South Florida has had quite the week on the recruiting trail. Not only have the Bulls picked up a number of 2017 verbals, but they also dipped into the class of 2018 for ESPN Jr 300 (#148) WR Jermaine Eskridge (247 Profile).
Significance of impact: Regardless of whether the Eskridge verbal holds, South Florida continues to be mentioned in a positive light on the trail in the Sunshine State. That’s a positive. Add in that Eskridge is a former Kentucky pledge, and this is a big win. It shows the Bulls staff is striking a cord with prospects heading into the 2016 season.
What he brings: Eskridge (ranked No. 148) is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver with the ability to carry 215 pounds or more in time. He routinely snatches the ball out of the air with sure hands and possesses the strength to make plays in traffic, playing through contact. A possession receiver who shows an understanding of how to get open in zone, he can use his body as a shield against attached coverage.
Strength of commitment: This one is shaky, at best considering he has already decommitted from Kentucky and is waiting on offers from Power 5 schools of his choice. While Eskridge is from the Tampa area and has been on campus more than once (and will be several times), he is likely to bolt if a committable offer from Ohio State, Florida or Alabama were extended.
Percent chance of the commit holding: 50 percent.
Biggest threat: Ohio State. Should the Buckeyes offer, they would be very difficult to beat. The chances of that happening will be determined by on the field performance this season.
For those who fell short, who is next on their board? Kentucky has a number of offers out to 2018 receivers including ESPN Jr 300s Kevin Austin, Elijah Moore and Dominick Watt out of the Sunshine State, which a key state for the Wildcats to maximize recruiting potential. Continue Reading by Clicking Here
by Gerry Hamilton, ESPN
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