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South Florida recruiting analysis

Analyzing the 2010 Big East signing classes ...

South Florida

View class here.

Signees: 19

Heavy on: Offensive line (four).

Geographic trend: As usual for the Bulls, the class is full of Floridians -- 13, to be exact

Headliners: DT Todd Chandler (ESPN 150), CB Terrence Mitchell (ESPNU 150)

Sleeper: Offensive tackle Quinterrius Eatmon is massive (6-foot-5, 320 pounds), and the Alabama product could be a load on the line if he can improve his quickness and footwork.

Best potential for immediate impact: Look for Mitchell to see the field right away, while Jamius Gunsby could be the backup quarterback off the bat.

Needs met: The Bulls filled needs at running back and on the defensive line. New coach Skip Holtz said he wanted big bodies on the O-line, and guys like Eatmon and Jake Kaufman (6-8, 320) fill that desire.

Analysis: Holtz may have had the most difficult assignment of any Big East coach on the recruiting trail. He wasn't hired until mid-January and had to hold together a class in the midst of controversy over Jim Leavitt's firing. His biggest accomplishments were holding on to Chandler as other schools made late runs, and switching Mitchell from Florida State to the Bulls. He kept most of the previous commitments together in what was a rather small class to begin with.

What Holtz said: "What made this one so hard was that it was 'Fire, ready, aim.' We didn't have a lot of opportunities to really sit down and decide where we wanted to target our aim. We had to really hit the ground with our feet running. ... You get two weeks, so you really get two contacts. Some of these young men have been recruited for a year and a half through camp, evaluation, one contact for the recruiting process. What we said is, 'We are going to make them all say no. They are not going to eat us. The worst thing they can say is that they aren't interested. ... We just said that we were going to knock on every door, and at least have them hear what we have to say."

Scouts Inc. grade: C-plus