Draft Decisions: NFC West

Draft Decisions: NFC West
Josh Norris went through the NFC West draft press conferences to find out why each team made every single selection.
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247Sports' Brian Dohn notes that Penn State five-star 2019 verbal LB commit Brandon Smith "showed his mettle late" during the Under Armour camp regional in Baltimore on Sunday.

Per Dohn, some players started to lose their edge as the day progressed and the temperature began to rise. Not Smith, though. The analyst notes that the 6-foot-4, 233-pounder "went back out (following drills and 1-on-1 work) and continued to compete at a high level while many others checked out and stayed in the background." Smith committed to Penn State on Monday. ESPN's Craig Haubert compares him to Alabama's Christian Miller and writes in his scouting report that he possesses "a nice blend of length and athleticism."
Source: 247Sports
May 23 - 5:04 PM

USC and Alabama have officially agreed to a season-opening contest for Sept. 5, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.

Reports of this match-up have been floating about this spring. It's official, now. The last time the two teams met -- opening the 2016 season -- it proved to be one of the more impactful games in recent memory for reasons far beyond the 52-6 final margin for Alabama. Midway through the contest, Jalen Hurts took over for Blake Barnett at quarterback for the Tide, while on the Trojans' sideline, we saw an inept Max Browne-led offense which would be helmed by Sam Darnold just weeks later.
May 23 - 4:38 PM

247Sports analyst Brian Dohn passes along that uncommitted 2020 DE Bryan Bresee "made it look ridiculously easy" at the Under Armour camp regional in Baltimore on Sunday.

"His spin move off the edge is remarkable, and offensive linemen know it is coming but he is still able to execute it because of his speed off the edge," Dohn writes of the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Bresee. While 247Sports has yet to assign him a star rating, he ranks as their No. 1 overall prospect in the 2020 cycle. He'll be getting his five stars when the time comes for that rankings release further on down the road. Bresee took unofficial trips to Georgia and Penn State last month and is hoping to get a chance to check out Ohio State and Oklahoma upcoming. There's no current timetable for him to make his much-anticipated pledge.
Source: 247Sports
May 23 - 4:14 PM

With Georgia Tech's new multi-year APR (academic progress rate) standing at 980, HC Paul Johnson's $100,000 contract bonus has gone into effect.

The Yellow Jackets posted a single-year APR mark of 974. Johnson's crew merely had to hit 950 for him to earn his bonus. Among the other coaches to take home some extra ice cream money on the basis of how their kids performed when hitting the books, Gus Malzahn ($75,000), Ed Orgeron ($75,000) and Will Muschamp ($50,000) all took home nice bonuses. Two other APR notes: Northwestern's 997 multi-year mark led all FBS programs, while Florida State's multi-year mark of 941 scraped the bottom of the barrel.
May 23 - 4:01 PM

Duke four-star 2019 verbal RB commit Zonovan Knight reopened his recruitment over the weekend.

Bummer for the Blue Devils, who had netted an initial pledge from Knight in early March. At the time, NC State and Tennessee were his other finalists. We'll see if he ends up angling back toward one of those programs now that he's back on the open market. The 6-foot, 183-pound back out of Middlesex, North Carolina, ranks as Rivals' No. 181 overall prospect in the 2019 cycle. Duke is one of those programs which will occasionally land legit four-star prospects, but they're also of a small enough stature that they'll occasionally lose the crown jewel of their class to some of the bigger dogs on the landscape (see: Sears, Jack; USC).
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 3:48 PM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said of senior QB Keller Chryst's upside, "I think that everything you do, you probably get better at it the longer you do it."

"Based off his age, his experience, he has some wisdom, so that will probably help him in preparation, and I think it will be good for our football team," Pruitt said on Tuesday. These comments strike us as slightly boilerplate, though to be fair, the team really hasn't gotten a close look at Chryst as of yet. The former Stanford signal-caller did not take part in spring practice and thus won't be hitting practice in full until August camp. He'll be competing with Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride for starting honors when practices boot back up. Realistically, regardless of who wins the gig, this is a rebuilding year for the Volunteers.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 3:31 PM

On the Athlon Sports preseason All-SEC team, Georgia tops all comers with 13 entrants.

While Athlon sees Alabama winning both the SEC and national championship by the close of the upcoming campaign, the Crimson Tide take a slight backseat to the Dawgs. Bama has 11 representatives in the preseason exercise, tying with none other than Missouri. Behind the three aforementioned program, Florida, Texas A&M and Mississippi State slide in with nine selections by the outlet.
May 23 - 3:21 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 DE Savion Jackson is planning on taking official visits to South Carolina, NC State and North Carolina.

Jackson (6'3/245) is considering programs as far outside his home of Clayton, North Carolina, as Ohio State, Tennessee and Alabama, but with the way his recruitment is currently tracking, he might not be straying too far from home when all is said and done. Rivals analyst Adam Friedman goes so far as to write that at this juncture, "it’s hard to see Jackson ending up anywhere other than N.C. State." Friedman's outlet ranks Jackson as the No. 120 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 3:01 PM
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