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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

USC four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Mychael Salahuddin reopened his recruitment.

Salahuddin (5'11/190) is not completely discounting the Trojans from his thoughts, but North Carolina, Pitt, Clemson and Maryland are also in the mix, here, with all four of the latter programs offering a more comfortable landing spot in terms of proximity for the Washington D.C. native. This weekend, he is checking out Maryland in unofficial capacity. Syracuse is another east coast program to keep an eye on. While the tough runner's decommitment comes just days before the start of the early winter signing period (Dec. 20-22), that is mere coincidence -- the all-purpose back does not plan on inking with his eventual program until the more traditional February opportunity. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 4 all-purpose back in the 2018 class.
Dec 17 - 1:53 PM

Auburn received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DE Kayode Oladele.

Oladele (6'5/236) will be putting pen to paper with the Tigers on Wednesday, the first day of the early winter signing period. He opted for Auburn over Ole Miss. A native of Nigeria currently plying his trade at Champagnat Catholic High School (Miami), the defensive end ranks as ESPN 300's No. 159 overall prospect in the 2018 class. He is still quite raw as a prospect, but flashes plenty of upside for down the road, particularly in terms of his strength and range. Oladele is a prime candidate to receive a redshirt during his inaugural campaign with Auburn. He'll be enrolling at the program in the summer.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 1:41 PM

Nebraska freshman WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will transfer.

Johnson (6'1/195) did not play for Nebraska this season, as he left the team over the offseason to deal with the repercussions of a marijuana citation arrest. Nebraska -- then under the guidance of HC Mike Riley -- kept the door open for him to potentially return in January, something which both he and his father, Keyshawn Johnson Sr., indicated on several occasions during the fall would be in the cards. Just how much of Johnson's about-face, here, is related to the hire of UCF's Scott Frost to replace Riley is not yet known. Johnson ranked as the No. 43 wideout in the 2017 class by Rivals metrics.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 17 - 1:28 PM

Georgia junior LB Natrez Patrick is scheduled for a probation-violation hearing in January.

Patrick (6'3/248) allegedly violated his probation with a positive marijuana test. He was initially placed on probation following an October misdemeanor marijuana arrest, with his failed test coming after he was tested in the aftermath of a Dec. 3 arrest on a marijuana possession charge after the Bulldogs defeated Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. While that charge has since been dropped, it triggered the test, which in turn has triggered the probation hearing. That hearing is set for Jan. 11, just three days after the National Championship Game, a game which Georgia would reach if they defeat Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 17 - 1:12 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Ty Lee caught five passes for 39 yards in a 35-30 victory on Saturday over Arkansas State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

It's a quiet finale for Lee (5'9/163), but he still played a factor in the Blue Raiders pulling out the bowl win. He finishes the year just short of both 80 catches (79) and a thousand yard season (965). Lee was easily the most consistent offensive weapon for MTSU in 2017, and he's shown the versatility to lineup as a wideout, catch the ball out of the backfield, and even spent some time at running back in 2017. He's a potential breakout star for the 2018 season.
Dec 17 - 12:24 AM

Arkansas State junior WR Justin McInnis snagged seven passes for 107 yards and scored a touchdown in a 35-30 loss to Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday.

McInnis's touchdown was a 20-yard strike from Justice Hansen that brought the Red Wolves back into the game at 28-18. He made several other big catches on the night, but it wasn't enough. The 6-foot-6, 202-pound junior from Quebec excelled late in the year, with over 400 of his 693 yards coming in the last three games. With his size, he's certain to get draft looks in 2019, and he'll start the year near the top of watch lists for wideouts in the Sun Belt.
Dec 17 - 12:21 AM

Arkansas State redshirt junior QB Justice Hansen completed 31-of-57 passes for 337 yards and three scores with one touchdown in a 35-30 loss to Middle Tennessee State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday.

Hansen (6'4/207) also rushed for 32 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. The only reason the Red Wolves were in this game was the star junior quarterback, but they just couldn't do enough on defense to win the game. The redshirt junior took big strides forward in 2017, and draft analysts took notice. He ranks 12th on NFL Draft Scout's list of top quarterbacks for the 2018 class, but another step forward could see him take a big jump up, especially with his size and ability to make plays with his legs.
Dec 17 - 12:17 AM

Middle Tennessee sophomore RB Terrelle West ran for 65 yards and a score on ten carries in a 35-30 victory over Arkansas State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday.

Most of West's damage was done on one run, but when that one run is a 45-yard touchdown in a bowl game, you'll probably take it. Outside of that run, the Blue Raiders' run game was held in check. West wasn't a big part of the offense to start the year -- or even in the middle -- but was effective in his late-season carries, and the sophomore tailback should be due for many more touches in the 2018 season.
Dec 17 - 12:12 AM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill completed 19-of-35 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 35-30 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

It wasn't always pretty for Stockstill, but he did enough for the Blue Raiders to win on Saturday night. The turnovers were particularly ugly, as they kept the Red Wolves in the game. He also had a few gorgeous passes, including a back-shoulder throw on third down late in the game that allowed MTSU to use much of the clock. Stockstill missed much of the year with injuries, and even when healthy, it was an inconsistent season. He's still one of the more talented quarterbacks coming back in Conference-USA, and if healthy, he should lead the Blue Raiders to another bowl game next season.
Dec 17 - 12:09 AM

Four-star 2018 WR Tyquan Thornton decommitted from Florida and has verbally committed to Baylor.

It's the second four-star player to decommit from Florida this week, as quarterback Matt Corral also flipped his commitment to Ole Miss. Thornton ranks 57th on the Scout.com wide receiver list, and ranked just outside of the top 300 at 307. With Baylor coming off a 1-11 season, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound wideout is a candidate for immediate playing time.
Dec 16 - 10:33 PM

Sam Houston State senior QB Jeremiah Briscoe completed 29-of-51 passes for 289 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in a 55-13 loss to North Dakota State on Saturday in the FCS playoffs.

Briscoe has some of the best passing numbers in the country -- FCS or FBS -- but really struggled against the powerhouse that is the North Dakota State Bison. This game was over at halftime, with the Bison leading the Bearkats 41-3 after 30 minutes. Even with the poor game, Briscoe still ranks as the top FCS quarterback prospect in the country, and if he tests well, he has a chance to be drafted. This will be a game he'll likely want to forget, however, and won't help his draft stock.
Dec 16 - 9:40 PM

South Dakota State senior TE Dallas Goedert hauled in five passes for 43 yards with a touchdown in a 51-16 loss to James Madison on Saturday in the FCS playoffs.

Goedert (6'4/260) had a decent day in the box score, but was mostly held in check by the impressive JMU defense. His score came with SDSU trailing 51-10, but it was an impressive 10-yard fade route where he showed off his impressive length and ability to high-point the football. Goedert will next be seen in the Senior Bowl, and a strong outing in those practices and the game could see him rank as the top tight end prospect in the country.
Dec 16 - 9:31 PM



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