ESPN's Erik McKinney notes that Oregon State three-star WR Trevon Bradford is "an unheralded recruit who can provide an instant spark on offense and special teams."
McKinney floats the name of Utah freshman WR Britain Covey as a possible parallel for Bradford. Covey was similarly under-recruited, but came on to catch 43 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Oregon State won just two games last season and if the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Bradford can hang in spring practice and August camp, there should be opportunities here.
Arkansas signed four-star WR T.J. Hammonds.
During his senior campaign at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Hammonds caught 23 passes for 661 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers might seem modest enough, but he also rushed for an immodest 1,375 yards and 22 scores. ESPN 300 (where he checks in at No. 223) notes "there is a lot to like about Hammonds and he gives coaches a lot of options in terms of where to play him. He also has return game upside. He's a natural football player with confidence and production. Tons of big plays from him."
CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler pegged Baylor WR Jay Lee as his NFL Scouting Combine snub at the wideout position.
"After [Lee's] impressive performance at the Senior Bowl," Brugler wrote, "many were looking forward to seeing how Lee would test at the Combine. But that will have to wait until Baylor's pro day." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Baylor product caught four passes for 49 yards in the aforementioned Senior Bowl showing. For the 2015 season, he caught 38 passes for 758 yards and eight touchdowns.
ESPN's Erik McKinney wrote that UCLA four-star DE Breland Brandt, "could have an opportunity to immediately factor in as a rusher off the edge."
Brandt sits at No. 215 on the ESPN 300. McKinney noted that he "won’t provide much in the way of power run-stopping ability," but "the extra spring reps should be big for him to start physically developing into an impact player along the line." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder also has potential as a tight end, though he would probably only be transitioned over that way if he can't find a comfortable fit on the defensive side.
Delaware State graduate DE Gabe Sherrod indicated that Syracuse is currently his leading transfer contender.
Said Sherrod, "Syracuse has been on top of things the entire time. They are definitely the front-runner." The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder played quarterback in high school, opened his Delaware State career as a wide receiver and switched to defensive end as a redshirt sophomore. Last season, he recorded 64 tackles (25 for loss) and eight sacks. Duke, Coastal Carolina and Southern Illinois have also been in touch with Sherrod, but the Orange appear to be the strong favorites at this point.
TCU RB Aaron Green did not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Green played in both the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the Senior Bowl, but the combine won't be in his future. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler deemed the 5-foot-11, 205-pound TCU product "a possible later round pick." Wrote the analyst, "Green has electric feet to juke his way out of trouble. His lack of power limits his NFL role, but with his creative athleticism in space, he deserves to be in Indianapolis."
CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that the NFL Scouting Combine is a "great opportunity for [NC State RB Shadrach Thornton] to rebuild his image."
Thornton was dismissed from the Wolfpack in late September after he ran his scooter into a pedestrian, but he'll at least get a shot at the combine. Brugler wrote that "based on ability," his invitation shouldn't come as a shock. That being said, the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder never even cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his time at NC State. His best season came as a junior in 2014, when he worked his way to 907 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns.
ESPN's Erik McKinney wrote that USC four-star DE Oluwole Betiku "should have a chance to see the field early for the Trojans, as the defense implements new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendgergast’s 5-2 scheme."
Per McKinney, "Getting there in the spring should provide Betiku with a significant boost, as he looks to help a pass rush that was lacking at times last season and loses a number of contributors along the defensive line." The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder had been committed to the Trojan cause since December. At No. 59 on the ESPN 300, he ranks as the outlet's best USC recruit to join the team on National Signing Day.