In a state loaded with talent, the Bulls have had a penchant for finding relatively unknown players that have slipped under the radar. Today the Bulls received a commitment from one of those players in Robinson offensive tackle Connor Rafferty.
"Yes sir, I committed to USF today," said Rafferty. "I called coach Holtz and told him I was ready to play for him and USF."
The 6-foot-3, 280 pound lineman plays left tackle for Robinson, said the Bulls were his first offer, but had other schools showing interest including NC State, FAU, among others.
"I chose USF because I really like the coaching staff, and they have very good education opportunities for me," said Rafferty. "I feel that Coach Holtz is putting together a great program here in Tampa."
Rafferty participated at the Bulls one-day skill camp last week and then was invited to the school on Monday where he received his first offer from the Bulls
"When they offered me I was very happy and couldn't stop smiling," said Rafferty. "I was very high on them after that, but I wanted to go back and talk with my coach and family, and then decided that was the best place for me."
"I actually tried to call him last night, but do to the weather, he had a few issues, so I waited until today to call him," said Rafferty. "He was real happy that I accepted their offer and was very excited."
The Robinson lineman said getting a chance to work with Coach Shankweiler was a big reason why he liked USF.
"I thought that Coach Shankweiler was my favorite coach that I got to work with," said Rafferty. "The way he teaches, I feel I can get what he's saying very easily. I know he can make me a better lineman."
"He told me that they really liked my feet and my upside was really high," said Rafferty. "He tinks I have a chance to be a very good player for them."
Rafferty, who's an honor student, said he has a 3.55 un-weighted GPA and a waited GPA of 4.22 and out of two sections scored a 1060 on the SAT.
"Yeah I'm good to go," said Rafferty and the coaches were real happy with my work in the class room."
Now that Rafferty committed to the home town team he's more than happy to be a Bull.
"I'm real excited and feel very good," said Rafferty. "I feel like they were the team that believed in my potential."
Rafferty is the second Robinson player to commit to USF after defensive tackle Bruce Hector committed to the Bulls yesterday. Another graduate from Robinson Ruben Gonzalez already plays wide receiver at USF.
"Yeah having Hector there just made me that more comfortable with USF," said Rafferty. "It's going to be great playing together at the next level. We're both real excited."