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Mississippi State four-star 2019 verbal DT commit Nathan Pickering is taking an official visit to LSU this weekend.

Pickering (6'5/277) has been committed to the Bulldogs since last June, but Rivals analyst Chad Simmons passes along that the Seminary, Mississippi, native has kept in touch with LSU over the proceeding months. This coming weekend will represent the Tigers' big shot to make the headway needed for a potential flip. LSU is far from the only program attempting to pry him loose, though, as he will be taking an official visit to Alabama the final weekend before National Signing Day. And Oregon and Ole Miss are both in play for official visits two weekends from now. Last summer, ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Pickering to draft-bound Bulldogs DT Jeffery Simmons. Rivals currently ranks the defensive tackle as the No. 117 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 7:45 PM

Miami OC Dan Enos refuted a story from The Athletic's Bruce Feldman in which it was depicted that he left Alabama without informing HC Nick Saban.

"I would never leave an employer without telling them I was doing so. No ghosting here," Enos tweeted, explaining that he has "nothing but respect" for Alabama and Saban. Feldman's story depicts a coaches meeting several days after the team's National Championship Game loss to Clemson in which Saban repeatedly asks, "Where is Dan?" (with a bit of colorful language mixed in). Per Feldman, a staffer then ran to Enos' office only to discover it all cleared out beyond a solitary pencil left on the desk. Miami officially hired the Alabama quarterbacks coach to serve as offensive coordinator on Friday. Unless Saban or somebody else on his staff weighs in, here, we're unlikely to get to the bottom of all of this.
Jan 17 - 7:36 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2019 DE Mike Lockhart is taking an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend.

Lockhart (6'5/250) is weighing a number of options at this juncture. He took an official visit to North Carolina last weekend, has the Georgia Tech official on the docket for this coming weekend and will be stopping by Starkville for an official date with Mississippi State next weekend. Beyond those three programs, Cincinnati, Iowa, Nebraska and Syracuse are all in play to land an official trip the last weekend before National Signing Day. While Rivals ranks Lockhart as just the No. 46 defensive end prospect in the 2019 class, outlet analyst Chad Simmons refers to him as a "hot name," noting that interest in the Birmingham native has kicked up late in the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 7:27 PM

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reports that Kent State will hire Rhode Island DL coach/STC Joe Coniglio to serve as outside linebackers coach.

Coniglio has been a familiar face on the Rhode Island sideline this decade, having served on staff with the program over the past five years. His hiring to Kent State represents a nice little loop-around, as Coniglio got his coaching start with the Golden Flashes in 2009, as a graduate assistant. His first stay with the program lasted from 2009-11.
Jan 17 - 7:19 PM

The Sporting News' Michael McCarthy reports that FOX Sports is nearing a deal with former Ohio State HC Urban Meyer.

According to McCarthy, Meyer is being given the option to either work in the broadcast booth or as a studio analyst. It's not immediately clear which role he would prefer, here. If you're getting a sense of deja vu, it's because we have already been through a similar song-and-dance with Meyer following his Florida retirement back in 2011. He spent the next year as a broadcaster before resurfacing on the sidelines as Ohio State's head coach. We'll have to wait and see if a television gig once again serves as a slight breather before a jump out of retirement. Meyer hung up the headset for a second time -- and allegedly for good -- following OSU's win over Washington in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
Jan 17 - 7:10 PM

Texas redshirt freshman QB Cameron Rising transferred to Utah.

247Sports' Chip Brown earlier reported that this was in the works, with Rising himself tweeting out confirmation on Thursday evening. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound redshirt sophomore did not attempt a pass during his time in Austin after signing on with the program as a four-star recruit in the 2018 class. Because he did not appear in a game, he'll be able to preserve a year of eligibility via a redshirt. Barring an NCAA waiver, Rising will be required to sit out the 2019 season in order to satisfy transfer regulations.
Jan 17 - 6:54 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz said on Thursday that redshirt junior TE Shaun Beyer (leg) is close to a "cautious return."

Essentially, Ferentz won't put a concrete timetable on Beyer's return to full football activities, but he should be able to get some winter conditioning work in prior to spring practice. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder injured his leg in practice near the end of October and subsequently missed the remainder of the 2018 campaign, including Iowa's Outback Bowl win over Mississippi State. Prior to his sidelining, Beyer had been working mostly on special teams.
Source: The Gazette
Jan 17 - 6:49 PM

Iowa redshirt sophomore DT Daviyon Nixon has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Nixon (6'4/306) was unable to qualify academically when coming out of high school in 2017 and subsequently spent that season playing at Iowa Western Community College before signing with the Hawkeyes as a three-star recruit last winter. He did not play during the past season while focusing on academics -- though he did practice at times during the fall. Said Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz, "I’ll just say this with Daviyon, my exposure to him has been extremely positive. We’ve liked what we’ve seen of him on the field, he’s a tremendous young guy."
Source: The Gazette
Jan 17 - 6:43 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez reports that the Cleveland Browns will hire Tennessee executive assistant to the head coach John Lilly to serve as tight ends coach.

Lilly was hired by Tennessee last spring and was a key factor in the Vols' search for an offensive coordinator this winter, with the program ultimately tabbing Georgia OC Jim Chaney to that post. His lone previous NFL experience came as tight ends coach with the Rams in 2016, during Jeff Fisher's final run with the team.
Jan 17 - 6:34 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DL Jack Kallenberger has decided to quit football.

Hawkeyes HC Kirk Ferentz informed the media of Kallenberger's decision on Thursday. This does not appear to be related to any sort of a health issue. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound defensive lineman initially joined the program after spending two years at the JUCO level. He did not ultimately record any statistical production during his time in Iowa City.
Jan 17 - 6:27 PM

On The Draft Analysts podcast, Tony Pauline said that Tennessee DL Kyle Phillips "got himself draft-able" with a strong set of performances during the East-West Shrine Game practice week.

Pauline referred to the 6-foot-4, 273-pound Phillips as one of the week's "big winner[s]" and a "terrific pass-rusher." This past season, the Tennessee lineman logged 55 tackles (7.5 for loss), four sacks, an interception and four passes defended across 12 games played. He'll look to cap off this first little step of the draft process in strong fashion in the Shrine Game proper on Saturday.
Jan 17 - 6:18 PM

Georgia signed TE coach Todd Hartley to a two-year contract.

Hartley will net $300,000 through June of 2020 and $400,000 through June of 2021. He landed on his feet at Georgia after being swept away from Miami's staff as part of HC Manny Diaz's full purge of the offensive coaching staff.
Jan 17 - 5:40 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Lance Legendre will take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend.

While most of the quarterbacking dominos in the 2019 class have already fallen, Legendre remains on the board and available. Rivals analyst Chad Simmons passes along that at this juncture, Florida State and Tennessee look to be the lead contenders to land the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder's John Hancock come National Signing Day. However, there could be other players, here, as well. One of those would be Miami, which offered to the four-star signal-caller on Wednesday. Another would be Kansas, whom Legendre had been committed to for a spell in 2018 before reopening his recruitment. Rivals ranks the New Orleans native as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 17 - 5:36 PM

UConn HC Randy Edsall took a $150,000 pay cut in order to help facilitate a raise of the same number for OC John Dunn.

Per The Hartford Courant, Edsall voluntarily came to UConn with the suggestion to rework his contract, Dunn being the final benefactor of his charity. While the Huskies were a defensive disaster in 2018 -- a disaster on the metaphorical level of Chernobyl or Pickett's Charge -- they did show an occasional offensive spark in spots, largely due to the slick dual-threat work of QB David Pindell.
Jan 17 - 5:25 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Miami will hire Air Force WR coach Tyler Stubblefield to serve in the same capacity.

Stubblefield played his collegiate ball at Purdue and subsequently had a few brief cups of NFL coffee with the Panthers and Rams during the mid-2000's. He got his coaching start at Eastern Michigan in 2008 and first crossed paths with current Miami OC Dan Enos at Central Michigan in 2011.
Jan 17 - 5:11 PM



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