Uncommitted five-star 2017 WR Tyjon Lindsey said that his unofficial visit to Ohio State last weekend was "perfect."
Ohio State impressed the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder during his camp visit, leading him to say that he "felt at home" with the Buckeyes. Recruits are somewhat naturally prone to gushing coming off of any visit -- rare is the player who says "it just didn't do much for me" -- but Ohio State should be considered a legitimate threat for Lindsey's commitment. A prime factor here is the prior commitment of five-star QB Tate Martell. Lindsey and Martell are tight friends, to the point where the former stayed with the latter's family in Las Vegas back when he attended Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Nebraska is another strong contender, here, as Lindsey has built up a relationship with WR coach Keith Williams.
UCLA freshman WR Theo Howard noted that he is hoping to enter the season with a playing weight of 185 pounds.
As of April, Howard had already added eight pounds through his work in the Bruin facilities. He was listed at 6-foot, 174 pounds coming out of high school, so that 185-pound goal is well within reach. Redshirt senior WR Kenny Walker has been impressed with Howard's technical prowess and indicated that he has never seen such precision from a freshman wideout. The mental aspect of the game might be Howard's biggest hurdle to overcome. "(They tell me to) watch film and stay in the playbook whenever you can. Stay consistent with it," he said. UCLA lost their top two receivers from 2015 (Thomas Duarte, Jordan Peyton) and Howard is in a prime position to make an immediate impact. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 288 prospect for the 2016 cycle.
Arizona State senior WR Tim White indicated that he is not discouraged by low preseason expectations.
"Everybody is hungry, everybody wants a bite of their own and we are going to take that and run with it," White said in a radio interview on Arizona Sports 97.8 FM. The Sun Devils were largely ignored in the Pac-12 media's preseason poll, receiving not-a-one first-place vote for the South Division. Indeed, they were picked to finish fifth there. If they are to surprise in 2016, White figures to be a key cog in the machine. Last season, he did a little bit of everything, catching 57 passes for 633 yards and eight touchdowns, rushing twice for a meaty 69 yards and returning 36 kickoffs for 972 yards (27 YPR) and a touchdown. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder believes he will be able to showcase an even more well-rounded game this coming season, noting that he "gained a lot of experience" and is a more patient player in his route-running, now.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Florida State and West Virginia are nearing agreement on a season-opening clash for 2020.
Per McMurphy, the match-up that is being discussed would open the 2020 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Seminoles and Mountaineers have never played in the regular season, but they have tangoed in a trio of bowl games (2010, 2005, 1982). FSU won all three of those contests. An added piece of intrigue here -- one that you are sure to hear about plenty on September 5, 2020 -- is that FSU HC Jimbo Fisher is a native of West Virginia.
Kentucky signed former three-star 2015 WR Marvin Robinson.
Robinson was a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle and had been committed to Wisconsin prior to National Signing Day last February. Academic issues prevented him from enrolling at the university, though. He sat out the 2015 campaign and will be eligible to play immediately now that he has found a new home with the Wildcats. The Courier-Journal's Jon Hale relays that the 6-foot-4, 175-pounder will walk on at Kentucky for the autumn semester.
Wisconsin HC Paul Chryst indicated that redshirt sophomore LB T.J. Edwards (foot) will be out indefinitely.
No specifics are available regarding how Edwards suffered the injury, but he was spotted wearing a walking boot earlier in the week and Chryst informed the local media on Tuesday that the 6-foot-1, 238-pounder would be out for at least the foreseeable future. Wisconsin starts up camp on August 8 and kicks off the 2016 campaign in Lambeau Field against LSU on September 3. If Edwards is not ready for the start of the season, it would be a legitimate blow to the Badgers. Last season, he led the program with 84 tackles. He also posted 6.5 TFL. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Connelly and redshirt freshman Nick Thomas should see increased reps in camp while Edwards rehabs from the injury.
Iowa LB Josey Jewell was the first sophomore to ever be named a full-time captain under Kirk Ferentz.
Technically Jewell was a redshirt sophomore last season, but Ferentz relentlessly praises the linebacker. To continue that tradition, Jewell is the first non-senior to ever attend Big 10 media days for Iowa. Jewell does everything for Iowa: excels in coverage, can blitz and also attacks ball carriers when moving forward. We was on the field for a ridiculous 96.7 percent of the school's defensive snaps last season.
Illinois redshirt senior QB Wes Lunt is working with his fifth quarterback coach in his fifth season of college football.
Instability. Lunt started his career at Oklahoma State in 2012 before transferring to Illinois and sitting out the 2013 season. Illinois' was a dumpster fire last year, but hopefully that changes with Lovie Smith and his staff on site now. Current quarterbacks coach, Garrick McGee, is also the offensive coordinator and comes from Louisville where he held the same position under Bobby Petrino.