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Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt writes that uncommitted four-star 2018 ATH Blue Smith will likely be categorized as a wide receiver before the close of the cycle.

Helmholdt passes along that Smith (6'5/215) excelled as a receiver during the Friday Night Lights camp event at Ohio State over the weekend and believes he has the most upside at that position. Rivals ranks him as the No. 31 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Ohio State and Kentucky are looking like his two top programs at this juncture, with Cincinnati a potential sleeper candidate.
Source: Rivals
Jul 24 - 2:07 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Jalen Green.

ESPN's Billy Tucker compares Green (6'2/165) to Oklahoma DB Jordan Thomas, writing that "[t]hese Texas natives are similar in size and skill-set, particularly at this same stage coming out of high school. Versatile, rangy athletes with big-play ability around the ball." Green ranks as ESPN's No. 138 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Tucker notes that the Houston native "has the athleticism, instincts and savvy confidence to contribute early for Texas under the new regime in Austin."
Jul 24 - 1:40 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 DE Micah Parsons was taking reps at wide receiver during the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State this weekend.

No, Parsons will not be making a sudden shift over to wide receiver. But it is a sign of his absurd athletic ability. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder slots into Rivals' master list at No. 5 overall in the 2018 class. Ohio State is a strong contender to land the former Penn State commit, but he visited Alabama two weekends ago and is still interested in both Georgia and Florida State, so the issue is far from settled for the Buckeyes.
Source: Rivals
Jul 24 - 1:13 PM

Scout.com's Brandon Huffman writes that uncommitted five-star 2018 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown has "been among the top 2-3 overall performers, regardless of position" at every camp he has attended this offseason.

"In a time where a lot of guys hit a wall towards the end of the spring," Huffman notes, "it took a true hand injury for St. Brown to finally be sidelined (at The Opening Finals), and even up to that point, he was among the top players at any spot." St. Brown (6'1/187) has the look of a star at the collegiate level, ranking as Scout.com's top offensive prospect in the West region, No. 11 overall for the 2018 cycle. Stanford and Notre Dame are both strong contenders for his pledge.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 21 - 3:06 PM

Scout.com's Brandon Huffman tagged uncommitted 2019 RB Austin Jones as "probably the best back we saw all spring, regardless of class."

"He was in contention for the RB MVP at The Opening Oakland and made a compelling case for it but settled for being on the all-Underclass Team," Huffman writes. Jones (5'11/190) ranks as Scout.com's No. 20 overall prospect for the 2019 cycle and the No. 1 running back in the West region. Pac-12 outfits such as Oregon, UCLA, Cal and Washington have already tossed the California native offers. Those programs figure to see a fair bit of competition for Jones' pledge as the 2019 cycle plays out over the next year-and-a-half.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 21 - 2:14 PM

Scout.com's Allen Trieu passes along that uncommitted four-star 2018 TE Luke Ford's jump in the outlet's newest rankings was due to his work at The Opening last month.

Scout had Ford (6'7/247) ranked as the No. 93 overall prospect prior to their fresh rankings release this week. They bumped him up to No. 78 overall on the new master list, with Trieu writing that "[h]e is big and has a large catch radius, we knew that, but seeing him run against that level of competition (at The Opening) was an eye opener."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 20 - 9:47 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Isaah Crocker plans on making an official visit to Alabama.

Alabama was not part of the top-six Crocker released at the end of June, but after they tossed him an offer during a recent visit, they are now firmly in the discussion. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder is also planning official visits to Oregon, Oregon State and Nebraska, with Utah, UCLA and USC also potentially in the mix. Crocker ranks as Rivals' No. 134 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 20 - 9:31 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 DE Jeremiah Martin plans on taking official visits to Colorado and Alabama.

Colorado and Alabama generally work in different recruiting spheres, but we have a crossing of the streams here with Martin. Local programs USC and UCLA are also on the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder's radar. The San Bernadino, California, native ranks as Rivals' No. 39 prospect in the state for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 20 - 6:55 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 T Jackson Carman is kicking around taking official visits to Ohio State, Clemson, USC, Florida State and Wisconsin.

On separate occasions, Carman has named both Clemson and Ohio State as his two favorites, but all five of the programs in question are more than capable of making a big, winning pitch. Carman, who already had five-star status over at Rivals entering the week, just received an upgrade from four- to five-star glory on Scout.com in their updated rankings. The latter outlet ranks him as the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 20 - 5:46 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Merlin Robertson will take official visits to Oregon, LSU and Oklahoma.

That leaves two officials still available, as Robertson said that he would like to make use of all five of those trips this fall. Cal and USC also figure to be in the mix for the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, with USC the program to watch for the California native. Rivals ranks Robertson as the No. 156 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 18 - 10:57 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 WR Arjei Henderson will visit Oregon on July 29.

This will be Henderson's first visit to Oregon. Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are among the other early contenders for the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder's pledge at this juncture. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 78 overall prospect for the 2019 cycle. He was phenomenally productive as a sophomore at Travis High School (Texas) last season, putting in an eye-popping 100-1401-18 receiving line.
Source: Rivals
Jul 18 - 8:56 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Josh Vann said that South Carolina and Georgia are neck-and-neck for his pledge.

South Carolina had held an edge, but that was before Vann visited Georgia over the weekend. The 5-foot-10, 177-pounder will be taking a trip to check out the Gamecocks this coming weekend before he shuts down his schedule to prepare for his senior season. Rivals ranks him as the No. 238 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Vann was a surprise performer at The Opening earlier this summer, with Scout.com's Greg Powers passing along that "nobody hauled in more passes during 7-on-7 play."
Source: Rivals
Jul 18 - 8:06 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 DE Micah Parsons visited Alabama over the weekend.

Parsons (6'3/235) also plans on take trips to Georgia and Florida State before the end of the month, though whether he can pull of that trick logistically remains to be seen -- he said that he hopes to check out both programs on July 29. Assuming no unexpected developments, those will be his last two visits of the summer. Parsons ranks as Rivals' No. 5 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Ohio State has the looks of a favorite at this juncture.
Source: Rivals
Jul 18 - 7:14 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell writes, "I can see (uncommitted five-star 2018 DE Micah) Parsons lighting up the combine in a few years perhaps in the way Myles Garrett did if he continues to develop and add speed and quickness to his game."

"Just watching him on film and seeing how explosively athletic he is off the edge in person," Farrell writes, "I think he’s a kid who is going to be 275 pounds by the time he hits the combine and will have linebacker athleticism and speed with defensive end explosion." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound five-star stud backed off a February pledge to Penn State in April, with Ohio State now charging hard for his commitment. Rivals ranks Parsons as the No. 5 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 16 - 3:45 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 CB Ken Montgomery will make his commitment on July 27.

Alabama, Penn State, UCLA and Ohio State all make Montgomery's final cut, but if you're looking for a sleeper, the Tampa native is also considering South Florida. Scout.com's Corey Bender refers to the 6-foot-1, 155-pounder as "one of the premier 2018 cornerbacks in (the state of) Florida" and notes that he is a "lanky defensive back." Bender's outlet ranks Montgomery as the No. 28 cornerback prospect in the South region.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 16 - 1:25 PM


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