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ESPN's Jake Trotter lists Boise State redshirt sophomore DE Curtis Waver as the most exciting player to watch on the Broncos in 2018.

As Trotter notes, it was Leighton Vander Esch who got most of the publicity in 2017 -- and for good reason -- but Weaver was a huge part of the BSU defense as well. He had 11 sacks, and he registered 13 tackles for loss on the season while helping Boise State win a conference title. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defender could receive more draft hype if he puts up similar numbers for the Broncos in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 8:34 PM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 WR Bryce Farrell.

Farrell ranks 46th among wide receivers in the 2020 class on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 28th among all players from California. He already had offers from several high-profile schools on top of Stanford, including Notre Dame, Nebraska and Florida. Reports indicate he's able to make players miss in the open field, and his sure-handed ball-skills could make him a solid option in the slot. Stanford always seems to do well with players of this skillset. Farrell (5'11/170) could be next in line.
Jun 22 - 8:20 PM

Pro Football Focus tweets that Oklahoma junior DT Marquise Overton was tops among interior lineman in his run-stop percentage.

A stop constitutes a win for the defense, and Overton's stop percentage was an outstanding 12.4 percent. He also showed some pass-rushing ability for the Sooners in 2018, registering three sacks for the Big 12 champions. If the 6-foot-1, 295-pound defender can put up similar numbers in 2018, he could be one of the first interior defenders from the conference selected -- assuming he gives up his eligibility.
Jun 22 - 8:11 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy lists Michigan junior S Khaleke Hudson as the Wolverines most exciting player to watch in 2018.

You typically don't see safeties considered "exciting players" outside of some notable exceptions, but Hudson is a notable exception who isn't a typical safety. As Murphy mentions, Hudson (6'0/205) is perfectly made for the "viper" position, and had 18 tackles for loss in 2017. "He has a couple of NFL prospects in front of him," Murphy writes, "but his athleticism will make it hard to look elsewhere when he's on the field."
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 7:51 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Dannis Jackson.

Jackson was also entertaining offers from schools like Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU and Florida; among others. He ranks 17th among all wideouts in ESPN's rankings of 2019 prospects, and eighth among a strong crop of Mississippi players. Reports indicate that the 6-foot, 180-pound Jackson is slippery with the football, and can also make an impact vertically with solid speed. With that commit, the Bulldogs now rank sixth overall in 247 Sports class rankings, an third in the SEC. Joe Moorhead is quickly showing he's an elite recruiter.
Jun 22 - 7:27 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough lists Auburn sophomore WR Devan Barrett as the most exciting player to watch for the Tigers in 2018.

Scarborough offers a caveat that if junior wide receiver Eli Stove is healthy, that he wins that "award" as one of the fastest players in the SEC. "But if he's not healthy, watch out for his potential replacement in Barrett," he writes. "He might not have Stove's straight-line speed, but his background as a running back could make him lethal in the open field." Even if Stove is operating at 100 percent, expect to see Auburn get the football often to the 6-foot, 185-pound playmaker.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 7:15 PM

Mississippi received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO DL Sam Williams.

Williams (6'4/250) is considered one of the best junior-college lineman in the country, ranking third among defensive ends in 247 Sports composite rankings, and ninth among all JUCO lineman. He was also considering Oregon, Auburn, Texas A&M, and a few other high-profile schools. Considering his size and experience, he should be an immediate contributor to the Ole Miss defensive line in 2019.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 22 - 6:58 PM

Seahawks Wire writer Mike Patton believes that Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander could be a fit for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks love big corners, and as Patton notes, Alexander qualifies. "He ran a 4.61 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 35.5 inch vertical leap," he writes. "At six-foot-two and 195 pounds, he is the prototypical big, physical cornerback." The Seahawks also aren't exactly loaded in depth at the position, so taking a chance on a pressing corner in the event could make some sense. One thing to keep in mind is that they don't have a third-round pick because of the Duane Brown trade, so it's unlikely they would bid earlier than the fifth-round for the former Hokie corner. Still, it's a potentially interesting fit.
Jun 22 - 6:41 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Nathan Pickering.

Pickering's leaders in November were Alabama, FSU, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State, and ultimately, it's the Bulldogs he pledges to. Verbally, anyway. Pickering (6'5/277) is a high-profile commit for their 2019 class, ranking fourth among all defensive ends in the composite rankings of 247 Sports, and second among players from the state of Mississippi.
Jun 22 - 6:26 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Buffalo redshirt senior WR Anthony Johnson as the top returning draft prospect in the MAC to watch in 2018.

That honor would have gone to cornerback Sam Beal from Western Michigan, but Beal will instead enter the supplemental draft. He gives both Johnson and his teammate LB Khalil Hodge, but he gives Johnson a slightly higher overall grade. Johnson was a breakout star in the MAC last year while catching 14 scores and grabbing 76 passes, and at 6-foot-2, 207-pounds, he has the size to be a red-zone threat at the next level. The question will become how well everything else translates into the NFL, but we'll get at least some answers to that over the 2018 season.
Jun 22 - 6:15 PM

Virginia received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DT Jowon Briggs.

It's a bit of an upset, as many projected Briggs (6'2/290) to end up at his hometown school of Cincinnati, or perhaps to end up at Notre Dame at Ohio State. Instead, he makes his early pledge to the Cavaliers, and it's a big get for the Hoos. He ranks fifth among defensive tackles on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 59th overall among all positions in the class. He could be a candidate to play early for Virginia when he enrolls in 2019.
Jun 22 - 6:00 PM

Redshirt senior RB Berkley Edwards is transferring from Central Michigan to Michigan as a walk-on.

Edwards starting his career at Minnesota before transferring to the Chippewas, and now he's going to get a sixth-year of eligibility to play with the Wolverines. He's the brother of former Michigan star Braylon Edwards, who was a first-round pick by the Browns after his time at the school. He has just 39 carries in his collegiate career -- 30 coming as a freshman for the Gophers as a redshirt freshman -- and his mostly likely contribution for Michigan is on special teams.
Jun 22 - 5:52 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2019 WR Jamie Nance is taking unofficial visits to Nebraska and Notre Dame this weekend.

Nance (6'0/160) is currently in Lincoln for Nebraska's Friday Night Lights camp and barbecue. Then it'll be off to South Bend to check out Notre Dame on Saturday. Both of these visits are of the unofficial variety. He had his first official visit last weekend, when he traveled to Fort Worth to check out TCU's offerings. Trips to Ole Miss and Mississippi State could be on the docket for later this summer. Rivals ranks Nance as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Oklahoma.
Source: Rivals
Jun 22 - 4:54 PM

Fresno State hired Claremont-Mudd-Scripps AD Terry Tumey to serve in the same capacity.

Tumey had been working at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps -- a unified Division III athletic program located in California -- for the past two-plus years prior to his being announced as Fresno State's new athletic director on Thursday. He three times was named an All-Pac-12 defensive lineman during his playing days at UCLA in the mid-80's. With the Bulldogs, Tumey serves as replacement for Jim Bartko, who stepped down from the post in November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 4:30 PM

Kent State junior WR Antwan Dixon (aplastic anemia) has been medically cleared to resume football activities.

Awesome news for Dixon, who has not played in either of the past two seasons due to aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease in which bone marrow ceases producing blood. The affliction first impacted him as a junior in high school. He played one season at Kent State, catching 26 passes for 355 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman in 2015, but a recurrence of the affliction had him off the grid for the past two years. His father gave him a bone marrow transplant last summer. Team and personal physicians put Dixon through a battery of tests before clearing his return to the football field on June 10. Whether the wideout will be ready for action come the team's opener against Illinois on Sept. 1 is a question which will be answered in August camp, but regardless, his perseverance in the face of serious adversity is admirable.
Jun 22 - 4:21 PM



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