"I have a good relationship with the coaches," said Akol, who also strongly considered West Virginia. "USF's coaches recruited me so much. I really liked the environment there."
Akol, rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com, said he will take the required college entrance exams in June.
In football news, Chase Griffiths, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker who helped Tallahassee North Florida Christian School to the state championship game as a junior, made an oral commitment to USF on Tuesday, its second for the 2009 class.
NEW TEAM FOR PERRILLOUX: Quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, kicked off LSU's team, signed with Jacksonville State. The junior can play immediately because the Birmingham, Ala.school is not in Division I-A.