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Abraham and Company Fuel Hometown Takeover

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-Tampa Bay Buc Donnie Abraham, recorded 67 tackles and eight INTs in 2012 as a junior after transferring from Gibbs HS. The 5’9, 175 pound defensive back is very instinctive and Coach Taggart is high on Abraham’s ability to diagnose plays before they happen and aggressively break on the ball. Expect to see him at the CB position for the Bulls.

He currently holds verabl offers from Western Kentucky, N.C. State, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee, Ohio and 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 last 2 months Coach Taggart has loaded his bus with the area’s top local talent. On 5/30 3-Star defensive back Deatrick Nichols (5’10, 175), out of Telly Lockette’s old stomping grounds at Miami-Central, gave his pledge to USFAbraham and Nichols both were joined on 6/19 by 3-Star Jefferson HS QB/ATH Deiondre Porter (6’1, 167) who will play corner or safety for USF.

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 and aggressive cover-corners in the state of Florida. Nichols’ exceptional ball-hawking ability is reminiscent of former Bulls safety and current Philadelphia Eagle Nate Allen. Just how good is Nichols? Larry Blustein at South Florida HS Sports ranked him19th on his Pre-Summer Top 75 for 2014. Nichols’ holds offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Georgia, Miami (FL), Clemson, Cincinnati, Rutgers, UCLA and UCF among others.

Jefferson 3-Star QB/ATH Deiondre Porter has good size at 6’1, 180 pds. Despite being listed as a CB, I see him molding into SS JaQuez Jenkins replacement. Porter checked in with a 4.67 40-yard dash (laser) and a 36.9-inch vertical at the Spring Nike Combine. He aired it out for 2,276 yards, scored 27 touchdowns and tossed 13 interceptions in 2012. Porter also rushed for 400 yards and five 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)

The best stat of all, four 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 slowly 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.

Abraham + Co. Fuel Hometown Takeover | by Matthew Manuri | SoFloBulls.com |

 — Matthew Manuri

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