South Florida football has been hard at work rebuilding its roster this offseason after losing notable players on the transfer portal.
Amid new coaching hires, second-year running back Brian Battie said he will enter the NCAA transfer portal on Jan. 6.
See how South Florida’s new roster is gearing up for the Spring 2023 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 their heartbreaking loss to UCF in November.
“I like to finish where I started,” Battie said at the post-game press conference.
When the news broke on Twitter, fans were shocked. Battie was a huge asset for 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 have entered the transfer portal. Sophomore wide receiver Jimmy Horn Jr. joined Colorado graduate student Antonio Grier Jr.
Without Battie, USF still has second-year running backs K’Wan Powell and seniors Michel Dukes and Kelley Joiner Jr.
South Florida also recently welcomed rookie Jaylen Johnson, who finished her school season with 1,335 yards, 21 touchdowns and 199 rushing.
IMG Academy Clerk Jarvis Lee
Rookie Jarvis Lee will be USF’s newest cornerback. The three-star IMG Academy rookie was ranked the 89th cornerback in the country and the 117th prospect in the country by 247Sports.
Lee helped IMG Academy go 8-1 his senior year after posting 79 tackles and seven interceptions at Clay High School. He will be the second player directly from the IMG Academy on the current roster, following junior defenseman Jayden Curry.
The only USF-bred defender was Joshua Green, making him the only replacement needed after senior Daquan Evans came out of the transfer gate. Lee’s versatility and speed will help the Bulls a lot depending on how he adapts to the college game.
Transfer from the University of Florida Lloyd Summerall
Redshirt sophomore defensive end Lloyd Summerall will be the newest addition to the USF defense. He was mostly 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.
“Considerable experience as a traditional player who can become a three-way forward before the end of his college career,” said Stampini. “Mid-round NFL draft pick with early-round advantage.”
Transfer from Coastal Carolina Bryce Archie
Former Coastal Carolina rookie halfback 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 senior quarterbacks Grayson McCall and Jarrett Guest were injured.
The Georgia native was the #58 overall prospect in the state of Georgia by the Rivals. Archie is also a multisport athlete and intends to pitch for the Chanticleers baseball team.
Head coach Alex Golesh said at a December 22 news conference that junior quarterback Gerry Bohanon will miss the spring due to drug addiction. Archie will be joined by freshman Byrum Brown, sophomore Jordan Smith and redshirt freshman Gunnar Smith to add depth to the quarterback room.