A Pac-12 offensive coach said Oregon junior WR/DB/KR Charles Nelson effects the game whenever he's on the field.
"What separates him from others is just his physical toughness," the coach said. "It's very rare for a receiver or DB, or whatever you call him, to go out and be their best tackler. He can be extremely physical, but then he's also very good with the ball in his hands." Nelson is also tremendously athletic, owning a sub-4.4 forty and a spot on the Ducks' track team. Last season, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound caught 17 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on offense while logging 47 tackles and a pair of interceptions on defense. He also accumulated 876 yards and a touchdown on 33 kick returns.
Virginia Tech sophomore LB Carson Lydon will transfer.
No word as to where Lydon might take his talents, but he won't be suiting up in Blacksburg this fall. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 39 outside linebacking prospect for the 2015 cycle. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder saw 11 games worth of action -- mostly on special teams -- last season, finishing the campaign with four tackles (1.0 for loss). Assuming he transfers to another FBS program, Lydon will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham said that the university would respond to the latest NCAA Notice of Allegations before the required deadline.
UNC was given 90 days to respond to the notice. They have one month remaining on that, but should be able to meet the deadline without issue. Per the Associated Press, all of this is "an offshoot of a 2010 NCAA probe into the football program, center[ing] on independent study-style courses offering GPA-boosting grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department." The NCAA initially sent a NOA to North Carolina during May of 2015, one which detailed five potentially major violations. In August, UNC reported additional information to the NCAA, which required a revised notice. That was not issued until April of this year. Cunningham indicated that it is too early in the process to know whether self-imposed sanctions would be levied in the future.
Five-star 2017 CB Darnay Holmes will take official visits to Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska this fall.
Holmes has already locked in the dates for his Nebraska and Ohio State visits. He will be in Lincoln for the Cornhuskers' season-opening showdown with Fresno State and will journey to Columbus when the Buckeyes tango with the Wolverines on November 26. He has yet to shore up a date for his official visit to Ann Arbor, but he will be checking them out as well once the 2016 campaign starts up in earnest. As for his other two officials, he indicated that Florida, Florida State and Miami are in the hunt. UCLA is also making a hard push for the five-star standout.
LSU junior QB Brandon Harris said, "I really do feel like I have the best arm in college football."
That is a strong claim from Harris, though not as strong as the one he made immediately afterward. Said the 6-foot-3, 188-pounder, "We have the best team in college football. I get it all the time: ‘Can you throw this and that?’ I laugh about it because I think as we continue to grow as a team, we’ll get the last laugh." Harris has received widespread praise from teammates for his work this spring, with WR Tyron Johnson saying that he "looks more like an NFL QB [than he did in 2015]" due to improvements in accuracy and poise. Harris believes the Tigers are just beginning to tap into their potential. "The sky is the limit for this team. The light has to come on, and it’s starting to come on."
Miami junior LB Juwon Young has been suspended indefinitely.
Miami's release of the information offered just a cursory "violation of department rules." Per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the actual reason behind the suspension involves the 6-foot-2, 248-pounder's access to a luxury vehicle from a car agency. Miami is trying to jump the gun on any possible NCAA violations here. "Multiple people inside the UM football program do not expect Young to be on the team this season," Jackson wrote. "One source cautioned that he's in limbo and it's still possible he could return but he's not in a good position." Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad is also being investigated, though he remains in good standing with the team for the time being. Last season, Young was the Hurricanes' second-leading tackler, recording 57 of them.
Four-star 2017 WR Jamire Calvin is considering a visit to Notre Dame for August.
Calvin just received an offer from the Fighting Irish, one which has stirred up the echoes well enough. Not only is he seriously kicking around an unofficial trip in August, he said that an official visit to South Bend this fall is just about guaranteed. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney notes that the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder will also likely be making official visits to Arizona State and Nebraska. His strong work during the spring circuit earned him a recent boost from Rivals, who awarded him a fourth star and pushed him into their top 250 prospects for 2017 at No. 239.
Auburn freshman QB Woody Barrett will enroll on June 29.
This according to Barrett's old head coach at West Orange High, Bob Head. Barrett apparently did not initially meet the SAT standards for enrollment at Auburn in January, but with a few months of studying, that has been rectified. SEC Country unsuccessfully attempted to reach the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder for comment, but he did tweet out "War Eagle [fire emoji, trophy emoji] see ya soon." Barrett is a long-shot to win the starting quarterbacking gig over the likes of Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III -- particularly given his delayed arrival -- but HC Gus Malzahn did say in February that he would be part of the competition.