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Weber State signed three-star 2018 WR Devon Cooley, who had previously been committed to UCLA.

Cooley decommitted from UCLA in December, noting that he and the school had "lost communication." He also had offers at one point from schools like Washington, Oregon and Vanderbilt, so the decision to go to an FCS school like Weber State is a bit confusing, or at least interesting. We've seen players from the Big Sky end up making an impact in the NFL -- a la Cooper Kupp -- so we'll be curious to see how Cooney's stock develops in his time with the Wildcats.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 25 - 3:51 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang listed Louisville QB Lamar Jackson as the "must-watch" quarterback during the NFL Scouting Combine.

This may be obvious, because it is; but Rang isn't wrong, and we're awfully excited to see what he can do. Not only is he one of the fastest quarterbacks we've seen -- and we've seen some awfully fast ones -- he also should be able to show off his arm strength in Indianapolis. "Scouts are always eager to see exceptional athletes like Jackson compete but more than important than his velocity or 40-yard dash time will be his footwork on five- and seven-step drops, as well as the football IQ he demonstrates during private meetings with teams," Rang writes. Get excited, folks.
Feb 25 - 3:37 PM

Texas A&M signed previously uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Caleb Chapman.

Chapman was one of the real "risers" of the 2018 class, going from a middling three-star wideout after his strong senior season. He has the size (6'5/195) you see in a red-zone threat, and reports indicate he isn't bereft of speed, either. He could see targets inside of the 20 as a freshman, but the Aggies may chose to redshirt Chapman and allow him to get stronger before he sees the field.
Source: Gig Em 247
Feb 25 - 3:10 PM

Cincinnati signed three-star 2018 QB Ben Bryant, who had previously been committed to Wisconsin.

Bryant made some headlines in May, when he tweeted that Wisconsin had pulled its scholarship offer to him after he posted an offer from Georgia. He ends up going with the Bearcats, so, there ya go. He ranks 30th on 247 Sports list of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the 2018 class.
Feb 25 - 2:56 PM

Luke Easterling of Draft Wire believes that the top defensive tackle in the class is a "two-horse race" between Washington's Vita Vea and Michigan's Maurice Hurst.

In a poll asking which prospect readers would rather have, Easterling acknowledges that they may be the two top prospects at the position, but they're very different players. He calls Vea a "massive force at 6-foot-5, 340-pounds" and " He routinely beats double-teams with his combination of power and quickness, and has the ability to play in any scheme at the next level." As for Hurst, Easterling calls him a "somewhat undersized but disruptive defender who uses his explosive first step and violent hands to beat opposing blockers on a regular basis." They both have a chance to be very effective players, but it seems like Hurst offers the higher floor, with Vea providing the higher ceiling.
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 25 - 2:38 PM

Notre Dame signed three-star 2018 CB DJ Brown, who had previously been committed to Virginia.

Brown was a long-time commit to the Cavs, but opened up his commitment in January, and ends up signing with the Irish. Evaluations report that Brown has quality length (6'1/185) and stays in his backpedal well, but will need to work on his footwork, and also will have to get stronger in order to press receivers.
Source: ND Insider
Feb 25 - 2:22 PM

ESPN's David Hale lists Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Trevon HIll as a player who could help replace the loss of Tremaine Edmunds.

As Hale mentions, replacing a player who can do so much like Edmunds is going to be near impossible. Still, Hill flashed big talent during the 2017 season, and he believes that he could at least help alleviate some of that loss. "Edmunds is such a big loss because he could do so much, Hale writes. "Watch for end Trevon Hill, who played well down the stretch a year ago and ended up tied with Edmunds for the team lead with 5.5 sacks." Hale also mentions Houshun Gaines as a potential replacement; a player that really impressed down the stretch, particularly in the regular season finale against Virginia with two tackles for loss.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 2:08 PM

Cal signed previously uncommitted three-star 2018 RB Chris Brown in December.

Brown also was considering Washington and UCLA, but ended up pledging with the Bears. Reports indicate that he has a "college frame" right now (6'1/220) and that he's a powerful between-the-tackles runner. He ranked 23rd on 247 Sports list of the top running backs in the class, and he could be a player that sees immediate action for the Bears in 2018.
Feb 25 - 1:52 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 WR Dionte Marks.

Marks also had offers from West Virginia, Florida Atlantic and UCF. He currently ranks as the 85th best wide receiver in the class by 247 Sports composite rankings, and 88th overall in the state of Florida. According to scouting reports he can make plays with the football after the catch and could be a contributor as a returner on special teams.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 25 - 1:24 PM

AN NFL scout compared Wyoming QB Josh Allen to Phillip Rivers in Bleacher Report writer Matt Miller's scouting notebook.

This is an interesting comp, one that certainly makes sense physically. Allen has become an especially polarizing quarterback on social media. Let's just say that this particular scout may not care about what Twitter and Facebook have to say. "Why does the league like him more than Twitter? Because we know what we're doing," he tells Miller. "Allen had nothing around him and people expect him to complete passes? To who?" Well then. Allen still remains a volatile prospect and likely will until April.
Feb 25 - 1:15 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 CB DJ James.

James ranks as the 45th best cornerback in the class by 247 Sports composite rankings, and the 24th best player in the state of Alabama. He chooses the Bulldogs over offers from schools like Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss. At 6-foot, 175-pounds, he has the size and measurables you look for in an outside corner. You can never have too many of those.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 25 - 1:00 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter lists Texas LB Malik Jefferson as one of the "boom-or-bust" prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jefferson oozes athletic talent, and should be a standout at this week's Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He's also shown flashes of dominance in his time with the Longhorns, but analysts have repeatedly said they would like to see it on a more consistent basis. ". NFL scouts aren't so sure Jefferson is going to be a difference-maker at the next level," writes Reuter. "They question his instincts and playmaking ability. Jefferson has the physical tools to be an outstanding inside 'backer in a 3-4 scheme or Sam in a 4-3, making a squad's run defense stronger and providing some pass rush when called upon." Right now, Jefferson projects as a late-first, early-second round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 12:45 PM

Arkansas received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DT Trevis Hopper.

Hopper (6'2/260) may "only" be a three-star recruit at this time, but he has the offers of a five-star player. He chooses the Razorbacks over offers from schools like Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Miami, to just name an elite few. He ranks as the 23rd best defensive tackle in the class in 247 Sports composite rankings, and 437th overall. Don't be surprised if Hopper ends up a four-star player before the recruiting cycle ends.
Feb 25 - 12:27 PM

Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated picks Tulsa as his team that won two or fewer games that could make it to a bowl game in 2018.

Tulsa was one of the more disappointing squads in 2017, but Feldman notes that five of their ten losses last year were by five points or less. They also return eight starters on offense, and bring back their top two tacklers from the 2017 season. Outside of a trip to Texas the non-conference schedule isn't daunting, so if the defense can make enough stops and the offense takes the step forward Feldman predicts, they could easily be playing in a bowl game in 2018.
Feb 25 - 12:14 PM

Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout lists Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli as a tight end who needs to show athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Brugler notes that Fumagalli is an excellent route-runner, which can certainly help him get open. Considering how athletic linebackers and safeties are these days, it's not enough to just be sharp on your routes. "Fumagalli is able to be productive with his route-running and ball skills, but he isn’t a dynamic athlete and lacks an explosive gear," writes Brugler. "How will his numbers match up with the other talented tight ends in this stacked group?"
Feb 25 - 11:59 AM



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