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Scout.com's Jerry Garcia Jr. wrote that uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Brian Hightower "showed reliability and did a good job of snagging the ball in traffic" during The Opening regional in Orlando.

Garcia passes along that the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Hightower "has to continue to work on his separation and overall explosiveness." He already possesses beautiful body control and has the frame and bulldog mentality to out-muscle smaller corners. Scout.com ranks the IMG Academy (Florida) wideout as their No. 37 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 10:48 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson will visit Michigan in April.

Thompson-Robinson's offseason schedule continues to take shape. Prior to that Michigan trip, Rivals' No. 54 overall prospect is considering taking a visit to UCLA in March. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has said that he talks with UCLA OC Jedd Fisch "all the time." Miami could also be in play for his pledge.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 21 - 10:13 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt notes that uncommitted three-star 2018 RB Johnny Adams "can create space in a phone booth and possesses a sure set of hands."

Adams turned in a fine performance during Monday's Best of the Midwest Combine. Helmholdt relays that he was clocked at 4.50 seconds unofficially in the 40-yard dash (the exact times have not yet been released) and that the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder "looks like he lives in the weight room." Helmholdt's outlet ranks Adams as the No. 22 running back in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 21 - 8:54 PM

Scout.com's John Garcia Jr. writes that uncommitted four-star 2018 T William Barnes offered up "one of the top lineman performances of the afternoon" at The Opening regional in Orlando.

"He moves well laterally and has the body control to slide his feet while engaged -- even with one hand," Garcia explained, adding that "Barnes was successful against power moves with his low center of gravity." The 6-foot-4, 291-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 72 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 7:49 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 ATH Tavien Thomas would like to play running back at the collegiate level.

To whit, when Thomas participated in the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday, he worked as a running back. He impressed well enough, coming away with positional MVP honors from the camp. Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt notes that the 6-foot-2, 227-pounder was "surprisingly smooth catching the football and running routes." Helmholdt praised his "high motor."
Source: Rivals
Feb 21 - 6:52 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 QB Artur Sitkowski indicated that Miami (FL), LSU, Wisconsin and Temple are pushing hardest for his pledge.

Florida State is also in the running, here, as Sitkowski visited them over the weekend. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 75 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle, with outlet analyst Brian Dohn noting that the 6-foot-4, 208-pounder "throws a very nice deep ball" and has "showed good arm strength and an ability to move in the pocket."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 5:35 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 CB Patrick Lupro was named co-MVP at his position at the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday.

"He came out again and locked down top receiver after top receiver, showing fluidity, speed and instincts in a solidly-built frame," writes Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt. The analyst called Lupro's recruitment "strangely quiet" at this juncture. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder holds offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Syracuse and Toledo, but has yet to receive any Power Five love outside of the Orange.
Source: Rivals
Feb 21 - 4:52 PM

Virginia Tech and Texas A&M both offered a scholarship to uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Tommy Bush.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound standout ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at The Opening regional in Houston earlier this month. LSU has targeted Bush, as has several top Texas schools and a series of Power 5 big-hitters. Scout pegs Bush as the No. 280 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout
Feb 20 - 5:16 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Solomon Tuliapupu has five programs he hopes to visit before the start of his senior season at Mater Dei (California).

While Tuliapupu hails from Santa Ana, California, the five visits he ticked off at the Adidas West Coast Invitational on Saturday were not in-state programs. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is hoping to turn in trips to Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia this offseason. A fearsome presence on the field, Rivals sees Tuliapupu home on their 2018 master list at No. 43 overall.
Source: Rivals
Feb 19 - 3:57 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Isaah Crocker indicated that Cal is the front-runner for his pledge.

"Cal is my favorite college. It’s been my favorite college since I’ve been born," explained the Sacramento native. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder is also considering in-state programs USC and UCLA. The direction of his recruitment should continue to clarify as the offseason camp circuit unfolds. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney notes that Crocker was one of the standout performers at the Adidas West Coast Invitational on Saturday.
Source: Rivals
Feb 19 - 1:56 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown said that "USC is huge for me now."

Last week, Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney stared into a bubbling cauldron MacBeth style and predicted that St. Brown would eventually commit to UCLA. That may well still happen but the Bruins shouldn't feel too comfortable. Said St. Brown at the adidas West Coast Invitational on Saturday, "Coming off a big season with the new quarterback, USC at first wasn’t really a top for me but now USC is really up there now." Beyond the two California programs, Rivals' No. 11 overall prospect for 2018 is considering taking summer visits to Ohio State and Alabama, with Notre Dame and Stanford also in play for his pledge. His brothers, Equanimeous and Osiris, attend those latter two programs (respectively).
Source: Rivals
Feb 19 - 1:05 PM

Uncommitted three-star G Chasen Hines named Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and LSU as the top-five programs in contention for his pledge.

A distinct Big 12 flavor permeates the Marshall, Texas, native's list of top programs. He specifically cited the Longhorns' hiring of HC Tom Herman as one of the draws with Texas. The 6-foot-2, 340-pounder collects just three stars on Rivals, but Scout.com is more optimistic in their assessment, tossing him a four-star grade. The latter outlet's Gabe Brooks notes that Hines "possesses a broad, imposing frame with a strong base that helps him as a drive-blocker in the run game."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 18 - 1:41 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 S Atanza Vongor will visit Texas for their junior day on February 25.

Vongor is still basking in the glow of TCU's recent junior day, as he told Scout.com that with the Horned Frogs, "everything stood out." Now switching gears for his upcoming Texas visit, the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder said, "I just want to see how the new coaching staff is and how things are down there [in Austin]." Scout ranks the Grand Prairie, Texas, native as their No. 48 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. The outlet notes that he is a "physical safety with the athleticism to succeed in coverage, but thrive crashing downhill and running the alleys."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 18 - 1:03 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney predicted that uncommitted five-star 2018 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown will commit to UCLA.

The St. Brown family name is one that is becoming a familiar one on the CFB landscape. Amon-Ra's brothers, Equanimeous and Osiris, play for Notre Dame and Stanford respectively. Gorney refers to baby brother as "the biggest wild card in the family." While the analyst sees Rivals' No. 11 overall prospect for 2018 landing at UCLA, this is far from a done deal for the Bruins. Throw a dart at a big-name program and they have probably already offered to the 6-foot-1, 187-pounder. ESPN notes that "[a]lthough he lacks the size of his older brothers, he is more fluid and a silky smooth athlete."
Source: Rivals
Feb 17 - 7:05 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney predicts that uncommitted five-star 2018 WR Jalen Hall will commit to USC.

Late last June, Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicted that Hall would land with the Trojans. No commitment has been made during the intervening months and Farrell colleague Gorney still sees it in the same light. Of interesting note, two of the 6-foot-3, 182-pounder's now-former teammates at Augustus Hawkins -- four-star WR Joseph Lewis and four-star ATH Greg Johnson -- both signed with USC during the past cycle. For his part, Hall ranks as Rivals' No. 4 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. Ohio State, Oklahoma and Nebraska are among the teams jostling with USC for Hall's pledge.
Source: Rivals
Feb 17 - 6:14 PM


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