Lake Gibson Duo Commits to USF
By Larry R. Weisbaum
Posted Jul 20, 2007
The Bulls keep the recruiting momentum going as they picked up their 5th and 6th commitments for ’07 from offensive lineman Josh Garvin and DE James Jones, both of Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland Florida. Read on for all the details. Stay informed only on USFNation.com
The Bulls keep the recruiting momentum going as they picked up their 5th and 6th commitments for ’07 from offensive lineman Josh Garvin and DE James Jones, both of Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland Florida.
“I just like the program. The whole coaching staff, every single one of the coaches I met were real nice guys and very genuine,” said Garvin. “It’s also close to home so my family can come see me, and I really think the program is on the rise personally. They’re going to be winning Big East Championships like crazy.”
Garvin and Jones are two names you should already be familiar with. The Staff of USFNation has mentioned Garvin numerous times in our Recruiting quick hits, and just earlier this week informed you on Jones.
Garvin, is athletic enough to play tackle, but is being recruited as a guard. Garvin is 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, is strong, athletic, and the staff really likes the way he moves.
“I called Coach Burnham & then called Coach Simmonds and told him I was ready to be a Bull. Coach Leavitt texted me and said congratulations and he was very excited about me going there.”
There was plenty of interest in Garvin from schools like Alabama, FSU, USF, Baylor, North Carolina, FIU, and Ball State.
“USF, Baylor, North Carolina, FIU, and Ball State all offered me but FSU and Alabama were showing a lot of interest and told me to wait it out, and that they were close to offering, but I didn’t feel like waiting, USF was the choice for me.”
Garvin said he’s very excited about becoming a Bull and the chance to play with USF star QB Matt Grothe formerly of Lake Gibson played a part in his decision.
“The chance to play with Matt Grothe was a huge deal, also I heard Roger Frazier might be going there, Claude Davis might be going there too.”
Garvin has been to the USF campus numerous times and said he’ll take an official visit some time but isn’t sure when.
“I know I’ll take an official visit to USF, but I don’t know when, and as of now I have no plans to visit anywhere else, and I don’t think I will. I’m just going to continue to work out and focus on the season.”
Garvin’s teammate on the other side of the ball James Jones also committed to the Bulls today.
“James and I didn’t say that we had to go to the same school, but we both really liked South Florida and what it has to offer. After the Sling and Shoot we had a good idea , but while working out today he looked at me and said “You know we want o, so lets just do it today.” I said okay and we did it.”
Garvin’s teammate is DE/FB James Jones is a 6’2, 232 pound prospect that was first noticed as a rising sophomore after registering 67 tackles and 6 sacks. He then really turned heads last year in Gainesville for the state football championships, and finished the ’06 season with 98 tackles, 12 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.
“It’s all ready a good program and from what I hear there is a lot of top players that are going to be going there.” Said Jones, “I really like how the coaches are there and the players too. They made feel like it was home they were really cool to me and that was a big reason why.”
Jones was garnering plenty of interest from BCS schools, and has taken unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and Auburn and Miami.
He currently has offers from West Virginia, Indiana, Buffalo and FAMU among others and recently received an offer from the Bulls.
“We’ve been talking about where we were going to go and came to the conclusion today at practice and decided to do it. I just called Coach Burnham and gave him the word.”
We mentioned earlier in the week in Quick hits that Jones had an offer and was very high on the Bulls.
“I’ve been ready to commit for awhile and wanting to play for the Bulls for awhile but was waiting to make sure it was the right decision, and it was, I’m real excited to come there and play.”
Jones said he has been to USF a few times and liked everything that he saw. He also said that he will take his official visit when ever the coaches want him to but has no plans to visit any other schools.
“Oh no, I’m straight, I’m straight, I’m not going to worry about going to other schools for any visits. I’m very excited to be a Bull!”
Jones also competes in track and weightlifting and carries a 2.8 core GPA
Being a lineman, Jones didn’t participate at the Sling and Shoot and said he plans on being at the USF senior Showcase camp in two weeks and looks forward to the competing with the talent that will be there.
The duo also plays along side another lineman USF is recruiting, Ricky Barnum. If they could also sway the big man to join them as USF commits, it would be a huge get and start a pipeline from a school that has already given them a franchise quarterback