Former Badger Commit Pledges to USF

USFNation Field Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2014

On Sunday night, former Wisconsin Badgers' commit and Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast defensive end, Rohan Blackwood, gave his pledge to Willie Taggart and the instate South Florida Bulls.

The good news kept on coming Sunday night for the South Florida Bulls. First it was 2015 stud Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview running back, Karan Higdon, who issued his verbal commitment to the Bulls.

Shortly after that, former Wisconsin Badger pledge and Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast defensive end, Rohan Blackwood, was the latest instate product to hop on Willie Taggart's bus in nearby Tampa Bay.

"Rohan Blackwood will sign with Coach Taggart & the USF Bulls on February 5th," tweeted out Rob Kazmier, an assistant coach at Nature Coast High School.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound explosive Blackwood possesses a ton of upside at defensive end and recently shifted his focus from the hardwood to the gridiron.

"He has an unbelievable motor," Kazmier said. "You'll see him on film making plays for five-yard losses from the backside. Then you'll see him come from the backside and make tackles 20 yards down field."

After reopening his recruitment on Jan. 13, the 3-star prospect took an official visit to the Bulls that weekend and came away very impressed. It only took a week for Blackwood to realize that he wants to play his college football for Willie Taggart.

With the right coaching, Blackwood's career could really takeoff at the next level.

"With the right coach, Rohan's potential is through the roof," Kazmier said. "The frame, athleticism and explosiveness are there. He just needs to build on it. Coach (Eric) Mathies (defensive line) is awesome. He stayed on him throughout the process and really believes in his talent. In the end, location was a factor also. He is excited to stay home and help bring USF back."

As a senior for the 4-6 Sharks, Blackwood amassed 85 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles in seven games, while being named a All-North Suncoast First Team selection.

Blackwood is the 25th commitment in the Bulls' 2014 recruiting class, and is rated a 3-star prospect by

Click here for more on Blackwood's commitment to South Florida.

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