02/14/19 - *Nick Bosa, Jr/2019, Ohio State, 6-4, 263 (DS#1 DE) Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: A First Round Prototype: Nick Bosa, Ohio State: Like his older brother, Joey, Bosa is a plug and play Pro Bowl caliber edge rusher who - barring complications with his medical - will not make it out of the top five picks of the 2019 NFL draft and is a legitimate contender for No. 1 overall. The Bosa brothers play with a similar brand of controlled chaos that results in consistent big plays. As noted by Nick's official bio at Ohio State, the two had virtually identical stats through 30 games: Joey had 34.5 tackles for loss and Nick had 29.0; Joey had 21.0 quarterback sacks and Nick had 17.5 - and Nick accomplished his production in roughly 600 fewer snaps. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19 - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo/2019, Ohio State, 6-2, 220 (DS#1 QB) Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: A First Round Prototype: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State,...A strong-armed pocket passer who makes quick, accurate decisions with the football and shows great anticipation, Haskins performance this past season earned him 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, Third Team All-American honors, the Rose Bowl MVP and a trip to NYC as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He does an excellent job progressing through his reads and sprays the ball all over the field. In addition, he can make every throw in the book and shows a natural feel for the game. Haskins has the potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber signal-caller at the next level. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19 - *Joe Jackson, Jr/2019, Miami (FL), 6-5, 265 (DS#11 DE) Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Second Day (Future) Starter: Joe Jackson, Miami: The 2018 season was a disappointing one for Miami fans but don't blame Jackson, who led the team in sacks, ranking the third consecutive year in which he topped the Hurricanes in either quarterback takedowns, tackles for loss, total stops (among defensive linemen) or all three. While lacking the national name recognition of some of the other top-rated defensive ends in this remarkable 2019 class, Jackson is well respected by scouts, likely earning a top 64 selection and projecting as a future starter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19 - *Jarrett Stidham, rJr/2019, Auburn, 6-2, 214 (DS#6 QB) Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Second Day (Future) Starter: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn: It was a strenuous season for Stidham, who saw his draft stock plummet this past season due to some shaky performances in big time spots. However, his potential and skill-set are still comparable to some of the higher-rated quarterbacks in this year's draft class, so it wouldn't be surprising if he outplays some of them in the long run. He had a sharp week of practice at the Senior Bowl, showcasing his ability to line up under center and demonstrating fundamentally sound footwork during his three, five and seven-step drops. Any team in need of a quarterback but fails to select one early on could find Stidham to be a handsome consolation prize. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19 - John Cominsky, rSr/2019, Charleston, 6-5, 286 (DS#20 DE) Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Third Day Sleeper: John Cominsky, Charleston: It is easy to understand why Cominsky fell through the cracks on the recruiting trail as he signed on with the Golden Eagles as a 218 pound option quarterback before building himself into a rock-solid 286 pound monster in the weight room. One has to dominate at the D-II level to earn an invitation to the prestigious Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine and that is precisely what Cominsky did, racking up an eye-popping 140 tackles, including 39.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He is the first player from Charleston to ever be invited to the Combine and would be the first player ever drafted into the NFL from this program, as well, projecting best as a two-gapping defensive end for an odd front. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19 - *Tyree Jackson, rJr/2019, Buffalo, 6-7, 249 (DS#11 QB) Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Third Day Sleeper: Tyrone Jackson, Buffalo: A raw talent with all the tools necessary to be a starter at the next level, he has big upside because of his size and arm strength and is the ultimate wild card in this year's draft. Jackson possesses a howitzer and is able to launch 70-yard rockets with a simple flick of the wrist. Plus, showed that he responded well to coaching during his time at the Senior Bowl, he was one of the most improved players as the week wore on. Some scouts view Jackson to have the greatest ceiling of any quarterback in this year's class, if allowed to sit for a few years, he could possibly develop into a starting quarterback. Jackson will be intriguing for NFL teams who have an aging quarterback and are looking to groom a successor. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com
02/14/19 - Juwan Johnson, rJr/2020, Oregon, 6-3, 225 (DS#12 WR) Former Penn State wideout Juwan Johnson announced last month he was transferring from Happy Valley and, on Thursday, he finally announced his new destination - Oregon. Johnson wrote on Twitter he'll spend his final season of eligibility with the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore. He'll be able to play immediately. The 6-foot-4 wideout leaves Penn State after a disappointing 2018 campaign. Johnson generated tons of preseason hype - one analyst projected him to be a top-10 NFL draft pick in 2019 - but he finished his redshirt junior season with just 25 catches for 352 yards and one touchdown. - Josh Moyer, Centre Daily Times
02/14/19 - Brian Chaffin, rJr/2020, Rice, 6-2, 275 (DS#999 C) On a quiet signing day for Stanford football, center Brian Chaffin announced Wednesday he's moving as a graduate transfer to Rice, where he'll rejoin head coach Mike Bloomgren, the former Cardinal offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. Chaffin said he'll use his fifth year to earn a master's of business administration at the Houston school. "Thank you to God, my family, the Rice coaching staff, and my friends for making this possible!" he wrote on Twitter. "I am so excited for what the future holds! Go Owls!"
Chaffin played in 28 games in three seasons. In 2018, he played behind starter Jesse Burkett (who is graduating) and redshirt freshman Drew Dalman. Two potential centers, Branson Bragg of Crandall, Texas, and Drake Nugent of Highlands Ranch, Col., signed with Stanford in December. - Tom FitzGerald, San Francisco Chronicle
02/14/19 - DCota Dixon, rSr/2019, Wisconsin, 5-10, 202 (DS#8 SS) Wisconsin's D'Cota Dixon has been selected as the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year. Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten presented Dixon with the award at a ceremony Tuesday in Frisco, Texas. The Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award is awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best demonstrates an outstanding record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity, and sportsmanship.
"I am honored to present the second annual Collegiate Man of the Year to D'Cota Dixon," said Witten. "He is a truly outstanding young man, who is everything you want in a college football player. He has set himself apart as a true leader on his team, on campus and in the community. He is the perfect example of someone who has devoted himself to becoming the very best person he can be, despite going through great personal struggles." Dixon, a senior safety, is a three-year starter who was named first-team All-Big Ten last year. He also has been honored with the 2017 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award and the 2017 FWAA/Orange Bowl Courage Award. Dixon was a 2018 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy often called the "Academic Heisman." - Wisconsin Football
02/14/19 - Mike Beaudry, rFr/2022, Connecticut, 6-4, 240 (DS#999 QB) Just like every college football program across the country, the University of West Florida coaching staff has spent the last few weeks since their season ended conducting exit interviews with returning players. Wednesday, one of those interviews was between UWF head coach and quarterback Mike Beaudry, one of the premiere talents in NCAA Division II. The news Beaudry delivered would leave Shinnick blindsided - the centerpiece of the Argos' offense would be leaving UWF with two (possibly three) years of eligibility remaining to try and play for a Division I program.
Beaudry, who led UWF to the NCAA Division II championship game in 2017, was the first signee in program history in 2015 and his development was one of the keys to the Argos' rise to national prominence in just their second season. This year, however, did not go quite as planned. UWF opened the season at No. 2 in the nation, but lost Beaudry after a serious foot injury in the first quarter of the season opener against Carson-Newman and the Argos stumbled to a 6-5 finish, losing four of their last five games. "He said he wanted to play (Division I)" Shinnick said. "He said this is about the opportunity to go play at (a Division I school). And he feels that gives him the best opportunity for his future. - Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal
02/14/19 - Justin Gibbs, rSo/2022, Austin Peay, 6-1, 214 (DS#999 WR) The Ball State football team will look a lot different in 2019. The Cardinals had one of the smallest senior classes in the country, but they have also lost nine players due to transfers. A 3-star recruit from Georgia, Gibbs was the highest rated recruit from that 2017 class. He had 22 offers in high school, including from the likes of Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Mississippi State. But for reasons unknown, he never stepped onto the field at Ball State. He was ranked ahead of Justin Hall, who made an immediate impact as a true freshman and started most of this season too. Gibbs redshirted as a freshman and did not play this season. - Ryan O'Gara, Muncie Star Press
02/14/19 - Devon Moore, rSo/2022, South Dakota, 6-3, 225 (DS#999 QB) Former Waterloo West star Devon Moore announced on Twitter Thursday that he is transferring to the University of South Dakota. Moore choice comes two weeks after he announced he was leaving the Iowa State football program where he spent his first two collegiate seasons. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound left-handed quarterback was Matt Campbell's first official commitment back in 2015. But after tearing an ACL during his freshman season, Moore had found himself behind four other ISU quarterbacks this season - senior Kyle Kempt, and a pair of true freshman Re-al Mitchell and Brock Purdy, who started ISU's last seven games. The Cyclones also lost sophomore Zeb Noland, who replaced the injured Kempt, and then was replaced by Purdy. Noland announced he was leaving the program in November. Moore lead West to an 8-2 season in 2016, completing 147 of 235 passes for 2,331 yards. - WCFCourier.com
02/13/19 - Maurice Washington, So/2021, Nebraska, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 RB) An attorney for Nebraska running back Maurice Washington said Wednesday he never told anyone at the university about the nature of potential charges against the player in a pornography case that cropped up just as last season was getting started. Washington was charged in California in December with possessing and distributing a video of a former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016, when she was 15.
Washington is suspected of storing the video on his cellphone and sending it to the victim last March. He is charged with a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of posting a video or photograph of a person engaging in or simulating sexual conduct without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress. Washington was a star at King's Academy in Sunnyvale, California, where he met the girl. He later attended high school in Texas. The investigation in California stretched from last March into the summer. California authorities then asked Ed Sexton, who works in the Nebraska attorney general's office, to help track down Washington for an interview. - AP College Football
02/13/19 - Josh Belk, rFr/2022, South Carolina, 6-2, 359 (DS#999 DT) Highly regarded defensive tackle Josh Belk, who signed with Clemson then transferred to rival South Carolina a few months later, has decided to give up football because of a back injury. Belk said on social media Wednesday he had fractured a vertebrae and decided "to choose another path in life." South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said in a statement that he had talked with Belk and confirmed he was giving up football. It ends an eventful chapter for Belk, a 6-foot-3, 359-pound defensive tackle from Richburg, South Carolina. He was a four-star prospect out of Lewisville High and enrolled at Clemson in January 2018 and went through spring workouts. Belk decided to transfer to the Gamecocks last summer. He played in six games and was credited with seven tackles. - AP College Football
02/13/19 - Darius Fullwood, rJr/2020, William & Mary, 6-2, 274 (DS#999 DE) In completing his first recruiting class as William and Mary's head coach, Mike London announced the addition of 10 incoming freshmen - from as nearby as Hampton and as far away as Poland. The Tribe added four linemen, two on either side of the ball. The largest is 6-foot-4, 331-pound Rian Haigler from Laurel, Md., who London said can play guard, tackle or center. W&M added a graduate transfer in defensive tackle Darius Fullwood, who played nine games for Virginia Tech last season. He has one year of eligibility remaining. - Dave Johnson, Contact Reporter
02/13/19 - Cam Sullivan-Brown, rFr/2022, Penn State, 6-0, 188 (DS#999 WR) Cam Sullivan-Brown might be playing elsewhere in 2019. Sullivan-Brown, a rising redshirt sophomore wide receiver, has reportedly entered his name in the transfer portal, according to SEC Network's Cole Cubelic and Lions 247's Sean Fitz. If he were to leave, the 6-foot, 188-pounder would be Penn State's 13th transfer of the offseason. Of course, Sullivan-Brown doesn't have to leave; Penn State safety Lamont Wade entered his name into the portal and later announced that he was staying in Happy Valley. But even if he doesn't depart, the former four-star wideout's decision to explore elsewhere in the first place is curious. Sullivan-Brown started in 2018. Sure, it was one game. But the Maryland native saw the field when Juwan Johnson dealt with drops and injuries. And in 2019, Sullivan-Brown was expected to compete for time yet again with Johnson transferring elsewhere. - Phoebe Sheehan, CentreDaily.com
02/13/19 - Calvin Ashley, rFr/2021, Auburn, 6-5, 322 (DS#999 OG) The news came as not much of a surprise, which might be the most troubling part of all. Auburn's Calvin Ashley, a former 5-star offensive tackle recruit, announced plans to transfer away on Monday. His departure came after two years in which he made little to no impact for the Tigers. Ashley is the third 5-star recruit to transfer away from the Tigers in the last four years, joining running back Roc Thomas (who left for Jacksonville State) in 2016 and defensive end Byron Cowart (Maryland) in 2017. Not counting 2019 signees Owen Pappoe and Bo Nix, three of the seven 5-stars who have signed with Auburn under Gus Malzahn have now left the program for other schools before completing their eligibility. That Ashley was unable to make an impact is especially curious, given the trouble the Tigers had on the offensive line in 2018. You had to figure Ashley could have started at any of the five offensive line positions last season if he had lived up to his potential. - Creg Stephenson, AL.com
02/13/19 - Javon McKinley, rSo/2021, Notre Dame, 6-2, 219 (DS#999 WR) Javon McKinley, a reserve wide receiver at Notre Dame, was charged Monday with three misdemeanors, including two Class A counts of battery, after being arrested by campus police early Sunday. According to the probable cause affidavit filed in St. Joseph County Superior Court, McKinley, 20, punched two University of Notre Dame Security Police officers: Adis Ibrekic and Lt. Laurie Steffen. The officers tried to help McKinley to his dorm, according to the affadavit, after he was found unresponsive in the backseat of an Uber vehicle shortly before 4 a.m.
McKinley, 6-2 and 215 pounds, reportedly "required a series of (sternum) rubs to regain consciousness" and began walking to his dorm with the officers' assistance. He then stopped walking, at which point the officers reportedly said they could smell alcohol on his breath. According to the report, McKinley, "unsteady on his feet," then "tensed up" and tried to leave in the opposite direction of his dorm. Officers were concerned about McKinley "trying to wander off onto campus in his condition." - Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star
02/13/19 - Willie Jones III, So/2021, Texas State, 6-2, 190 (DS#999 QB) Texas State quarterback Willie Jones will transfer to Kilgore College, according to a report from the Statesman's Keff Ciardello. Jones was the primary starting quarterback to open the 2018 season, but struggled with injuries throughout the year. He completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 984 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions as a sophomore. Jones added 402 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Silsbee product threw more than 10 pass attempts in five games a season ago. In those games, he averaged 191 passing yards per game and 7.8 yards per pass attempt. Jones' best performance came against Georgia State, when he threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and added another 62 yards and a score on the ground. However, Texas State hired West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital as its new head coach earlier in the offseason. Jones isn't an ideal fit in Spavital's air raid system, which doesn't often utilize dual-threat quarterbacks. With Jones' departure, Texas State has four scholarship quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season. - Shehan Jeyarajah, Texas Football.com
02/13/19 - Lawrence Cager, rJr/2020, Georgia, 6-4, 220 (DS#5 WR) Georgia landed a potential impact graduate transfer target for Jake Fromm on Friday night. Lawrence Cager, who grabbed a team-high six touchdown catches for Miami last season, announced he plans to play for the Bulldogs this coming season. He tied for third on Miami last season with 21 catches for 374 yards. "I am excited for this new journey with Coach (Kirby) Smart and the entire UGA family. #Go Dawgs," Cager wrote on Twitter. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cager played as a freshman for the Hurricanes when Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley was in the same role at Miami. - Marc Weiszer, Online Athens
02/13/19 - Kasim Hill, rFr/2022, Maryland, 6-2, 234 (DS#999 QB) Kasim Hill, Maryland's starting quarterback through much of the 2018 season, announced on Twitter that he has entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal as he considers other schools to complete his college career. With Hill putting his name in the database, other schools will know he is interested in transferring, and those programs are allowed to contact him. "I have not made any final decisions on leaving Maryland and my decision to enter the portal is not a criticism of the University or of the staff," Hill tweeted Friday, adding that he was making his announcement to avoid the news coming out via media reports. He wrote that he was "sharing this information to try to prevent speculation and rumors from spreading about this decision." Hill, a rising junior, wrote that he and his family had contemplated a transfer with both the previous staff and the Terps' new staff under Coach Michael Locksley. As a sophomore last season, Hill started the first 10 games before tearing his left ACL against Indiana on Nov. 10. Backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome finished the season as the starter. Hill tore his right ACL in 2017. - Emily Giambalvo, The Washington Post
02/13/19 - Austin Smith, rJr/2020, Tennessee, 6-2, 246 (DS#999 OLB) Coach Jeremy Pruitt told fans during a recruiting celebration on Thursday night in Nashville that offensive lineman Chance Hall will retire from football and go on medical exemption scholarship. With Hall dropping off the roster, he will not count against the 85-scholarship limit. Additionally, Pruitt told reporters that offensive lineman Drew Richmond and linebacker Austin Smith will not be with the team when it begins spring practice next month. Both players entered the NCAA transfer portal and are seeking new schools. Smith, another fifth-year senior, appeared in 23 games during his Tennessee career. His most extensive playing time came as a freshman in 2015, when he played in 13 games and made one start. If he graduates this semester, he can play for another FBS school next fall as a graduate transfer. - Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel
02/13/19 - Carl Granderson, Sr/2019, Wyoming, 6-5, 246 (DS#17 DE) Former University of Wyoming football standout Carl Granderson has been charged with sexual assault, according to a university statement. According to the school, charges of third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery were filed against Granderson this week in Albany County Circuit Court stemming from an off-campus incident that occurred after the season. In response to public records requests seeking files on the case, the Star-Tribune was informed by circuit court clerks as well as the Albany County Attorney's Office that Wyoming law requires the case to be transferred to district court before charges are released publicly. A circuit court clerk said the case had not been bound over as of Thursday afternoon. According to the court, Granderson is being represented in the case through Pence and MacMillan, a law firm with offices in Laramie, Cheyenne and Sheridan. However, a circuit court clerk could not specify which attorney at the firm is representing Granderson. A message left Thursday with the firm's Laramie office seeking comment was not returned Thursday. - Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune
02/13/19 - *Jeffery Simmons, Jr/2019, Mississippi State, 6-3, 300 (DS#4 DT) Already banned from this month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis due to a previous arrest for assaulting a woman, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons' chances at earning a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft may have received a death sentence Tuesday with reports that he suffered a major knee injury during workouts, including but perhaps not limited to tearing his ACL. The 6-3, 300 pound Simmons entered the day ranked fourth among this year's stellar defensive tackle class on NFLDraftScout.com's board and 13th overall, getting projected to the Minnesota Vikings in my current mock draft.
Tearing an ACL is not the show-stopping injury it once was but for a prospect already facing a more complicated projection to the NFL and plenty of worthy competition, it could send Simmons stock tumbling well into Day Two of the draft and perhaps even further. Graded the top prep prospect in the state of Mississippi when he signed with the Bulldogs three years ago, Simmons almost lost his chance to showcase his talents as an arrest for assault in 2016 threatened to ruin his plans. Instead, Simmons buckled down, dedicating himself to his books, weight room and community. In doing, Simmons built himself back up as not only one of the top defensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference but in the entire country, leaving the Bulldogs early for the 2019 NFL draft after recording 163 tackles, including 33 for loss and seven sacks in three seasons. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/13/19 - *Kyler Murray, rJr/2019, Oklahoma, 5-10, 195 (DS#2 QB) When Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma last season, the Oakland Athletics knew there was a chance he might chose football over baseball. That is exactly what happened. On the day the A's started spring training workouts, Murray said he will pursue a career in the NFL. "I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray tweeted. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft."
Murray passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns last season as the Sooners landed a second straight College Football Playoff berth. He ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in Bowl Subdivision history. He declared himself eligible for April's NFL draft last month. He is not a prototypical NFL quarterback at just 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but his skills make him an intriguing option. The A's thought so, too. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. The deal called for him to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. Murray must return six-sevenths of the money he received, or $1,285,714. - AP College Football