Rumor Mill: Top QB recruit Woulard will chose between USF, Tennessee

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Butch Jones during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Paul Brown Stadium. Oklahoma defeated Cincinnati 31-29. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

South Florida coach Skip Holtz was fired three years into his tenure with the Bulls. Thus he will never be able to coach Asiantii Woulard, the nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback.

But that does not mean his replacement, Willie Taggart, will have the opportunity to do so either.

Woulard withdrew his commitment after the firing of Holtz, meaning he can go anywhere he likes for school following his senior season.

The prep star was named the MVP of the Elite 11 camp over the summer, meaning he has proven his national rating against the very best the country has to offer.

Woulard’s skills have not escaped the eye of Butch Jones, the newly hired coach at Tennessee.

Apparently, Woulard had enjoyed Tennessee even before Jones was brought aboard, tweeting, “On my visit to Tennessee last year, loved it.”

Jones now heads up a program with all the alumni support in the world, some of the best training and workout facilities money can buy, and a fan base that packs 100,000-plus in its stadium on Saturdays even with a bad team.

More to the point, Jones runs the type of wide-open offense that would seemingly be a perfect fit for a young man that can gash defenses with both his arm and his legs.

Upon the hiring of Jones, Woulard again took to Twitter, “I wanna see what coach Jones does with Tennessee, great program.”

All that being said, Woulard does not even have a scholarship offer from Jones and Tennessee as of yet. As quickly as that may change, this fact means Taggart is not out of the running for a man who could immediately bring his new program credibility.

Taggart is obviously bright enough to understand such a fact, which is why one of the first things he did after accepting the head coaching position was to visit Woulard personally in the young man’s home.

“Coach Taggert just left my house, we had a great in home meeting. Really great guy,” Woulard tweeted.

Jones is going to have to start dealing with the cut-throat world of recruiting in the SEC. For now, however, it looks like one of his first battles for a prep star will come against a Big East bottom-feeder.

Stay tuned.

Source: ESPN

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