South Florida football has been working hard to rebuild its roster this offseason after losing notable players from the transfer portal.
Amid new coaching hires, sophomore running back Brian Battie said he will enter the NCAA transfer portal on Jan. 6. Even though the Bulls are losing one of their star players, a handful of promising prospects have also committed to USF.
Here’s how South Florida’s new roster is shaping up as they prepare for the 2023 spring game.
Battie enters the transfer portal
News of the Bulls running back’s departure came as a surprise as Battie said he had no intention of leaving after the heartbreaking loss to UCF in November.
“I like to finish where I started,” Battie said at the post-match press conference.
When the news broke on Twitter, fans were shocked. Battie was a huge asset to the Bulls in the 2022 season. The running back ranked second in the AAC in rushing with 98.8 yards per game. He finished with 1,186 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, and led USF to the sixth-best rushing season in college history.
He now joins the list of notable South Florida football players who entered the transfer portal. Second-year wide receiver Jimmy Horn Jr. joined Colorado, grad student Antonio Grier Jr. now plays for Arkansas, senior running back Jared Mangham is at Michigan State, and junior kicker Spencer Shrader committed to Notre Dame.
Without Battie, USF still has second-year running backs K’Wan Powell and seniors Michel Dukes and Kelley Joiner Jr. back.
South Florida also recently welcomed freshman Jaylen Johnson, who finished her high school season with 1,335 yards, 21 touchdowns and 199 carries.
Clerk of IMG Academy Jarvis Lee
Incoming rookie Jarvis Lee will be USF’s newest cornerback. The three-star IMG Academy rookie was ranked 89th cornerback in the nation and 117th prospect in the nation by 247Sports.
Lee helped IMG Academy go 8-1 in his senior year after previously posting 79 tackles and seven interceptions at Clay High School. He will be the second player directly from IMG Academy on the current roster, following junior defensive back Jayden Curry.
The only USF-educated defensive back was Joshua Green, making him the only replacement needed after senior Daquan Evans pulled out of the transfer gate. Lee’s versatility and speed will greatly help the Bulls depending on how he adapts to college play.
Transfer from University of Florida Lloyd Summerall
Second-year Redshirt defensive end Lloyd Summerall will be the newest addition to the USF defense. He mostly saw action on special teams for the Gators and played in 11 games last season.
Before appearing in his 28 career games, he helped lead Lakeland to a Class 7A state title. Summerall had 117 tackles and 14.5 sacks during his high school career.
Recruiting Insider for 247Sports Luke Stampini wrote about his NFL draft potential when he scouted him in 2018.
“A considerable experience as a traditional, hand-in-the-dirt player who could become a three-way lineman before the end of his college career,” Stampini said. “NFL draft pick mid-round with early-round advantage.”
Coastal Carolina transfer Bryce Archie
Former Coastal Carolina freshman quarterback Bryce Archie will come to South Florida with three years of eligibility.
He most recently played in the Birmingham Bowl when he came on after Chanticleers redshirt senior quarterbacks Grayson McCall and Jarrett Guest were injured.
The Georgia native was the No. 58 overall prospect in Georgia State by Rivals. Archie is also a multi-sport athlete and intended to pitch for the Chanticleers baseball team.
Coach Alex Golesh said at a Dec. 22 press conference that junior quarterback Gerry Bohanon will miss the spring due to drug addiction. Archie will join freshman Byrum Brown, sophomore Jordan Smith and redshirt freshman Gunnar Smith to add depth to the quarterback room.