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ESPN's Chris Low believes that Arkansas has the easiest non-conference schedule of any SEC team in 2018.

New Razorbacks coach Chad Morris is a competitive person who wouldn't ask for a soft landing, but he's getting one. The Razorbacks open with Eastern Illinois, and then take on a likely rebuilding Colorado State program. They also face North Texas and Tulsa, giving them a strong chance to go 4-0 in non-conference play. As Low summarizes: "The Hogs take the SEC medal because they're the only team in the league that won't play a Power 5 nonconference opponent (or Notre Dame) in 2018."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 2:50 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren lists Pittsburgh redshirt junior QB Ricky Town as a player who is running out of time to live up to the hype.

Town was a former five-star USC commit, and he was considered the "get" of the quarterback class for the Trojans over some quarterback named Sam Darnold. Obviously, things haven't worked out that well, as Town transferred to Ventura College last winter and now is at Pittsburgh. While he'll never meet the expectations he did in 2015, it's not too late for Town to make an impact. "Town will have the opportunity to play, with two years of eligibility remaining, as the Panthers lost quarterbacks Ben DiNucci and Thomas MacVittie to transfer, leaving Kenny Pickett as the only scholarship quarterback with experience on the roster," writes VanHaaren. "The spotlight won’t be as bright on Town at Pitt, but he will have a chance to make his mark."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 2:39 PM

Sports Illustrated's Joan Niesen lists USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels as a freshman who can make an impact on the 2018 season.

Neither Jake Sears or Matt Fink stepped up and wowed over the spring, which means that Daniels (6'1/190) has a great chance of winning the job at some point in 2018 -- maybe even as the opening-day starter. "He’s described as a football junkie with the physical skills to match," Nielsen writes, "and with as many playmakers as USC has, Daniels has the potential to play well beyond his years next fall."
Jun 24 - 2:21 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO T prospect Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu.

Aaumavae-Laulu is a massive 6-foot-7, 345-pound tackle prospect, and he ranks as the top junior college player -- regardless of position -- in 247 Sports composite rankings. His top three schools also included USC and Ole Miss, and he had several other high-profile schools trying to procure his services. This is a huge get -- literally and figuratively -- for the Ducks, who are having an exceptional beginning to the 2019 recruiting class. Oregon now ranks as the top class in 247 Sports rankings for Pac-12 schools, and eighth overall.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 24 - 2:06 PM

Former Stanford CB Terrence Alexander will join LSU on Monday.

Alexander (5'10/187) made the announcement that he'd transfer to LSU back in April, but you can't transfer as a graduate without graduating, and Alexander has now done that. He's expected to compete for a starting spot opposite potential first-round pick Greedy Williams, and if he doesn't win a job on the outside, he could see plenty of time with the Tigers as the nickel.
Jun 24 - 1:45 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren mentions UCLA redshirt junior LB Keisan Lucier-South as one of the players who is running out of time to live up to his recruiting hype.

Lucier-South was a player who had big-time hype in the 2015 recruiting circle, but after redshirting his freshman season, he's yet to show the playmaking ability he flashes as a prep -- at least on a consistent basis. There's a good chance that changes in 2018, in VanHaaren's eyes. "Lucier-South has the athleticism to succeed as a hybrid defensive lineman or linebacker," he writes. "Maybe a reset will be good for the former high school standout to regain his footing and help improve the UCLA defense this coming season." If UCLA has any chance at all to compete in the Pac-12 South, they'll need him to.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 1:33 PM

Baylor received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Brandon White.

White has excelled on both sides of the ball, but his most likely position with the Bears will be at corner. On top of having a quality frame for the position (6'1"/170) White is considered one of the fastest players in the state of Texas; registering 40-yard dash times in the 4.3 second range on a consistent basis. With that speed and length, White could develop into an outstanding defensive back -- assuming Baylor doesn't want that speed playing on offense.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 24 - 1:19 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren lists South Florida redshirt junior QB Blake Barnett as a former top recruit who is running out of time to make an impact.

Barnett is hoping his third school is the charm, as he originally enrolled at Alabama before transferring to Arizona State, and he left the dry heat for the muggy version when he left the Sun Devils for USF. "Barnett has two years of eligibility remaining and is on his way to play for Charlie Strong at USF, where he will compete with Chris Oladokun and Brett Kean for the starting job," VanHaaren writes. "He has experience on his side, and while this will be the third playbook he’s trying to learn, he already understands the challenges of learning a new system with new coaches." If he can win the job, he'll have two years of eligibility to make an impact with the Bulls.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:59 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compares LSU four-star 2019 QB commit Peter Parrish to Clemson QB Kelly Bryant.

"Athletically these two are mirror images," Parrish writes, "but Parrish is further along and more naturally gifted as a passer." That's saying something, as while Bryant didn't have a great first year as a starter with Clemson, he did lead them to the college football playoff and an ACC title. "Parrish is a dynamic athlete, runner and passer," writes Luginbill. "Built like a tailback (6'2/205). A true dual threat who can extend plays and make things happen on his own." This could be the signal-caller of the future in Baton Rouge, even in a crowded quarterback room.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:35 PM

Michigan received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 TE Erick All.

All's reported final four also included Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan State; and he also had offers from schools like Florida State and Notre Dame. At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, All has a frame that suggests red-zone target, and he also reportedly has the athleticism to be a threat over the middle. He ranks 22nd among all tight end recruits in 247 Sports composite rankings, and the Fairfield, Ohio native ranks 19th among prospects in the state.
Jun 24 - 12:19 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter lists TCU senior WR KaVontae Turpin as the most exciting player on the TCU roster to watch in 2018.

When Turpin has been on the field, as Trotter mentions, he's shown electric playmaking ability. Unfortunately, when is the operative term, as he's had injuries and academic issues that have hurt his production. "Yet when healthy and locked in, Turpin can change games," writes Trotter. "Now a senior, Turpin will look to rediscover that freshman form." If he can, the Horned Frogs will compete in the Big 12.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:07 PM

LSU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO CB Dreshun Miller.

Miller was originally committed to Coastal Carolina out of high school, but he instead ended up at Eastern Arizona Community College. His stock has risen significantly over his year at EACC, and 247 Sports ranks him as the third-best college in the junior college ranks. At 6-foot-2, 178-pounds; Miller has the size to play on the outside, and scouting reports indicate he has quality length along with the ability to find the football. He's a candidate to play early and often for the Tigers when he enrolls in 2019.
Jun 24 - 11:50 AM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren lists Florida senior T Martez Ivey as one of the players who is running out of time to live up to his recruiting hype.

Ivey was one of the highest rated tackles of his class, but while he hasn't been a "bust" per se, he hasn't quite lived up to that status in his three years with the Gators. As VanHaaren notes, Dan Mullen's staff is known for its "offensive acumen," and a better season on that side of the ball will certainly help Ivey's stock. "The size and potential is there, it’s just putting it all together for Ivey," VanHaaren writes. "The new staff provides hope for this season."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 11:33 AM

Auburn received a verbal commitment from four-star ATH Jashawn Sheffield.

Sheffield is a true two-way talent, one who has a chance to impact the game at several positions, including safety, running back and wide receiver. Just what position he'll play is still up in the air, but he's told reporters he's comfortable on both sides of the ball. In addition to Auburn, Sheffield was considering Florida State, Georgia, Clemson and Arkansas; to name a select few. He ranks as the 10th best athlete in 247 Sports composite rankings, and 150th among all prospects in the class.
Jun 24 - 11:17 AM

Uncommitted three-star 2020 LB Corey Flagg took unofficial visits to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State this week.

While Flagg did tour a number of SEC schools, none of them have offered to the 6-foot, 215-pounder as of yet. Indeed, he has just three offers currently on the table, from Texas Tech, Memphis and Boston College. The Red Raiders have made a good early impression on him, but there's a long ways to go before Flagg has to make a decision. He'll likely wait to see what other offers come over the transom before he settles on his future home. Rivals ranks the Houston native as the No. 11 inside linebacker prospect in the 2020 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 3:55 PM



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