Following the firing of USF head coach Skip Holtz on Sunday, numerous players started thinking about their future plans and Orlando's two USF commitments quarterback Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park and wide receiver Jeff Badet of Freedom High wasted no time in declaring their intentions to look elsewhere.
Both players, who were at Freedom High together as sophomores before Woulard transferred, said they are officially decommitted from their Bulls pledges.
Woulard, who broke his fibula in the final game of his high-school career and needed surgery to repair what he described as the “fibula was broken in half,” recently visited NC State on an official recruiting trip, and he liked what he saw, but two weeks later NC State also fired its head coach, Tom O'Brien, and so Woulard said he is in the wait-and-see mode.
“It's pretty simple. I'm just waiting for everything to settle everywhere at this point, so I don't have a top [school],” Woulard said via text on Sunday. “I won't until all of the coaching settles everywhere.”
Woulard, who has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, said he will not be playing in the San Antonio game due to his injury.
As for Badet, he said he's not interested in talking about the recruiting process, only confirming that he, too, is decommitted.
Badet, who was at a barbecue fundraiser for the Special Olympics on Sunday in conjunction with the Central Florida All-Star Game, said he is currently trying to schedule a visit to Louisville.
Badet and about 80 others from the region will hook up in an East-West battle of some of the area's best players on Dec. 13 at Lake Brantley in Altamonte Springs. Proceeds benefit Orlando area chapters of Special Olympics.
USF also had two other players recently dropped from its commitment list in Immokalee teammates ATH Tshumbi Johnson and WR Xavier Richardson. DeLand running back JoJo Kemp also decommitted in October.
Johnson, who quarterbacks the Indians, decommitted from the Bulls in October and last month made a new pledge to Cincinnati. Richardson has had his scholarship offer pulled by the USF staff according to sources close to the Immokalee team.
The decommits and recent shuffling leave USF with just 13 pledges to the 2013 recruiting class, which means there will be a lot of work awaiting the new staff and time is ticking. There are only 63 days remaining until National Signing Day and the search for the new head coach is just beginning.
USF 2013 commitments
PLAYERPOS HT WT HOMETOWN/SCHOOLMikey Bart DE 6-3 245 Buford (Ga.)Zach Benjamin WR 6-4 187 Tampa CatholicCameron Fraser OL 6-4 290 Phenix City (Ala.)CentralRobert Garcia DE 6-4 252 Tampa JesuitBruce Hector DT 6-2 270 Tampa RobinsonConner Rafferty OL 6-4 275 Tampa RobinsonEmilio Nadelman K 5-6 165 Miami CentralCameron Ruff OL 6-4 295 Tampa JesuitBrad Smith DE 6-4 220 Tampa JesuitDominique Threatt DT 6-2 294 East Point (Ga.) Tri CitiesJohnny Ward DB 5-11 160 Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt CountyDarius Whitty DB 6-1 180 Jacksonville First CoastMitchell Wright LB 6-3 210 Tampa Plant
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