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Hawaii G Dejon Allen is the highest-rated offensive player by Pro Football Focus playing in the East-West Shrine Game.

Allen's grade for the season by PFF was 88.1, easily the highest of any offensive player participating in the game. While he played both guard and tackle for the Warriors, he made the switch to left tackle in 2017, and the numbers say he transitioned beautifully. As a pro, however, most project the 6-foot-2, 293-pound lineman to play guard. As PFF notes, keep an eye on how he adjusts to the position on Saturday in the actual game.
Jan 18 - 9:47 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 DT Tyler Friday will now be announcing his commitment on Friday.

It could be just a coincidence that a player named Friday is choosing to commit on Friday, but we choose to believe that it's meant to be. The 6-foot-3, 263-pound defensive tackle is deciding between finalists Michigan, UCLA, Ohio State, Penn State and Miami. He's rated the fourth-best defensive tackle by 247 sports, and second best player from New Jersey in the class. Stay tuned.
Jan 18 - 9:30 PM

NFL Media Draft Analyst Mike Mayock calls NC State's Kentavius Street the most intriguing prospect he saw during East-West Shrine Game practices.

We're not surprised. Street (6'2/285) is a tremendous athlete, and this is the type of event that players like the former Wolfpack edge-rusher excel at. "I like that [Street] has some inside-out flexibility," Mayock said. "He can set a physical edge on first down outside and I think he's an inside rusher in sub packages. He's been dominant this week." That's high praise from one of the most respected talent-evaluators in the business.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 9:15 PM

ESPN now ranks uncommitted five-star 2019 DE Kayvon Thibodeaux as the number one player in the class.

Thibodeaux is followed by fellow defensive ends Zack Harrison and Nolan Smith, OLB Owen Pappoe, and OT Kenyon Green rounds out the top five. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Thibodeaux gets outstanding reviews for his first step, flexibility and ability to wrap-up tacklers. He has offers from everyone, but recruiting analysts seem to believe that LSU, USC and Alabama are the favorites to land his services.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 9:04 PM

ESPN report Adam Rittenberg writes that redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry could compete for the starting quarterback job with senior Malik Rosier.

As Rittenberg points out, Miami's offense struggled down the stretch, and while that's not all on the quarterback, there's no denying he didn't play well. Many thought that Perry -- a highly-recruited quarterback -- would win the job last year, so it makes sense that the two would go through another battle this spring/summer. Rosier has the advantage, but the 6-foor-4, 187 pound redshirt freshman Perry might be too talented to pass on for Mark Richt and company.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 8:44 PM

Brandon Huffman of 247 Sports named Washington 2018 commit Kyler Gordon the standout of Thursday's Polynesian Bowl practice.

Huffman's actual term was "Alpha Dog," which is fun. The four-star commit was reportedly all over the other receivers on Thursday, and Huffman reports he made an interception where he jumped the route and took it to the house. "Gordon has been one of the most consistent performers all week and shined on Day Three," Huffman wrote. The Huskies might have another star in their secondary.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 18 - 8:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed Army T Brett Toth as one of the winners from East-West Shrine Game's practices this week.

Toth (6'5/304) was mentioned as a standout by NFL.Com's Chase Goodbread as well. Pauline notes that he needs to stronger, which is understandable as a lineman coming from a service academy. "Toth blocked with great fundamentals and did a terrific job shutting down some of the best pass rushers on the West squad," Pauline said. He'll definitely be one of the more interesting players to watch in the Shrine Game on Saturday.
Jan 18 - 8:20 PM

Jeff Banks was officially named the new Special Teams Coordinator for Alabama.

This one was "announced" last week, but it's official now. If you hadn't heard, Alabama won another national title this season, but they did struggle on special teams. Enter Banks, who is considered one of the better coaches in that field in college football. He's also considered a strong recruiter, and that never hurts. Don't be surprised if the Crimson Tide's special teams are markedly improved in 2018.
Jan 18 - 8:07 PM

During a Kenny Stills live appearance on Instagram, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield sent a message to "Get Him To Miami."

The actual vernacular was #GetMeToMiami, and yes, it came from Mayfield's verified account. So much for keeping things quiet. Let's keep in mind that this could just be Mayfield being playful, and that there are a lot of things a college graduate can do in Miami for fun. Still, because the Dolphins had quarterback issues in 2017, you can't help but wonder if this is a preferred destination for the Heisman-winning quarterback. We're listening, anyway.
Jan 18 - 7:55 PM

Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman had the highest productivity grade of any player in the East-West Shrine Game according to Pro Football Focus.

Ostman's score of 91 comes in a point and a half ahead of SMU edge-rusher Justin Lawler. The former Chippewas star was a pass-rushing monster this year, registering 13 sacks and 51 total pressures. That latter figure was the fifth highest of any FBS eligible prospect. There are serious questions about where the 6-foot-3, 259-pound defender will play, but because of his productivity and analytical dominance, someone's going to give him a chance to play on Sundays.
Jan 18 - 7:47 PM

Connecticut S Jamar Summers met with the Texans and the Jets.

Summers played safety and corner in hist time at Connecticut, but he has reportedly mostly been at safety over the week's practices of the East-West Shrine Game. His versatility should see him earn late-round picks. Special teams will also be important for the 5-foot-11, 198-pound defensive back, and we should see him play there during the Shrine Game on Saturday.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 7:34 PM

Troy OL coach Matt Moore is being promoted to offensive coordinator.

Moore will remain the offensive line coach while taking over the coordinator duties. He replaces Kenny Edenfield, who left the Trojans to take the offensive coordinator job at South Alabama.
Source: AL.com
Jan 18 - 7:16 PM

Former USC WR Keary Colbert is being promoted to TE coach for the Trojans.

Colbert spent the last two years as an offensive analyst with USC, and before that, he served in the same capacity for Alabama. Colbert will replace John Baxter, who is moving his focus to special teams.
Jan 18 - 7:06 PM

Tennessee TE Ethan Wolf met with the Bills and the Lions on Wednesday.

Wolf is a block-first tight end who didn't do much as a receiver in his time as a Volunteer, but his size (6'5/248) and ability as a blocker should give him late Day 3 looks. Both the Bills and Lions could use this type of player. Every NFL team could use this type of player. Just don't expect it to ever be drafted high.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 6:57 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo projects the Seahawks to take Notre Dame G with the 18th pick in their latest mock draft.

Nelson has received top ten talk because of his dominant play, but as Palazzolo notes, guards notoriously fall in drafts. The Seahawks are likely hoping that trend continues, as without a 2nd or 3rd round pick, they really can't afford to trade up. PFF rated him the top guard in the country by 3.5 points, and he could slide right into the woeful Seattle offensive line.
Jan 18 - 6:43 PM



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