Penn State head coach James Franklin said Big Ten teams are using the school's infractions against them when recruiting.
Franklin was asked about Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, specifically. He included those teams along with "others" as examples. "We have that conversation with every single prospect. We don't usually initiate it, but it's coming from somewhere," Franklin told beat writer Rich Scarcella. Infractions are certainly difficult to overcome, but those are coming to an end soon. Losing more often than the other programs listed likely impact recruiting at a higher rate. Routine assistant coaching changes impact recruiting, too.
Syracuse 2016 RB signee Jo-EL Shaw will attend Lackawanna College for the 2016 season.
Shaw signed with Syracuse in February, but it is reasonable to assume he did not qualify one way or another. Shaw is viewed as a power back, as he stands 6-foot-1 and 230-pounds. Most players attend JUCO for two seasons once enrolling.
Toledo suspended redshirt senior LB Jaylen Coleman, senior DT Marquise Moore and sophomore LB Anthony Davis for the first two games of the season for "violations of athletic department policy."
Coleman and Moore are projected starters. Coleman was on the field for 70 percent of the school's defensive snaps (when healthy) last season, and Moore was active for 21 percent of snaps on the interior. All three players will miss contests against Arkansas State and Maine, and will return against Fresno State.
Two-star JUCO OL Donnell Greene has committed to Minnesota for the 2016 season.
Greene is a massive human being, tipping the scales at 6-foot-7 and 345-pounds. He has three years of eligibility remaining. Greene chose Minnesota over Missouri, San Diego State and Akron, among other programs. The Gophers offensive line certainly showed their flaws last year.
Oklahoma has eight scholarships available.
This number seems quite high. Teams typically have 85 scholarships available, unless they are on a scholarship limit. USA Today's Dan Wolken points out Texas still has four available, even after accepting a few Baylor transfers. Preseason practices will begin in early August for many schools.
Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson did not make Lance Zierlein's top 10 prospects at the position.
"I just need to see him do something. He's more of an urban legend than a guy you can count on to make plays at this point," the NFL.com writer tweeted. Zierlein's reasoning makes sense, as Lawson dealt with major injuries in both 2014 and 2015. However, we would make the argument that Lawson had the talent to be the No. 2 edge rusher in the 2016 NFL Draft if he elected to declare. That did not happen, as Lawson is set to return to college for one more season. More than sacks, Lawson likely needs to prove he can stay on the field. When in the lineup, Lawson impacts an offense on the edge and inside.
New Mexico State graduate WR Teldrick Morgan transferred to Maryland.
"It’s always great to bring a local kid back home [Morgan is from Hanover, Maryland]," HC D.J. Durkin said in a statement, "and on top of that he’s very skilled and brings a wealth of experience to our receivers unit." A groin injury sidelined Morgan for three games last season, but the 6-foot, 195-pounder still managed to catch 44 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns after hauling in 75 passes for 903 yards and seven touchdowns during his sophomore campaign in 2014. Morgan has led New Mexico State in receptions each of the last two seasons.
Scout.com's Brandon Huffman sees Alabama five-star 2017 RB Najee Harris as the 2017 prospect most likely to win a future Heisman.
"[Harris is] a better prospect coming out of high school than both Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry and Alabama’s recruiting is still stronger than anyone’s," Huffman wrote, "so he’ll be playing behind some stout offensive lines with stars at the skill positions." The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has "rare physical skills at the position," according to ESPN 300's scouting breakdown. During the spring camp circuit, he has shown a remarkable ability as a receiver out of the backfield, too, with Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noting that he "caught the ball like a wide receiver" during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge. Scout.com ranks Harris as their No. 1 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.