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Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DE D.J. Johnson.

ESPN's Craig Haubert called Johnson "an excellent pick-up for Miami out of California" and noted that the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is a fiend in the pass-rush. The analyst wrote that "Johnson is a lengthy edge defender [who] has the ability to explode off the ball and cover a lot of ground once in motion." He ranks as ESPN 300's No. 30 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. With his commitment in the bag, the Hurricanes now hold six ESPN 300 commitments. A top-10 recruiting class in HC Mark Richt's first year with the program is very much in play as things currently stand.
Jul 26 - 12:36 PM

Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi said that redshirt junior RB James Conner (knee/lymphoma) will be a full participant in August camp.

"We just have to monitor him a little bit, make sure we don't wear him out," Narduzzi said. "We have to be smart. You let him go out there for a two-a-day, but you don't have him out there every snap." Pitt will be monitoring him in a unique way, too -- he will wear a GPS device designed to track his movements and pace in practice, in order to help give Narduzzi and friends an idea of how he is progressing and when he might need a breather. Conner is on the mend from a traumatic 2015 season in which he tore his MCL in September and was subsequently diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 12:12 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expects freshman OL Michael Jordan to start this season.

The Buckeyes lost two starting tackles to the NFL in Taylor Decker, who was good, and Chase Farris, who was not. Jordan was considered a four-star recruit and stands 6-foot-6 and 309-pounds. Ohio State's offense will continue to evolve, with J.T. Barrett clearly at the helm and the losses of workhorse Ezekiel Elliott, big receiver Michael Thomas and manufactured touch player Braxton Miller. The most impactful departure over the last few years might be former OC Tom Herman.
Jul 26 - 11:00 AM

Florida DC Geoff Collins received a raise of $300,000 for the 2016 season.

He could make up to $1 million this season. Collins joined Jim McElwain's staff back in 2014 from Mississippi State, using plenty of rotation along the front four or five to generate constant pressure and pass rush. Florida's defense has continued to be a factory for early round draft picks on that side of the ball.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 10:45 AM

The woman who was punched by Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon is now suing the football player.

"Amelia Molitor is suing Mixon for damages for negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, punitive damages and intentional infliction of emotional distress," according to News 9. The altercation was caught on surveillance video, and Mixon was suspended for the 2014 for his actions. We refer to this from a prior blurb for a depiction of the event after the video was shown to Oklahoma media members: "Neither (Amelia Rae) Molitor nor Mixon appear threatened based on their body language and Mixon appears to start to walk away before Molitor pushes him," beat writer Ryan Aber writes. "Mixon lunges at her with a closed fist by his side before Molitor slaps him near the top of his neck on his left side. That’s when Mixon delivers a right hook that knocks Molitor first into the table on her left ear and then to the floor where she laid motionless for several moments."
Source: News 9
Jul 26 - 10:17 AM

Baylor sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham received his release from scholarship.

Stidham can transfer to any school outside of the Big 12. It is worth noting David Ubben of Sports on Earth suggested Stidham could enroll at McLennan Community College in Waco, where he would be eligible to play immediately. Stidham would also be eligible if he elected to drop down to the FCS level, with the likely goal of working back up to an FBS program. As a true freshman, Stidham passed for 1,265 yards and a 12/2 TD/INT ratio.
Jul 26 - 8:43 AM

Baylor redshirt senior RB Shock Linwood needs two rushing touchdowns to be the school's all-time leader in that category.

Baylor's football history is not extensive, but it is still surprising that the school's all-time rushing touchdown leader is Alfred Anderson with 35, ending his career back in 1983. Linwood is just one away after only three seasons, and that record could be broken in week one against Northwestern State. Robert Griffin III is third on the list, with 33. Baylor has been very effective in recent years by continuing to spread defenses out with four or five receiver sets, and allowing running backs to eat in 5 versus 5 matchups in the box.
Jul 26 - 8:28 AM

According to Louisiana Tech HC Skip Holtz, the Bulldogs turned down multiple graduate QBs who were interested in transferring to Tech.

Holtz took in Cody Sokol in 2014 and Jeff Driskel in 2015, but he now wants to turn the position over to home-grown talent. That means that the starting quarterback job is redshirt senior Ryan Higgins' to lose. "There were a lot of quarterbacks who called and said are you interested in a transfer quarterback, and, no, I'm not in the market," Holtz said. "I have a senior, I have a redshirt sophomore in Price Wilson, I have a redshirt freshman in J'Mar Smith and a true freshman in Jack Abraham that I think are going to be good quarterbacks." Higgins threw for 1,715 yards (59.1% completions) with a 6/13 TD/INT ratio way back in 2013, but one would assume he's gotten considerably better in practice over the past three years.
Jul 25 - 7:56 PM

Michigan senior CB Jourdan Lewis is playing both ways and working with QB John O'Korn in seven-on-seven drills.

"I think I'm a little Antonio Brown," Lewis said. We're still a long way off from knowing if the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder will contribute in a moonlight capacity to the Wolverines' offense this fall, but he's got the athleticism to be a weapon if it happens. Pro Football Focus graded him as the top corner in the country last year. Lewis ended up defending 20 passes to stamp his reputation as one of the nation’s premier lockdown corners. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Lewis No. 15 on his Big Board.
Jul 25 - 7:27 PM

NFL evaluators will get a "truer look" at UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen's pro potential in new offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu's pro-style scheme, writes NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

"Quarterbacks always find their way toward the top of the draft board, but Rosen won't be a late riser -- he's already being monitored as a top-rated prospect after just one season," Zierlein wrote. "Rosen's quick release and advanced football intelligence should help move the hype train along at a very quick pace, but deservedly so." The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder accumulated 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman last fall. Most of his supporting skill position cast is now in the NFL, but Rosen should be just fine.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 25 - 7:01 PM

NC State head coach Dave Doeren says he wants to get junior H-Back Jaylen Samuels "around 10" touches per game.

"I don't know what the magic number is, but you know, you'd like to say around 10," said Doeren. "Get him the ball 10 times a game because he has a way of making plays, man." Last year, the versatile Samuels collected 56 rushes for 368 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 65 catches for 597 yards and seven scores. He scored a touchdown every 7.6 times he touched the ball. "Last year I was doing so much stuff," he said, "like every position almost." The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder ranks No. 15 in school history with 18 career touchdowns.
Source: USA Today
Jul 25 - 6:27 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz believes Iowa senior TE George Kittle "could be in for a huge senior season in Iowa, and is likely to further solidify his status as one of the best TEs in all of college football."

Kittle is PFF's highest-graded tight end who returned to school. He only played in 339 snaps last season, but showed his blocking acumen by throwing the key block on seven touchdown plays. The 6-feet-4, 235-pounder, per Liskiewitz, "creates the kind of power you’d expect more from a player 30 pounds heavier than he is." The analyst additionally sees Kittle as a big weapon in the passing game, highlighting his one-handed catch specialty. "The ability to locate and adjust to the ball while running at full speed is a special trait, and a testament to Kittle’s excellent athleticism," he wrote. Now that Henry Krieger-Coble and Jake Duzey have graduated, Kittle is set to break out of the shadows in 2016.
Jul 25 - 6:09 PM

Louisiana Tech senior WR Trent Taylor was named to the 2016 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List.

The award goes to the best receiver in college football, regardless of position. Taylor, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound slot, finished with 99 catches, 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns last season to earn first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana honors. The Bulldogs lost Jeff Driskel to graduation, but don't count on Taylor's touches dropping. Kenneth Dixon is also now in the NFL and LTU's new quarterback will lean on Taylor, a reliable safety valve near the line of scrimmage.
Jul 25 - 5:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says NFL scouts want to see USC redshirt senior T Zach Banner "improve his mental focus and overall consistency as a senior before stamping him with an early round grade."

The massive 6-foot-8 specimen, the son of 1993 top-10 pick and 11-year NFL veteran Lincoln Kennedy, reportedly slimmed down from 375 pounds to 342 this offseason. With LT Chad Wheeler also returning, Banner is expected to stay at RT this season with the Trojans. "He has his issues in pass protection due to his heavy feet and high pads as flexible rushers are able to dip and run around him with athleticism," Brugler wrote. "But his power to control the point of attack, especially in the run game, is what makes him a possible right tackle target in the NFL." Banner could start seeing some Phil Loadholt comps.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 5:01 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 S Jonathan Sutherland.

"Sitting down with [co-DC and safeties coach Tim Banks] and talking about where I would fit into their defense and being around the player and future teammates made me feel really comfortable," Sutherland said. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman called the 6-foot, 196-pounder "a nice addition to the Penn State secondary" due to the fact that he "brings a physical attitude to the defense and has a good nose for the ball." Sutherland hopes to compete for a starting job with the Nittany Lions right out of the gate.
Source: Rivals
Jul 25 - 4:01 PM



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