South Florida Head Coach Willie Taggart is making his presence known in the highly competitive Florida recruiting circuit. The Bulls added the 9th 2014 commit Saturday in 3-Star East Lake Safety Devin Abraham (Tarpon Springs, FL).
Abraham, son of Ex-Buc Donnie Abraham, recorded 67 tackles & eight INTs in 2012 as a Junior after transferring from Gibbs HS. The 5’9, 175 pound Defensive Back is very instinctive & Coach Taggart is high on Abraham’s ability to read plays before they happen & aggressively break on the ball. The drawback on High School Safety is his ‘physicality’, but expect to see Abraham at the CB position for the Bulls.
Abraham held offers from Western Kentucky, N.C. State, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee, Ohio & several others. I’ve added Abraham’s interview with BigCountyPreps where he discusses USF below. Also, here’s the short article ESPN put out today: USF Grabs CB with NFL Bloodlines
But wait, there’s more.
Over the span of two months, Coach Willie Taggart has stockpiled his proverbial ‘bus’ with some of Tampa Bay’s top 2014 local prospects. On 5/30/2013 3-Star Defensive Back Deatrick Nichols (5’10, 175 pds.) out of Telly Lockette’s old stomping grounds Miami-Central. They both were joined on 6/19 by 3-Star Jefferson HS QB/ATH Deiondre Porter (6’1, 167 pds.) who will play DB or Safety for USF (☖ Porter de-committed to head to Florida, but legal trouble made his stint brief).
Deatrick Nichols may be one of the best gets for Taggart at a position in dire need of depth. Nichols is one of the most physical & aggressive cover-corners in the state of Florida. Nichols’ exceptional ball-hawking ability is reminiscent of former Bulls Safety & current Philadelphia Eagle Nate Allen. Just how good is Nichols? Larry Blustein at South Florida HS Sports ranked Nichols 19th on his Pre-Summer Top 75 for 2014 & that list is erupting with elite talent. Nichols’ held offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Georgia, Miami (FL), Clemson, Cincinnati, Rutgers, UCLA & UCF amongst others.
Jefferson 3-Star QB/ATH Deiondre Porter shows good size at 6’1, 180 pds. & despite being listed as a DB, I see him molding into SS JaQuez Jenkins replacement. Porter checked in with a 4.67 40-yard dash (laser) & 36.9-inch vertical at the Spring Nike Combine. Porter aired it out for 2,276-yards, scored 27 touchdowns & tossed 13 interceptions in 2012. Porter also darted for 400 yards & 5 TDs during his Junior season. Coastal Carolina, Iowa State, Ball State, UMass and Samford were also seeking Porter’s talents. (For more info on Porter see: Jefferson ATH Porter Picks Hometown Bulls)
Now the best stat of all, 4 current 2014 USF verbal commits were ranked on John C. Cotey’s Debate Time: A Look Ahead at the Class of 2014 list in January. Coach Willie Taggart is slowing assembling his crew of Bullies & he’s focused on Tampa Bay’s premier talent.
The future looks bright for Bulls fans that have been dragged through the mud the last few horrific seasons. Currently USF’s Class of 2014 is ranked 38th by 247 Sports.
by Matthew Manuri
Publisher & Editor, SoFloBulls.com | @Mcknurkle
Devin Abraham’s Interview with BigCountyPreps:
Deatrick Nichols’s 2012 Highlights: