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TAMPA – When Quinton Flowers was recruited to the University of South Florida as a quarterback, there were many who doubted this one time Miami Jackson standout.

Over the past two years, as Flowers continued to re-write records and lead this program to bowl games and huge wins, those same voices are no longer being heard.

Over the years USF’s attempt to get athletes from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties never really caught on. It wasn’t the fault of any of the coaches, it just was a tough sell.

Having a Flowers certainly helped, but there had to be more of a reason to come to play for this program – and while Willie Taggart set the tone with a number area prospects – it was Charlie Strong who came in and infused the team with athletes he was familiar with. Remember, he was the one who came in hard while at Florida – and then turned up the volume when he landed at Louisville and had 37 Florida players on the roster.

“There is a lot to be excited about ,” Flowers said as he spent some time at the high school Sling & Shoot event at the school. “There are a lot of very good football players coming back, so we all feel real good.”

As this program begins the 2017 season as one of the teams to keep an eye on – with Strong a new coaching staff – there is reason to believe that the Bulls are starting to turn the corner.

As Flowers will be a centerpiece from the South Florida, defensive back Deatrick Nichols from Miami Central, is also a talent that has received plenty of attention, being regarded as one of the best in the country.

With former Miramar head coach Damon Cogdell

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