USF recruits react to Holtz firing

South Florida’s firing of Skip Holtz was met with decommitments and mixed emotions from recruits who liked the head coach but understood the decision and are now worried about the fate of the staff that remains.

ESPN 150 quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) and three-star athlete Jeff Badet (Orlando, Fla./Freedom) made their intentions to decommit known on Twitter. Both players also said that South Florida will remain under consideration.

Badet, who will take an official visit to Louisville in December, did not say much more.

“I really don’t want to talk much about recruiting right now,” Badet said while at the Central Florida All-Star Game barbecue. “I’m just going to keep my options open and take some visits.”

Three-star linebacker Mitchell Wright (Tampa, Fla./Plant) was a teammate of Holtz’s son, Trey, at Plant. He said he was sad to see the coach go.

“I think Skip Holtz is a great coach and a better person,” Wright explained. “USF wasn’t losing because Skip Holtz is a bad coach. Things just couldn’t seem to come together for several reasons. There were so many close losses.”

Wright, who attended several South Florida games this season, said he was frustrated to hear a mostly empty Raymond James Stadium as the season came to a close.

“It was tough to watch because I know a lot of the players and the staff, and they really worked hard to try and turn things around,” Wright added. “At the end hearing the fans booing and showing their displeasure, it was difficult for anyone that cares about the program.”

Wright says he will remain a solid commitment.

Three-star wide receiver Zach Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) says he’s also staying with his commitment and mentioned a name he might like to see replace Holtz.

“I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Willie Taggart, and he’s a nice guy who’s from the area,” Benjamin said. “I wouldn’t mind seeing him coach here.”