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Rivals analyst Adam Friedman notes that NC State has found unexpected success recruiting the state of New Jersey.

During the outlet's history, the Wolf Pack have signed just seven prospects out of Jersey. Two of those came in the 2017 cycle (Louis Acceus, Josh Fedd-Jackson) and HC Dave Doeren is showing no signs of slowing down during the current cycle -- they currently have three pledges from the state, highlighted by four-star QB Devin Leary, who ranks as Rivals' No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the class.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 8:54 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 DT Josh Walker is deciding between Wake Forest, Arizona State and Minnesota.

Walker (6'2/285) was expected to make his final decision today, but has decided to give himself a few more weeks to mull over his contenders. August 16 is looking like the new day to watch, now. Scout.com ranks the IMG Academy standout as the No. 4 defensive tackle prospect in the state of Florida and notes that Walker is "a fierce competitor with a non-stop motor." They love what he brings to the table as a run-stopping force, but would like to see him improve as a pass-rusher.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 27 - 8:38 PM

With the transfer of Western Michigan junior QB Tom Flacco to Rutgers, redshirt sophomore QB Jon Wassink is now first in line to start.

Flacco had been competing with Wassink for starting honors during the spring. Wassink (6'3/195) has yet to attempt a pass during a game, but he was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in the winter of 2015. We should have a better idea of just how equipped he is to step into the big shoes vacated by Zach Terrell when August camp gets underway.
Source: mlive.com
Jul 27 - 8:23 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman tagged four-star 2018 LB Teradja Mitchell's commitment to Ohio State as one of the biggest surprises of the summer.

"Ohio State, Urban Meyer and Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith really flexed their muscles here, and Mitchell will be a key piece to the future of their defense," Friedman writes. He had been looking like a potential Florida State pledge before he flipped the script by committing to the Buckeyes at the beginning of June. The 6-foot-2, 247-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 45 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Scout.com is even higher on his collegiate potential, slotting him into their master list at No. 13 overall while assigning him five-star status.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 8:06 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said that the school has no plans to include former RB O.J. Simpson in any university functions.

"Right now what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, OJ will not be a part of our functions," Helton said at Pac-12 media days. Simpson starred with the Trojans in the mid-60's, but due to his severe legal troubles over the past two-plus decades, the university has put some distance between themselves and their former marquee student-athlete. Simpson was just granted parole after serving time on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.
Jul 27 - 7:51 PM

USC redshirt freshman WR Tyler Vaughns admitted that he was not prepared for the rigors of a collegiate workload.

"After my first semester, going into like November, I got more comfortable, more confident in myself in terms of the field and in school," Vaughns explained, "so I was just doing better in both. That’s what I want to do really. Now I feel very comfortable." This offseason, USC OC Tee Martin referred to him as a "dynamic route runner" and one of the shiftiest wideouts the team has had since Marqise Lee's day. His place on the depth chart should come into focus over the coming weeks.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 27 - 7:35 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin called UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen the best quarterback in the country.

"He's not only a guy with great arm talent, he's very smart," Sumlin said. He spoke specifically to what he saw from Rosen when the Bruins tangoed with the Aggies in last year's season-opener, explaining, "We hit him a bunch. The game was over and he got up, came back out there and put them back in with a chance to win the game and put it into overtime." In the game in question, the then-sophomore gunslinger threw for 343 yards while tossing one touchdown and three interceptions (the Aggies led for most of the game before Rosen tightened things up). We are jazzed to see what Rosen can do coming back from the shoulder injury which cost him a large chunk of the 2016 season. He will get that party started against Texas A&M (again) in a spotlight Sunday game on September 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 27 - 7:19 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 TE Michael Ezeike will take an unofficial visit to Oregon this weekend.

Ezeike (6'5/210) will also be heading out to UCLA in the near future. Both the Ducks and Bruins are in his top-seven, as are fellow Pac-12 outfits USC, Utah and Arizona State. Michigan and Texas A&M round out his list of favorites. Scout.com ranks the Ontario, California, native as the No. 302 overall prospect in the 2018 class and outlet analyst Greg Biggins expects him to be "a huge weapon in the red zone" and "that clutch 3rd down pass catcher/security blanket all quarterbacks love."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 27 - 7:06 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney writes that Michigan, USC and Stanford have "emerged as major contenders" for uncommitted five-star 2019 QB JT Daniels.

Notre Dame is another program to watch, here, though the Irish are not on the frontline in Daniels' mind at this current juncture. And while Washington would be an ideal fit for the five-star's preference to play in a pro-style offense, the Huskies already have two quarterback pledges for the 2018 cycle and one more for 2019 in four-star Dylan Morris. Michigan, USC and Stanford, though, remain strong possibilities. In Scout.com's initial 2019 rankings release, they slotted Daniels in at No. 6 overall.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 6:51 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that junior RB Damien Harris possesses "the capabilities to be a dominant player."

Harris (5'11/214) rushed for 1,037 yards (7.1 YPC) and two touchdowns last season, though the bulk of that came in the first half, when he posted 100-yard efforts in four of eight games. He ceded playing time to Bo Scarbrough down the stretch, failing to receive double-digit carries in five of the team's final six games (including Playoff action). We expect Scarbrough to see "starter" carries ahead of Harris this season, though given the stacked state of the running backs room in Tuscaloosa, all four of Scarbrough, Harris, Joshua Jacobs and Najee Harris figure to see their own time in the spotlight depending on who has the hot hand.
Source: AL.com
Jul 27 - 6:37 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that sophomore QB Jalen Hurts' focus this offseason has been on "becoming a more efficient and effective and consistent passer."

Saban admitted to playing Hurts with kid gloves last season, saying that his coaching staff was "a little risk adverse in how we tried to develop him." They are looking for more of a balance between the pass and run during the coming campaign. Hurts (6'2/210) was named ESPN's SEC Offensive Player of the Year for his work in 2016, when he threw for 2,780 yards (62.8% completions) with a 23/9 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 954 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 27 - 6:24 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 ATH Matthew Hill is deciding between Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.

Hill (6'1/185) has yet to settle on a commitment day, but said he could make his decision some time in August. Rivals ranks him as the No. 22 "athlete" prospect for the 2018 cycle, while Scout.com notes that the Snellville, Georgia, native offers "great body control" and that he "really sees the field well." While he has potential as a corner or safety, all three of his finalists are pursuing him as a receiver.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 6:11 PM

New Mexico redshirt junior WR Matt Quarells transferred to Iowa as a graduate.

Quarells (6'1/195) logged 11 catches for 180 yards last season while working as one of the receiving threats in New Mexico's triple-option attack. He joins a mostly thin, unproven receiving corp at Iowa. Matt VandeBerg and Nick Easley are expected to start at wideout for the Hawkeyes, with Quarells set to try to carve out a rotation role while jostling with fellow receivers Adrian Falconer and Devonte Young when August camp boots up in a few days.
Jul 27 - 5:57 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 CB Marcus Hooker.

Hooker (6'0/197) was just tossed an offer by the Buckeyes and leaped at the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of older brother and former OSU star S Malik Hooker. Baby brother ranks as 247Sports' composite's No. 52 corner prospect in the 2018 cycle. That is not the most illustrious of rankings, but the same could have been said for Malik's back in 2014 -- almost eerily so, with the safety ranking as Rivals' No. 52 prospect at his position in that cycle.
Jul 27 - 5:38 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin indicated that he is not sure when freshman DE Damion Barber will join the team.

Barber (6'3/245) was a three-star recruit out of high school, but has yet to join the team with the rest of the freshman class due to the fact that he needed to take several classes this summer in order to achieve academic eligibility with the Nittany Lions. While the defensive end was hopeful that he would be able to join the team on July 30, Franklin said that his arrival date "hasn't been determined."
Jul 27 - 5:24 PM



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