A coach whose team opposed Washington freshman WR Terrell Bynum at the high school level said that "[h]onestly, he's the guy I would like to clone if I could do it."
"He's explosive, so when he catches the ball, you'd better make the tackle because he'll make plays with his legs," the coach said. "He loves a broken field where he can use his quickness and vision to make plays." One area of improvement that the coach forwarded for the 6-foot-1, 177-pounder -- strength and physicality. "When we were physical against him, that's when he struggled," he explained. An opposing player likewise said that "[h]e hated guys being physical against him. You could see it in his eyes." That player wasn't all doom-and-gloom, though, and praised Bynum's sharp route-running. That he is already a technician on his routes is a very encouraging sign for his development.
Uncommitted three-star 2018 ATH Devon Cooley indicated that UCLA is the current leader for his pledge.
At least for the time being, Cooley doesn't have a ton of options outside the Bruins. Oregon, Colorado and Colorado State are the only other programs to toss him offers. The 6-foot-1, 161-pounder hopes to create more of a name for himself on the spring and summer camp circuit, saying, "I’m going to as many camps as I can, as many college camps, as many event camps, everything I can. I’m going to try to take as many visits as I can. This is my senior year so I have to do something." Rivals ranks him as the No. 29 athlete prospect in the 2018 cycle.
South Mecklenburg High coach Rocky White said that North Carolina freshman DE Jake Lawler is "a special kid – not just in the way he plays, but in the way he does everything."
"If you had 100 Jake Lawlers, you’d go undefeated," White said. "He has good size. He has a fast get-off and uses his hands well." He called his former pupil a "road warrior" when it comes to the weight room. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 177 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle. He is already enrolled in classes at UNC.
Scout.com notes that Wisconsin freshman T Tyler Beach could project as a guard.
As tends to be the case with many incoming freshmen, Beach's exact role has yet to be ironed out. While Scout sees the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder as potentially projecting to guard, they also note that he has "the frame to play tackle at the next level." The outlet would like to see him shore up his work in pass protection now that he has begun his Badgers career.
Maryland hired Fordham OC/OL coach Tyler Bowen to serve as OL coach.
Homecoming! Bowen played for three seasons at Maryland during the mid-2000's and also spent time with the Terps as a graduate assistant. He had been with Fordham for the past two seasons. In something of a corresponding move, the man he is replacing, Dave Borbely, has been shifted to an off-field role as special assistant to the head coach.
In his most recent mock draft, CBS Sports' Rob Rang projected Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to the Jets at No. 6.
Rang has Watson as the first quarterback drafted, followed by Mitch Trubisky (to the Bills at No. 10) and DeShone Kizer (to the Browns at No. 12). Earlier this week, Watson, himself, said that he had been hearing top-10 and even top-five buzz. The quarterback pool is incredibly muddy at this juncture. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah has noted that in addition to the three gunslingers Rang has mocked in the first round, both Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes and Cal QB Davis Webb have drawn top positional ratings from some NFL squads.
Despite Ole Miss' self-imposed bowl ban due to NCAA rules violations, sophomore QB Shea Patterson does not plan on transferring.
It hasn't been the best week for the Rebels, as the NCAA hit them with eight additional violations on top of the 13 that were already being levied against them. The program self-imposed a bowl ban for 2017. However, Patterson's decision not jump from the currently burning, sinking ship is at least one cause for a sigh of relief in Oxford. "I love my school, coaches, teammates and our fans and I can't wait for the 2017 season together! Let's go!" wrote the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder on Twitter. Patterson, a five-star recruit in the 2016 cycle, started three games last season. He threw for at least 300 yards in two of them and posted a 6/3 TD/INT ratio in that space. If Ole Miss is to have any chance of extricating themselves from this mess in the near future, Patterson figures to be a key piece of the puzzle.
Uncommitted four-star 2018 CB Kyler Gordon is planning on taking offseason trips to UCLA, Cal and USC.
Both UCLA and Cal have already tossed offers Gordon's way. USC, not so much, but the 5-foot-11, 176-pound native of Everett, Washington, believes that the Trojans may be close to showing him a little love on that front. He ranks as Scout.com's No. 186 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.