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ESPN's Gerry Hamilton notes that LSU four-star 2018 verbal DT commit Davis Cotton possesses a "muscular build with a powerful lower body."

According to Hamilton, the 6-foot-2, 263-pound Cotton "[s]heds blocks with strong hands and advanced technique and is a maximum effort player [who] has the quickness and speed combination to pursue the ball from hash mark-to-hash mark and beyond." Cotton pledged himself to the LSU cause this past weekend. After failing to net a handful in-state pledges during the 2017 cycle, eight of their 10 commitments in the 2018 cycle come from the state of Louisiana. Logic would have it that now that HC Ed Orgeron's staff is locked into place, they might prove a stronger presence in territory which has traditionally been drenched in purple and gold.
Feb 24 - 9:02 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks notes that Tennessee WR Josh Malone "shows outstanding patience in setting up defenders with crafty moves at the top of his routes."

Brooks writes that Malone's "slick route-running skills" stand out when compared to those of other similarly-sized wideouts. "Malone runs past defenders with ease and flashes strong hands and natural ball skills wrestling jump balls away from defensive backs," the analyst notes. In 2016, Malone hauled in 50 passes and turned them into 972 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 8:46 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Notre Dame four-star 2018 WR Micah Jones possesses "impressive fluidity for his size."

Jones measures out at a strong 6-foot-5, 196 pounds. "Difficult high-point, contested catches in traffic are made with consistency with the ability to take and play through contact," Hamilton writes. While Jones lacks an elite top-end speed component, the analyst refers to him as a "true red zone mismatch." Over at Rivals, Jones lands on their 2018 master list at No. 158 overall.
Feb 24 - 8:30 PM

In an interview on WSNP 105.5 FM, former Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville indicated that he has no plans to coach in the near future.

Tuberville, 62, stepped down as Cincinnati's head coach in December. He is seriously considering a run at the Alabama governor-ship. "I’ve been there done that for many many years in college football. I don’t know what I’m going to do. Talking about this governor thing, I’m kind of testing the wind," Tuberville said, adding that he "want[s] to do a little something different." He didn't rule out possibly coaching again down the road, but that a return to the collegiate ranks doesn't appear to be on his radar right now.
Source: WNSP.com
Feb 24 - 8:16 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko believes that Houston OLB Tyus Bowser deserves legitimate consideration as a first-round prospect.

"He’ll be on the second-round radar after the NFL Scouting Combine is through," Galko writes, "but his skillset, versatility, and remarkable value for 3-4 and 4-3 teams scream first-round prospect." Earlier this week, an AFC Scouting Director forwarded the belief that the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder will start early during his career in the NFL. Galko's Round 1 talk might be a little on the rich side, but a second- or third-round selection is very much in play.
Feb 24 - 8:01 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 S Isaac Taylor-Stuart indicated that Washington's success in 2016 could play into his recruitment.

"[Their run to the Playoff] definitely makes me want to take a visit there, and learn more about Washington," said Taylor-Stuart. The 6-foot-2, 177-pounder ranks as ESPN's No. 108 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle, with the outlet noting that he is a "[h]eady player with high football IQ who consistently gets in the right position." In addition to Washington, Taylor-Stuart has received offers from such heavy hitters as Alabama, Michigan, LSU and Penn State.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 7:48 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah relays that he has heard five different quarterbacks receive No. 1 positional rankings from various team executives and scouts.

Jeremiah passes along that Mitch Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, Pat Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Davis Webb have all received No. 1 QB rankings depending on the team. Wrote the analyst, "I currently have Kizer as my top passer, but the more I study all of these guys, the less confidence I have in stacking my board." This was not the case for Jeremiah a year ago, when he stuck by NDSU's Carson Wentz as the No. 1 gunslinger throughout the process. The Combine might offer some clarity as to a more general consensus, but it is very possible that quarterback remains a fluid draft position even after festivities have taken place in Indianapolis next week.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 7:36 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 LB Alan Tisdale has received recent offers from Louisville and Notre Dame.

We have seen Notre Dame running hot early in the 2018 cycle. Tisdale called the Irish's offer a "huge" one and indicated that he is tentatively planning on making a visit to South Bend during ND's spring practice. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder holds additional offers from Wake Forest, NC State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, to count a few. Scout.com's analysis team notes that he is a "long, athletic linebacker who can cover a lot of ground quickly." He is unlikely to make a commitment in the near future.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 24 - 7:23 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 LB Antwuan Johnson has taken recent visits to Cincinnati, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Johnson's offseason is shaping up to be a packed one. Having already visited the above trio of programs, he is now planning trips to three more -- to Alabama, Pittsburgh and Louisville. The 6-foot-1, 229-pounder, once a Michigan commit, ranks as Rivals' No. 14 inside linebacker in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 24 - 7:09 PM

An AFC executive said that Tennessee DE Derek Barnett "kind of reminds me of a young Terrell Suggs coming out of Arizona State."

"He's not going to run a fast 40, but if you like tough, violent, high-motor players with production, you'll love him," the executive said. An AFC scouting director sees Barnett in the same light, telling NFL Media that the 6-foot-3, 267-pounder is "a great football player with a nasty temperament" and adding, "I don't understand why some scouts aren't high on him, but he can play for me any day." Draft expert Bucky Brooks believes that Barnett's pass-rushing ability rivals that of Texas A&M's Myles Garrett -- widely viewed as the front-runner to be selected No. 1 overall by the Browns.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 6:56 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Michigan three-star 2018 DE Aidan Hutchinson is a "high-motor player [who] understands leverage."

Hamilton notes that Hutchinson is "not an explosive player [who] is a blur off the edge," but manages to make up for that lack of overt athleticism via his hustle and football intelligence. The analyst views the 6-foot-4, 227-pounder "[c]an be an effective strong-side end in a four man front, or grow into a five-technique in a three-man front." Hamilton believes this is pretty much a lock-pledge, giving the Wolverines a 99% chance to hang on to his commitment. Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt wrote after the Best of the Midwest Combine this past Monday that he had seen noticeable improvement in Hutchinson's game over the past year.
Feb 24 - 6:39 PM

Laurinburg Scotland HC Richard Bailey said that he believes that Georgia is the front-runner for uncommitted five-star 2018 RB Zamir White's pledge.

On Monday, White released a top four of Georgia, Alabama, Clemson and North Carolina. Bailey stressed that his guess of Georgia as the leader for his star pupil is strictly that, a guess. In a nice gesture, the 6-foot, 205-pounder plans on making his commitment on June 27, his mother's birthday. Rivals ranks him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. He has been comped to former Wisconsin star Melvin Gordon due to his explosiveness when hitting open holes.
Source: Rivals
Feb 24 - 6:27 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter writes that "teams must satisfy their questions about what role [Virginia Tech WR/TE Bucky Hodges] will play in an NFL offense before using a premium pick to bring him aboard."

If teams opt to slot Hodges as a wideout, rather than a tight end, Reuter notes that the 6-foot-6, 244-pounder "must show the suddenness and speed at the to be considered a legitimate outside threat and a top-50 value." If the athletic numbers don't quite rise to the hoped-for heights, then Reuter believes that a third- or fourth-round pick is realistic for the former Hokie.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 6:11 PM

Scout.com's Greg Biggins believes that Oklahoma freshman LB Addison Gumbs could eventually transition to defensive end.

At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Gumbs' frame intrigues Biggins and Scout.com's analysis team, as they see a possible shift to the defensive line down the road. He is a wrecking ball of a pass-rusher, having registered 23 sacks as a senior at Stellar Preparatory High School (California). Biggins calls Gumbs a "high upside kid with a ton of natural ability."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 24 - 5:56 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 RB Jaelen Gill will announce his pledge on Wednesday, March 1.

This will be one to watch, as Gill slots into Rivals master list at a lofty No. 39 overall. During the offseason, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has taken unofficial trips to Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC. A leg injury which knocked him out for the entirety of the 2016 campaign at Westerville-South High School (Ohio) has done nothing to slow his recruitment. Scout.com's analysis team notes that he possess "breakaway ability" and refers to him as a "[l]ong, lean running back." Expect more extensive scouting reports to be compiled during his upcoming (presumably healthy) senior season.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 24 - 5:44 PM



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