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Four-star 2017 ATH Salvon Ahmed plans on announcing his official visits at The Opening next week.

Ahmed will be one of a number of players to either announce their official visits or flat-out make their commitments at The Opening in Oregon. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder has already said that he is likely to commit to a school out west. Colorado is the lone Pac-12 program yet to toss him an offer and he said that he is speaking to Washington, Oregon, Stanford, Cal and UCLA on a regular basis. Rivals ranks Ahmed as the No. 227 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 1 - 3:59 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert noted that five-star 2017 WR Tee Higgins is "a tall, lean and lengthy target with deceptive speed and strength."

Haubert is looking forward to seeing how Higgins stacks up alongside the likes of fellow receiving studs Donovan Peoples-Jones, Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey at The Opening Finals in Oregon next week. The analyst believes that Higgins -- who already made one move up the ESPN 300 to land at No. 23 in their most recent release -- could scoot even higher if the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder can impress in the premier summer camp. Tennessee, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State and Ole Miss (in that order) stand as the current five finalists for his commitment.
Jul 1 - 3:41 PM

Four-star 2018 RB Dameon Pierce committed to Alabama.

Nice get for Alabama, who continues to lure stud running back prospects with apparent ease. Five-star 2017 RB Najee Harris is already on board -- Scout.com's Greg Biggins has referred to him as a "generational talent" -- and now you can add Smith to the Tide's future back rotation. Scout calls the 5-foot-11, 203-pounder "a force in the offensive backfield," one who relies more on brute power than blinding speed. The outlet ranks him as their No. 52 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle, though that will likely fluctuate as Pierce plays his junior and senior seasons at Bainbridge High (Georgia).
Source: Scout.com
Jul 1 - 3:09 PM

Four-star 2017 DL Aaron Sterling said that Alabama plans on utilizing him as either a defensive end or a linebacker.

Sterling met with Alabama DL coach Karl Dunbar at a recent camp and came away impressed. "I thought working with Coach Dunbar went really good. He was showing me some stuff he is teaching the Alabama guys, and stuff he taught in the NFL." The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder later told Rivals that "[a]ll the coaches there are good people to talk to." Sterling ranks as ESPN 300's No. 175 overall prospect, with the outlet noting that he "[d]isplays good effort and [a] physical nature."
Source: Rivals
Jul 1 - 3:01 PM

Three-star 2017 ATH Devodrick Johnson released a list of the 10 finalists for his commitment.

Houston, Texas A&M, TCU, Oklahoma State, Cal, Illinois, Texas Tech, Arizona, Missouri and Mississippi State all make Johnson's initial cut of 10. Rivals' Nick Kreuger writes that "Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech are the likely top tier in the group for now." Kreuger notes that the 6-foot, 179-pounder's "versatility and athleticism has been what's piqued coaches interests this spring as his recruitment has blown up over the past few months." Defensive back or weakside linebacker are possibilities for him at the collegiate level depending on how he develops.
Source: Rivals
Jul 1 - 2:24 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette is listed as Bovada's Heisman favorite with 9/2 odds.

Fournette just hurdled his way over Deshaun Watson, who himself had 9/2 Heisman odds earlier this offseason. Bovada has adjusted the gunslinger to 5/1. That pair is followed up by Christian McCaffrey (11/2), with J.T. Barrett, Baker Mayfield and Dalvin Cook all chilling at 12/1. If you are looking for an interesting long-shot, Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer are listed at 28/1. Both men have received low-grade dark horse buzz this offseason.
Jul 1 - 2:15 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Corey Reed indicated that he is considering West Virginia because of their past success in helping receivers reach the NFL.

"Ever year they have great receivers and now their new wide receivers coach, Coach Carrier helped send Corey Coleman to the league when he was at Baylor. I want to head up there and take a visit before my season starts," Reed said. While the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is letting his eyes wander, Louisville remains the front-runner of his heart. Miami is also in play as a potential contender for Reed's commitment.
Source: Rivals
Jul 1 - 2:04 PM

BYU AD Tom Holmoe indicated that the university is interested in joining a Power 5 conference.

"I really would love to see our football play at that level, be playing in a P5 conference," Holmoe said. "I want our players ... in all of our sports to be able to play at the highest level." While the university is interested in a Power 5 future, Holmoe added that BYU would not be adjusting their statute barring competition on Sundays (for religious reasons). The Cougars could join the Big 12 if that conference ever opts to expand (maybe? someday?), but Holmoe is not lobbying for his team's inclusion. He believes their achievements more than speak for themselves. "It's in our best interest not to be pushing the envelope," he said. "They're well aware of what we've done."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 1:39 PM

Three of the top candidates within Florida who might have had a chance at replacing departing AD Jeremy Foley withdrew their names from consideration.

Executive associate AD for internal affairs Chip Howard, executive associate AD for external affairs Mike Hill and executive associate AD for administration Lynda Tealer were all potential replacements for Foley, but the trio withdrew their names from consideration. In a statement, Florida spokesperson Steve McClain said, "Each of the internal people have made a decision not to pursue the athletic director position for their own individual reasons." Of note, while Florida has an eight-person committee tasked with determining the Gators' next athletic director, they are not utilizing a search firm.
Jul 1 - 1:27 PM

Four-star 2017 S Montaric Brown released a list of the five finalists for his commitment.

Four of the five squads -- Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU -- ply their trade in the SEC. The lone outlier would be Oklahoma State. Brown ranks as ESPN 300's No. 187 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. They note that the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder "has the ability to make plays all over the field and is scheme versatile" and call his build and frame those of "a big-time defensive back prospect." Brown plans on making his commitment on August 24, the day of his birth.
Jul 1 - 1:02 PM

Three-star 2017 WR Caleb Stoneburner committed to Boston College.

"I committed there because I just felt like they were my second family," Stoneburner said. "I really liked the campus and how they ran things down there. I also like how they see me in the future as an Eagle." Per Rivals' Josh Helmholdt, "Boston College sees him starting out as a big wide receiver, and then will monitor his growth and could move him to a flex tight end later in his career." Stoneburner measures out at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds heading into his senior season at Coffman High (Ohio).
Source: Rivals
Jul 1 - 12:35 PM

Colorado State dismissed senior DB Preston Hodges.

Hodges was ruled academically ineligible for the 2016 season and subsequently dismissed from the team. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder recorded 69 tackles and three forced fumbles in 2014, but his production dipped last season, when he registered just 31 stops in 12 games. He was listed as a backup safety heading into the summer.
Jul 1 - 12:27 PM

Cal graduate QB Zach Kline will attend Fresno State for his final season of eligibility.

The Bulldogs now have six quarterbacks on the roster, however, that number could diminish before the start of the season due to injuries and possible transfers. One example: sophomore Kilton Anderson recently underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder and will be sidelined for some time. Kline has a chance to earn playing time, something that has escaped him since losing the quarterback competition to Jared Goff back in 2014.
Jul 1 - 10:02 AM

Baylor has released four-star 2016 DE Brandon Bowen from his National Letter of Intent.

The school had until July 10 to respond to Bowen's request. Bowen joins six other 2016 commitments who are no longer committed to Baylor for the 2016 season, with a handful of those ending up at Texas. Bowen could be the next, but the edge rusher also received offers from Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and TCU during his recruitment process. As far as we can tell, Baylor has released every 2016 recruit from their commitment if a request was placed.
Source: NBC DFW
Jul 1 - 9:45 AM

2020 QB Sol-Jay Maiava received an offer from Michigan.

Maiava -- a Hawaii native -- has yet to begin his freshman season, but such trivialities matter not for HC Jim Harbaugh. Predictably, the Wolverines' offer is the first one that Maiava has received at this early juncture. He earned it after participating in a Michigan satellite camp. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound dual-threat gunslinger indicated that he was "blown away" by the offer. The shape of his recruitment, on the whole, won't be molded for another few years.
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