Cape Coral's defensive end/outside linebacker Edsel Caprice recently narrowed his list down to 2 schools, and after visiting North Carolina and making another visit to USF on Monday, has made his choice of which program will get his services
"I just committed to USF a couple of hours ago," said Caprice. "I think USF is the best fit for me, close to home, and I always liked USF."
The 6'2-205 pound hybrid DE/OLB with 4.5 speed and a 39 inch vertical has seen his recruitment take off as he's accumulated nearly double-digit offers from schools like West Virginia, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Purdue, Connecticut, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota and USF to name a few. Recently he narrowed things down to a choice between UNC and USF, but in the end chose where he felt he fit in best.
"USF is a place where I felt very comfortable at, and a place where I felt like I fit real well," said Caprice. "It's close to home, and my family and friends can come see me play."
The 3-star prospect rated the No. 57 best outside linebacker by Scout .com has been deliberating his choice since visiting both schools with his parents during the last two weeks, and on Tuesday decided to end the speculation.
"I was basically always in favor for USF, but then went and visited UNC, had a great visit and wasn't sure," said Caprice. "Then after visiting USF again, I got all excited about USF and knew that was the place for me."
"I pretty much knew after my visit what I was going to do. Then yesterday I decided that today I would make the call," said Caprice. "I called Coach Snyder and said that I want to commit and this is where I want to be. He was acting all happy and said I just made his month!"
Caprice didn't get to talk with Bulls Head Coach Skip who is on a cruise, but his parents met the coaching staff and were very happy with his choice to play close to home with USF.
"My parents feel real good about my decision," said Caprice. "They liked everything about the school, the coaching staff, and were real supportive of my choice."
One of the big factors that helped with his decision was the fact that USF and Coach Snyder were on him early in his recruitment.
"Yeah that was big and helped a lot," said Caprice. "It made me feel really wanted and that they had a place for me there."
The standout prospect got a chance to see the early developments of the 30-million dollars in upgrades that USF is going under, making him feel that much better about his future school.
"Yeah that's real cool seeing everything being done," said Caprice. "It was already nice, but by the time I get there it's going to even better. People who don't know are going to be even more impressed when they come see USF."
"It was good to talk with them it wasn't a big changing moment, but it helped me feel more comfortable hearing it from the players, especially guys that play my position."
Caprice played mostly defensive end at Cape Coral, and USF is talking to him about putting some size on and playing SAM linebacker, but Caprice said that won't be an issue.
"No making the transition won't be an issue. I play stand-up, and think I'm good in space," said Caprice. "Before I get to USF, I'd like to be around 215 pounds, and then once I get there Coach Snyder talked about me playing at around 225."
Caprice said that now that his decision is made he's closing the book on his recruitment and will focus on his upcoming senior year.
"This is it as far as recruiting goes for me," said Caprice. "I'm not going to go on any other visits or anything like that. I'm just going to do my summer work-outs and concentrate on my senior season.
"I feel relieved that it's finally over and I feel real happy about my decision," said Caprice. "I'm 100 percent committed, I'm a Bull."Click here for more info or to share your thoughts with other USF insiders!