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South Carolina sophomore WR Bryan Edwards (sports hernia) led the team with four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the Gamecocks' spring game.

While Edwards required surgery to repair a sports hernia earlier this offseason and was initially a limited participant in spring practice, the 6-foot-3, 209-pounder was no worse for the wear in the spring game and should be a healthy participant in full come the start of August camp. He notched an impressive 44-590-4 receiving line as a true freshman. He and Deebo Samuel will be leading the South Carolina attack at receiver in 2017.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 6:37 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura writes that "Takkarist McKinley's departure will still be felt (at UCLA), but [freshman DE Jaelan] Phillips' arrival will help lessen that."

"There was an adjustment period, of course," Bonagura wrote of Phillips' work this spring, "but by the end of the 15 practices he certainly didn't look like a player who had just enrolled in school." The analyst goes so far as to write that the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder "feels like a heavy favorite to be the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year." Phillips was a five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle and ranked as ESPN's No. 1 defensive prospect in the class.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 6:22 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Kamryn Babb is planning summer visits to LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss.

Babb will be releasing a top-nine list on May 29. It can be reasonably assumed that the Tigers, Tide and Rebs will be on that list. Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy additionally tags Notre Dame, USC, Nebraska and Michigan as other programs with a solid chance of remaining in the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder's thoughts. Babb recently made an impression at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis, with the outlet calling him a "special player [who] is developing nicely as he marches toward the college game." The outlet is keen on the more explosive aspects of his game. He sits at a sturdy No. 75 overall on their 2018 master list.
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 6:09 PM

South Carolina junior TE Hayden Hurst was named preseason first-team All-SEC by Athlon Sports.

Hurst has had himself an interesting career. For starters, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 MLB amateur draft. After his baseball prospects faded, he proceeded to walk on at South Carolina as a receiver prior to the 2015 season before subsequently transitioning over to tight end. That transition worked out beautifully, as the 6-foot-5, 253-pounder caught 48 passes for 616 yards and a touchdown in 13 games last season.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 5:53 PM

Iowa State WR coach Bryan Gasser called sophomore WR Deshaunte Jones is "just a kid [who] goes, goes, goes."

"He’s still raw on some things and certainly produced last fall, but he’s a guy that takes coaching really well," Gasser said. Playing as a true freshman last season, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jones logged a 37-536-6 receiving line. Star senior WR Allen Lazard is among his biggest fans, saying, "Seeing what he finished as at the end of last year to now is that he’s still growing and he still has a lot of room to grow, which is great for him because he has a lot of potential left." Jones initially joined Iowa State as a quarterback before transitioning over to receiver.
Source: The Gazette
May 23 - 5:38 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura writes that "after last year's disaster it's hard to be overly optimistic at this stage (regarding the UCLA running game)."

The Bruins finished last in the FBS in total rushing with a mere 1,011 yards rushing. They averaged just 3.72 YPC. Bonagura believes that new OC Jedd Fisch's more friendly-to-running-backs system should help, but his main concern is that there is next-to-no new blood at the position, noting that "it's essentially the same cast." Soso Jamabo -- who rushed for 321 yards in 2016 -- and Nate Starks (292 yards rushing) are expected to once again shoulder the bulk of carries for the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 5:24 PM

SEC Country's Daniel Swinney passes along that South Carolina redshirt sophomore RB Ty'Son Williams "turned heads in the spring game."

Williams rushed for 83 yards on just 11 carries in the spring game. The 6-foot, 220-pounder transferred over to South Carolina from UNC last summer and subsequently sat out the 2016 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. He was a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle. With the Gamecocks, he is expected to work in a backup role behind Rico Dowdle during the coming season. A.J. Turner will also be in that backup mix.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 5:10 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Teradja Mitchell is deciding between Ohio State and Florida State.

We won't be waiting around long for this pledge -- Mitchell indicated that he plans on making his commitment on June 2. Rivals analyst Adam Friedman notes that "for years" the 6-foot-2, 247-pounder has been close with "a number of players at Florida State." He believes that they are the front-runner to land his outlet's No. 56 overall prospect. The hype for Mitchell has been building for some time, with ESPN's Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert writing last summer that he "can be a punishing presence at linebacker."
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 4:55 PM

Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett said that he returned for the 2017 season in part because, "For the NFL, the impression of me wasn’t where I wanted it to be."

"That was the main thing. There were definitely things out there I could enhance or improve," Barrett said. He is hopeful that new OSU QB coach Ryan Davis -- who coached with both the Eagles and 49ers -- can help fine-tune him for the pro ranks. "Being that I want to play in the NFL," Barrett explained, "he’s giving me the tools in order to help do so." After completing 64.6% of his passes in 2014, his percentage has dropped in each of the past two seasons, bottoming out at 61.5% in 2016. Even with 2016 being a notable down season, he still finished the campaign with 2,555 yards passing, 845 yards rushing and 33 total touchdowns. He figures to be in the Heisman conversation for the coming season if he can put together a more consistent overall body of work.
Source: Land of 10
May 23 - 4:41 PM

Iowa State RB coach Lou Ayeni referred to sophomore RB David Montgomery as a "match-up nightmare."

"He’s a match-up nightmare because can run routes like a receiver, he can catch the ball like a receiver," Ayeni said. Montgomery started the season backing up Mike Warren, but saw significant carries down the stretch after Warren struggled for consistency. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder posted rushing efforts of 169 yards (against Kansas) and 141 yards (against West Virginia) in his final three games, wrapping up the campaign having rushed for 563 yards (5.2 YPC) and two touchdowns. Montgomery sits atop the depth chart as matters currently stand. He, Warren and Kene Nwangwu make for a nice little rotation for the rebuilding Cyclones.
May 23 - 4:27 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Zakoby McClain said that Auburn is the current leader for his pledge.

McClain visited Auburn on April 1 and was immediately smitten. "A lot of the reason Auburn is on top is because of my relationship with [LB coach Travis] Williams," explained the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder. "T-Will and I have gotten close. He is like a father-figure to me and we just have a great relationship." LSU and West Virginia are also in the midst, here, but have some ground to make up. McClain ranks as Rivals' No. 68 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. ESPN refers to him as a "[r]un and hit backer with excellent physicality and finish in his tackles."
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 4:13 PM

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

"In terms of how he's played the position, and maybe even athletically a little bit, I wrote down Eli Manning," Jeremiah said. Rosen threw for 3,670 passing yards and 23 touchdowns as a freshman in 2015 but regressed in 2016, largely due to a shoulder injury that cut his season in half. "He's got a firm base. You see him climb up in the pocket, and he is smooth and easy. You talk about a natural throwing motion, he's outstanding, and he's aware," Jeremiah said. "I thought he got a little bit greedy at times when he could have taken some (completions) underneath, but he does a nice job of keeping his eyes up under pressure. He needs to do a better job of giving up on a play. He takes some unnecessary sacks because of that."
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 4:00 PM

Texas freshman TE Reese Leitao's felony drug charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

In February, Leitao was arrested on felony drug possession charges after getting caught on school grounds selling Xanax. Texas HC Tom Herman hasn't yet made a decision on the tight end's status. "We're aware of the recent proceedings regarding Reese Leitao and are gathering facts," Herman said. "After the latest information is thoroughly reviewed by me and our staff and the Athletics Department, we will make a decision regarding Reese's status with our program." Leitao was the nation's No. 19 tight end this past cycle, per the 247Sports Composite.
May 23 - 3:50 PM

Florida State redshirt junior C Alec Eberle was named to the Rimington Trophy’s watch list.

Eberle started the final six games in 2015 and was one of only two FSU offensive linemen to start all 13 games last year. Florida State has a recent Rimington Trophy winner in Bryan Stork, who won it for his work on the Seminoles’ 2013 national championship team.
Source: Daily Nole
May 23 - 3:37 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops called freshman C Creed Humphrey the most talented freshman center he's ever coached.

"Humphrey is already on the Sooners' two-deep and could work his way into playing time for arguably the best offensive line in the country," wrote ESPN's Jake Trotter. A three-star prospect, Humphrey is a "big, strong, tough lineman that can be an effective, lunch pail type interior player," ESPN noted in a scouting report.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 3:01 PM



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