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South Florida Hosted Recruits on Yacht, Took Them to Hulk Hogan's Restaurant

Taggart and his staff certainly know how to make a lasting impression.
Taggart and his staff certainly know how to make a lasting impression.Chris O'Meara/Associated Press
Sebastian LenaAnalyst IJanuary 21, 2014

The South Florida Bulls may be slacking on the football field, but nobody can say that the program doesn’t know how to recruit.

Over the weekend, the team hosted 20 recruits in style. The highlights included a visit to Busch Gardens, dinner at WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan’s world famous restaurant Hogan’s Beach and a ride on a three-story yacht, via 247Sports’ Josh Newberg.

The trip has already paid dividends for the team, as one of the weekend’s attendees—3-star offensive tackle Zach Hudson—has officially flipped his commitment from Missouri to South Florida, per his official Twitter page

The jury is still out on whether the trip will be enough to persuade other recruits to commit. But there’s no doubt that the visit was a memorable one.

Aside from Hudson, composite 4-star wide receiver JoJo Robinson also made the trip to Tampa over the weekend.

“We had a boat provided for us and we just road around and ate,” Robinson said, via Newberg's report. “The boat had three floors and we sat on top and rode around looking at all the big houses. On the second floor they had music and on the first floor was a big buffet of food.”

Although Robinson committed to Florida State back in 2012, the Bulls hope they can get the Miami, Fla., native to flip. It certainly helps that South Florida commit Quinton Flowers is a close friend and freshman running back Darius Tice is his cousin.

And if the Bulls can land Robinson, as well as other targeted commits, don’t be surprised if head coach Willie Taggart breaks into another song and dance.


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