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Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Kamryn Babb.

The Buckeyes received Babb's pledge earlier this week and will just have to wait until Wednesday for his signature. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder ranks as 247Sports' No. 65 overall prospect in the 2018 class. OSU is in the midst of a recruiting bonanza, with 11 commitments currently landing within 247Sports' top-100 players. Outlet analyst Greg Powers refers to Babb as a "machine out [on] the field" thanks to his dirt-dog mentality and his sound technical aspects -- he's one of the best route runners in the cycle and should have a chance to jostle for playing time as a true freshman.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 4:56 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Ohio State redshirt senior OL Billy Price is "one of the best center prospects I’ve seen in the past decade."

"I gave Price the same grade I gave (Nick) Mangold when he entered the league, and Mangold ended up being a first-round selection," Jeremiah writes. The analyst also grades him higher than Vikings C Pat Elflein, who is currently in the midst of a rock-solid rookie season. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder was a unanimous All-American for the past season and won the Rimington Trophy (given to the nation's best center) for his fine efforts. He's going to be selected in the first round come the spring draft -- it's just a matter of how high he climbs.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 17 - 4:49 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Markese Stepp.

Stepp (6'0/228) sided with the Trojans after taking an official visit this weekend. He'll be signing come Wednesday's early signing period. He had been a Notre Dame pledge dating back to the summer of 2016 prior to opening his recruitment back up at the beginning of December. ESPN's No. 226 overall prospect in the 2018 class is a bruising prospect who offers fantastic vision and plenty of promise as a blocker. USC has a history of closing strong in recruiting. They are a program to watch for Wednesday.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 4:38 PM

Penn State redshirt senior WR DaeSean Hamilton accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Hamilton's most prolific season came during his redshirt freshman year in 2014, when he posted a 82-899-2 receiving line. For the current year, he has caught 48 passes for 747 yards and seven touchdowns. He has the requisite athleticism for the NFL and should see some interest on Day 3 depending on how his evaluating process plays out. Former Rams scout Danton Barto is particularly a fan of Hamilton's ability to bust things open with big plays.
Dec 17 - 4:26 PM

Clemson received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Derion Kendrick last January.

Clemson has held onto Kendrick for almost a year. That long, long courtship is about to pay off, as the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Rock Hill, South Carolina, native will be inking up with HC Dabo Swinney and crew during the early winter signing period. He's a lethal open-field threat who not only possesses a strong shake 'n' bake element to his game, but also has enough speed to take it to the end zone on any given play. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 42 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 4:13 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 S Caden Sterns in May.

Sterns (6'1/192) will be signing with the Longhorns -- assuming he does not flip -- on Wednesday. The Cibolo, Texas, native was long a LSU commit, pledging to the Tigers all the way back in November of 2016. He backed off that in May, after which he turned to the Longhorns. Per ESPN, Sterns is an "[e]lite athlete with the frame to further build his size." He's also long in the leg and will need to tighten up his transitions in coverage as he moves into the collegiate ranks. ESPN ranks him as the No. 71 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Dec 17 - 3:57 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 S Johnathan Huggins.

Huggins (6'2/200) -- who took an official visit to Gainesville this weekend -- is the second recruit to commit to Florida since Dan Mullen took over as head coach. He had been in FSU's corner since the summer before backing off the Seminoles when rumors of HC Jimbo Fisher's impending exit for Texas A&M began to burble. Scout.com's Bob Redman refers to Huggins as a "classic all-around back that can help at safety or cornerback."
Dec 17 - 3:52 PM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Florida State co-OC Randy Sanders has accepted the head-coaching position at East Tennessee.

Sanders is well acquainted with the state of Tennessee, having spent 22 years with the Volunteers as both a player and later a coach from 1984-2005. The 52-year-old has been on staff with Florida State for the past four years. He'll take over for the retiring Carl Torbush at East Tennessee.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 17 - 3:39 PM

FSU four-star 2018 CB Asante Samuel took an official visit to the Seminoles this weekend.

Samuel (5'10/164) has been pledged to Florida State since April. He's taken official visits to South Carolina and Miami this fall, with the Hurricanes likely the team to watch as a potential flip landing zone should Samuel opt to reassess his options prior to signing in February. While he is somewhat undersized, 247Sports notes that Samuel "exceptionally quick and smooth in his backpedal" and is already quite sound in the technical aspects of corner. The outlet's composite ranks him as the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 3:27 PM

Ohio State five-star 2018 verbal DT commit Taron Vincent will sign with the program during the early winter signing period.

Vincent (6'3/285) initially committed to Ohio State in early April. He was kicking around FSU and Clemson early in the offseason, but has shown no signs of backing off his Buckeyes pledge since his initial commitment. While he still has work to do as a pass-rusher, ESPN believes that he has the potential to act as an immediate contributor as a run-stuffer and notes that Vincent is "a compact, powerful defender with sneaky speed and athleticism."
Dec 17 - 3:14 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 JUCO CB Jeremy Webb.

Webb (6'3/195) ranks as the No. 2 JUCO corner in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports composite. Scout.com's Brian Dohn notes that the Lincolnshire, Illinois, native "can play field corner or the boundary, but his physical style and ability to re-route receivers make him an intriguing player on the boundary." The analyst believes that Webb could potentially be an impact performer right out of the box for the Hokies due in part to his hip fluidity, technique and length.
Source: Scout.com
Dec 17 - 3:02 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Olaijah Griffin in July.

While the 6-foot, 170-pound Griffin has been solidly with the Bruins since the summer, this is not yet a done deal. Indeed, he should be considered a potential flip candidate. On the 247Sports Crystal Ball, USC is given an 80% chance of eventually prying him away from Chip Kelly's crew. The outlet ranks the Mission Viejo, California native as the No. 30 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 2:49 PM

Virginia Tech senior WR Cam Phillips accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Phillips (6'0/199) turned in a sturdy final season in Blacksburg, having logged a 71-964-7 receiving line pending bowl play. While the All-ACC first-teamer is currently stamped as an undrafted free agent by Draft Analyst, NFL.com's Chad Reuter noted in September that he has upward stock mobility in what's a relatively thin receiving class.
Dec 17 - 2:32 PM

BYU four-star 2018 verbal LB commit Brandon Kaho flipped to Washington.

Kaho (6'2/232) was off on official visit to Washington this weekend -- he also received an in-home visit from Huskies HC Chris Petersen on Wednesday -- and that action was enough to sway him off the Cougars. He had previously taken an official visit to Alabama, with USC also in play for a future trip. Just how solid 247Sports Composite's No. 129 overall prospect in the 2018 class is with Washington remains to be seen. Other programs will have another month-and-a-half to work on him, as he will not be signing until February.
Dec 17 - 2:19 PM

USC five-star 2018 verbal LB commit Palaie Gaoteote said that he has no plans to make further visits to other programs.

Gaoteote (6'2/220) took an official visit to Ohio State earlier this month, but it looks like his dalliance with the Buckeyes and others is no more. He referred to USC, who he committed to last February, as his "dream school." Rivals ranks him as the No. 22 overall prospect in the 2018 class. While he has upside as both an inside and outside 'backer, ESPN's scouting breakdown likes him to work as an outside linebacker with the Trojans.
Source: Rivals
Dec 17 - 2:06 PM



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