Thursday, May 12, 2011

Gunsby leaves USF; the QB was offered after Brion Carnes went elsewhere

Jamius Gunsby, the quarterback who got the scholarship that became available when former Manatee High standout Brion Carnes would not commit to USF, has left the Bulls.

The 6-4, 232 pound freshman has transferred to Georgia Military College in his home state after sitting out spring drills at USF to concentrate on academics.

Carnes was the earliest verbal commit to the Bulls in the class of 2010. However, after former head coach Jim Leavitt was fired, he wavered on that commitment. When Skip Holtz took over the football program he gave Carnes an ultimatum about committing and eventually withdrew the scholarship.

It created a rift between Holtz and Manatee head coach Joe Kinnan, which has now been mended according to Kinnan.

In fact, the Bulls are actively pursuing the ‘Canes Mike Blakely, who left Florida this week and Kinnan said USF is in the running just like every other college program. Carnes is now at Nebraska where he is happy and fighting for the backup job at quarterback.

A native of LaGrange, Ga., Gunsby was a redshirt last season. He fell deeper down the depth chart this spring because he didn’t participate and the emergence of former walk-on Bobby Eveld, who is the backup to starter B.J. Daniels and now on scholarship.

Early enrollee Matt Floyd, third on the depth chart, also looked impressive this spring furthering speculation that Gunsby chances of getting significant playing time were dwindling

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