With the Bulls losing many seniors after this season, The Bulls were looking to go through the JUCO route to help fill several positions, with one of those positions being at linebacker.
After this season the Bulls are losing three senior linebackers in Jaquian Williams, Sabbath Joseph, and Donte Spires, leaving the team with just DeDe Lattimore, Curtis Weatherspoon as the lone outside linebackers with any game experience on the roster.
To fill that need the Bulls offered and received a commitment from Independence LB Mike Juene, a 6’foot-2, 230 pound linebacker that earned All-Jay hawk conference Honorable Mention while playing as a freshman for Independence CC.
“Yes sir, I committed to South Florida,” said Juene. “I chose USF because I loved the environment, the coaches are real cool, they play great defense, and it’s closer to home. Also my best friend Sam Barrington plays there.”
The Bulls have been recruiting Jeune for quite awhile, and he’s had a lot of contact with his recruiter DL Coach Kevin Patrick and USF defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.
“They’ve been recruiting me for awhile, before the new staff came in,” said Juene. “I was excited to finally get the offer and committed on the spot!”
In 9 games as a freshmen Jeune had 51 tackles, 10 Tackles for-a-loss, 9 sacks, 1 interception and one forced fumble. Jeune also served as the team punter, averaging 38.8 yards with a long of 69 yards.
Jeune played his prep days at Terry Parker High school and was teammates and best friends with Sam Barrington, but didn’t have grades and had to go the JUCO route.
“Yes sir, that’s my partner,” said Jeune. “He’s one of my best friends and was another one of the big reasons why I’m excited to go there. We were a terror in high school, and can’t wait to be together again.”
Juene will be finished his AA in December, and join the team in January. He’ll be taking his official visit to USF later this year.