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Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl writes South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington has jumped out on tape during the postseason evaluation process.

"The first thing that pops out is his 'play speed.' Ellington is a quick starter who gets from zero to 60 mph in a hurry to stretch the field vertically, and he flashes an explosive burst out of his cuts while maintaining quality balance," Weidl writes, adding the receiver's frame is more similar to a running back's. Bruce is Andre Ellington's cousin.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Former Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett said that five-star DT Rashan Gary was offered "incentives" from unspecified teams during the recruiting process.

Hackett dropped this nugget--initially reported by SB Nation's Alejandro Zúñiga--during Michigan's NSD event on Wednesday. The former interim athletic director--UConn's Warde Manuel took over permanent duties in January--wouldn't elaborate as to which competing squads tossed incentives Gary's way, nor the exact nature of said incentives, merely saying that he was happy the consensus No. 1 recruit in this cycle chose a Michigan education. Clemson was the other team battling for the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder's heart come National Signing Day, but USC, Auburn and Ole Miss had also previously been in the picture. Whether there's anything substantive here remains to be seen.
Feb 6 - 2:17 PM

An NFL personnel executive told NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein that North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz is "way overrated," while another texted him to say that he wouldn't draft Wentz in the first round.

Zierlein relayed these exchanges on the The Pick Is In podcast. Recalled the analyst, "One said 'Boy, that North Dakota State kid is way overrated.' And the other one texted me and said 'After watching him for a full week [leading up to the Senior Bowl], there is no way I would draft Carson Wentz in the first round." The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder had been rising like a Phoenix on draft boards in the early part of the process, with large-scale gushing from the draft community around the Senior Bowl. "[Some teams] have a hard time with this freight train of enthusiasm surrounding an FCS prospect who still has a lot of work to do," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 6:48 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that four-star QB Woody Barrett and three-star JUCO transfer QB John Franklin III will be part of a "wide open" quarterback competition.

Said Malzahn, "There are a lot of good options, and competition brings out the best in everybody, so I think all those guys are ready to roll their sleeves up and get ready to work." Included in "all those guys" would be junior Jeremy Johnson and redshirt freshman Sean White. As for the new names, Barrett's a natural athlete who lacks throwing polish, while Franklin's been clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. Barrett's the more highly thought of prospect on the whole, but unlike Franklin (who will participate in spring practice), he won't be on campus until August. Still, Malzahn indicated that he'll have a shot at the starting job, too.
Source: al.com
Feb 5 - 3:58 PM

Memphis QB Paxton Lynch told 95.7 The Game's John Middlekauff that he will throw during the NFL combine.

We've already seen NDSU QB Carson Wentz in action at the Senior Bowl (he drew rave reviews for his practice week), but neither Cal QB Jared Goff nor Lynch have made any pre-draft appearances of that sort. Both will be unveiled when the combine rolls around at the end of February, as Goff's previously indicated that he'll participate in throwing drills as well. Goff and Wentz could fall in the Top-10 at the draft, but Lynch is a trickier matter. In his most recent mock draft, ESPN analyst Todd McShay wrote that the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Memphis product has "a lot of the tools you look for in future NFL starters," including prototypical size and athletic ability. McShay pegged him to the LA Rams at No. 15, but said that at this juncture, he's concerned about Lynch's "inconsistent decision-making and accuracy." A nice combine performance should help matters, but how much it might help is difficult to tell. Nobody's questioning his athletic ability.
Feb 5 - 2:08 PM

USC AD Pat Haden will resign effective June 30, 2016.

Haden won't be done with the Trojans completely, as he'll be helping to oversee the renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum through June 2017, but that role's a separate matter. He's been USC's athletic director since 2010. In late October, he announced that he would be stepping down from the CFP selection committee, perhaps the first step in his eventual exit plan. As for who will replace Haden, the university will hire a search firm to find the right person.
Feb 5 - 1:55 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Cal will hire former Texas A&M OC Jake Spavital.

Cal's looking to replace Tony Franklin, who (in something of a surprise move) took the OC gig at Middle Tennessee earlier this month. As for Spavital, the three-year Aggies coordinator exited stage left in early January, after A&M and the 30-year-old "mutually decided to part ways." The Aggies struggled/fell apart at times last season, but we'll withhold judgment on the hire for the time being. He's entering an uncertain offensive situation, with Jared Goff heading to the NFL. As Feldman notes, the Golden Bears also have to replace their six leading receivers.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 5 - 1:01 PM

Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi indicated that he believes that junior RB James Conner (Hodgkin lymphoma) will be able to play in 2016.

Said Narduzzi, "I saw [Conner] yesterday in the hallway and he's been working out with our kids to keep his sanity and he's having fun doing it." He added that the 6-foot-2, 250-pound junior is "doing well and looks well." Conner's 2015 was about as rough as they come, as he suffered a torn MCL in September and it subsequently became public knowledge in December that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Expect more updates on his health and potential to play during the coming season as we hit spring practice.
Feb 5 - 12:36 PM

Gridiron Now's Mike Huguenin reports that Florida sophomore QB Treon Harris will transition to wide receiver this spring.

Harris' passing issues have been persistent and apparent, as the Gator offense fell into a deep, dark hole after Will Grier was suspended mid-season. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Harris finished the season with 1,676 passing yards (50.6% completions) and a 9/6 TD/INT ratio across 11 contests (nine starts). With his transition to wideout and Grier's decision to transfer, the battle to start at quarterback for the Gators figures to boil down to a competition between sophomore QB Luke Del Rio, Purdue graduate transfer QB Austin Appleby and recent recruiting addition of four-star QB Feleipe Franks, who ranks as Rivals' 57th overall recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Feb 5 - 12:23 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell said that Tennessee five-star DE Jonathan Kongbo is "just scratching the surface of his potential."

It was unknown as of the early hours of National Signing Day whether Kongbo would side with Tennessee or Ole Miss, as his father reportedly wanted him to attend Ole Miss. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder got his wish, though, and will suit for the Vols next season. And boy, what a prospect they might have on their hands. Farrell noted that "JUCO freak defensive end" Kongbo's been playing football for just two seasons. He's "much more raw than [No. 1 overall Rashan Gary]," Farrell cautions, "but Kongbo’s ceiling could be higher." Don't forget the name.
Source: rivals.com
Feb 4 - 10:53 PM

Oregon State freshman QB Seth Collins transferred to Northern Illinois.

Collins' intentions to transfer became public near the end of January, but his preferred landing spot was a mystery until Thursday. With the Huskies, he'll have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer regulations. This past season, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound dual-threat freshman threw for 936 yards (52.2% completions) with a 6/4 TD/INT ratio. Those numbers weren't particularly impressive, but he did show promise rushing, gaining 580 yards on the ground with an additional eight touchdowns.
Feb 4 - 6:19 PM

Ohio State five-star DE Nick Bosa (knee) said of his recovery, "I’m about two months in (rehab) and I feel great."

"There’s really no more pain and my quad is pretty much back to full size after all of the atrophy. So I’m feeling great," said Bosa. "I’m starting to run next week and I’m definitely planning on being ready for camp." He suffered a torn ACL during the autumn of his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder might to be ready to suit up come August camp, but there's no guarantee of that at this point.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 4 - 4:27 PM




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