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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Taggart, USF impress juco CB Saffold

By Mitch Sherman

Cornerback Torrel Saffold of Butler (Kan.) Community College picked a landmark weekend to make his first official recruiting visit of the season.

Saffold completed a two-day stay today at USF in Tampa, Fla. On Saturday, the Bulls introduced Willie Taggart, formerly of Western Kentucky, as the program’s new coach, replacing the fired Skip Holtz after a 3-9 season.

“It was a sight to see,” said Saffold, who visited USF with linebacker and junior-college teammate Rahmon Swain. “This is my first time down here to Florida, and it showed me there’s a lot of good things outside the state of Kansas.”

Saffold, from Kansas City, Kan., said he and the other visiting prospects met Taggart shortly after his introductory press conference. They visited Saturday over lunch and dinner.

“I learned he’s very competitive,” Saffold said. “He wants to win.”

Saffold also spent time with USF defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, the father of Billy Cosh, who played quarterback at Butler this year and helped lead the Grizzlies to a No. 2 finish in the final NJCAA poll. Saffold said he did not receive an indication of whether Cosh would remain at the school. He is the lone USF assistant, according to the Tampa Tribune, with a contract for 2013.

“It matters to me,” Saffold said, “but I can’t control that.”

He said he would like to get to know Taggart more. They’ll have to work fast, with the mid-year junior college signing period to begin Dec. 19. USF coaches made no mention, Saffold said, of a home visit to see the cornerback in Kansas.

Saffold said he plans to visit Boise State next weekend. The Broncos have not offered a scholarship. “They want to get me down there first to see if I like it,” he added.

He has also received scholarship offers from Colorado State and Northern Iowa. Saffold said he probably would not make a midweek visit, as tentatively planned, to CSU and that his decision would likely come down to South Florida and Boise State.