USF football coach Skip Holtz received verbal commitments Sunday from a pair of Georgia recruits he began pursuing heavily once taking over the Bulls: LaGrange (Ga.) quarterback Jamius Gunsby and Thomas County (Ga.) Central defensive back Reshard Cliett.
USF started recruiting the 6-foot-5, 229-pound Gunsby as an alternative to Bradenton Manatee quarterback Brion Carnes amid concerns that the first commitment in the 2010 class under ex-coach Jim Leavitt would sign with another program or might not qualify academically.
USF pulled its scholarship offer to Carnes on Friday. Carnes verbally committed to Western Kentucky on Sunday, according to the Bradenton Herald.
A two-year starter, Gunsby played in high school against USF defensive tackle Cory Grissom, who attended Troup County High in LaGrange.
Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, East Carolina and Troy also showed interest in Gunsby, according to LaGrange coach Steve Pardue.
As for Cliett, he is a 6-2, 191-pound safety who flew under the radar for much of his high school career due to injuries. Cliett made an official visit to USF over the weekend.