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Illinois junior WR Jeff Thomas has decided to return to Miami.

Whoa now. Thomas (5'10/175) was dismissed from the Hurricanes near the end of the regular season and had subsequently decided to transfer to Illinois. The Miami Herald reported over the weekend that Thomas was considering a potential return to Miami, but in a News-Gazette piece released on Monday, he was quoted as saying that he planned on sticking it out with the Illini. So much for that. This is a major coup for Hurricanes HC Manny Diaz, who will now have both K.J. Osborn (formerly of Buffalo) and Thomas to play around with come the start of the 2019 season. Thomas logged a 35-563-3 receiving line in 11 games for the 2018 campaign, prior to his November dismissal.
Jan 15 - 11:11 PM

The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema passes along that Akron LB Ulysees Gilbert met with the New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers at the East-West Shrine Game on Tuesday.

The above meetings represent the mere opening salvo to what is going to be a long several months of evaluation. On the field, Gilbert has performed well over the first two days of Shrine Game practices, with Sikkema noting that the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has shown off a slick speed component to his game during drills. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps Gilbert with a Round 7-UDFA grade at this juncture.
Jan 15 - 9:00 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 ATH Asa Turner said that he is not yet ready to make a decision between Notre Dame and Washington.

Turner (6'4/215) will not be making his pledge during the Polynesian Bowl this weekend. He indicated that he should have his mind made up a little while before National Signing Day on Feb. 6. The Carlsbad, California, native has told other interested programs that Notre Dame and Washington are the only schools he's seriously considering at this juncture. On the 247Sports composite board, Turner ranks as the No. 297 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 15 - 8:44 PM

Mississippi State four-star 2019 T signee Charles Cross was awarded a fifth star by Rivals.

Cross (6'5/270) signed with the Bulldogs in December. Rivals analyst Chad Simmons passes along that part of the reason that it took the Laurel, Mississippi, native this long to earn a fifth and final star from the outlet is that he chose not to participate in the offseason camp circuit last spring/summer. Simmons would like to see Cross add some bulk as he transitions over to the collegiate game. All told, Rivals now ranks Cross as the No. 17 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 15 - 8:30 PM

The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema writes that Syracuse WR Jamal Custis' draft stock is "way up" through the first two days of East-West Shrine Game practices.

Custis (6'5/213) has flashed both due to his obvious advantages in terms of length and measurement, as well as his ability to work down the field. Sikkema passes along that the Syracuse wideout also showed off nice strength when hauling in a catch despite all kinds of contact during Tuesday's practice. He will look to keep the good vibes going through the rest of the week leading up to Saturday's game as he tries to make an early impression on scouts and evaluators.
Jan 15 - 8:19 PM

Kansas State redshirt senior QB Alex Delton transferred to TCU as a graduate.

ESPN's Jake Trotter reported near the end of December that Delton would be transferring to UTEP, but the K-State signal-caller took to Twitter on Tuesday to write that there had been a "change of plans" and that he would actually be on the move to TCU. The 6-foot, 205-pound redshirt senior will be arriving on campus this week as he looks to settle in to his new digs before the start of spring practice. While he isn't much to look at in terms of a polished passing game, Delton does bring to the table decent rushing chops. The Horned Frogs had just three scholarship quarterbacks on roster (Michael Collins, Justin Rogers and Max Duggan) prior to Delton's transfer. We expect much-heralded 2018 recruit Rogers to receive every chance to win the starting job this offseason.
Jan 15 - 8:08 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama defensive analyst "has emerged as a strong candidate" for the open defensive-coordinating position at UConn.

While Spanos spent the 2018 season in the quiet off-field role of defensive analyst, he does have previous experience as a defensive coordinator, working as DC at UCLA from 2012-13. Spanos has largely worked as an assistant at the NFL level during his coaching career, including stops with the Steelers (1995-2009), Redskins (2010-11) and Titans (2014-17).
Jan 15 - 7:57 PM

Arkansas State promoted graduate assistant Brandon Joiner to defensive ends coach.

This will be Joiner's loftiest position in his young coaching career. He played his college ball with the Red Wolves, earning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2011. His life has taken some turns since then. Joiner signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but was sentenced to three years in prison on two counts of aggravated robbery and felony drug possession in May of that same year (stemming from a 2007 robbery). He did not serve out the full sentence and was released on parole in January of 2013. Joiner has not run into any legal issues since his initial prison sentence.
Jan 15 - 7:46 PM

Uncommitted 2024 QB Isaiah Marshall received an offer from Michigan.

Marshall (5'8/155) appears to be the youngest quarterback ever to have received an offer from Michigan. It's a headline, for sure, but not completely out of the ordinary generally speaking. UM HC Jim Harbaugh seems to toss a dart at an eighth grader or two every year. Now just stepping even further back toward the crib. There's not much to be read into this offer, as Marshall is so far away from actually being able to sign that we have no idea how his game might project to the collegiate level. It's also probably fair to note that there's no guarantee that Harbaugh is even at Michigan come the winter of 2024.
Jan 15 - 7:22 PM

Temple hired Northern Illinois DL coach Walter Stewart to serve in an unspecified capacity.

Stewart is one of three NIU coaches announced on Tuesday to be joining Rod Carey's new staff at Temple. The other two named in the press release were Jeff Knowles and Melvin Rice. For his part, Stewart was hired by NIU last winter and went on to have the privilege to help coach up star DE Sutton Smith during the 2018 campaign. His exact role on staff at Temple will be announced once Carey's complete staff has coalesced.
Jan 15 - 7:07 PM

Penn State redshirt junior T Alex Gellerstedt entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Gellerstedt (6'6/311) signed with the Nittany Lions as a three-star recruit in the 2016 cycle and took a redshirt his first year in Happy Valley. He managed to appear in seven games during the 2017 campaign, but saw the field just once in 2018. Should his transfer portal entrance eventually translate to an actual move, Gellerstedt will be required to sit out the 2019 season barring a downshift out of the FBS.
Jan 15 - 6:54 PM

Temple hired Northern Illinois CB coach Melvin Rice to serve in an unspecified capacity.

Rice following Rod Carey to Temple, here. He had served as NIU's cornerbacks coach for each of the past three seasons prior to making this jump. Just what role he will serve on the Owls' staff has not yet been publicly announced. In their press release announcing this hiring and several others, Temple noted that specific position-group assignments will not be released until the entire coaching staff has been pieced together.
Jan 15 - 6:43 PM

Penn State redshirt junior TE Danny Dalton has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Dalton (6'4/251) managed just three catches for 19 yards during the 2018 campaign. He actually opened the season listed as a co-starter on the Nittany Lions' depth chart, but found himself falling behind freshman Pat Freiermuth (26-368-8) to serious degree after the season started up. Barring an NCAA waiver or a drop out of the FBS, Dalton would be required to sit out the 2019 season should he choose to go through with a transfer.
Jan 15 - 6:35 PM

The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema raved about the work put in by Auburn WR Ryan Davis over the first two days of East-West Shrine Game practice.

"Davis had a nasty double move on a stutter step for a touchdown [on Monday], and he was once again evidently explosive in and out of his routes on the outside and coming from the slot (on Tuesday)," Sikkema writes of the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Auburn receiver. His colleague, Jon Ledyard, likewise has been impressed with what Davis has managed to achieve in St. Petersburg in the early going. His process is off to a nice start as he looks to make a name for himself as a prospect coming out of Shrine Game week.
Jan 15 - 6:20 PM

Michigan four-star 2019 DT signee Christopher Hinton has received a fifth star from Rivals.

Rivals analyst Chad Simmons notes that the outlet was not completely sold previously on Hinton as a five-star candidate due to questions about his staying power as a defensive lineman -- and the possibility that he might actually have more upside working on the offensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 274-pounder sealed his case for five-star status at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month, where he played exclusively as a defender while showcasing improved quickness and power. Rivals now ranks Hinton as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 15 - 6:04 PM



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