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#22Bullies Kelly, Bags Bolster Bulls Class of 2022 Defensive Line

No better time than DL time! Covering the latest additions to the Bulls down below!

#TNSF DL Eddie Kelly Commits to the 2022 Class

Had a feeling that this commit might be coming after the Tony Newsome commit in October… Via Twitter, DL Eddie Kelly out of Winter Garden, FL committed to the Bulls 2022 class on November 6th, becoming the seventh commit to the class thus far. In a recruiting class that has only had offensive players up until this point, the last three commitments have all been defensive players as the coaching staff looks to build depth on that side of the ball. Kelly previously played at Jones HS in Orlando, FL before transferring over to West Orange. Previously a TE, Kelly moved to DE where he is ranked as the 133rd best DL in the country at this time. To date, Kelly has received offers from Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss to name a few.

Mike’s Take:

There’s a reason that the Power 5 offers started to pile in when programs started to receive Kelly’s tape at DL. The ceiling for Kelly is about as high as I’ve seen from a USF commitment on the DL and the tools are there for the West Orange star to be one of the best defensive players on the line in the American Conference over the next few years if he develops properly. Welcome to the 2022 class Eddie!

#TNSF DT Nick Bags Commits to the Bulls

Pulling from an in-conference opponent, former Temple DT Nick Bags announced his transfer intentions to join the Bulls in 2022 on November 6th, becoming the first transfer portal player to commit to USF for next season. Bags joined the Owls last year and started three games (playing in four) this season before entering the transfer portal.

Mike’s Take:

As mentioned by Kyle Gauss on Twitter, Bags was a force to be reckoned with through the first two games of the season, recording eight QB pressures early on in the year. With the departures of a handful of DTs after the 2021 season, Bags has an opportunity to lock down playing time early if he is able to produce at a high level like he did for the Owls. If you want to have some fun, check out his tape in the comment section in the tweet down below. The 6’3, 300 LBs defensive tackle is one of the more impressive athletes that I’ve seen at the position in a long time and with three years left of eligibility, the sky’s the limit for the former Owl. Welcome to the Bulls Nick!

#TNSF DL James Ash Commits to the Bulls

The more the merrier! Local #BayMade DL James Ash announced his intentions to transfer to USF via Twitter on November 10th, becoming the second transfer portal player to commit to the Bulls for next season. The former Chamberlain HS standout was teammates with current USF Bull Cesar Reyes before spending the last year and a half at Wake Forest.

Mike’s Take:

It is always a good thing to try to bring local talent back home and Ash is one of those guys that USF was really close to stealing at the end of his recruitment process if I remember correctly. This will be a position of need for the Bulls next season with a handful of departures (as mentioned in the Nick Bags section) and with Ash set to enroll at USF in January, he should be a guy to look for during Spring camp with the attrition on the DL. Welcome to the Bulls James!

USF Football Recruiting Class of 2022
Name Pos. ย  ย  ย  ย School/City ย  ย  ย 247 Rivals
1 Javohn Thomas WR Sickles (Tampa, FL) ย 0.8416 ย  5.5
2 Eddie Kelly DL West Orange (Winter Garden, FL) ย 0.8416 ย  5.5
3 Gunnar Smith QB Lake Mary (Lake Mary, FL) ย 0.8406 ย  5.5
4 Byrum Brown QB Rolesville (Rolesville, NC) ย 0.8193 ย  5.3
5 Cade Roberts WR South Walton (Santa Rosa Beach, FL) ย 0.8165 ย  5.5
6 Tavin Ward CB Palmetto Prep (Columbia, SC) ย N/A ย  5.2
7 Tony Newsome CB West Orange (Winter Garden, FL) ย N/A ย  N/A

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