Speaking at the Middle Tennessee Sports Awards in Nashville, former Tennessee stalwart Peyton Manning denied rumors that he would be taking a coaching job with the Volunteers.
Nashville radio voice Austin Stanley relayed that awards ceremony, Manning said, "No, I will not be coaching quarterbacks at Tennessee, but I will be the biggest Vols fan this year." Earlier in May, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman wrote that he heard from trusted NFL sources that Manning wanted to coach at Tennessee. At least for the time being, it appears that the quarterbacking legend won't be hitting the sidelines this coming season.
Baylor three-star 2017 S Jonathan Stiner decommitted.
Stiner decommitted via a short, concise Twitter post in which he thanked Baylor for their interest. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder joins four-star TE Kendrick James, four-star WR Hezekiah Jones and OL Jayden Peevy as one of four Baylor commitments to pump the brakes following the firing of HC Art Briles. For his part, Stiner had been committed to the Bears since last July. Houston, Missouri and SMU -- all of whom have offers on the table -- figure to be in the hunt for Stiner's next commitment.
ESPN's Gerry Hamilton hears that Baylor four-star 2016 T Patrick Hudson will not enroll in classes on Monday.
According to Hamilton, Hudson is considering his options and would like to see how the situation at Baylor plays out over the coming weeks in the wake of HC Art Briles' firing. If he jumps ship, that would be a huge loss for the Bears. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder was their crown jewel recruit for 2016 and ranked as ESPN 300's No. 56 overall player for the cycle. At least three Baylor signees in this most recent class have told ESPN that they are seeking releases from their letters of intent.
Baylor four-star 2017 WR Hezekiah Jones decommitted.
Taking to Twitter, Jones thanked Baylor's coaching staff and the fanbase for their support, but said that after discussing the situation with his family, he will be re-opening his recruitment. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has been receiving hard pushes from the likes of Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon, Texas A&M and Notre Dame (among others). He ranks No. 109 on the ESPN 300 and stands as their No. 16 wideout.
Baylor four-star 2017 QB Kellen Mond posted an Auburn-themed picture on Twitter.
Mond remains committed to Baylor for the time being, but has made serious hints toward considering Auburn. In addition to Friday's Twitter post, after Art Briles was fired on Thursday he spoke with Rivals and said that he has talked with his circle about potentially visiting the Tigers this summer. If the 6-foot-3, 199-pounder does opt to de-commit, 247Sports' Bill Kurelic believes that in addition to Auburn, Ohio State and Texas A&M could vie for Mond's pledge
2018 WR Tre Turner has five camps lined up for June.
Turner pulls double-duty at Northwest Guilford, playing on both the basketball and football teams. The 6-foot-4, 175-pounder's scheduled June camps consist of a little from Column A and a little from Column B. Strictly on the football side, he will traveling to the camps of Maryland, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson. He will be taking part in both basketball and football camps at Virginia, while Appalachian State will host him at their basketball camp. Again, this is just his June schedule. Rivals analyst Adam Friedman noted that schools that would give him opportunities in both basketball and football could have a higher chance at nabbing his commitment.
ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Ohio State four-star 2017 CB Shaun White to LSU senior CB Tre'Davious White.
"Length on the perimeter is important, which is what makes Wade and White stand out," Luginbill wrote. "Tall, long and with great range these two both have ideal measurables for the new age cornerback." The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Wade committed to the Buckeyes in January of 2015. Should he back out of that longstanding pledge, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC or UCLA could play a part in the play before the curtain closes.
Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack wrote that Alabama five-star 2017 T Alex Leatherwood "turned in one of the most dominating performances at any camp" with his work at the Rivals Camp Series regional in New Orleans.
"The hulking prospect is known for his mean streak when it comes to finishing blocks," Wommack noted, "and his full array of skills was on display during his camp showing." The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder committed to Alabama last summer, though he did visit Florida earlier this offseason and said "I like everything about Florida." Along with the Tide and Gators, the likes of Michigan, Miami, LSU and USC could play a role in his final landing spot in February. For now, at least, ESPN 300's No. 9 overall recruit remains in Alabama's net.