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January 22, 2013

Lots of talent with this group

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This morning we gave our analysis of the returning starters/backups for the defensive line.

Now we profile the ones who have given their word to the Bulls for 2013.

This is the second of a two-part series examining the Bulls up front on the defensive side. This afternoon, we'll look at the committed prospects and the targets.

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

Returning
Derrick Calloway
6-foot-1 | 310 | DT | Manatee(Bradenton, Fla.)
The Buzz:In one of the more surprising developments after this past weekend's official visits was Willie Taggart and the Bulls convincing four-star, defensive tackle Derrick Calloway to flip his commitment from Louisville to USF. Without question, Calloway will be one of the biggest pickups for USF this recruiting season. The Manatee High School product is the 18th ranked defensive tackle and 43rd ranked player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com. Going into 2013, Calloway should be an immediate contributor and it wouldn't be surprising to see himself in the starting lineup on opening day

Related: Calloway flips to USF

Eric Mayes

6-foot-4 | 240| DE| Booker (Sarasota, Fla.)
The Buzz: Mayes is another commitment from this past weekend for the Bulls. A three-star weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, Mayes received 22 offers and visited just one other school; Kentucky on September 14th. A big body that takes up a lot of space, Mayes will be a welcome addition in the long line of effective defensive ends in the USF football program.

Dominique Threatt

6-foot-2 | 294 | DT| Tri-Cities (East Point, Ga.)
The Buzz: Threatt took his official visit to USF on January 18th, five months after committing in August. The three-star defensive tackle has reportedly stuck to his commitment and should be coming to play for the Bulls in the fall. The Georgia native chose the Bulls over offers from Cincinnati, Georgia, Louisville and UCF.

Mike Love

6-foot-3 | 210 | DE | Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.)
The Buzz: Love committed to play for the Bulls on January 20th after his official visit a few days earlier. A three-star recruit, Love was recruited by Raymond Woodie and will be a nice fit into Chuck Bresnahan's defensive scheme. Rated the 35th defensive end nationally by Rivals.com, Love will be a big addition to the Bulls in 2013 and the future.

Robert Garcia

6-foot-4 | 252 | DE| Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
The Buzz: The Bulls add more depth to the defensive line with Garcia. The Jesuit High School product committed to play for USF back in August when Skip Holtz was still the head coach of USF. Garcia took his official visit to USF on January 18th, an opportunity for the two-star recruit to meet the new coaching staff for the first time. The Tampa native has said that he is looking forward to playing in a familiar environment and get a great education.

Bruce Hector

6-foot-2 | 270 | DT| Robinson (Tampa, Fla.)
The Buzz:Hector is one of the Bulls' longest tenured commits, having decided to play for the Bulls back in June. A defensive tackle from Robinson High School, Hector will provide the Bulls with much needed depth on the intrio defensive line. Hector made his official visit to USF on January 11th and stayed true to his commitment to the Bulls and should sign on February 6th. The two-star recruit chose USF after receiving offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, and Tennessee State.

Targeting
Deadrin Senat

6-foot-1 | 311 | DT Immokalee (Immokalee, Fla.)
The Buzz: Senat visited Jan. 11 and seemed to enjoy himself, but speculation was that he wasn't leaning the way of the Bulls. That may have changed after an in-school visit by the coaching staff Monday. USF has positioned itself very strongly with the former Florida State commit. Senat was part of an Immokalee defense that features four-star DB Mackensie Alexander. If he were to come to USF - it would give the Bulls two four-star recruits up front defensively.

Torrin Young

6-foot-3 | 255 | DE | Norland (Miami, Fla.)
The Buzz: USF is on a short list of offer received by Young. In fact, Young has received just three offers, the others coming from Cincinnati and Minnesota. Young, a two-star athlete by Rivals.com, reportedly had the Golden Gophers at the top of the list but kept his options open. The Miami native has not taken any official visits lately, Bulls fans will need to wait a little longer to find out where the defensive end is headed.



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