First-year head coach Willie Taggert is looking to get South Florida back on track after the stunningly disappointing Skip Holtz era, when the Bulls went 5-16 against Big East opponents and lost much of the program momentum created last decade. A solid first step for the former Western Kentucky coach would be to bring in a quality quarterback that he can trust.
Holdovers from previous regimes include current starter Matt Floyd, a redshirt sophomore who emerged from a four-man race for the position. He edged senior Bobby Eveld, Penn State transfer Steven Bench and freshman Michael White, a 3-star 2013 recruit from Fort Lauderdale.
When you have four guys competing for the No. 1 spot, it's not just a sign of a new coach holding players accountable. It's clear USF could use an infusion of talent at the position.
Recent Bulls quarterbacks Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels ranked among the most exciting players in the now-defunct Big East Conference. This current crop of USF passers doesn't include anyone of the same pedigree, so Taggert and his staff must hit the recruiting trail hard.
The team is in hot pursuit of 3-star Miami Jackson quarterback Quinton Flowers, who is listed as the country's seventh-best dual-threat prospect in 247Sports composite rankings. 247Sports considers USF among the favorites for Flowers' services, along with Marshall, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia.
If Taggert can land a commitment here, it sends a twofold message. He is capable of acquiring top-tier quarterback recruits and can keep talent in the Sunshine State.