Four-star 2017 LB Levi Jones visited UCLA and USC this spring.
Jones is a ways away from making a commitment proper -- he might not release a top-10 until after completing his senior season at Westlake High -- but that won't stop the chase. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder spoke of his visit to UCLA in strong terms, saying, "I really liked it up there; I love the coaches, the atmosphere, and the west coast vibe is nice." In addition to the two California schools, FSU, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M have also expressed interest in Rivals' No. 17 linebacking recruit for 2017.
Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner told reporters, "Honestly, it felt like I got drafted [after receiving the call that his cancer was in remission]."
"I was with Tyler [Boyd] on draft night and seeing him wait for the call. I felt the same," Conner said. "I was waiting for a phone call. But this is better. ... This is my life." The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder plans on being ready for the start of August camp, but stressed that his medical team will be with him every step of the way. "I'm happy. I'm celebrating, but we still have to stay on top of it and still be smart because I have to get my body back." In addition to his fight against Hodgkins lymphoma, Conner has been rehabbing from a torn MCL suffered in the season-opener last September. Pitt plays Villanova to open the 2016 season.
Auburn sophomore DB Tim Irvin will transfer.
"I want to thank Auburn University for the time I was here and I appreciate the coaches and the fans. It was a great journey but it will be better for me to pursue my career elsewhere. #Wareagle," Irvin tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound sophomore was a four-star recruit out of high school. He had been committed to Texas as of January, 2015, but flipped over to Auburn several weeks before National Signing Day of that year. Irvin is the nephew of former NFL great Michael Irvin, who (according to 247Sports) has already contacted Longhorns HC Charlie Strong to see if Tim might be able to slide over to Texas. If that occurs, he would sit out the 2016 campaign.
Three-star 2017 WR Jafar Armstrong indicated that he is receiving heavy interest from both the Big Ten and Big 12.
"Northwestern came to one of my morning sessions and I did very well. They seemed very impressed," Armstrong said. "Kansas State has shown a lot of interest and in the past few weeks I have gotten a few cool edits from them. Iowa, I have gotten mail and been talking to the coaches a lot." The 6-foot-1, 185-pound wideout noted that he has "clicked" with the coaching staffs of those three teams. This summer, Armstrong -- Rivals No. 82 WR prospect for 2017 -- will be taking part in camps at both Iowa and Kansas State, as well as Oklahoma State. Michigan's satellite camp at Blue Springs High School (in Missouri) could also be in the cards for the Kansas native.
Oklahoma senior WR Dede Westbrook was arrested on a complaint of criminal trespass on Monday.
Per an official at Milam County jail in Cameron, Texas, Westbrook was booked at 11:30 a.m. Monday morning and released later that day. At this juncture, no further details regarding the circumstances of the trespassing complaint are available. Oklahoma spokesman Mike Houck said, "We're aware of it and are addressing internally." Westbrook is Oklahoma's leading returning receiver, having caught 46 passes for 743 yards and four touchdowns for the 2015 campaign.
Miami head coach Mark Richt plans to donate $1 million of his own money to help the school build an indoor practice facility.
The facility is apparently No. 1 on Miami's priority list, and it makes sense as Miami's pro day this spring was nearly ruined by rain. The entire project, not just this facility, will reportedly cost around $20 million, and Miami is currently one of the only top programs without this kind of facility. We are struggling to remember a coach donating this amount of money before coaching his first game with the program. Granted, Richt did play for Miami.
When asked about the status of sophomore WR Antonio Callaway and junior WR/QB Treon Harris, head coach Jim McElwain said the pair is still suspended.
"Still status-quo," McElwain told reporters. "They are not with the football program right now." Callaway was the team's leading receiver last year, totaling 678 yards and four touchdowns on 35 receptions in just his first season of collegiate football. Many view Callaway as one of the bright young receivers in college football, and we know McElwain can feed his top target. However, Callaway and Harris were suspended for spring practice with very little information disclosed.
Washington named interim AD Jennifer Cohen to the position permanently.
Cohen was named interim athletic director after Scott Woodward fled to take the AD job at Texas A&M in January. Interim no more. In a statement, university president Ana Mari Cauce said, "[Cohen's] years of experience leading its fundraising program, along with her direct involvement overseeing football, provide a strong foundation for assuming overall leadership for the department. This is the right time for her, and I look forward to a very exciting time for our students, coaches and fans of Husky athletics."