Freshman ends Ryne Giddins and Julius Forte, and freshman runningback Bradley Battles have been cleared to play this season by the NCAA, USF coach Jim Leavitt said on Thursday.

It was uncertain whether or not each would be eligible to play this year because of academics. 

Giddins, a stud recruit from Armwood, is expected to compete for playing time at end, as is Forte.

Freshman tight end Isaac Virgin was cleared earlier this week.

-Phil Neary