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Auburn received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Devan Barrett.

Barrett was Auburn's top target at running back for this recruiting cycle, making it a nice pull for the Tigers. "It just feels like home every time I go down there," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder. "It just feels like family." With Barrett in the fold, Auburn has racked up 13 commitments from the 2017 class. Back in May, the Tigers sat at No. 45 in the 247Sports team rankings. They have crept all the way up to No. 12 in the interim.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 30 - 6:55 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert note that Washington four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jacob Sirmon is "reminiscent of a bigger version of [Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning]."

"Already in the mold of a Power 5 pocket passer," the ESPN recruiting duo wrote, "Sirmon is big and polished with a pro-style skillset and high football IQ. He'll have prototypical size and arm strength to make all the college throws as freshman." Luginbill and Haubert believe that not only does the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder have the requisite athletic tools, he also has the smarts to make waves early in his career with the Huskies. "Sirmon sees the field well, processes quickly and makes smart decisions on where to go with the football," according to the analysts. Sirmon surfaces at No. 15 on the ESPN Junior 300.
Jul 30 - 6:31 PM

Speaking at Mountain West Media Days, Boise State HC Bryan Harsin indicated that he does not put stock in the high preseason predictions for the Broncos.

"Hopefully we’re undefeated," Harsin said. "I hope everything you guys [in the media] say happens. But it doesn’t mean anything right now because we haven’t done anything." In the Mountain West media's preseason poll, Boise State was predicted to win the Mountain Division by 27 of 29 writers. Air Force siphoned off the two remaining first-place ballots, with San Diego State earning all 29 first-place votes to win the West Division. The Broncos showed flashes of beauty last season, but fell victim to several puzzling losses on their way to a 9-4 finish. The team is not dancing around the disappointment, with senior LB Ben Weaver saying, "The chip on our shoulder has increased tremendously, especially losing two games at home. It wasn’t our standard last year, and we all know that."
Jul 30 - 6:19 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill wrote that Texas A&M four-star 207 verbal WR commit Hezekiah Jones "[p]ossesses some of the best feet of any prospect in the wide receiver class."

Luginbill noted that Jones "[g]ets into routes quickly and is conscious of steps and spacing to attack coverage alignment and eat cushion." He also sees the 6-foot, 190-pound receiving prospect as having a "great feel for coverage." As for a collegiate comparable, the analyst reaches for Baylor WR K.D. Cannon. "These two are smooth, fluid and fast," he wrotes. "True gliders as athletes with the speed to take the top off a defense."
Jul 30 - 6:01 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2017 CB Darnay Holmes indicated that he will take official visits to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Nebraska.

Miami, Stanford, UCLA and USC are among those who could be in play for Holmes' fifth and final official visit slot. The Buckeyes -- as they tend to do -- loom large here. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder enjoyed an unofficial trip to Ohio State's Friday Night Lights event earlier this offseason, noting that "[t]hey said [whether] I come over there or not they want to see me a few years from now being one of the first draft picks." Holmes ranks as Rivals' No. 15 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 30 - 5:45 PM

Rivals' Gene Williams reports that FSU sophomore S Derwin James underwent a minor surgery to repair a fracture in his foot.

According to Williams, James had the surgery two weeks ago. His initial timetable had him missing 4-5 weeks, meaning that he could be able to participate to some degree when preseason camp boots up on August 9, with Williams relaying that a full recovery is expected by the second week of practices. Barring a setback, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound defensive wizard should be ready for the Seminoles' opening showdown with Ole Miss on September 3. As a true freshman, James registered 91 tackles (9.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He could be in line for a monster 2016 campaign so long as he stays healthy.
Source: Rivals
Jul 30 - 5:20 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 DE Xavier Thomas landed at No. 1 on the latest release of the ESPN Junior 300.

While Scout.com anointed QB Trevor Lawrence their No. 1 prospect for 2018 earlier this summer, ESPN opted for defensive prospects in the top two slots, with Thomas and fellow DE Justin Mascoll earning first billing (they slot Lawrence in at No. 3). As for Thomas, Worldwide Leader recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert note that the 6-foot-3, 259-pounder is "[a]n explosive defender [who] can disrupt and get after the QB," one who "already demonstrat[es] the tools and potential to be an impact player at the college level."
Jul 30 - 4:57 PM

Texas A&M received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Hezekiah Jones.

Formerly a Baylor commit, Jones backed off his pledge after the program's late-May overhaul. Upon re-calibrating, he released a top-five list consisting of Texas A&M, Auburn, Houston, Notre Dame and Alabama. The 6-foot, 190-pounder will have familiar company at Texas A&M in four-star QB Kellen Mond, who himself de-committed from Baylor at the end of May before hooking up with the Aggies in June. Mond has been attempting to sway Jones over to his new program ever since. Success. Scout.com ranks the wideout as their No. 174 overall prospect for 2017. While they see his best collegiate fit coming out of the slot, he also has strengths as a downfield target due to his quickness and burst.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 30 - 4:24 PM

Texas sophomore WR Ryan Newsome transferred to Arizona State.

Michigan State was also in play for Newsome's transfer, but a marriage between the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder and the Spartans just wasn't to be. Now joining the Sun Devils, Newsome will reunite with OC Jay Norvall, who initially recruited him to the Longhorns during his stint as WR coach. Norvall took over the same position at Arizona State back in February. Last season, Newsome's offensive contributions with Texas were limited (five catches for 28 yards, six kick returns for 110), but he should have opportunities to see the field in 2017. He will sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Jul 30 - 4:14 PM

Wyoming junior RB Brian Hill said that he "got bigger" and "gained weight" during the offseason.

Hill is up about 10 pounds from last season, now checking in at 220. "I'm feeling stronger, and I'm feeling much faster," Hill said. "That's just my motto every offseason: to get bigger, faster, stronger." The 6-foot-1, now-220-pound workhorse indicated that he hopes to take less of a physical beating in 2016. In 2015, he accounted for almost 41% of Wyoming's offensive production in rushing for 1,638 yards (5.8 YPC) and six touchdowns. The touchdown total looks modest enough, but these things happen when you play for Wyoming.
Jul 30 - 3:59 PM

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said that his conference is "contingency planning for just about every scenario [in terms of Big 12 expansion]."

After the Big 12 initially announced their plans for expansion in mid-July, Aresco said that he and the rest of the conference were "tun[ing] out the distractions." Those distractions became much, much more distracting this week, when CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported that the Big 12 wanted to complete the expansion process by the beginning of the season. "I’ve been talking to the [athletic directors] and the president of the schools that might leave, and it looks like some of them will," Aresco said. "We’re talking to each other and trying to figure out the future. We expect everyone who leaves will leave on good terms." Houston, Memphis, Cincinnati, USF and UCF are among the AAC teams rumored to be considering a jump.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 3:29 PM

Memphis sophomore RB Jamarius Henderson transferred to Troy.

Henderson is transferring to Troy to be closer with family and in the hopes of finding a more comfortable football fit. He called it a "perfect environment to transfer [to]." As a true freshman in 2015, the 5-foot-11, 210-pounder rushed for 320 yards (5.3 YPC) and four touchdowns in 10 games. He will have to sit out the 2016 campaign due to transfer regulations unless he receives a hardship waiver for his family situation. Troy is investigating that possibility, but Henderson isn't focused on it. "They are trying to get a waiver," he said, "but I can’t look on that waiver right now."
Jul 30 - 3:15 PM

In the spring, Alabama HC Nick Saban said Alabama sophomore DT Daron Payne has "done a really good job."

"He’s lost a little weight," Saban said. "He’s gotten a little quicker. He can rush the passer a little bit better. He’s had a really good spring." The 6-2, 320-pound Payne, a five-star recruit out of high school, boasts a 4.93 40, a benched press of 500 pounds, a max squat of 600 and a power-clean of 365. Payne figures to break into the starting lineup this fall.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 30 - 3:02 PM

Utah State head coach Matt Wells says improving junior QB Kent Myers' consistency is the key to him becoming a star quarterback.

"Kent has played very well at times and just OK at times," he said. "It's up to me to try and get him to play at a high, high level every single week. So that one's on me." Myers platooned with a hobbled Chuckie Keeton for much of last season, putting great pressure on the former face of the Aggies' program. Now that Keeton has graduated, it's Myers' show. Expect a breakout campaign. The 6-foot, 195-pounder completed 121-of-199 passes for 1,593 yards and a 16/3 TD/INT ratio in nine games last year. A dangerous runner, he also had 85 carries for 460 yards and three scores.
Jul 30 - 2:49 PM

Houston junior CB Brandon Wilson runs a 4.38 forty and benches 370 pounds.

Not only that, but the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder deadlifts 515, has a vertical jump of 40 inches, a broad jump of 11-2 and performs pull-ups with 150 additional pounds of weight strapped on. All of that is very impressive, but perhaps not quite as impressive as Wilson's designation as the nation's only player with multiple touchdowns in all three phases of the game -- offense, defense and special teams -- last year. Now that RB Duke Catalon is in town, Wilson can go back to focusing on playing his brand of sticky cover corner and explosive returner.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 30 - 2:36 PM



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