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Kentucky received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 JUCO QB Terry Wilson.

Wilson (6'3/187) was originally a member of Oregon's 2016 recruiting class but transferred to the JUCO ranks in May. He checks into the 247Sports Composite as the No. 3 dual-threat junior college gunslinger in the 2018 class. He pledged himself to the Wildcats cause after taking an official visit to UK on Friday. This is a much-needed get for HC Mark Stoops, as Kentucky just lost four-star QB Jarren Williams to Miami.
Source: SEC Country
Dec 10 - 3:34 PM

Wisconsin senior TE Troy Fumagalli will play in the Orange Bowl against Miami on Dec. 30.

Fumagalli (6'6/248) was asked if he planned on sitting out the bowl to protect his health for the draft, but he shot that down in no uncertain terms, saying, "I can't imagine myself doing that." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades him as a fourth-round prospect for the draft, but the positional class isn't as deep as last year's monster tight end assorment, which could potentially push him up the board into Day 2 simply due to scarcity.
Dec 10 - 3:15 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton passes along Georgia five-star 2018 verbal QB commit Justin Fields has had "positive conversations" with Texas A&M and Florida.

The Aggies and Gators are hoping that their new coaches in Jimbo Fisher and Dan Mullen might be able to sway Fields off his pledge. Writes Hamilton, "The message is simple, come to Gainesville or College Station and have a terrific opportunity to start as a true freshman or go to Georgia and compete with entrenched freshman starter Jacob Fromm." This is exactly the kind of pitch we would spin, too. Georgia simply isn't a smooth landing spot for the stud dual-threat gunslinger. Hamilton still believes he will ultimately stick with Georgia, despite his wandering eye.
Dec 10 - 3:03 PM

Texas hired TCU AD Chris Del Conte to serve in the same capacity.

Del Conte will take over for Mike Perrin, who has served as long-time interim athletic director over the last two-and-a-half years. Perrin initially took up the post after the team fired AD Steve Patterson 18 months into the job midway through 2016. With the Longhorns, Del Conte will receive a seven-year contract with an annual starting salary of $1.3 million.
Dec 10 - 2:47 PM

Washington State dismissed junior WR Tavares Martin.

All we know at this juncture is that Martin is being dismissed due to a violation of team rules. This doesn't comes as a complete shock. Back in mid-October, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior was suspended for a game against Colorado for reasons unknown. He was Wazzu's leading receiver this season, logging a 70-831-11 receiving line. Washington State could well be out both their top wideouts from the season in the coming weeks, as Isaiah Johnson-Mack is currently seeking a transfer. He tweeted last weekend that HC Mike Leach had yet to grant his release, though, so at least on that front, we'll have to wait and see. The Cougars take on Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28.
Dec 10 - 2:35 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Saturday that he "guarantee[s]" that Oklahoma senior QB Baker Mayfield will be a first-round pick in the draft.

"And I will bet you he goes higher than people think," Schefter said on the Worldwide Leader. Mayfield is currently the toast of the town, having just won the Heisman Trophy on the strength of 4,340 passing yards and a 41/5 TD/INT ratio. He's drawn some comps to washed out QB Johnny Manziel for his occasionally improvisational style of play, though an anonymous NFC scout told NFL.com earlier this month that "Baker sees the field" and does not have nearly the same tendencies for ill-advised gonna-try-to-do-it-all throws.
Dec 10 - 2:21 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 G Curtis Dunlap Jr..

Dunlap (6'5/362) had been committed to Florida since July before he reopened his recruitment earlier this month. ESPN's Craig Haubert compares him to Michigan OL Cesar Ruiz, noting similarities between their competitive fires and drives. The Worldwide Leader ranks Dunlap as the No. 123 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. Gophs HC P.J. Fleck made plenty of recruiting noise this weekend, not only snagging Dunlap, but also fellow four-star OL Daniel Faalele plus preferred walk-on QB Zack Annexstad.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 10 - 2:08 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 T Daniel Faalele.

Faalele (6'9/394) has quite the story to the name. A native of Australia, he hit the national scene after a Hawaii recruiter stumbled upon him in a gym. At the time, he had not played a down of football. Faalele enrolled at football factory IMG Academy in August and has drawn offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. The big tackle gives Minnesota a quartet of four-star recruits at this juncture. Should they hang on to all of them, it would be the first time they've reeled in that many high-profile recruits since ESPN began their rankings in 2006. The outlet refers to him as "one of the most intriguing prospects in this [cycle]."
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 10 - 1:54 PM

Arkansas State senior TE Blake Mack accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Mack (6'3/245) was a preseason watch-lister for the John Mackey before the season. He wound up posting a 46-609-7 receiving line across 11 games this year. Those numbers were good enough to earn him a first-team All-Sun Belt offense designation after the season. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees him as an undrafted free agent at this juncture, but he'll try to push his way into the late-round conversation through the evaluating process.
Dec 10 - 1:27 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 G Sam Taimani.

Taimani (6'2/315) made his pledge following an unofficial visit to the Huskies over the weekend. Not only did he take the plunge with Washington, he also told 247Sports that he will now completely shut down his recruitment. That's a bummer for Notre Dame, Utah and Oregon, who were all chasing after the Salt Lake City native. He plans on inking up with Washington on Dec. 20, taking advantage of the new early winter signing period for recruits. While we most often hear the term "athlete" tossed around for receivers who also excel at corner and the like, Taimani would fit that bill well enough -- he has upside as either a guard or a defensive tackle.
Source: Scout.com
Dec 10 - 1:09 PM

SMU three-star 2018 verbal WR commit Mike Woods flipped to Arkansas.

Woods (6'2/188) just wasn't ready to let new Razorbacks HC Chad Morris go, as this flip lines up neatly with Morris' decision to jump from SMU to Arkansas. The wideout is the first recruit Morris has connected on in Fayetteville. Somewhat remarkably, Arkansas was heading toward a recruiting class without a single wideout before Woods broke the seal with his pledge.
Dec 10 - 12:57 PM

Missouri HC Barry Odom said that he expects sophomore RB Damarea Crockett (shoulder) to be able to play against Texas in the Texas Bowl.

Crockett injured his wing against Georgia in October and subsequently sat out the remainder of the regular season. While Odom believes the 5-foot-11, 212-pounder should be able to suit up come bowl time on Dec. 27, he indicated that the sophomore's carry-load remains up in the air. The emergence of Larry Rountree will likely lead to siphoned-off carries for Crockett even if he's close to full strength.
Dec 10 - 12:44 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior CB Brandon Facyson accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Facyson (6'2/189) underwent wrist surgery in the offseason, but was able to turn in a mostly healthy campaign, missing just one game. He's graded as a third-round prospect by both NFL Draft Scout and Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. The latter noted back in September that Facyson was being viewed by some as the team's top draft prospect in the secondary dating back to his redshirt freshman season.
Dec 10 - 12:31 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that UCLA has hired Arkansas DC Paul Rhoads to serve as secondary coach.

Rhoads linked up with Arkansas in the winter of 2016 as defensive backs coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator this past January. His biggest coaching position to date came when he served as head coach at Iowa State (2009-15). This new gig with the Bruins will be his first in the Pac-12.
Dec 10 - 12:18 PM

Mississippi State three-star 2018 verbal CB commit Jaylon Reed reopened his recruitment.

Reed (6'1/180) had been committed to the Bulldogs since July. He also had an earlier dalliance with Tennessee. Georgia, Oregon and Vanderbilt are programs to watch now that the Olive Branch, Mississippi, native is back on the open market. Rivals ranks him as the No. 20 prospect in the state.
Dec 10 - 12:06 PM



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