- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Tampa (Fla.) Robinson defensive lineman Bruce Hector committed to South Florida on Monday, the Bulls' fourth commitment since Saturday and eighth overall. Over the weekend South Florida received commitments from four-star running back Jojo Kemp (Deland, Fla./Deland) and cornerbacks Darius Whitty (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) and Johnny Ward (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County).
Hector's name surfaced as someone that was rising up South Florida's board in the last few weeks and after a strong performance at Super Bull, the 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior received an offer.
"I really liked working with the coaches at the camp," Hector said. "I felt like I learned a lot from coach [Kevin] Patrick and coach [Vernon] Hargreaves in just a short period of time so I know I could learn much more from them."
Hector returned to the campus Monday and spoke with former Robinson teammate and current Bulls wide receiver Ruben Gonzalez before making his commitment in a meeting with head coach Skip Holtz.
"I talked to Ruben for a few minutes and told him what I was thinking," Hector said. "And when I told Coach Holtz he wanted to make sure I was ready to make this decision, and when I told him I was ready and why I wanted to do it, he was very excited.
"USF really liked me as a player and a person, they talked about the academics and they like the fact that I'm a good student. It was an easy choice to make because there are few things more exciting than playing in your hometown in front of your family and friends."
Hector hopes more Tampa prospects feel like him, and he says he's ready to help South Florida secure more local prospects in this class.
"I feel like if we banded together and went to USF we could help push the program up the ladder in college football," Hector said. "Hopefully some of the guys will want to stay home."