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Ohio State HC Urban Meyer believes Maryland junior OW Stefon Diggs is "one of the best players in the country."

"I'm 110 percent," Diggs said when asked about the major leg injury he suffered last year. "They say when you break your leg you get a little taller and a little faster, and I got both, I think." Diggs will be labeled as one of the nation's best playmakers. We loved his long speed, but feel Diggs was a bit straight-linish in his play style.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Ohio State WR Michael Thomas "had trouble picking up the offense early in his career," according to his scouting report on CBS Sports.

Thomas redshirted the 2013 season after playing as a true freshman in 2012, which is very uncommon. The reason? Thomas struggled "with consistency and academics" according to Dane Brugler who wrote the scouting report. However, since the redshirt season, Thomas continued to develop and was arguably the Buckeyes' second best offensive player in 2015 behind Ezekiel Elliott. Receivers who struggle with nailing down the playbook as a rookie tend to have limited playing time, so it is worth monitoring.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 12:03 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told Bruce Feldman that junior QB Malik Zaire and redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer will compete for the starting job this offseason.

"We’ll let those two kids... compete old-fashion (for the starting job). It’ll be wide open and let the best man win," Kelly said. The head coach is in a unique position among his peers, boasting two solid starters at a position where such players can be tough to come by. Zaire opened last season as the starter after winning the job in an offseason competition against Everett Golson, who eventually transferred. Zaire is still recovering from a right ankle injury, but signs point to a return for spring practice.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:39 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly expects second year QB Brandon Wimbush to redshirt in 2016.

"We sacrificed his redshirt season (in 2015) by playing," Kelly said of Wimbush. "That’s why it was very important to get Ian Book out of California." The move makes plenty of sense, as Notre Dame will head into the season rostering two quarterbacks with starting experience in Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:11 AM

In his most recent mock draft, Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo pegged North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz to the Jets with the 20th pick.

While we've seen Wentz fly as high as No. 2 in several mocks, Palazzolo takes a more conservative approach. "He has the big arm to play in a vertical passing system, driving the ball down the field," wrote the analyst, "but that will be paired with some questionable decision-making, perhaps expected for a QB with so little experience." The giant wave of hype that had been building for the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder has received some expected backlash over the last week, with NFL Media's Lance Zierlein noting that one NFL personnel executive told him that Wentz is "way overrated," while another texted him to say he wouldn't select the quarterback in the first round. Wentz might well slide, but in order for him to reach the 20th pick, several teams with glaring needs at the position would have to pass him up.
Feb 7 - 3:13 PM

Louisiana Tech hired Boston College WR coach Todd Fitch to serve as offensive coordinator and WR coach.

Fitch had been Boston College's offensive coordinator for the 2015 campaign, but after the season, the team hired Scott Loeffler for that role. In effect, demoting Fitch. With Louisiana Tech, he'll take over for Tony Peterson, who himself left the Bulldogs this offseason for the green pastures of East Carolina. Fitch and HC Skip Holtz have much experience working together, as the former acted as the latter's OC in previous stops at South Carolina, East Carolina and USF.
Feb 7 - 12:22 PM

Illinois graduate LB T.J. Neal will visit Auburn and West Virginia as he mulls his transfer options.

It's a given that Neal will transfer--news of it broke in late January--but his landing spot hasn't been determined yet. West Virginia will earn a visit from the 6-foot-1, 235-pounder on Monday, while he'll check out Auburn on February 15. At least from his public comments, it would seem he's leaning strongly toward joining the Tigers. Said Neal, "From my high school, I never thought I'd play at a big-time school like Auburn. To have a chance now, it's exciting to play against some of the top players in the country." Last season, he recorded 109 tackles (15 for loss) with a pair of sacks.
Source: al.com
Feb 6 - 7:18 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that he called in the neighborhood 50 prospects in the 2017 class on Wednesday.

In case you had any doubt that coaches are completely insane, take it away, Coach. Said Malzahn, "[Wednesday] was a really good day. They got me on the phone with close to 50 guys coming up and I think that's a great thing. I'm excited to recruit those guys and I know our coaches are too." To paraphrase Matthew McConaughey, recruiting is a flat circle. As for the 2016 class, Auburn finished with Rivals' No. 9 class, highlighted by five-star DT Derrick Brown.
Feb 6 - 4:28 PM

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




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