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CBS Sports college football writer Tom Fornelli lists Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins as a likely breakout candidate for the 2018 season.

Haskins hasn't played much, but when he has been on the field, there have been flashes of electricity, as Fornelli notes. He also notes that he shows more arm talent than former starter J.T. Barrett, and he certainly can make plays with his legs as well. As Fornelli summarizes: "There are a lot of questions surrounding the Ohio State football program at the moment, but Haskins isn't one of them."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 10:17 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Miami senior S Jaquan Johnson as the top safety in the 2019 class.

Johnson is followed by Boston College's Lukas Denis in the second spot, with Wyoming's Andrew Wingard, Washington's Taylor Rapp and Maryland's Darnell Savage Jr. rounding out the top five. PFF notes Johnson's (5'10/190) "solid" ball skills, but do note that there's no standout part of his game, which could hurt his draft stock. Right now he looks like a potential first-round pick, but there seems to be a lot of fluctuation in grading the top defensive backs in this class, and there's a long way to go.
Aug 17 - 10:12 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from 2019 four-star T Jonah Tauanu'u.

The commits keep on coming for the Ducks. Tauanu'u is one of the best offensive tackles on the west coast in the eyes of 247 Sports, and ranks 73rd overall and 12th among tackles in their rankings. He took unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Florida, and also was considering Michigan, Washington, Auburn, and Arizona; among others. At 6-foot-5, 317-pounds, Tauanu'u has the frame to be a bookend tackle, and he could be a candidate for early playing time in the Oregon offense. The Ducks remain the class of the Pac-12 according to the 247 Sports team rankings, and they come in fourth overall.
Aug 17 - 10:00 PM

The Maryland Board of Regents are taking over the investigation into the death of deceased offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

The board voted unanimously to take over the investigation. As ESPN's Heather Dinich reports there are two investigations currently going on: One with Walters Inc., which was hired by Maryland to figure out whether staff members followed proper protocol in the treatment of McNair, the other investigation has to do with the reported toxic culture in the football program. This news comes a day after McNair's parents publicy stated that they did not believe that head coach D.J. Durkin should keep his job. There's no timeframe yet as to when the investigation will conclude.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 9:02 PM

Pro Football Focus grades Kansas State redshirt junior T Dalton Risner as the top tackle in the 2019 draft.

Risner has been an elite blocker according to PFF, earning a 91.3 grade in 2017. Ranked behind Risner in the top five are Alabama's Jonah Williams, Oklahoma's Bobby Evans, Clemson's Mitch Hyatt and Wisconsin's David Edwards. PFF notes that Risner is "one of the most technically-sound offensive linemen in this class." There are concerns about him as a pro prospect -- PFF admits he hasn't faced elite competition while with the Wildcats -- but he's an analytical darling who will likely go (relatively) high because of his strong numbers.
Aug 17 - 8:51 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DT Jacob Bandes.

Bandes commits to the Huskies over schools like Oregon, California and UCLA, and he had visits with Oregon and Illinois scheduled that he's now cancelled. It's a significant pickup for the Huskies recruiting class, as Bandes ranks 88th overall on the 247 Sports top 100 and sixth among defensive tackles in their composite rankings. At 6-foot-3, 306-pounds, Bandes has the size to contribute right away, and with Greg Gaines graduating this year, he could have the opportunity, too. Washington's class currently ranks 32nd overall in the 247 Sports rankings, third in the Pac-12.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 17 - 8:06 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 CB Malachi Moore.

Moore ranks 13th on 247 Sports list of cornerbacks, and the 5-foot-11, 171-pound defender ranks sixth among prospects from the state of Alabama on the recruiting site's list. Moore also had early offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Clemson and LSU; and as we all know, a commitment this early is far from a certainty. That being said, it's another great get for the Crimson Tide for now, and Alabama's 2020 class ranks second in the nation on the 247 Sports list.
Source: USA Today
Aug 17 - 7:59 PM

Minnesota offfensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca stated that redshirt freshman RB Mohamed Ibrahim is the clear No. 2 running back behind starter Rodney Smith.

Ciarocca has been very impressive in practices, and he's bulked to 5-foot-10, 205-pounds. The Gophers are expected to run the football -- a lot -- this season, so even if he's not the starter, it's fair to say that Ibrahim will get his share of touches in the offense. It also sounds like if there was an injury to Smith, the redshirt freshman would be the next in line. This is a player to monitor in 2018, and potentially beyond.
Aug 17 - 7:47 PM

Baylor freshman WR Kalon Barnes has been playing some defensive back during practices.

Waco Tribune-Herald Sports Writer Jon Werner notes that the freshman has been in some competitive battles with his fellow wideouts. Barnes is one of the fastest freshman in the country, breaking the high school record with a 100 meter dash time of 10.05 seconds this spring. The Bears will want to find ways to get the speedy player on the field, and defense might offer the fastest -- no pun intended -- way for that to happen.
Aug 17 - 7:18 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Mississippi junior WR A.J. Brown as the top wideout in the 2019 draft class.

Brown takes the top spot over Buffalo's Anthony Johnson, with Oklahoma's Marquise Brown, South Carolina's Deebo Samuel and Nebraska's Stanley Morgan and Arizona State's N'Keal Harry tying for the fifth spot to round out the top five. PFF notes that Brown (6'1/225) is one of the most versatile wideouts in the class, as he led the NCAA with yards from the slot in 2017 with 432 yards. They do note that he needs to improve his concentration -- something that Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline points out as well -- as he dropped seven passes in 2017. If that cleans up -- and maybe even if it doesn't -- he'll be the first player at the position picked in 2019.
Aug 17 - 7:08 PM

Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout notes that representatives from the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams were watching Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert at practice on Thursday.

Rang also took in the practice, and came away impressed with what he saw from the signal-caller -- for the most part. He noted that the 6-foot-5, 233-pound junior's "rocket right arm and smooth athleticism: are obvious, and he also showed the ability to put loft and touch on the football. "Herbert also has a tendency to guide the ball on throws that require taking something off, too often forcing receivers into jump-ball situations," Rang writes. "This was the case on the final throw of a spirited scrimmage against a freely substituting defense to cap practice Thursday." There's work to be done it sounds like, but if scouts believe Herbert's issues are fixable, he's very likely the first quarterback off the board this spring.
Aug 17 - 6:54 PM

Alabama redshirt junior T Matt Womack underwent surgery on Friday after breaking a bone in his foot on Thursday.

Womack's father told ESPN's Alex Scarborough it's the same bone that caused Womack to miss all of spring practices. He also told Scarborough that surgery went well, but that the 6-foot-7, 324-pound tackle will miss "several weeks" while he recovers. Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills will likely compete for the starting spot while he's out -- Womack was not a lock to be the starter to the start the season, anyway -- against Louisville on September 1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 6:41 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO CB DJ Daniel.

Daniel will be joining the Gamecocks -- assuming he sticks with the commitment -- from Georgia Military College. He ranks as one of the best junior college corners in the class, coming in third on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 12th overall. He was also considering Georgia, Alabama and several other high-profile schools, and this is a quality get for Will Muschamp and the South Carolina staff.
Source: The State
Aug 17 - 6:32 PM

NFL.com CFB 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread notes that Arizona State senior DT Renell Wren can run the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds.

Wren ranks seventh on Goodbread's list of the "freakiest" athletes in college football, and for good reason. The 6-foot-6, 297-pound defender has also been timed in the 20-yard shuttle at 4.44 seconds, which would rank right behind Bradley Chubb and Marcus Davenport's times last year. Add in the fact that he can deadlift 545 pounds -- and not just once -- and you understand why Wren is considered one of the more intriguing defensive tackle prospects in the Pac-12.
Aug 17 - 6:20 PM

Auburn received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Zion Puckett.

Puckett was also known to be considering Stanford and Notre Dame, and he also took official visits to Ohio State, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He's been recruited to play both wide receiver and play corner, but it sounds like Puckett (6'0/195) will start on the defensive side of the football. With plus speed and a quality frame, he could be an outside player at the position for the Tigers, with enough shiftiness to cover in the slot if necessary. The commit gives Auburn 15 commits for 2019, and they now rank 10th nationally in 247 Sports rankings.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 17 - 6:09 PM



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