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Colorado hired former Purdue DC Ross Els to serve as inside linebackers coach.

In a statement, HC Mike MacIntyre said, "Coach Ross Els brings a lot of energy. He has great experience as a coordinator, positions coach and special teams coach, and we’re really excited about having his expertise in those phases in our program." He acted as Purdue's defensive coordinator and safeties coach last season and has previously worked as a linebacker coach at New Mexico State, Ohio and Nebraska. With Els' hire, MacIntyre's 2017 staff is now locked and loaded.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 25 - 4:00 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Ohio State ILB Raekwon McMillan to Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley.

"Like Mosley, McMillan is a solid run defender who can give up plays in coverage," writes the PFF analysis team, though they also note that unlike Mosley, "McMillan has not displayed the skill set in college needed to be effective at the next level [as a pass-rusher]." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder will need to turn in respectable times in the 40-yard dash and shuttle runs at the NFL Scouting Combine in order to help convince teams that he has the requisite wheels in pursuit.
Feb 25 - 3:45 PM

Scout.com notes that Florida State freshman DT Ja'len Parks has potential as a guard.

"Parks is likely a three-technique on the next level," notes Scout's analysis team, "but he could be a heck of an offensive guard too. He is so athletic for a big guy and he can get up the field as a defender and pull as an offensive lineman." The 6-foot-4, 304-pounder slotted into the outlet's 2017 master list at No. 183 overall.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 25 - 3:30 PM

Uncommitted 2018 G Maurice McIntyre will visit Penn State for their junior day on March 19.

McIntyre's recruitment has been relatively slow to date -- his only current offer is from Duke -- but at least part of this sluggishness can probably be attributed to an injury which kept him from playing his junior year at Northside High School (North Carolina). The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder is still planning his other visits beyond that Penn State one.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 25 - 3:15 PM

Houston freshman DE Bryan Jones said that he hopes to "destroy" the AAC.

Lofty aspirations, to be sure, but that attitude will fit in well next to sophomore DT Ed Oliver (who actually did destroy the conference as a freshman). The former Ole Miss commit opted for Houston over fellow finalist Texas A&M this winter. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 170 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle. Last spring, ESPN's Craig Haubert tossed out a comp to Charles Tapper (formerly of Oklahoma), writing that he believes that the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jones could see a similar career trajectory.
Feb 25 - 3:01 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Ohio State S Malik Hooker is "very much a projection at this point."

The PFF team loves Hooker's athleticism, but calls his all-around game "clearly undeveloped as of now." The outlet's overall scouting breakdown is of the positive variety, though. "His ability to track the ball and outplay receivers in the air is unmatched, as evidenced not only by his seven interceptions, but the content of the plays," explains PFF. They comp the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder to Raiders S Reggie Nelson. Unfortunately, recent procedures to repair his labrum and hernia will prevent Hooker from participating in testing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Feb 25 - 2:44 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough believes the biggest question facing Alabama for 2017 will be their offense.

We concur. The Tide shuffled through three offensive coordinators (Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, just-hired Brian Daboll) in the space of a little over a month this winter. Writes Scarborough, "Now it's former Patriots assistant Brian Daboll at the helm, tasked with managing a crowded backfield and a young quarterback whose freshman season was wildly successful overall yet ended on a sour note." We are fascinated to see just how gunslinger Jalen Hurts develops this offseason -- he flashed major upside as a runner in 2016, but, at times, struggled to the extreme in the passing game. Whether Bama can make yet another run toward the championship could come down to whether Hurts is able to take a definitive step forward. It should be remembered that Hurts was considered a longshot to win the starting gig last spring and summer, whereas this time around, Daboll and company will have months to gear the offense around the dynamic youngster.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 25 - 2:31 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that the Patriots could be one potential first-round landing spot for Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker should he test well at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Scouts will be interested in his height and length, as well as whether he's twitchy enough to play standing up on a regular basis," Reuter writes. A first-round pick is far from guaranteed, though. Earlier this month, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along that the "overwhelming belief" was that the 6-foot-3, 281-pound Walker would disappoint at the Combine. Pauline pegs him as a potential fifth-rounder, so there is clearly some variance (to put it mildly) as to draft slot at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 2:19 PM

Michigan OC Tim Drevno said that he "love[s] [freshman T Ja'Raymond Hall's] foot turnover speed" and his overall athleticism.

"He is a guy that loves the play along the O-Line, and you can see that in the way he is physical at the point of attack," Drevno said. "He recovers well, too. If he gets himself into a bad position, he is able to come out with his top-notch recoverability skills." The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder was something of an under-the-radar recruit for UM this past cycle, but everything is relative with the big dog programs. Hall ranked as ESPN 300's No. 169 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 2:06 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is "as tough of a prospect to evaluate as there is coming out of college."

"Watson is not a pure progression passer, with his limited pocket feel and vision, and whenever that’s the case, there will be a huge risk involved when hoping to land a franchise quarterback," explains the PFF analysis team. Per the outlet, Watson's 14 interceptions in a clean pocket this past season were tied for most in the country. "The former Clemson quarterback’s work ethic and intangibles will make him an attractive option, but there will be some risk involved," concludes their breakdown. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah has heard that five different quarterbacks -- including Watson -- have received top ranking at their position depending on the team. While quarterback is often one of the more static positions at the top of the draft, it is much more difficult to gauge this year. Watson will be on hand in Indianapolis as a full Combine participant next week.
Feb 25 - 1:52 PM

The Tulsa World's Bill Heistan reports that former Notre Dame DC Brian VanGorder has been hired by Oklahoma State to serve in the role of defensive analyst.

Notre Dame has gone through a massive staff overhaul under HC Brian Kelly since the start of the 2016 season. While many of those coaching moves were made in the offseason, VanGorder wasn't so lucky. After the Irish limped out to a 1-3 start in which they coughed up 134 total points, VanGorder was canned. He finished out the campaign as a defensive analyst at Georgia. The fall from Notre Dame defensive coordinator to Oklahoma State defensive analyst is a pretty massive one, but Stillwater could serve as a nice landing spot in which VanGorder can recuperate from his traumatically truncated 2016.
Source: Tulsa World
Feb 25 - 1:40 PM

Rivals publisher Jacob Rayburn notes that Stanford freshman DE Ryan Johnson could use a year in the strength-and-conditioning program.

A redshirt is not out of the question for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Johnson in 2017, as he could stand to pack on a bit more playing weight. ESPN 300 ranked him as the No. 167 overall prospect for the past cycle, with HC David Shaw fighting off the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Texas and Oregon to win his signature on National Signing Day.
Source: Rivals
Feb 25 - 1:27 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton notes that Miami four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Camron Davis possesses "the long speed to make big runs and outrace angles."

Davis committed himself to the Miami cause late last week. Writes Hamilton, "Davis runs stronger than his [5-foot-9, 187-pound] frame would indicate, and adding 10 to 15 pounds will be key at the next level to maximize his ability." Florida could potentially still bite for Rivals' No. 176 overall prospect, but at this juncture Hamilton sees the Hurricanes as having a 90% chance of hanging on to his pledge. With Lorenzo Lingard (No. 19 overall on Rivals) already in the fold, HC Mark Richt is showing the same running-back-whisperer touch in recruiting that turned Georgia into RB U.
Feb 25 - 1:14 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter wrote that Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans "could make a lot of fans at the [C]ombine."

"He's a smart player who brings athleticism and a live arm to the party," Reuter notes. "If he impresses on the field, in workouts, and at team interviews, we could be looking at the player teams will point to as the next mid-round pick with starter-quality attributes -- aka the next Dak Prescott." We think this is dangerous draft logic, as Dak Prescott's early success is far, far from the norm for a mid-round quarterback selection. One marked difference between the two players -- Evans has just one year of FBS starting experience under his belt. Prescott, on the other hand, was a three-year starter at Mississippi State prior to being drafted a year ago.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 1:00 PM

USC four-star 2018 verbal WR commit Manuel Allen has reopened his recruitment.

Manuel announced his decommitment via a very, very short statement on Twitter. He had initially opted in with HC Clay Helton and the Trojans at the beginning of January. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder ranks as Rivals No. 139 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. ESPN's Gerry Hamilton viewed this as a near-lock for the Trojans, but every now and then the key slips from the hand.
Feb 25 - 12:48 PM



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