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Arkansas freshman QB Daulton Hyatt enrolled early in part because he wanted to add weight.

Hyatt is listed at a relatively modest 6-foot-4, 178 pounds. Already on campus and working in the strength and conditioning program, he should be able to add a bit of comfortable playing weight over the coming months. In December, he told SEC Country's Trent Shadid that "[the coaches] wanted me to make my own decision [on enrolling], but they did think that it would help me a lot and that it would be important for me to do." Hyatt ranks as ESPN 300's No. 148 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 19 - 3:14 PM

ESPN's Josh Liskiewitz writes that Utah redshirt senior T Salesi Uhatafe was "outstanding all season on pass blocks."

Liskiewitz's only caveat is in regards to Uhatafe's work in a down bowl performance against Indiana. Otherwise, aces. The ESPN analyst points out several shiny statistics for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Utah rock, noting that in the Utes' final seven conference games, Uhatafe surrendered just one sack, no hits and two hurries. Uhatafe has appeared in 38 games for his career, 24 of which were starts. He did not miss a snap this past season.
Feb 19 - 3:01 PM

Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Camron Davis.

Davis was committed to Oregon State over the summer, but reopened his recruitment at the end of October. Miami is currently crushing the 2018 cycle. Davis (No. 176 overall on Rivals) isn't even their highest ranking running back commitment to date -- that would be Lorenzo Lingard (No. 16 overall on Rivals). Scout.com's analysis team notes that the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Davis "runs a little upright for a back his size and he shows a little stiffness, but he is a strong runner with a burst and vision."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 19 - 2:49 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 QB Brennan Armstrong.

"Physically, he is tough as nails, evidenced by his running ability and his play at safety. He has good arm strength, but great field awareness and pocket presence," writes Scout.com's Bill Greene, who calls the 6-foot-1, 184-pound Armstrong "a great pickup" for HC P.J. Fleck. Greene offers a pair of lofty comparisons for Armstrong, noting that his game is reminiscent of that of former Boise State gunslinger Kellen Moore and current NFL all-timer Drew Brees.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 19 - 2:36 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler was surprised that Miami S Jamal Carter received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Brugler views Carter as an occasionally forgotten piece in Miami's secondary. That perception has not held up during the draft process, though, as Carter played in the East-West Shrine Game back in January and is now propelling himself off that platform and into the NFL Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder registered 85 tackles this past season, plus three passes defensed.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 2:24 PM

Former Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson said that redshirt freshman T Alaric Jackson was "probably one of the strongest freshmen that I’ve seen in the program."

While Jackson redshirted this past season and was not able to show off his big boy strength on Game Day, he has plenty of untapped potential to be molded by HC Kirk Ferentz and company. "He’s definitely athletic for his size. He can move," Johnson said in breaking down the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder's game. "Really, if it’s next year or a few years from now, he’s going to be doing some good things for Iowa." Jackson ranked as a three-star recruit on Rivals during the 2016 cycle.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 19 - 2:10 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Isaah Crocker indicated that Cal is the front-runner for his pledge.

"Cal is my favorite college. It’s been my favorite college since I’ve been born," explained the Sacramento native. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder is also considering in-state programs USC and UCLA. The direction of his recruitment should continue to clarify as the offseason camp circuit unfolds. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney notes that Crocker was one of the standout performers at the Adidas West Coast Invitational on Saturday.
Source: Rivals
Feb 19 - 1:56 PM

Michigan CB Jeremy Clark (knee) received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

If you don't recall hearing Clark's name too many times this season, that is understandable. He tore his ACL in a late September contest against Penn State and subsequently missed the remainder of the 2016 campaign. Despite the fact that he essentially played no more than a cameo role this past season, the 6-foot-4, 206-pounder will have a chance to prove his rehab to NFL teams later this month. In a healthy 2015 season, he racked up 21 tackles while intercepting a trio of passes.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 1:44 PM

Kansas State redshirt junior S Kendall Adams whiffed on just two tackles in the final four games of the 2016 season.

Adams was far less sound in his tackling early in the season, missing 14 of 'em in the first six conference games on the schedule. Despite these early issues, the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder never lost the faith of HC Bill Snyder. Indeed, Adams sat out just 15 total snaps in 2016. For the season as a whole, he recorded 64 tackles and two interceptions.
Feb 19 - 1:31 PM

Oregon State junior WR Seth Collins (undisclosed) is listed as "Out for duration" on the Beavers' opening depth chart for spring practice.

Barring a turnaround on the health front, it is looking like Collins will sit out spring practice altogether. While the depth chart does not list his specific ailment (or to be more accurate, just lists it as "Rehab"), he was hospitalized due to illness in November. It appears that that illness sapped a fair bit of strength and weight from the quarterback-turned-wideout. In early February, HC Gary Andersen said, "I don't know that whole time frame. It's really gonna be the communication of Seth, the docs and how they kind of handle it. I'll just kind of follow their lead."
Feb 19 - 1:18 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown said that "USC is huge for me now."

Last week, Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney stared into a bubbling cauldron MacBeth style and predicted that St. Brown would eventually commit to UCLA. That may well still happen but the Bruins shouldn't feel too comfortable. Said St. Brown at the adidas West Coast Invitational on Saturday, "Coming off a big season with the new quarterback, USC at first wasn’t really a top for me but now USC is really up there now." Beyond the two California programs, Rivals' No. 11 overall prospect for 2018 is considering taking summer visits to Ohio State and Alabama, with Notre Dame and Stanford also in play for his pledge. His brothers, Equanimeous and Osiris, attend those latter two programs (respectively).
Source: Rivals
Feb 19 - 1:05 PM

CBS draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that North Carolina CB Desmond Lawrence deserved an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine due to his "height, length and competitive nature."

Alas, no dice for Lawrence, who was not invited to take part in the annual athletic testing event in Indianapolis later this month. That could be, in part, due to what Brugler terms a lack of "ideal sudden twitch or long-speed for the position." This past season, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder registered 37 tackles and eight passes defensed in 12 games played. He did not log an interception after picking off a combined three passes over the prior two campaigns.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 12:52 PM

247Sports' Ryan Bartow reports that 32 teams have contacted transferring Clemson graduate DT Scott Pagano.

Well that didn't take long. News of Pagano's transfer intentions broke on Friday. Almost immediately, a veritable wave of programs contacted him in the hopes to lure him over. Among the teams name-checked by Bartow, LSU, Washington, North Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia (among many, many others). Bartow passes along that Pagano plans on making a few visits before he decides on his final collegiate home. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder registered 31 tackles (4.5 for loss) and two sacks in 12 games played. He started four of those contests.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 19 - 12:39 PM

Chattanooga AD David Blackburn indicated that he is interested in the vacant athletic directorship at Tennessee.

Speaking on radio station WNML FM 99.1, Blackburn said, "It would mean the world to me to be able to lead the institution that led me, by all the people that allowed me the opportunity to do what I do." With the installation of new chancellor Beverly Davenport at Tennessee, their AD search figures to heat up in the very near future. In mid-January, ESPN's Chris Low reported that former Vols HC Phillip Fulmer was a prime candidate for the position. Unlike Blackburn -- who has served as Chattanooga athletic director since April of 2013 -- Fulmer has no prior experience as an athletic director.
Feb 19 - 12:26 PM

Colorado has hired a pair of the lawyers from Pepper Hamilton to investigate the assault allegations against former secondary coach Joe Tumpkin.

Pepper Hamilton crashed into the headlines early last summer, when the law firm was brought in to provide an investigation of Baylor's sexual assault scandal. In this particular case with Colorado, lawyers Leslie Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith are looking into whether HC Mike MacIntyre, AD Rick George and school president Phil DeStefano took the appropriate steps after they were made aware of the assault allegations being made by Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend. MacIntyre and George were made aware of these allegations in December, but Tumpkin was still allowed to coach in bowl action. He stepped down in January. For the time being, the approval of an extension for MacIntyre has been put on hold while this Tumpkin case is investigated. "We are looking at what occurred and when, if our policies were violated, or whether those policies should be modified to better explain the reporting," said Board of Regents Chair Irene Griego.
Feb 19 - 12:13 PM



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