DeLand running back JoJo Kemp was close to committing to USF in the past.
He almost pledged to join the Bulls while visiting the campus during the spring, but felt he should hold off and see what else was out there for him.
"It was very close, but I felt like it was too early," Kemp said. "I wanted to find out more."
On Saturday, Kemp decided that he shouldn't prolong his recruitment any longer and committed to USF during the Super Bull, the school's one-day prospect training camp.
"I feel relieved, great, but words can't really explain how I feel," Kemp said. "It was a great opportunity and there was no sense in waiting."
Kemp (5-11, 190), who is ranked No. 16 on the Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60 list, holds scholarship offers from Nebraska, Kentucky, Arizona State, West Virginia and a long list of other BCS automatic qualifying schools.
As a junior, Kemp ran for 1,272 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games.
Thanks to his strong running style and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, Kemp's stock took off this offseason and he became a high priority for the Bulls.
USF head coach Skip Holtz and his assistant coaches showed just how important Kemp was to their recruiting efforts when he informed them of his decision.
"They were very happy, jumping around," Kemp said. "They did more than I expected them to do, I know that for sure. It was great. I like the coaching staff a lot. Not only do they care about me as a football player, but they care about me as a person."
Following the commitment, Holtz and Kemp discussed his future intentions of taking all five of his official visits.
"They understand and they're all for it," Kemp said. "I told them that nothing is going to change my mind and I just want to enjoy it, take my visits."
Kemp also felt comfortable with current members of the team, especially safety Mark Joyce, a former DeLand teammate of Kemp and a rising junior at USF.
"He was happy," Kemp said of Joyce.
Kemp joins Winter Park quarterback Asiantii Woulard as 2013 Central Florida prospects committed to USF.
"[Woulard] was actually one of the first people that knew before the coaching staff," Kemp said. "We texted last weekend and on the way here and I told him where I was standing. We're supposed to be rooming together, so that'll be great."