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ESPN's Erik McKinney notes that Oregon State three-star WR Trevon Bradford is "an unheralded recruit who can provide an instant spark on offense and special teams."

McKinney floats the name of Utah freshman WR Britain Covey as a possible parallel for Bradford. Covey was similarly under-recruited, but came on to catch 43 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Oregon State won just two games last season and if the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Bradford can hang in spring practice and August camp, there should be opportunities here.
Feb 11 - 10:30 PM

Arkansas signed four-star WR T.J. Hammonds.

During his senior campaign at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Hammonds caught 23 passes for 661 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers might seem modest enough, but he also rushed for an immodest 1,375 yards and 22 scores. ESPN 300 (where he checks in at No. 223) notes "there is a lot to like about Hammonds and he gives coaches a lot of options in terms of where to play him. He also has return game upside. He's a natural football player with confidence and production. Tons of big plays from him."
Feb 11 - 10:29 PM
Jay Lee - WR - Bears

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler pegged Baylor WR Jay Lee as his NFL Scouting Combine snub at the wideout position.

"After [Lee's] impressive performance at the Senior Bowl," Brugler wrote, "many were looking forward to seeing how Lee would test at the Combine. But that will have to wait until Baylor's pro day." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Baylor product caught four passes for 49 yards in the aforementioned Senior Bowl showing. For the 2015 season, he caught 38 passes for 758 yards and eight touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 11 - 10:16 PM

ESPN's Erik McKinney wrote that UCLA four-star DE Breland Brandt, "could have an opportunity to immediately factor in as a rusher off the edge."

Brandt sits at No. 215 on the ESPN 300. McKinney noted that he "won’t provide much in the way of power run-stopping ability," but "the extra spring reps should be big for him to start physically developing into an impact player along the line." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder also has potential as a tight end, though he would probably only be transitioned over that way if he can't find a comfortable fit on the defensive side.
Feb 11 - 10:03 PM

Delaware State graduate DE Gabe Sherrod indicated that Syracuse is currently his leading transfer contender.

Said Sherrod, "Syracuse has been on top of things the entire time. They are definitely the front-runner." The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder played quarterback in high school, opened his Delaware State career as a wide receiver and switched to defensive end as a redshirt sophomore. Last season, he recorded 64 tackles (25 for loss) and eight sacks. Duke, Coastal Carolina and Southern Illinois have also been in touch with Sherrod, but the Orange appear to be the strong favorites at this point.
Feb 11 - 9:50 PM

TCU RB Aaron Green did not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Green played in both the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the Senior Bowl, but the combine won't be in his future. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler deemed the 5-foot-11, 205-pound TCU product "a possible later round pick." Wrote the analyst, "Green has electric feet to juke his way out of trouble. His lack of power limits his NFL role, but with his creative athleticism in space, he deserves to be in Indianapolis."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 11 - 9:37 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that the NFL Scouting Combine is a "great opportunity for [NC State RB Shadrach Thornton] to rebuild his image."

Thornton was dismissed from the Wolfpack in late September after he ran his scooter into a pedestrian, but he'll at least get a shot at the combine. Brugler wrote that "based on ability," his invitation shouldn't come as a shock. That being said, the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder never even cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his time at NC State. His best season came as a junior in 2014, when he worked his way to 907 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 11 - 9:23 PM

ESPN's Erik McKinney wrote that USC four-star DE Oluwole Betiku "should have a chance to see the field early for the Trojans, as the defense implements new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendgergast’s 5-2 scheme."

Per McKinney, "Getting there in the spring should provide Betiku with a significant boost, as he looks to help a pass rush that was lacking at times last season and loses a number of contributors along the defensive line." The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder had been committed to the Trojan cause since December. At No. 59 on the ESPN 300, he ranks as the outlet's best USC recruit to join the team on National Signing Day.
Feb 11 - 9:10 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Liberty QB Josh Woodrum's invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine was "a surprise, but a pleasant surprise."

"Woodrum was stuck in a very conservative offense in college," Brugler noted, "but he is a precision passer who throws with timing and touch." The 6-foot-3, 225-pound FCS gunslinger saw a little run during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in late January, completing 3-of-4 passes for 46 yards. This past season, he threw for 2,772 yards with a 12/4 TD/INT ratio.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 11 - 8:56 PM

Dayton graduate T Zac Morgan transferred to Oregon.

Playing for FCS squad Dayton in 2015, Morgan was named first-team all-Pioneer League. The 6-foot-7, 280-pounder's capable of playing on either side of the line, as he started at right tackle in 2014 before shifting over to the left this past season. Morgan is the second FCS graduate transfer to land at Oregon this offseason, following in the footsteps of Montana State QB Dakota Prukop. Prukop has a strong chance of earning the starting nod in 2016. It remains to be seen if Morgan will be one of those tasked with protecting him on a regular basis, but he's certainly held his own against lower-level competition.
Feb 11 - 8:43 PM

Georgia signed four-star G Ben Cleveland.

Cleveland was committed to Georgia for quite some time, making his preferred destination known in the summer of 2014. Scout.com's Dean Legge wrote of the 6-foot-7, 314-pounder, "Cleveland could probably excel in the future at guard, but if he can somehow get more bend and wiggle he could move on out to right tackle." Legge also referred to the big man as a potential "right tackle of the future in the program." He cautions that the Toccoa, Georgia, native isn't as polished as you might normally see from a Georgia signee and will need a touch of technical polish before he's ready to truly burst onto the scene.
Source: scout.com
Feb 11 - 8:30 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Texas A&M will hire former OL coach Jim Turner.

Football Scoop was first on the scoop, with Feldman and other writers subsequently confirming the Aggies' rehire of Turner. He had previously worked at Texas A&M under HC Mike Sherman. Sherman was fired in 2011 and took to the NFL, followed by Turner, who stuck with him after Sherman was hired by the Dolphins. Turner would leave Miami in the fallout of their bullying scandal several years ago. And now back to A&M. He'll be the third offensive line coach in the last three years for Kevin Sumlin.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 11 - 8:17 PM

Govols247 reports that Tennessee received the signed letter of intent from five-star JUCO DE Jonathan Kongbo on Thursday.

Kongbo committed to the Volunteers on National Signing Day, but they had not received his signed NLI over the course of the last week. This would seem to be a formality, but the 6-foot-6, 256-pounder's father had been pushing hard for him to join Ole Miss. There's no doubt to the matter, now. Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote after signing day that Kongbo's "ceiling could be higher" than that of consensus No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary.
Feb 11 - 8:05 PM

Michigan QB Jake Rudock was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

In a rundown of the most surprising combine omissions, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler wrote of Rudock, "A passer who gained confidence with each snap, Rudock doesn't have ideal physical traits, but the game appeared to slow down for him in the second half of the season." To Brugler's point, the 6-foot-3, 208-pounder threw for more than 250 yards just once in the first eight games before hitting that mark in each of his final five games. In those five contests, he held a 14/2 TD/INT ratio (he posted a 6/7 TD/INT ratio over the previous eight games). "Yes, his tools are average-at-best," Brugler concluded, "but his intelligence and intangibles will give him a chance." Failing to find a combine invite isn't necessarily a sign of future doom--last April, 41 players who didn't attend ended up being drafted, three hitting the fourth round. Still, it makes the climb that much more difficult.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 11 - 7:52 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that former Buccaneers QB Shaun King will join the USF staff in an undetermined capacity.

King's entrance comes just as co-OC/OL coach Danny Hope announced he would step down, but there's no word as to whether King's role on staff will relate to that in any fashion. Buccaneer fans with long memories might remember King from his stint with the team from 1999 to 2003. He played his college ball at Tulane. This is King's first foray into the happy fun world of coaching.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 11 - 7:37 PM



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