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Eight players commit to USF

A total of eight high school seniors have reportedly made a verbal commitment to play for the USF football team.

The Tampa Tribune reported Monday that seven high school seniors have committed to the USF football team while the St. Petersburg Times, in a similar story, reported only five. But one of the five on the Times list was not in the Tribune’s report, bringing the total to eight committed players.

Bay area seniors that made the commitment include: Blake defensive end George Kearse (6-4, 260), cousin of Tennessee Titan linebacker Jevon Kearse, and Armwood receiver/defensive back Mike Williams (6-0, 175).

Williams was a member of Armwood’s 2003 State Champion football team. He told the Tribune he can’t pass up the opportunity to play in front of family and friends.

Other players who made the commitment include Miramar defensive back Duane Moment, as well as four players from Miami Edison’s Class 5A state semifinalist team: Linebacker Brouce Mompremier (6-0, 209), offensive lineman Marc Dile (6-4, 275), wide receiver Jackie Chambers (5-11, 183) and defensive tackle Richard Clebert (6-1, 275).

The eighth committed player is Anthony Littlejohn (6-3, 225) of Jacksonville Englewood.

All eight players are expected to sign with the Bulls on Feb. 4.

Basketball’s Miller has wisdom teeth removed

Freshman center Nalini Miller underwent dental surgery Monday to remove her wisdom teeth, said USF women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez.

Miller, the Bulls’ leading rebounder and second leading scorer, was bothered by pain and was on anti-inflammatory medication throughout the weekend.

She managed just nine total points and 10 total rebounds in USF’s two Conference USA losses this past weekend, while committing nine fouls.

Fernandez said he was scheduled to meet with the team’s medical trainer late Monday to check on Miller’s status. Miller remains questionable for the Bulls’ two games this weekend at home

The USF indoor track team finds success

The USF women’s indoor track and field team fared well Saturday at the Ohio State Buckeye Invitational. Event winners include Alexis McGaffagan (high jump) and Valquisha Morris (60-meter dash). Dayana Octavien (weight throw) set a school record with a toss of 62’7 3/4″, finishing second in the event.

Adam Adkins and Thomas Simonetti contributed to this report