Andrew Kilfoyl commits to USF

Andrew Kilfoyl’s siblings are all college athletes. 

His older brother, Darin, is a pitcher at North Florida. His older sister, Alexis, who led Academy at the Lakes to two state softball titles, is a starting pitcher at Alabama. 

Next year, Andrew will join them at the college level.

Only he will do it on the gridiron, not on the diamond. 

On Wednesday, Andrew took the next step by deciding where to go. The Gaither offensive lineman decided to stay at home by committing to USF. 

The 6-foot-5, 290 pound senior picked the Bulls over offers from 15 other schools, including Air Force, Southern Mississippi and Western Kentucky. 

“I decided on USF because of the coaching staff and how they really make you feel like part of the family there,” Andrew said. 

Andrew becomes the third area player from the 2021 class to pledge to the Bulls, joining Carrollwood Day defensive lineman Desmond Mamudi and Clearwater Academy receiver Nickolas Tshivaudi. 

In his first two years of high school, Andrew played eight-man football at Academy at the Lakes, helping the program win consecutive state titles. He transferred to Gaither last year and made the adjustment to 11-man. 

“It wasn’t too bad,”Andrew said of the 11-man transition. “The fundamentals are the same. I just had to learn all the plays. But the competition was a lot harder. The guys are more athletic and stronger.”

He did well, helping the Cowboys reach the state semifinals. That got the attention of colleges, which led to offers. 

Not to mention the opportunity to join his siblings at the next level.