RB, safety commit to USF

USF received its fourth commitment of the 2011 recruiting class Wednesday in Tallahassee Lincoln safety Chris Garye Jr., according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Garye, at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, was high school teammates in basketball and football with USF quarterback B.J. Daniels. He chose USF over offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, and Vanderbilt (among others), according to the Democrat.

Garye said coach Skip Holtz and Daniels were the main reasons he chose USF.

“(Holtz) loves to be with his players,” Garye said to the Democrat. “That’s all he talked about when I was down there. They’ve got real good chemistry.”

“B.J. is a big reason why I picked USF.”

USF received its third commitment of the 2011 recruiting class Monday when Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson running back Willie gave his verbal to the Bulls.

Davis, who rivals.com rates a three-star recruit and the 45th best pro-style RB prospect in the country, said he liked the way he fit in after participating in a seven-on-seven tournament at USF over the weekend.

“I just felt like that while I was down there that I could just like really help the program out with the depth chart and everything,” Davis told USFBullsEye.com. “And then the coaches – I love the coaching staff.”

Davis joins Port Charlotte WR Alex Mut and Pahokee LB/DB Rontavious Atkins in the 2011 USF recruiting class.

Davis, at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, gained more than 700 yards last season as a junior. He had offers from Connecticut, Louisville, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, according to rivals.com.

Holtz, assistants to mourn old colleague

USF coach Skip Holtz and several current assistants plan to attend the funeral of Thomas “Rock” Roggeman, an East Carolina assistant who died Monday after a year-long battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 47.

USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler, defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves and defensive backs coach Rick Smith all worked alongside Roggeman under Holtz at ECU.

“Rock made an impact on everybody he touched,” Holtz said to Daily Reflector on Monday. “He was such a good person with such a great spirit.”

Funeral arrangements are still pending.

Women’s soccer unveils schedule

USF released its 2010-11 schedule Wednesday. The Bulls’ 19-game slate includes four in-state opponents and eight teams that reached the NCAA tournament last season.

“I am very pleased with our 2010 schedule,” said coach Denise Schilte-Brown in a statement. “It is a balanced schedule. It is one that is competitive and motivating. The non-conference slate will go a long way in preparing us for the Big East.”

USF opens the season with North Florida at home on Aug. 20. Exhibition games include Miami and the Mexican Youth National Team in Tampa on Aug. 14.

The Bulls finished 9-8-3 last season.