NCF On The Trail: Asiantii Woulard

Bruins strike again, land top QB Woulard 

February, 6, 2013
After committing to South Florida and decommitting from South Florida, then recommitting to South Florida before again decommitting from South Florida, ESPN 150 quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) went a different route on Wednesday, as he announced that he will sign with the UCLA Bruins.

Woulard’s second decommitment from South Florida came on the heels of Skip Holtz’ firing in early December. Kentucky and Clemson received January visits, and it appeared that the nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback would remain on the East Coast. But an official visit to UCLA was quickly scheduled for Jan. 25, and following the trip, the Bruins jumped into the lead.

It was fortuitous for the Bruins that Woulard was still available at that time, as UCLA made late runs at local quarterbacks Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) and Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral), but they were solidly committed to Washington and LSU, respectively.

It looked as if UCLA would finish the 2013 class without a quarterback. But instead, continuing the tremendous run of recruiting success over these final few months, the Bruins will add the nation’s No. 143 player.

What is the impact of Woulard's decision?

NSD TV announcement schedule

January, 31, 2013
National signing day is just around the corner on Feb. 6. That day, a number of the nation’s top football recruits will announce their college destinations and 18 ESPN 300 prospects are scheduled to do so on ESPNU.

Below is the full schedule of announcements on ESPNU, which kicks off with the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, making his long-awaited decision at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Note: All times are Eastern

Kemp recaps 'crazy' recruitment 

January, 27, 2013
Four-star running back Jojo Kemp (Deland, Fla./Deland) went back to where it all started this weekend. Kemp committed to South Florida in the spring but backed away from that commitment during the fall. Now the 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back was back on campus meeting a new staff.

Kemp decided to take the visit to South Florida because he felt like the school he was once committed to deserved another look

“I wanted South Florida to be my final visit,” Kemp said. “I wanted to meet the new staff and see what they were about. Now I can go home and shut this down. Everything just keeps getting crazier.

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Clemson flips ESPN 300 WR's commitment 

January, 20, 2013
ESPN 300 wide receiver Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) was committed to NC State heading into his visit this weekend at Clemson.

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Kentucky hosting large Florida contingent 

January, 11, 2013
Several Sunshine State prospects will be visiting Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats this weekend.

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SAN ANTONIO -- In recruiting, players can hate the process one day, love it the next.

ESPN 300 defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) has seen both sides, but is looking to make the process a past discussion.

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Damon Sayles/ESPNESPN 300 DE Joe Mathis is expected to commit on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Mathis is one of seven players expected to announce where they’ll play college football during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. While many feel he’s leaning toward one school, Mathis said he’s eyed four schools fairly evenly.

“Truthfully, I really like Alabama, USC, UCLA and Washington,” Mathis said. “They’re like all even. Everybody thinks Washington is in front, but I really like them all.”

Mathis said many feel he’s a Washington lean because of his recent official visit to Seattle and the campus. He left the trip wearing a Washington beanie, but not because of what some fans believe.

“I took an official up there, and I left my hat because it’s cold up north, so I got a nice beanie,” Mathis said. “Since then, people think I’m Washington.”

Mathis, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound end, has an idea of which school he wants to choose, but he said he will take his decision all the way to the morning of the game -- possibly even through his scheduled time to announce.

“It’s going to be a hard decision,” he said. “I mean, it’s the next four years of my life.”

Mathis said he is being recruited by offensive line coach James Cregg (USC), secondary coach Demetrice Martin (UCLA), defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi (Washington) and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (Alabama).

Newsmaker: ESPN 150 wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and ESPN 150 quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) arrived in San Antonio around lunchtime on Thursday. However, neither player will play in the game per bowl officials.

North (6-3, 210) is the No. 12 receiver and No. 133 player overall. There have been whispers that he could announce at the game. He has taken official visits to Florida (Oct. 5) and Tennessee (Oct. 19). North also has offers from Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and others.

There have also been whispers that Woulard (6-3, 205), the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country, could also announce. Woulard took an official visit to NC State on Nov. 9. In addition to the Wolfpack, he also has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Pitt, South Florida, Syracuse, among others.

Notable: Alabama commitment Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) didn’t think he would make the trip to San Antonio because of a pre-existing knee injury. However, he decided to fly in Thursday and will be at Saturday’ game but will not play. … After a shortened afternoon practice for the West, ESPN 150 quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and three-star wide receiver Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian) were spotted getting some extra work in by running routes. Browne, a December high school graduate, has signed his scholarship papers to USC, while Robinson, the son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, is committed to Notre Dame. … Top-rated offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) didn’t participate in much of practice because of illness. Tunsil, who suits up for the East, is expected to be ready for the game.

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SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

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QB Michael White picks USF 

December, 8, 2012
New South Florida head coach Willie Taggert landed a commitment Saturday from senior quarterback Michael White (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School), multiple sources report.

White, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound pocket-passer, also received scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky, Florida A&M, Marshall and Western Illinois. Programs such as Oklahoma State showed interest.

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Top dual-threat QB takes note of Jones 

December, 7, 2012
Asiantii Woulard could soon be on Tennessee's recruiting radar -- if he isn't already.

"I wanna see what Coach Jones does with #Tennessee, great program!" the nation's top dual-threat quarterback tweeted shortly after the Vols hired Butch Jones from Cincinnati on Friday.

Woulard committed to South Florida in February, but he backed off of his commitment in April before recommitting to the program in June. He then decommitted this month. He was also considering Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Purdue and Ole Miss.

Jones had been recruiting Woulard to Cincinnati. The Vols have one quarterback committed for the 2012 class: Riley Ferguson (Matthews, N.C./Butler). He is considered a pocket passer.

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Four-star running back Jojo Kemp (Deland, Fla./Deland) committed to South Florida during the program's "Super Bull" showcase Saturday evening.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior said South Florida had been his top school and he made the decision after working out with South Florida running back coach Larry Scott during the event.

"I really liked the entire coaching staff here, coach Scott, coach [Skip] Holtz, coach [Peter] Vaas and coach [Todd] Fitch are all just great guys," said Kemp. "This is a great program and they have a need at my position so there's an opportunity to come in and get some playing time as a freshman."

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Notes from South Florida Camp, 7-on-7 

June, 18, 2012
The University of South Florida held the first session of their Sling & Shoot 7-on-7 tournament over the weekend and a one-day prospect camp today. The Bulls coaching staff will be involved with the program's padded-team camp this week leading into their SuperBull Showcase on Saturday.

" Tampa (Fla.) Plant, Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar, Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte and Seffner (Fla.) Armwood were the final four teams in the Sling & Shoot. Plant defeated Dunbar in the finals behind a strong effort from quarterback Aaron Banks and wide receiver Tristan Cooper. Cooper's offers include Iowa State, Arkansas State, East Carolina and Florida Atlantic.

" Dunbar wide receiver Johnell Barnes was electric in the semifinals and championship game and nearly unstoppable in one-on-one coverage. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound junior committed to Duke earlier in the week and visited with the South Florida coaches for a few minutes after the game.

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ESPN 300 quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) committed to South Florida for the second time, choosing the Bulls over offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Purdue and Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior made his announcement on local radio in Tampa.

Earlier in the month Woulard said he would take trips to Florida and Maryland this month but canceled his trip to Florida and most likely will not take a visit to College Park either.

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Woulard backs off USF commitment 

April, 4, 2012
Winter Park (Fla.) quarterback Asiantii Woulard has backed off of his commitment to South Florida.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior announced his decision last night and later said he is still interested in the Bulls.

"I'm definitely still interested in South Florida and I still like the program and the coaching staff," Woulard said. "Right now I don't have any top schools so I'm going to look at everyone and make sure I have the best fit."

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South Florida lands QB 

February, 21, 2012
Junior signal-caller Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla.) committed to sign with South Florida on Tuesday, according to multiple sources.

He posted on Twitter, "Just committed to the University of South Florida! I'm officially a bull. #gobulls... Can't wait to play college ball in the green & gold!"

Woulard, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect, also had scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Central Florida and Florida A&M. Other programs including South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington State, Memphis and Temple were showing interest.

The Big East Bulls now have three Class of 2013 commitments. Immokalee (Fla.) High School teammates wide receiver Xavier Richardson and athlete Tshumbi Johnson are also on board.

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