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Penn State received a verbal commitment from five-star 2019 LB Brandon Smith.

Smith has been considered a lean for the Nittany Lions for some time, but now it's official -- or as official as it can get with a verbal commitment, anyway. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound linebacker was also considering Clemson, Ohio State, Texas A&M and several other big-name schools. It's a huge get for the Nittany Lions already strong class, as he ranks as the number two inside linebacker on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 32nd overall. This could be an immediate contributor for James Franklin and company when he enrolls at some point in 2019.
Source: Land Of 10
May 21 - 5:58 PM

SEC Country's Alex Hickey believes that LSU redshirt junior QB Justin McMillan is the quarterback who is most likely to transfer off the LSU roster.

Hickey gives fellow signal-caller Myles Brennan a medium chance of leaving the Tigers, and Lowell Narcisse a low -- but variable -- odds of transferring from LSU. McMillan reportedly performed well during the spring, and Hickey believes that McMillan still has a chance of winning the job even with the arrival of Joe Burrow. "If he doesn’t get the job, he’d still have a year to play elsewhere after this season," writes Hickey. "But it would be understandable if one more year on the bench holds no appeal to him."
Source: SEC Country
May 21 - 5:42 PM

North Carolina State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 RB Jamious Griffin.

Griffin ranks as the 22nd best running back in 247 Sports list -- 38th in their composite rankings -- and 35th in the state of Georgia. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back was also considering Indiana, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Purdue, among others. Reports indicate that Griffin is a "complete" tailback who can finish runs by punishing tacklers, but also has enough speed to make plays on the outside and in the passing game.
Source: 247 Sports
May 21 - 5:25 PM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Julian Barnett.

Barnett (6'1/185) was also considering Ohio State heavily, and the talented wideout had offers from schools like Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia; as well. He's considered a top prospect as a cornerback on top of being a wideout, but it's the latter he'll likely play at Michigan State. Reports say that Barnett tracks the ball well in the air, and that he's a physical player who can help as a blocker on top of making plays with the ball in his hands.
May 21 - 5:03 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd as one of the top transfers to watch for in the 2018 season.

Hurd was a running back at Tennessee, but he not only switches schools as Rittenberg notes, he switches positions to wide receiver. "The 6-foot-4, 229-pounder started 29 games at running back for Tennessee, where he ranks second in team history in carries (589) and sixth in rushing yards (2,638)," writes Rittenberg. "He wanted to expand his game as a receiver and should give Baylor a dynamic option in the passing game." Don't be surprised if Baylor finds a way to get Hurd the ball in several ways, and for him to be one of the top options for whomever lines up at quarterback for the Bears in 2018.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 4:46 PM

USC signed four-star 2018 DT Trevor Trout in February.

Trout comes from St. Louis power Chaminade, and the defender was also considering UCLA, Missouri, Texas A&M and Florida; among others. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound defender has a chance to be an impact run-stuffer for the Trojans, and ranks 20th in 247 Sports composite rankings of defensive tackles. "As he grows and matures and gains more natural strength he is definitely a guy who can take on and defeat double-teams, 247 Sports Greg Powers writes. "He is a defensive tackle who can move around the line of scrimmage and help be a disruptive force on the inside and collapse the pocket."
Source: 247 Sports
May 21 - 4:26 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior C Dennis Edwards is transferring to Purdue.

Edwards announced his intention to transfer in May, and he'll call Purdue university home for the 2018 season. He will join the Boilermakers with his degree, which makes him eligible to play immediately without having to sit out a year. He should provide depth on the Purdue offensive line, and could be a key reserve to an offensive line that returns four starters.
May 21 - 4:03 PM

Michigan signed three-star 2018 RB Christian Turner in December.

Turner had plenty of big-school interest, and he was also considering Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State and Notre Dame, just to name a select few. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback ranked 22nd among running backs in the 2018 class in the 247 Sports composite rankings, and reports indicate Turner has quality vision and balance along with the ability to make plays in the passing game as a receiver.
Source: 247 Sports
May 21 - 3:44 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell was told by scouts that Alabama T Jonah Williams has early round potential.

Williams (6'5/296) is part of a strong 2019 tackle class, and one scout told Campbell that he graded tackle as a second day prospect as a sophomore. Some analysts believe the Crimson Tide tackle have first-round potential, but because of the amount of quality players at the position -- Washington's Trey Adams, Ole Miss's Gregory Little -- he'll have to play exceptionally well to get in that range. ". "[Scouts] thought he may have to play at right tackle or guard in the NFL, but they said that Williams is very smart and reliable," writes Campbell. "With a good year, he could be a late first-round candidate."
May 21 - 3:29 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore WR Damon Hazelton as a transfer to watch in 2018.

Hazelton was impressive as a freshman at Ball State in 2016, hauling in 51 passes for 505 yards and four scores. The Hokies lost their best playmaker on offense in Cam Phillips to the NFL, so Virginia Tech and quarterback Josh Jackson could rely on Hazelton as their go-to playmaker this fall -- at least in the passing game. He sat out spring practices for an undisclosed reason, but the 6-foot-2, 209-pound wideout should be active this fall, and could put up quality numbers if he is the top option.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 2:46 PM

Kentucky received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Nik Scalzo.

Scalzo was also considering Illinois, Florida Atlantic, and Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale. While he doesn't have elite size (5'11/182) he reportedly can make plays with his legs and arm, as 247 Sports ranks him the 16th best dual-threat quarterback in the class. We might see Scalzo starting games for the Wildcats before the end of the decade.
Source: USA Today
May 21 - 2:34 PM

LSU officially announced the redshirt junior QB Joe Burrow has transferred to the school from Ohio State.

Burrow made the announcement on Friday that he'd be attending LSU, but it's now official with the school welcoming him on Twitter. Burrow will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer, but he'll also have two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound signal-caller will be given a chance to winning the starting quarterback job, but he will have to beat out Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Joe McMillan to do so.
May 21 - 2:13 PM

South Carolina signed four-star 2018 WR Josh Vann in December.

Vann committed to South Carolina, but it was reportedly "neck-and'neck" with Georgia to procure his services. ESPN's scouting services compare Vann to Antonio Callaway in terms of football talent; as his athleticism and ability to make tacklers miss make him a threat to do something special every time he touches the football. He'll need to get stronger (5'10/177), but the talent is here to become a big part of the Gamecocks' passing game over the coming seasons.
Source: SEC Country
May 21 - 2:03 PM

An anonymous scout told Charlie Campbell of Walter Football that Florida junior T Jawaan Taylor's stock can improve if he shows more consistency.

The full quote: "Taylor at Florida is very talented with size, movement skills, and strength," said another scout. "His stock could boom with a strong season. He needs to be more consistent though." Campbell mentions that fellow tackle Martez Ivy is the more famous prospect because he plays left tackle and was the higher recruit, but it's Taylor that has scouts excited. Even if he stays on the right side, he could be one of the first tackles to get drafted in 2019.
May 21 - 1:51 PM

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman wonders whether Ohio State junior DE Nick Bosa's outspokenness on Twitter could hurt his draft stock.

Bosa has not been afraid to offer hot takes -- for lack of a better term -- on the social media website, and Freeman notes that many of the Ohio State star's posts have shades of political tones to them. "Athletes should speak their minds on social and political issues. We need more players like Bosa," writes Freeman. "That's my opinion. But it isn't one that NFL teams and some fans have shared in recent years." It's Bosa's play on the field that likely makes him one of the first players off the board in 2019, but it'll be interesting to see how active the defender is on social media when we get closer to draft day.
May 21 - 1:35 PM



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