skip Holtz's recruits, Ruff committed to the Bulls in July. The Tampa native was a very popular recruit, receiving 17 offers. Ruff committed to USF after considering offers from programs like Cincinnati, Connecticut, Purdue, Syracuse, and Western Kentucky. A three-star recruit, Ruff was named to the 5A all-state team after a 7-3 season with Jesuit High School.

Joe Fennell

6-foot-5 | 320| South Fort Myers (Fort Myers, Fla.)
The Buzz: Fennel is the highest rated offensive line recruit to commit to the University of South Florida. A three-star recruit, Fennel is the 18th ranked offensive guard and 59th ranked player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com. A recruit of Willie Taggart's at Western Kentucky, Fennel received 18 offers and committed to the Bulls on December 20th. Notable programs that offered to the Fort Myers native were Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, and Florida State.

Targeting - Not Committed
Denver Kirkland

6-foot-5 | 333 | Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.)
The Buzz: Kirkland's name is a popular one at the University of South Florida. It has been hard to get through conversations without being asked where the four-star recruit is going, a question that not only Bulls fans are asking. Kirkland, the ninth ranked offensive tackle and 19th ranked player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com, visited Willie Taggart and the Bulls on January 11th. The 112th ranked player in the country said that the visit went well, but he would still be visiting the University of Miami on January 18th and Arkansas on January 25th. It has been rumored that Kirkland will be a package deal with good friend and fellow OL Ira Denson, a rumor that Kirkland denied, saying that two would "discuss their options, but make their own decisions." Denson has made his decision, reaffirming his commitment to Florida State last weekend. Kirkland is a long shot for the Bulls, but the lineman has not ruled them out, yet.

Prospect Video: Denver Kirkland Schools in the mix: USF, Miami, Florida State, Arkansas.

Aleon Calhoun

6-foot-7| 345| Uncommitted| Navarro Jr. College (Corsicana , Tex.)
The Buzz: - Calhoun is not the most well known name around the USF campus. Like in the past, the Bulls have a great opportunity build quickly with a junior college player like Calhoun. The three-star recruit has received offers from USF, Houston, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech,(where he originally committed to before going JC) and West Virginia. Ranked 79th in the Rivals.com Junior College 2013 prospect rankings, Calhoun visited USF on December 7th. Calhoun and Navarro Junior College went 10-4 in 2012.


Schools in the mix: USF, Houston, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State.

Hunter Murray

6-foot-4 |318| Uncommitted| Arnold (Panama City, Fla.)
The Buzz: - Currently the Bulls are the only program that has offered to Murrary. Former offensive coordinator Todd Fitch originally recruited Arnold High School product. A three-star recruit, Murrary seems to be just about a lock for the Bulls, unless another bidder wants to get in on the action. Other schools linked to Murray are Alabama, LSU and Mississippi.


Schools in the mix: Alabama, LSU, USF



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