TAMPA, Fla. -- Defensive tackle Bruce Hector (Tampa, Fla./Robinson) has been impressed by South Florida's recruiting focus this season. The Bulls staff, often criticized for not focusing more on Tampa-area prospects, has six verbals from the area in the class of 2013.
South Florida's local focus has centered around the trenches. Five of the six Tampa commitments will be playing on the offensive or defensive line and the sixth, Tampa Plant's Mitchell Wright, will be an outside linebacker and pass-rushing specialist.
Even though the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Hector currently competes against several the Bulls' recruits, he is excited to join forces with them in 2013.
"I think it's important to have chemistry on the team and especially along the lines because we have to rely on each other to be successful," Hector said. "Even though those guys at Jesuit are currently my rivals they are great football players and guys that will come in and work hard."
South Florida has verbal commitments from three players at Jesuit -- all three-star prospects -- offensive linemen Robert Garcia and Cameron Ruff and defensive end Brad Smith. Hector's current teammate at Robinson, offensive lineman Connor Rafferty, will be following him to South Florida as well.
Aside from their recent history as bitter district rivals, Robinson and Jesuit both are known for a physical, in-your-face style of football that should help South Florida in the future.
"The coaches at South Florida want to be tougher and they want to be more physical," Hector said. "That's something we take pride in at Robinson. The coaches here are always telling us that we have to be tougher because we're not always going to be more talented.
"And Jesuit is definitely a tough team. I know that first hand as do my teammates here. It's something that we all want to bring with us to the next level."
Hector says he is firmly committed to South Florida and will attend most of the Bulls' home games this season.
Young twins may turn heads
Hector will also be a good mentor for two of Robinson's younger defensive linemen Deandre Moore and Demontre Moore. The twin sophomore brothers are both over 6-2 and 250 pounds and will have plenty of opportunities to earn playing time this season.
"We've got a lot of experience on our defensive line," said Robinson head coach Mike DePue. "And it's going to be up to Deandre and Demontre to listen to the seniors and follow their example.
"If they can both do that they will have a chance to be very good football players."
Both twins played several snaps in Robinson's kickoff classic against Clearwater (Fla.) and will be used as top reserves this season.