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Baylor received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 G Eleasah Anderson.

Anderson is fresh off an official visit to Baylor this past weekend, one which swayed him over to HC Matt Rhule's cause. Scout.com's Gabe Brooks refers to the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder as a "late-cycle riser" due to his fine work as a senior at Taylor High School (Texas) in 2016. "Anderson thrives in the run game and has the length to develop well in pass protection," Brooks writes. "He can improve his body control, which will in turn also improve his lateral mobility and pass-blocking." At this stage in his development, Anderson is unlikely to be an immediate contributor along the offensive line.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 17 - 5:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks calls Stanford DL Solomon Thomas "a crafty defender with a set of tools to thrive as a designated playmaker in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme."

"Scouts and coaches love disruptive defenders with high-revving motors and explosive athletic traits. Thomas fits the bill as a 6-3, 273-pound lineman with exceptional first-step quickness and violent hands," Brooks writes. The analyst is particularly impressed with the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder's ability to stuff the run, noting that he "flashed dominant skills as a run defender/rusher at the point of attack." In his first mock draft of 2017, Rotoworld's Josh Norris tagged Thomas to the Cincinnati Bengals at pick No. 9.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 5:01 PM

Football Scoop reports that Cincinnati has hired Purdue WR coach Gerad Parker to serve as RB coach.

Parker finished out the 2016 campaign as Purdue's interim head coach following the mid-season firing of Darrell Hazell. He initially linked up with the Boilermakers in 2013. Now joining Luke Fickell's staff at Cincinnati, the 36-year-old Parker should serve as a useful asset on staff, as he already has a familiarity with the region in terms of recruiting.
Jan 17 - 4:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that "after surveying league people during the first day of Shrine [Game] practice, the overwhelming belief is [Clemson QB Deshaun] Watson will receive second-round grades in war rooms."

"He’ll grade well in the areas of character and leadership," Pauline writes, "but his accuracy down the field and out to the flanks has been a constant worry. Teams here also question whether or not Watson can play from the pocket." The analyst doesn't think the first round is out of the question for the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, but believes that would likely only come if a team in need of a quarterback were to trade up from the second round to grab Watson in the final 10 picks of Round 1 (much like the Vikings did with Teddy Bridgewater).
Jan 17 - 4:27 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 WR Nico Collins saw a drop of 61 spots in the final release of Rivals' rankings for the 2017 class.

Collins was swimming with the sharks over the summer, slotting into Rivals' master list at a lofty No. 21. He was unable to hang in those waters, though, and has been dropped all the way down to No. 120. "Collins, who still boasts amazing hands, struggled to create separation from top-level defensive backs," explained Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy, who adds that the 6-foot-5, 193-pounder "had a quiet All-Star season." Cassidy sees Collins ultimately signing with either Michigan or Georgia come National Signing Day on February 1.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 4:14 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 CB Demmodore Lenoir does not plan on making a commitment prior to National Signing Day.

Mr. Lenoir has himself a busy travel schedule over the next two weeks, as he will be taking an official visit to Nebraska this coming weekend and has a scheduled official with Mississippi State for the following weekend. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder hails from Los Angeles, but told Scout.com that USC and UCLA haven't been pushing hard for his commitment of late. No worries for Lenoir, though. "I'm not afraid to leave home and I like the options I have right now," he said. The former Oregon commit ranks as Scout's No. 87 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. It should be noted that despite his November decommitment, the Ducks are not out of the running for his National Signing Day signature.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 17 - 4:02 PM

Four out of five NFL Media draft analysts tabbed either North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky or Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer as the best quarterback in the 2017 draft class.

Gil Brandt and Lance Zierlein landed on Trubisky's side of the fence, with Brandt writing that the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder "has good size, throws the best ball of the QBs in this draft and has pretty good accuracy." He went so far as to predict that the Browns will select Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick. Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah, on the other hand, both view Kizer as top dog at his position. Jeremiah notes that the Notre Dame gunslinger "needs some time to develop, but he has a very high ceiling at the next level." The lone non-Kizer, non-Trubisky vote came from Chad Reuter, who views Clemson legend Deshaun Watson -- "battle-tested [and a] physically gifted team leader" -- as best in show.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 3:49 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Ohio State S Malik Hooker is "a pure centerfielder with speed, athleticism, ball skills and tackling ability."

"That's why Hooker is a hot commodity in the scouting circles as an Ed Reed-like safety with a penchant for delivering big plays between the hashes," Brooks noted. "He finished the regular season with seven interceptions, including three pick-sixes, while exhibiting terrific range and anticipation as a deep middle defender." The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has top-10 talent for the draft. Bucky Brooks' partner-in-crime on the Move the Sticks podcast, Daniel Jeremiah, wrote near the end of November that Hooker "has the best ball skills of any defensive back in the country."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 3:36 PM

Lauren Rew of FM 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City reports that Auburn has interviewed Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich for their open position.

Yurcich -- or whomever Auburn ends up hiring -- will take over for Tigers OC Rhett Lashlee, who jumped ship for UConn earlier this offseason. Yurcich was a 2016 nominee for the Broyles Award (handed out annually to the nation's top assistant coach) and helped forge an offense which ranked 14th in the country in total offense this past season. He has been with the Cowboys since 2013. One name that has already reportedly been nixed from the running at Auburn -- that of former Baylor HC Art Briles.
Jan 17 - 3:23 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Boise State has hired former Fresno State OC Eric Kiesau to serve as WR coach.

Kiesau not only acted as offensive coordinator last season, he had a four-game cup of head-coaching coffee when he stepped as interim head coach in the wake of Tim DeRuyter's in-season termination. Among Kiesau's previous collegiate stops, Utah State, Cal, Colorado, Washington and Kansas. Plus a one-year gig as offensive analyst for Alabama in 2015.
Jan 17 - 3:09 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Western Michigan has hired Indiana coordinator Kevin Johns to serve as offensive coordinator.

Football Scoop was first on this one. Johns has been a versatile piece of Indiana coaching staff over the past six seasons and has worked as a coordinator, a quarterbacks coach and a wide receivers coach. Prior to that stint with the Hoosiers, he had spent seven years on the Northwestern sideline. Western Michigan has yet to name a defensive coordinator, but that figures to happen in relatively short order.
Source: mlive.com
Jan 17 - 2:57 PM

LSU five-star 2017 verbal DT commit Tyler Shelvin has shut down his recruitment.

Shelvin took an official visit to LSU this past weekend. He came out of it saying, "I'm not taking anymore official visits. My experiences this weekend on my official visit to LSU. I liked what I saw and I want to stay at home." And with that, it looks like LSU will get its man. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder hails from Crowley, Louisiana, and makes for an imposing presence on the field. Scout.com notes that he "[r]eally moves well for a guy his size" and has shown "he can chase the ball." With Shelvin looking rock-solid, the real question now is whether HC Ed Orgeron can also reel in five-star DL stud Marvin Wilson. That is well within the realm of possibility, though Wilson isn't expected to make a commitment until National Signing Day itself.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 17 - 2:44 PM

Arizona State hired Oklahoma State offensive analyst Josh Henson to serve as OL coach and run-game coordinator.

Henson had acted as offensive analyst for the Cowboys each of the past two seasons. Prior to his work in Stillwater, he served as offensive coordinator at Missouri from 2009-2015. He wasn't kept on staff in the coaching transition from Gary Pinkel to Barry Odom, at which point he moved on to Oklahoma State. At Arizona State he will be replacing OL coach Chris Tomsen, who is taking a job at TCU. In a statement, Henson said, "One of the things that attracted me to ASU is that Coach Graham has a track record of winning wherever he's been. And he has a track record of developing young men. Winning is important, but being involved in their lives is also what appeals to me."
Jan 17 - 2:26 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks tagged Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett's decision to declare for the draft as a strong one.

In other news, water is wet. Garrett is a strong candidate to be drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns come this spring's draft and had little incentive to stay in school for another season. "Despite dealing with nagging injuries during his final season at Texas A&M, Garrett consistently dominated the game at the line of scrimmage against the run and pass," Brooks wrote. "Most importantly, he looked like the best player on the field whenever he squared off against an elite competitor on the edge." The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is an out-and-out defensive terror, having recorded a stellar 47 tackles for loss and 31 sacks during his collegiate career.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 2:13 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 WR Beau Corrales.

Corrales opted for a UNC commitment following an official visit this past weekend. He had previously pledged to both Iowa and Texas State, but we are assuming that with National Signing Day just over two weeks away, this Tar Heels commitment might actually stick. Scout.com's Gabe Brooks writes that the 6-foot-4, 203-pounder "plays faster than he tests and possesses adequate long speed to hurt opponents in the deep portion of the field."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 17 - 2:01 PM



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