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Ex-Gator WR appears headed to USF

Chris Dunkley

Nearly a month after deciding to transfer from Florida, Chris Dunkley appears to have found a new football home.

And, as it turns out, it’s the same school he was reportedly doing a heavy lean toward late last month.

Speaking to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times, Dunkley’s former high school coach intimated that it was all but a done deal that the wide receiver would be headed to USF and play for the Bulls.

“Honestly, I¬†believe it’s going to happen with USF,” Pahokee High School coach Blaze Thompson told Auman.

In addition to USF, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Marshall have expressed interest in a player rated as the No. 9 receiver in the country for the 2010 recruiting class.

If Dunkley does ultimately land at USF, he could see a familiar face come summer camp.  Auman also reports that running back Mike Blakely, who announced Tuesday that he was transferring from Florida, has an interest in USF and the school has been granted permission to speak to the player.

Blakely’s release from his UF scholarship stipulated that he could transfer to any school except one in the SEC, Florida State and Miami.

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11 Responses to “Ex-Gator WR appears headed to USF”
  1. gamecockinfl says: May 11, 2011 2:39 PM

    Probably had to promise he would start, drive the bus and be the coach in waiting.

  2. florida727 says: May 11, 2011 3:31 PM

    At UF he had a chance to become very well known, possibly leading to a pro career. At USF, he’ll go largely unnoticed because they play in a conference that arguably doesn’t even deserve a spot in a BCS bowl most seasons.

    I think the biggest problem for these kids is that they’re stars in high school and everyone tells them how great they are. Then they get to a place like UF and realize EVERYONE THERE is an All-State or All-American caliber player.

    Reminds me of the story about a running back from, I think, Virginia who was at UF for football but was also VA’s 100-meter track champion. Came to UF thinking he was all that… until he finished FIFTH in the UF 40-meter timings.

    Reality can be tough sometimes.

  3. gatorprof says: May 11, 2011 3:32 PM

    Great hope that he does well. Nice pick up for USF. Hopefully his hammy has healed and that we enable to him to attend class on a semi-regular basis.

  4. erockfox says: May 11, 2011 3:59 PM

    @florida727 WOW, just WOW.

    Take off the blue or orange glasses.

    Name me a wide receiver not-named Percy Harvin who came out of Florida and had a successful career in the NFL?

    Also, I didn’t realize NFL draft picks only came out UF and the SEC.

  5. scubagolfjim says: May 11, 2011 7:37 PM

    Okay, I know what USF is… but why are some “writers” so effing dense as to Never divulge what the he(( they’re talking about? LEARN how to actually INFORM the reader that USF is the University of South Florida in Tampa. Or it may be The University of San Francisco… the University of Sioux Falls…

    Is it REALLY that hard to type it out just ONCE? What, are you paid more for less words or for just leaving out accurate information?

  6. rodeoclown52 says: May 12, 2011 8:32 AM

    QUESTION: when an athlete transfers FM one school to another, as this case illustrates, can the athlete’s scholarship be awarded to another athlete or does the college lose the scholarship?

    If an athlete signs a 4 year scholarship, then leaves for the pros at the end of his junior year, can the university utilize the balance(1 year) of the athlete’s scholarship.

    Please advise

  7. overratedgators says: May 12, 2011 9:10 AM


    Great question. The rules differ by conference. In this case, we’re talking about an SEC school, so that means this single scholarship may now be awarded to at least four new players.

  8. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: May 12, 2011 10:21 AM

    scubagolfjim– wooooooww


    lol who on here didn’t know it was south florida he was talking about?

    why would a gator transfer to san francisco where there’s no footbll team

  9. bassmaster357 says: May 12, 2011 3:14 PM

    Until he was injured, Rickey Nattiel Denver Broncos super bowl runner ups his rookie year.

  10. grudenthediva says: May 12, 2011 4:59 PM

    Darrell Jackson had a solid career.

    Now name me one USF receiver that isn’t flipping burgers with Matt Grothe at Hardee’s.

  11. waynefontes says: May 13, 2011 11:49 AM

    Didn’t Collinsworth go to Florida?

    Best of luck to him. South Florida is like one of those startup stocks. You should invest now, because the future looks very bright. The southeast has an abunance of talent, so USF will be the real deal sooner rather than later.

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