The transfer of former Florida receiver Chris Dunkley to USF became official Tuesday.
Dunkley, who was a 5-star recruit out of Pahokee High, began summer classes Monday at USF but did so voluntarily as his final paperwork cleared through admissions. He officially enrolled Tuesday. Dunkley, who redshirted his only season in Gainesville, must sit out the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The Bulls also are in the mix for former Manatee High running back Mike Blakely, who is in the process of transferring from Florida. Blakely met with Bulls coaches Monday and will make an official visit to USF this weekend, according to Manatee coach Joe Kinnan.
Blakely, one of the nation's top recruits in the Class of 2011, graduated high school in December and was an early enrollee at Florida, but spent just one semester in Gainesville. Kinnan said Blakely plans to take a few official visits before making a decision, but added the player also plans to enroll at his new school this summer.
In other football recruiting news, USF picked up its fifth commitment for the 2012 football class, getting a verbal pledge from Stephenson (Ga.) High TE Josh Parris, who chose the Bulls over Virginia Tech, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Mississippi and Syracuse, among others. Not long after making his commitment public, Parris (6-3, 230) received offers from Louisville and Boston College, but wasn't swayed.
"I'm staying with the Bulls no matter what," he said.