Ex-Michigan junior OL Kyle Bosch has transferred to WVU and has been granted immediate eligibility.
Bosch was away from the Michigan program for much of the 2014 season after starting three games at left guard during his freshman year. Bosch could help the Mountaineers immediately after the school lost two offensive linemen to the NFL.
Vanderbilt redshirt freshman transfer Mitch Parsons has been granted immediate eligibility to play for Colorado State in 2015.
Parsons transferred closer to home last January after sitting out his only collegiate season with Vanderbilt. Out of high school, Parsons was the No. 2 recruit out of Colorado and No. 7 national tight end.
Notre Dame has reinstated senior edge rusher Ishaq Williams.
Williams was another name involved in the academic fraud investigation and was dismissed from the team last August. He was expected to start for the Irish prior to that incident. He stands around 6'5/271 lbs and has rushed the passer from a three and two point stance.
USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler "doesn't have ideal height for an NFL quarterback (he's listed at 6-1), but will be prepared for the mechanics of running an NFL offense," observes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.
"After a productive junior season, Kessler could have tried his luck with the NFL, but opted to return for a season in which there will be high expectations -- both for the team and Kessler individually," Bonagura wrote. The quarterback made a great decision in returning. While we like Kessler more than most, he would have been lucky to get popped on Day 2 had he entered the process early. If he can assuage concerns about his frame by showing Drew Brees-like tools in 2015, it wouldn't be out of the question for Kessler to hear his name called in Round 1. He doesn't have much room for error, however.
Maryland sophomore CB D’Andre Payne will transfer.
Payne never even played a game for the Terps. The four-star 2014 recruit played in eight games and registered four tackles last season for Tennessee. He transferred to Maryland but spent only four months on campus before deciding to move on again. Payne will enroll at an unspecified junior college. He was the No. 230 overall according recruit coming out of high school, according to Rivals.com.
USC senior FB Soma Vainuku has the type of skills that will attract the NFL, believes ESPN's Greg Katz.
"Fullback is becoming like an extinct position at both the college and pro level, but Vainuku has one huge advantage in that he is recognized as the Pac-12’s premier special-teams assassin," Katz wrote. "NFL teams love the versatility of players like Vainuku, so if he can stay healthy in 2015, he could get more than a sniff from NFL teams." The 6-foot, 255-pounder had only seven carries and zero receptions last season. If he gets drafted, it will be for the things he does without the ball in his hands.
Oklahoma redshirt senior LB Frank Shannon has returned to the team, according to teammate Zach Sanchez.
Sanchez announced the news, which has not been confirmed by the school, on Twitter. Shannon was suspended by the university for the entire 2014 season after he was accused of sexual assault. Charges were later dropped. Shannon led the Sooners in tackles with 92 as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.
ESPN's Greg Katz postulates that it is "more realistic" that USC redshirt junior LT Chad Wheeler (knee) "doesn’t apply for the draft, which would be the correct move for potential NFL aspirations."
"Will he be ready to return to the starting lineup at left tackle after rehabbing from right knee surgery (torn ligaments)?" Katz wrote. "Wheeler is an extremely hard worker, has made significant development over his career, and seemed to be hitting his stride until an injury last season at Utah. NFL scouts will take notice that Wheeler won the 2014 Bob Chandler Award for athletics/academics/character." Still rehabbing the torn ACL, Wheeler missed spring practices. The injury threw the Trojans' offensive line into a state of flux last season. If he's healthy in 2015, the school should have one of the country's best units.