"I have to give coach Woodie a lot of credit," she said. "His first comment was that he wanted someone who was of academic and strong character - and football was not the priority. That's a man who I can trust Kendall with. He made us feel like he was becoming a part of our family also."
"We are so happy for him," Carolyn Gooden said."
Sawyer participated in Saturday Night Live in June and will be in Tampa Oct. 26 for the Louisville game.
"I'll be up there when they play Louisville. The Cardinals are recruiting me too, but I'm solid for USF."
Sawyer is the seventh defensive back to commit to USF, a position the Bulls recruited heavily last season. He plays wide receiver as well as cornerback.
He is the third prospect from the Southwest Florida area - which is recruited by linebackers coach Raymond Woodie