Three-star recruit flips from Utah to USF

Coach Willie Taggart secured the 18th commit for the 2015 class when Chris Barr voiced his commitment Monday. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU

Coach Willie Taggart was able to flip a second three-star recruit this week when receiver Chris Barr announced his commitment to USF on Monday afternoon.

Barr received offers from 20 schools, including Wisconsin, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Cincinnati.

The high school senior tweeted Monday that he is “100% committed to USF” and will now be “shutting down his recruitment.”

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver out of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville had been committed to Utah prior to deciding to join USF. 

According to, Barr flipped to USF due to his visit to the school last weekend when Taggart pitched early playing time in the team’s new spread offense. 

Barr had 54 catches for 757 yards and eight touchdowns, in addition to 341 rushing yards and four touchdowns in his senior season. 

Perry injury unclear

After sitting out Sunday’s game against UConn, sophomore Chris Perry is undergoing tests after returning to Tampa on Monday morning. 

The forward has been an impactful player for the Bulls this season, averaging just over 10 points and seven rebounds per game. 

However, Perry experienced shortness of breath and chest pain at practice in Connecticut on Saturday evening and underwent a series of tests, which have yet to reveal a reason for his discomfort. 

Williams earns weekly awards

Junior guard Courtney Williams was named AAC Player of the Week on Monday, following a week in which she averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists per game. 

Her outstanding play was also recognized by College Sports Madness, which honored Williams with its player of the week award as well. 

USF won both games last week by double digits with the help of Williams’ scoring. The junior has scored at least 20 points in each of the last five games and is averaging 20 points per game.

Williams will look to score 20 points or more for a sixth game in a row when USF travels to play Memphis at 3 p.m.