Early Signing Period Begins for USF

The signing period for mid-year transfers and JUCO players enrolling in January has begun. Get the latest on which USF prospects are signing, when they are signing, and who else is on the radar inside.

With USF receiving commitments from several junior college prospects for their 2013 class already, the mid-year transfer/JUCO signing period will be more active the Bulls. The period starts today, December 19th, and runs through January 15th.

New South Florida Head Coach Willie Taggart already has two prospects in the fold, as linebacker Rahmon Swain and corner back Torrel Saffold signed their letter of intent marking the first official signees for Taggart and the Bull's 2013 class. Both Swain and Saffold played at Butler County Community College, who finished the 2012 season ranked second in the country and lost in the National Championship game on December 2nd.

Here's more on the two early signees

Rahmon Swain played linebacker the last two seasons at Butler County Community College in Kansas and had offers from South Florida,Boise State, Kansas State, Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Texas A&M , Houston, Minnesota and UCF among others, before choosing USF.

As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 225 pound linebacker had 83 total tackles, 33 solo, 8 tackles-for-a-loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered, and 4 pass break-ups, earning honorable mention all-conference honors.. As a freshman Swain injured his PCL at the end of last season, but in 10 games made 56 tackles, 3 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumble, and 3 pass deflections.

Swain will compete immediately for USF which is looking to offset the losses of graduating seniors Sam Barrington, Michael Lanaris and Mike Jeune.

Cornerback Torrel Saffold was teammates of Swain at Butler and will join him as an early enrollee this January.

During his sophomore season, the 5'11, 180 pound defensive back recorded 14 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions with one returned 38-yard yards for a touchdown, to go with 52 total tackles, 32 solo, and 2.5 tackles for a loss, with 1 fumble recovered. Playing on special teams he had one field goal attempt blocked and earned honorable mention all-conference honors.  As a freshman he recorded 2 INTs, 4 pass break-ups, with 16 tackles.

Saffold will also be competing for playing time right off the bat with USF graduating both starters in Kayvon Webster and George Baker and has an injury depleted secondary.


For the rest of the Bulls possible early signing period prospects, USFNation be on top of everything and will have all the updates and detail here.

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