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Uncommitted five-star 2018 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown said that "USC is huge for me now."

Last week, Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney stared into a bubbling cauldron MacBeth style and predicted that St. Brown would eventually commit to UCLA. That may well still happen but the Bruins shouldn't feel too comfortable. Said St. Brown at the adidas West Coast Invitational on Saturday, "Coming off a big season with the new quarterback, USC at first wasn’t really a top for me but now USC is really up there now." Beyond the two California programs, Rivals' No. 11 overall prospect for 2018 is considering taking summer visits to Ohio State and Alabama, with Notre Dame and Stanford also in play for his pledge. His brothers, Equanimeous and Osiris, attend those latter two programs (respectively).
Source: Rivals
Feb 19 - 1:05 PM

CBS draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that North Carolina CB Desmond Lawrence deserved an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine due to his "height, length and competitive nature."

Alas, no dice for Lawrence, who was not invited to take part in the annual athletic testing event in Indianapolis later this month. That could be, in part, due to what Brugler terms a lack of "ideal sudden twitch or long-speed for the position." This past season, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder registered 37 tackles and eight passes defensed in 12 games played. He did not log an interception after picking off a combined three passes over the prior two campaigns.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 12:52 PM

247Sports' Ryan Bartow reports that 32 teams have contacted transferring Clemson graduate DT Scott Pagano.

Well that didn't take long. News of Pagano's transfer intentions broke on Friday. Almost immediately, a veritable wave of programs contacted him in the hopes to lure him over. Among the teams name-checked by Bartow, LSU, Washington, North Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia (among many, many others). Bartow passes along that Pagano plans on making a few visits before he decides on his final collegiate home. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder registered 31 tackles (4.5 for loss) and two sacks in 12 games played. He started four of those contests.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 19 - 12:39 PM

Chattanooga AD David Blackburn indicated that he is interested in the vacant athletic directorship at Tennessee.

Speaking on radio station WNML FM 99.1, Blackburn said, "It would mean the world to me to be able to lead the institution that led me, by all the people that allowed me the opportunity to do what I do." With the installation of new chancellor Beverly Davenport at Tennessee, their AD search figures to heat up in the very near future. In mid-January, ESPN's Chris Low reported that former Vols HC Phillip Fulmer was a prime candidate for the position. Unlike Blackburn -- who has served as Chattanooga athletic director since April of 2013 -- Fulmer has no prior experience as an athletic director.
Feb 19 - 12:26 PM

Colorado has hired a pair of the lawyers from Pepper Hamilton to investigate the assault allegations against former secondary coach Joe Tumpkin.

Pepper Hamilton crashed into the headlines early last summer, when the law firm was brought in to provide an investigation of Baylor's sexual assault scandal. In this particular case with Colorado, lawyers Leslie Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith are looking into whether HC Mike MacIntyre, AD Rick George and school president Phil DeStefano took the appropriate steps after they were made aware of the assault allegations being made by Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend. MacIntyre and George were made aware of these allegations in December, but Tumpkin was still allowed to coach in bowl action. He stepped down in January. For the time being, the approval of an extension for MacIntyre has been put on hold while this Tumpkin case is investigated. "We are looking at what occurred and when, if our policies were violated, or whether those policies should be modified to better explain the reporting," said Board of Regents Chair Irene Griego.
Feb 19 - 12:13 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler frowned upon San Diego State LB Calvin Munson's lack of invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Although not elite in any one area, Munson is a well-rounded linebacker who can defend the run, blitz and drop in coverage," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder drew praise from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline back in October, with the insider noting that Munson is "the type of prospect [who] will go have a ten-year career in the NFL." The former Aztec recorded a stellar 116 tackles (11.0 for loss), 4.5 sacks and an interception in 14 games played this past season. Despite his lack of invitation to Indianapolis for the Combine, he should be considered a potential Day 3 sleeper with NFL upside.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 3:59 PM

Florida is attempting to flip Florida State five-star 2018 verbal RB commit James Cook.

New Gators RB coach JaJuan Seider has immediately gone to work in trying to pry Dalvin Cook's baby brother away from the school that Dalvin made his own. Cook the Younger told 247Sorts that Seider's pitch to him has been "come start my own legacy at [Florida]." The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder ranks as Rivals No. 12 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Last weekend, he was on hand for the Adidas East Coast Invitational, where his sizzling athletic ability impressed Rivals recruiting analysts Woody Wommack and Rob Cassidy.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 18 - 3:49 PM

Florida State freshman RB Zaquandre White indicated that he is not concerned about the stacked state of the position in Tallahassee.

"I’m just ready to go work. Whatever happens, happens," White said. While Florida State is losing all-universe back Dalvin Cook to the draft, they reloaded with perhaps the most impressive class at the position on National Signing Day. In addition to the 6-foot, 203-pound White, Florida State also reeled in a pair of five-star studs at running back in the form of Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn. The loaded race to replace Cook should be one of the more fun stories to follow as FSU works toward a potential Playoff run in 2017.
Feb 18 - 3:37 PM

Ole Miss DE Fadol Brown was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine despite making just four starts in 2016.

Brown requested an evaluation from the advisory board two Decembers ago as he weighed a potential draft decision. Rather than jump into the 2016 pool, he opted instead to return to Oxford for his final season of collegiate eligibility. That didn't work out so hot. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder appeared in eight games this past season but started only four of them for HC Hugh Freeze, registering 39 tackles (5.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. Should he receive any draft love, it likely wouldn't come until the tail end of Day 3. Undrafted free agency is very much in play, here.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 3:23 PM

North Texas hired Cincinnati co-defensive coordinator/LB coach Jeff Koonz to serve as LB coach.

In a statement, Mean Green HC Seth Littrell said, "[Koonz] is a young, energetic coach with a lot of quality experience at Cincinnati, around the Big 12, and in Conference USA as well from his time at Louisiana Tech. He is an excellent teacher and we look forward to immediately hitting the ground running with him this spring." As Littrell alluded to in his statement, in addition to Koonz's time with the Bearcats, he spent four seasons on the Louisiana Tech sideline.
Feb 18 - 3:11 PM

Scout.com's Greg Powers notes that "quicker linebackers in the college game could potentially give [TCU freshman G Wes Harris] some issue."

While Powers believes that Harris could have problems against college-level linebackers, he also writes that the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder "can run block and pass block effectively [and] should not be a liability in any one particular area." Scout ranked him as the No. 4 guard in the state of Texas. Rivals viewed him as the No. 204 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 18 - 2:58 PM

Michigan State approved a one-year contract extension for HC Mark Dantonio.

This was something of a formality, as the six-year contract Dantonio signed last January had a provision for annual renewal. His new deal will run through January, 2023. After the extension was approved, school president Lou Anna K. Simon addressed the off-field turmoil surrounding the Spartans -- three players and a staffer have been indefinitely suspended pending an investigation into an alleged sexual assault -- saying, "My sense is that, if we had anything to be concerned about, we wouldn’t have moved forward with the action today. We’re still looking at everything, because it’s in his interest, as well."
Feb 18 - 2:45 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler writes that "[w]ith his strong hands and ball-tracking skills, [Louisville DT DeAngelo] Brown has the upper body power to split doubles and collects himself well in space to make stops."

Brugler was surprised to see that Brown had received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but he should perform well in at least one aspect of the annual scouting event: Over the summer, FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman wrote that the 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was "arguably the strongest man in college football." This past season, he recorded 40 tackles (13.0 for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 11 games played.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 2:32 PM

In NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter's most recent four-round mock draft, USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is not selected until pick No. 69.

Reuter projects Smith-Schuster to the Titans (via one of the picks the Rams gave up for Jared Goff) at pick No. 69. This feels like an accurate placement given recent draft buzz -- or lack thereof -- regarding the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder. Earlier this month, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along that he was hearing from two separate sources that Smith-Schuster is being viewed as a second- or third-rounder. Getting the wideout in the third round would be an absolute steal in our opinion.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 2:19 PM

Todd Smith, Penn State freshman DT Fred Hansard's high school coach, said that his pupil possesses "a rare combination of size, strength, speed and explosiveness."

"Combine those things with how physical he plays the game, and you have a kid that will be able to dominate the line of scrimmage at the next level," Smith said. Hansard had been committed to Florida as of late August, but changed his tune later in the cycle. The 6-foot-3, 314-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 143 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Feb 18 - 2:06 PM



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