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Missouri hired former Texas Tech DC David Gibbs to serve in an unspecified capacity.

TBD on Gibbs' role on HC Barry Odom's staff, but per the team's press release, specifics will be announced once he has gone through the HR rigamarole. Gibbs spent the past four years serving as Texas Tech's defensive coordinator, to dubious overall results. He was not retained when Matt Wells took over at head coach for the deposed Kliff Kingsbury at the end of the 2018 regular season. Gibbs has plenty of experience at both the FBS level (Houston, Auburn, Minnesota, Kansas) and the NFL level (Texans, Chiefs, Broncos).
Jan 17 - 2:22 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2019 DT Ishmael Sopsher is planning to take official visits to Ole Miss, LSU and Alabama before National Signing Day.

It's going to be a frenzied finish to the cycle for Sopsher, who will not start out on this last slate of officials until next week. The 6-foot-4, 294-pounder is currently in Hawaii for the Polynesian Bowl, though he will not be taking part in the game proper as he is currently dealing with a shoulder injury. Sopsher already earlier took official visits to Texas A&M and Oregon. Florida State and Texas are also in the running for his pledge. Still much to be sorted out, here. As for his on-field game, 247Sports analyst Barton Simmons writes that the Amite, Louisiana, native is a "[d]ensely built defender with a powerful lower-half and a thick upper-half who brings mass without a lot of bad weight," one who possesses "natural strength and punch." On the outlet's composite rankings board, Sopsher slots in at No. 32 overall for the 2019 cycle. He does not plan on announcing his school of choice until National Signing Day.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 17 - 2:11 PM

ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports that SMU is a potential transfer destination for Texas redshirt junior QB Shane Buechele.

Buechele (6'1/210) has entered into the NCAA transfer portal as he explores his future options outside of Austin. The Mustangs make for a logical potential landing spot, as they just lost Ben Hicks to an Arkansas transfer. Buechele saved a year of eligibility via a redshirt this past season after appearing in just two games, and to make matters all the sweeter for potential suitors such as SMU, the quarterback is set to graduate in May, meaning that he will be eligible to play immediately come the start of the 2019 campaign. Back in 2016, Buechele threw for 2,958 yards with a 21/11 TD/INT ratio while starting 12 games. He has since been supplanted as starter by Sam Ehlinger.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 2:00 PM

Memphis RB Tony Pollard has been added to the Reese's Senior Bowl roster.

Pollard (6'0/208) coming in relatively late, here. The bursty back's most notable claim to fame comes in his return-game prowess -- he notched seven kick-return touchdowns during his career with the Tigers, tying the NCAA record. He also provides a nice set of receiving chops, having caught 104 passes during his three active years at Memphis. As a pure runner, Pollard rushed for a career-best 552 yards on just 78 carries during the just-completed campaign. His versatility intrigues, and he has shown the kind of athletic upside that should play well in combine testing and the like.
Jan 17 - 1:46 PM

FAU redshirt junior RB/WR/TE D'Anfernee McGriff will transfer as a graduate.

McGriff (6'1/216) offers a fair bit of position flexibility, having played all three positions of running back, receiver and tight end during his time with the Owls. He did not record any statistical output for the 2018 campaign and will be taking a redshirt for the season, giving him two years of eligibility to work with once he lands with a new program.
Jan 17 - 1:38 PM

Miami redshirt sophomore QB N'Kosi Perry does not plan on transferring.

"N’Kosi is looking forward to what [OC Dan Enos] can bring to the quarterbacks," said Roberta, the quarterback's mother. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound redshirt sophomore appeared in 11 games -- making six starts -- during the 2018 season. He was yanked around somewhat by former HC Mark Richt, who flip-flopped between Perry and Malik Rosier at points throughout the campaign. All told, Perry finished out the 2018 campaign having thrown for 1,091 yards (50.8-percent completions) with a 13/6 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 169 yards and a score. He will be competing with Jarren Williams and Cade Weldon for starting honors this offseason, though OSU transfer Tate Martell could shake this all up considerably should he receive an eligibility waiver from the NCAA.
Jan 17 - 1:31 PM

Texas redshirt freshman QB Casey Thompson refuted a 247Sports report that had him definitively staying with the program.

Chip Brown of 247Sports had been reporting that Thompson planned on pulling his name back from the transfer portal and sticking with the Longhorns. That could still end up happening, but the quarterback isn't showing his hand. He took to Twitter to say that "I haven’t made a decision and the reports did not come from me." Texas could certainly use the redshirt freshman in the quarterbacks room, what with Shane Buechele and Cameron Rising already on the search for new programs. Stay tuned.
Jan 17 - 1:13 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2019 DE Jamond Gordon is taking an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.

Gordon (6'4/270) took an official visit to Auburn last weekend, and what do you know, Auburn and Ole Miss appear to be the two most serious combatants for his pledge. To that point, he has actually been committed to both programs at different times throughout the cycle. The Meridian, Mississippi, native was actually committed to Auburn until just hours before the early signing period. We'll see if a fresh commitment to the Rebs is forthcoming following this weekend's visit. Rivals ranks Gordon as the No. 20 prospect in the state of Mississippi for the 2019 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 1:07 PM

Penn State redshirt senior WR Brandon Polk confirmed that he will transfer as a graduate.

Polk (5'9/179) entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month, but as you're no doubt aware by this juncture, entrance into the portal does not in-and-of itself mean that a transfer is automatically going to happen. Polk cut through any potential uncertainty by issuing an announcement of his plans on Thursday morning. Over the course of his career in Happy Valley, he hauled in 27 passes for 367 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. We'll check back in with Polk once he has decided on a new program.
Jan 17 - 12:53 PM

Tennessee three-star 2019 verbal DT commit Leddarius Cox is taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Cox (6'4/310) is publicly saying that he remains firm in his pledge to the Volunteers, whom he visited last weekend. Auburn has been lurking for his pledge since the summer, though, making his upcoming official to Gus Malzahn's program a potentially pivotal one. Ole Miss is also nipping at the heels of the Vols, if you're searching about for more of a darkhorse contender to flip the defensive tackle. Rivals ranks Cox as the No. 16 prospect in the state of Alabama for the 2019 cycle. He hails from Mobile.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 12:48 PM

Oklahoma TE/FB Carson Meier accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The Shrine Game just put out Meier's invite acceptance on Twitter, making him a very, very late addition to the roster for Saturday's game. Better late than never, we suppose. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound Meier logged a 19-327-4 receiving line across 11 games played. Modest though that line may seem, Meier had not caught a pass prior to the 2018 campaign. He'll look to make a late impression crashing the party in St. Petersburg upcoming.
Jan 17 - 12:30 PM

Michigan State RB LJ Scott (ankle) has been ruled out for the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Scott (6'1/225) dealt with a multitude of injuries during the 2018 season, missing so much time that he actually would have been eligible for a redshirt had he not participated in MSU's Redbox Bowl showdown with Oregon at the end of December. Given the large, large chunk of time that he has already missed in the recent past -- as well as his generally underwhelming play when healthy -- it would have been a nice beat for his draft stock had he at least managed to show a little something in Mobile. As is, no dice. Scott is going to need a strong combine upcoming, because he really hasn't given evaluators much to work with over the past year.
Jan 17 - 12:21 PM

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich (ankle) will not participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Winovich (6'3/255) has been dealing with an ankle injury requiring surgery, but as of late December had been planning on delaying that procedure to push through to take part in the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. It's not immediately clear whether he has since gone under the knife. We'll update Winovich's status and outlook as information becomes available. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps him with a Round 4 grade at this juncture.
Jan 17 - 12:15 PM

In his first mock draft of 2019, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projected the Dolphins to select Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the 13th overall selection.

Kiper writes that "if [Murray] goes to the combine -- he's going to run a blazing 40-yard dash -- and goes through workouts for teams, I expect him to be picked in Round 1." As the draft season unfolds, you can expect Murray to be mocked to a variety of draft slots, as he is something of a polarizing prospect. For instance, in his latest mock, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller pushes the Heisman winner all the way to No. 7 with the Jaguars. All of this, of course, is dependent on Murray not simply showing up at spring training for the Oakland A's next month.
Jan 17 - 11:58 AM

247Sports' Chip Brown reports that Texas redshirt freshman QB Cameron Rising will transfer to Utah.

Rising (6'2/230) entered the NCAA transfer portal in December and took a visit to Utah this past weekend. With the Utes, the former four-star signal-caller will be competing with Tyler Huntley and Jason Shelley for starting honors this offseason. Huntley should be considered to have the ostensible edge, here, but he has shown enough inconsistency in his career that we wouldn't discount the possibility of a serious competition come the start of August camp.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 17 - 11:49 AM



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