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Walter Football's Charlie Campbell hears that more than one team has nixed Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch from their draft board due to his failing their medical checks.

Campbell does not specify what, exactly, some teams might have spotted in Vander Esch's medicals. While the 6-foot-4, 256-pounder has widely been viewed as a first-round selection by the draft community, Campbell relays that four teams he's spoken to see the Boise State standout as a Day 2 talent. Explained one AFC GM, "He has gotten a lot of hype, but he plays soft." That same general manager later added that Vander Esch is "not an impact-at-the-line guy like a Ray Lewis, Luke Kuechly, Jon Beason or Brian Urlacher."
Apr 16 - 12:14 PM

A USC spokesperson has confirmed that junior CB Jack Jones will not be eligible to participate in the upcoming season.

While this spokesperson did not offer a reason for Jones' ineligibility, Adam Maya of Rivals reported on Friday that it was due to a failure to make the cut academically. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder did not take part in spring practice while attempting to shore up his studies. With Jones ineligible, the Trojans will have to lean all the harder on the likes of Iman Marshall and Isaiah Langley during the upcoming season, but USC is set up well to handle the loss in terms of their depth at the position on the whole. Indeed, corner might be the deepest position on the entire team.
May 19 - 2:00 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 RB Devyn Ford.

Ford (5'11/185) was also considering Virginia Tech, but no dice for the Hokies. Penn State has done a fantastic job recruiting strong running back prospects of late. Saquon Barkley might be gone from Happy Valley, but current backs Miles Sanders and Ricky Slade were both high four-star recruits in the 2016 and 2018 classes, respectively. For his part, Ford ranks as Rivals' No. 9 overall prospect in the 2019 cycle. He's got the vision of a wizard on the field, as well as all the speed and agility you want to see from a top running back recruit. Like departed program star Barkley, Ford has plus pass-catching chops out of the backfield.
May 18 - 6:22 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen reports that Ohio State redshirt junior QB Joe Burrow is transferring to LSU.

Per Groeschen, Burrow's decision came down to Cincinnati or LSU. He visited North Carolina earlier this week, but the Tar Heels apparently failed to make the cut for the ultimate decision. The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder's choice of LSU makes complete sense, as the program's spring quarterbacks competition between Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Joe McMillan saw no clear frontrunner emerge. Even with the publicity surrounding this transfer, it's important to keep in mind that we saw very, very little of Burrow at Ohio State outside of occasional mop-up duty, so it should not automatically be assumed that he'll be a lock starter with his new team. We expect a competitive camp from all involved in what figures to be a adventuresome year for the program now that Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice are no longer on campus to carry the offensive load.
May 18 - 5:01 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DT Antonio Alfano.

Alfano (6'4/285) had winnowed the field down to Alabama, Georgia and Penn State, with Nick Saban getting the last laugh. One of the Crimson Tide's top recruiting targets in the 2019 class, the Colonia, New Jersey, native ranks as Rivals' No. 124 overall prospect for the cycle. An idea of the kind of athletic talent the defending champs now have in their corner -- his athletic testing numbers at The Opening last summer were comparable (and in some cases, better) than those posted by eventual Michigan signee Rashan Gary. Entering his junior season, Gary is a potential top-five pick for next spring's draft. While we had minor questions about Alabama's 2018 recruiting class, they're off to a relentless start to the current cycle. On the Rivals team rankings board, Saban's crew currently sits at No. 2, trailing only Oklahoma. While the Tide have yet to secure a five-star prospect, they've already received commitments from a whopping 10 four-star recruits.
Source: Rivals
May 18 - 3:36 PM

Georgia sophomore QB Jake Fromm was briefly hospitalized on Thursday after snagging himself in the left leg with a fishhook.

Nothing too serious here. Fromm -- an accomplished angler -- was fishing with fellow UGA student Jordan Rowe on Thursday when his misadventure with the hook took place. He subsequently had the impediment removed at the hospital. The sophomore signal-caller should be ready to hit August camp in full health in two month's time. As far as offseason tomfoolery goes, this is a pretty lightweight case. Nothing compared to what HC Kirby Smart had to deal with two summers ago, when Sony Michel sustained a broken arm in a Fourth of July ATV crash. Kids will be kids.
May 18 - 1:59 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa revealed that he had planned on transferring had he not played in January's National Championship Game.

"I wanted to leave the school," Tagovailoa explained while talking with Hawaiian middle-schoolers this week. This is not the first time we've heard this story. The first time, it actually came from FAU HC and former Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, who told NBC Sports' Dan Patrick over the winter that Tua would have exited stage left had he not come into the title game versus Georgia. He played like gangbusters after entering the contest. The sophomore signal-caller revealed even more than this, saying that at one point early in the season, he asked his father if his scholarship from USC was still on the table. Tagovailoa said that his parents strongly encouraged him to stick it out in Tuscaloosa. While he missed all but a few spots of practice this spring due to a broken finger sustained right off the bat in March, he should be considered the frontrunner to start for the Tide this fall. He'll need to pull away from Jalen Hurts in August camp, first.
May 18 - 12:25 PM

Oregon State is submitting a secondary violation to the NCAA.

The Beaver program found itself in an embarrassing situation earlier this month after Hawaii HC Nick Rolovich tweeted out pictures of recruiting materials that Oregon State had sent to current players, inviting them to attend the team's spring game. OSU is claiming that all of this was unintentional -- their internal investigation revealed an apparent clerical error -- and there are no indications that there was anything truly underhanded in the works, here. Expect light punishment from the NCAA, if that.
May 18 - 11:39 AM

ECU senior QB Gardner Minshew transferred to Washington State as a graduate.

Minshew (6'2/216) made headlines earlier this winter when he backed off a commitment to transfer to Alabama in favor of a move to Washington State. The quarterback's officially signed, sealed and delivered to Pullman, now. At ECU this past season, Minshew threw for 2,140 yards with a 16/7 TD/INT ratio. He'll be competing with Trey Tinsley, Anthony Gordon and Cammon Cooper this summer as Washington State looks to settle upon its successor to prolific signal-caller Luke Falk.
May 18 - 11:11 AM

Nebraska freshman RB Maurice Washington will not be academically eligible to participate in the upcoming campaign.

Washington (6'0/180) is currently trying to get up to speed academically -- he has not yet graduated from high school. Per a Nebraska spokesperson, though, even if he does graduate this summer, he still will not have enough core credits to be eligible to play this year. The Cornhuskers are standing by the running back and he could potentially apply for a waiver which would allow him an academic redshirt for the 2018 season. Washington was one of the crown jewels in HC Scott Frost's initial recruiting class in Lincoln. ESPN's Billy Tucker compared him to former USC RB Ronald Jones back in February. With Washington out of luck for the season, Nebraska figures to lean hard on Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon in the fall. Tre Bryant is a potential backfield option, too, but is still mending up from knee surgery and remains an uncertain quantity.
Source: Corn Nation
May 17 - 4:33 PM

West Virginia sophomore DT Lamonte McDougal transferred to Washington State.

McDougal (5'10/295) had a number of transfer restrictions placed on him by West Virginia. Most notably, they were barring him not only from a move within the Big 12 -- the conference restriction is pretty boilerplate -- but also any non-conference school on WVU's schedule for the next four years. We don't usually see schedule-based restrictions that far into the future, though to be fair to the Mountaineers, McDougal is transferring out with three years of eligibility still remaining to his name. Washington State skirts all these restrictions. The former three-star recruit will have to sit out the upcoming campaign in Pullman in order to satisfy NCAA regulations. Playing as a true freshman in Morgantown this past season, he registered a healthy 23 tackles (4.0 for loss) and two sacks.
May 17 - 1:02 PM

Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk will transfer.

Belk (6'3/325) signed on with the Tigers during the early December window. Coming out of high school, he was viewed by Rivals as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the state of South Carolina for the 2018 cycle. He takes the (very) early exit having earlier participated in Clemson's spring practice. While Belk has yet to play a game at the college level, NCAA regulations are going to force him to sit out the upcoming season should he transfer within the FBS. He could apply for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the governing body once he arrives at his new program, but that's not something we would bank on to be successful. South Carolina -- who pushed hard for his pledge before Belk opted in with Clemson -- is probably the program to watch now that big defensive tackle is back on the free agent market.
May 16 - 4:55 PM




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