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Missouri junior QB Drew Lock completed 8-of-14 passes for 63 yards during the team's spring game.

Lock was only in for a few series, hence the lack of more robust statistics. He won't be receiving the same kind of pub as, say, Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason or Shea Patterson, but the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is quietly one of the more interesting quarterbacks in the SEC. Last season, Lock threw for 3,398 yards with a 23/10 TD/INT ratio in 12 games played. Those numbers marked a respectable improvement off his work as a true freshman. Next step: More consistency. He completed just 54.6% of his passes and posted a 10/10 TD/INT ratio against SEC competition in 2016. He has more than enough arm strength to compete against elite defenses if he can improve on his decision-making.
May 22 - 8:11 PM

USC HC Clay Helton called sophomore WR Deontay Burnett a "shut-up-and-work guy."

"You can’t tell the difference between a practice and a game with that kid. It’s not about the hype, it’s just about playing ball each and every day," Helton said of the 6-foot, 170-pounder. "He might be the smallest horse in the stable, but he makes the biggest impact, and he does it in a workmanlike attitude." Burnett is expected to act as USC's No. 1 wideout this coming season with both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers moving on. This past season, he caught 56 passes for 622 yards and seven touchdowns. 247Sports' Barton Simmons tags the Trojans triumvirate of QB Sam Darnold, RB Ronald Jones III and Burnett as the No. 7 offensive trio in the country.
May 22 - 7:49 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Rob Cassidy, Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack note that uncommitted four-star 2018 RB Kamryn Babb "was nearly uncoverable during the first half of one-on-one work" at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis.

"At 6-foot-1, Babb has solid-enough size, but it’s his explosiveness that has made him into a full-fledged recruiting commodity," the analysts write, adding that Babb is "a special player and is developing nicely as he marches toward the college game." Rivals ranks him as the No. 75 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 7:37 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter writes that Kansas State freshman LB Daniel Green "was a huge signing day coup for the Wildcats."

"Given that K-State will be breaking in a completely new linebacking corps," Trotter writes, "Green could follow in the footsteps of Elijah Lee as the next true-freshman linebacker to garner playing time." The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder offers legitimate straight-line speed and an aggressive head for the game. Along with Green, Sam Sizelove, Trent Tanking and Kirby Jayd are linebacking pieces HC Bill Snyder will be playing around with in August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 7:25 PM

Notre Dame's offensive line surrendered nine sacks during the team's spring game.

UHND.com's Greg Flammang was none too impressed with the performance, writing, "They just didn’t look like the dominant group they are projected to be and incredibly they struggled in pass protection, which was unexpected given Notre Dame’s inability to rush the passer." He referred to the line as a "work in progress" and noted that while he is "[n]ot panicking," "this group isn’t to be penciled in as a significant strength just yet."
Source: UHND.com
May 22 - 7:11 PM

Uncommitted 2018 RB Canaan Brooks was named the running back MVP of the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis.

"Brooks left with the MVP award for running backs and he earned it. He is close to 200 pounds, but he moved with quickness," write Rivals analysts Rob Cassidy, Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack. "He was great in the cat-and-mouse drill showing good balance, the ability to change direction and speed. He went on to flash good hands as well." The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder has to be hoping that this fine work will earn him a bit more love in recruiting circles -- as matters currently stand, his biggest offers are coming from Murray State and Northern Iowa. Rivals does not assign him a star rating at this juncture.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 6:58 PM

Land of 10's Corey Masisak ranked Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson as the second-best running back in the Big Ten.

No surprise, but Masisak ranked Penn State's Saquon Barkley as the No. 1 back in the conference. Jackson slotted in right behind, followed by Iowa's Akrum Wadley and Ohio State's Mike Weber. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Jackson rushed for a healthy 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns across 13 games played. If he were to rush for 2,277 yards during the coming season, he would exit his Northwestern career as the NCAA's all-time leading rusher. As productive as he has been, that mark is probably beyond the pale for the Northwestern standout.
Source: Land of 10
May 22 - 6:46 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah writes that Vanderbilt redshirt senior LB Oren Burks "will lead a total team effort to replace [Zach] Cunningham’s production."

"The Commodores used Burks in several ways last season, but the converted safety will likely move into a more permanent inside role [in 2017]," Jeyarajah believes. The 6-foot-3, 226-pounder posted a healthy statistical output in 2016, registering 59 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 13 games (10 starts).
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 6:31 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Rob Cassidy, Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack tagged Tennessee four-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Alontae Taylor as one of the standouts from the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis.

"Taylor was so impressive that he almost made getting open look effortless, even when battling the event’s top defensive backs," noted the trio of analysts. "Taylor’s progression from year to year has been very impressive and the more comfortable he becomes as a wide receiver, the better he seems to perform." The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder had previously been playing quarterback at Coffee County Central (Tennessee) before shifting over to wideout. Rivals ranks him as the No. 143 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 6:13 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter tagged Texas Tech freshman OL Jack Anderson as a potential early impact piece.

"The Red Raiders are desperate for help along the offensive line," Trotter writes. "Inking one of the country's top high school guards could be an immediate salve." The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder has position flexibility, too, often a decent selling point for early playing time. ESPN ranked him as the No. 52 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle, noting that Anderson is a "[p]hysical player with a mean streak who plays through the whistle and looks to punish opponents."
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 5:56 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 DT Michael Thompson was named defensive line MVP at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis.

"The most dominant player at the camp, Thompson asserted himself early in one-on-ones and lost just one rep during the event," note Rivals analysts Rob Cassidy and Woody Wommack. "His build is that of an elite-level college lineman, and his raw power was on display from the jump." They refer to the 6-foot-4, 273-pounder as "shockingly light on his feet" and add that Thompson "possesses the explosiveness of a smaller prospect." Rivals ranks him as the No. 102 prospect for the 2018 cycle. A bevy of big-name schools are chasing his commitment, including Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma and USC.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 5:42 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. writes that Arkansas freshman RB Maleek Williams "impressed the Razorbacks this spring and performed well."

"If he continues to progress the way he has since enrolling in January, the four-star prospect will have a significant workload this season," Khan writes. He is not alone in seeing the 6-foot, 230-pound Williams as a potential impact freshman. Earlier this month, SEC Country's Jason Kersey made the assertion that Williams "could be in line for at least 100 carries" as a true freshman. Devwah Whaley is expected to work as starter for the coming season, but there will be opportunities behind him now that Rawleigh Williams (neck) has opted for retirement.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 5:13 PM

UHND.com's Greg Flammang passes along that Notre Dame sophomore WR Chase Claypool "flashed on a number of plays" during the team's spring game.

Per the One Foot Down blog over at SB Nation, Claypool remains a somewhat unpolished route runner. With a 6-foot-5, 213-pound frame, though, he doesn't necessarily have to be a technician to make his presence felt -- particularly in the red zone. This past season, he caught five passes for 81 yards. Notre Dame has a number of relatively unproven receiving options to sort through beyond Equanimeous St. Brown, with Claypool, Kevin Stepherson, C.J. Sanders, Miles Boykin and Corey Holmes among the options HC Brian Kelly will be considering for potential impact roles during August camp.
Source: UHND.com
May 22 - 4:58 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Jashaun Corbin.

While five-star freshman RB Cam Akers is already looking like a bellcow-in-the-making, ESPN's Billy Tucker believes that Corbin will be used in more of a complementary fashion once he joins the Seminoles in 2018. Wrote the analyst, "Blend of size, speed and athleticism will provide FSU with flexibility on how they utilize Corbin throughout the backfield and slot." He refers to the 6-foot, 190-pounder as possessing a "third-down, change of pace skill set" and compares him to former Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara. Corbin is FSU's second commitment at running back in this cycle. The first carries a very, very familiar last name -- that would be five-star RB James Cook, younger brother of Dalvin Cook.
May 22 - 4:44 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah believes that Tennessee junior WR Jauan Jennings is "probably good enough to be considered a star."

"With Josh Malone gone to the NFL, Jennings should compete to be one of the SEC’s few 1,000-yard receivers in 2017, and perhaps develop into a legitimate NFL prospect," Jeyarajah writes. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 201-pounder caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns. He received a citation for simple possession of marijuana in early February, but that charge has since been dismissed and thus should have no effect on his availability for the start of the coming season.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 4:27 PM



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