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Minnesota junior QB Demry Croft completed 8-of-14 passes in the spring game.

Croft began making his case to be Mitch Leidner's heir immediately, completing a 60-yard pass on the first play of the day. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Croft is tall, supremely athletic and comes with good arm strength. He's also raw, thin and inaccurate. Croft is battling redshirt senior Conor Rhoda and redshirt freshman Seth Green for the starting job in P.J. Fleck's first Gopher offense.
May 24 - 2:03 PM
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Oregon redshirt freshman QB Terry Wilson transferred to Garden City Community College.

Garden City was the No. 1 JUCO team in the nation last year. Wilson, the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 cycle, began the spring as Justin Herbert's backup but exited it having tumbled down the depth chart.
May 24 - 1:44 PM

Oklahoma freshman OLB Kenneth Murray "instantly turned heads" in the spring, writes ESPN's Jake Trotter.

"Murray has put himself in position to win a starting role on the inside of the linebacking corps this fall," Trotter wrote. A three-star recruit, Murray may have been overlooked. "Murray is a DE/OLB prospect with a lot of tools and athleticism," ESPN noted in a scouting report. "Needs added explosiveness and skill-set polish, once he settles in on one position, but is certainly a prospect with a great blend of size and range."
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 1:18 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Idaho senior QB Matt Linehan as the No. 4 senior QB prospect.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Linehan has adequate size and strong productivity, having thrown for nearly 9,000 career yards heading into his senior campaign. He threw for 3,184 yards with a 19/10 TD/INT ratio in leading the Vandals to a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory last season.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 1:01 PM

Florida senior CB Duke Dawson will replace Detroit Lions second-round pick Teez Tabor in the starting lineup.

Dawson will move from nickel to outside cornerback this year to help replace the departed Tabor and Quincy Wilson. Dawson made 24 tackles last year and was lauded for his work in the slot. The 5-foot-10, 208-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school during the 2014 cycle.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 12:34 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack believes that Florida and Georgia will "be battling deep into the fall to land [five-star 2018 S Tyreke] Johnson’s commitment."

"The Gators have looked like the favorite for quite a while," Wommack writes, "but Johnson recently visited Georgia and has spoken glowingly of the Bulldogs before." The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder previously tagged UCLA and LSU as two other programs which have been on his radar this offseason. Rivals ranks him as the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle, while Scout.com notes that he "can cover and loves to play on the island" and possesses ball skills "like those of a top wideout."
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 10:57 PM

Colorado State sophomore WR Anthony Hawkins transitioned to corner this spring.

"Just his body language and our conversations with him and (CB coach Terry) Fair in passing about schematically and fundamentals with him, I think he's having fun," said HC Mike Bobo. "I think he sees himself having a chance to be a starter over there." When Bobo released the post-spring two-deep, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Hawkins was listed as the team's second left corner behind Kevin Nutt Jr. Putting a bow on Hawkins' short-lived career as receiver with the Rams, he logged 11 catches for 81 yards as a true freshman in 2016.
May 23 - 10:42 PM

Washington State redshirt senior QB Luke Falk needs 2,708 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns to set the all-time Pac-12 records in both categories.

Former Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is the current all-time leader in passing yardage for the conference with 13,600 yards (you might not have seen that coming), while former USC QB Matt Barkley is the current all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 116. Falk should be considered a near-lock to surpass both marks so long as he stays healthy -- he has passed for at least 4,450 yards while tossing exactly 38 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:26 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell called Miami four-star 2018 verbal TE commit Brevin Jordan's pledge the most surprising in the ACC at this juncture.

"Many felt Jordan would head to UCLA with his buddy and teammate Dorian Thompson-Robinson," Farrell writes. He speculates that Miami's success pumping tight ends into the NFL could have played a role in the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder's pledge to Mark Richt's outfit. Jordan ranks as Rivals' No. 106 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. The Hurricanes currently house the outlet's No. 1 recruiting class for that cycle, having already netted commitments from 12 four-star recruits.
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 10:10 PM

Boise State WR coach Eric Kiesau said that redshirt sophomore WR Bryan Jefferson is "still raw at the position, but he can really run."

"He has to get better with some technique things we’re teaching him, but with him I think it’s his speed, his athleticism and the ability to catch the ball down the field," Kiesau said earlier this spring. The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder -- a former three-star recruit -- has yet to log his first collegiate catch. He struggled with injury and did not take the field in 2016. Broncos HC Bryan Harsin said that he has seen "a lot of improvement" out of Jefferson this offseason. He will be fighting for a potential rotation role come the start of August camp.
May 23 - 9:55 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 QB Jalen Mayden.

Mayden sided with the Bulldogs over Baylor, Louisville, Nebraska and Tennessee. He is intrigued by the prospect of working with Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen, saying, "I liked to see the progression that [his quarterbacks] had from their freshman year to their senior year, and I feel like he really knows how to make a good quarterback." And in a note of synchronicity, the 6-foot-2, 196-pounder actually compared his game to that of Dak Prescott last summer. Scout.com ranks Mayden as the No. 100 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle, with outlet analyst Greg Powers noting that he "can pull the ball down and run as his stats suggest, but he is more of pass first quarterback who will make his reads and progressions in the pocket."
May 23 - 9:38 PM

ECU senior WR Trevon Brown sat out the team's spring game with a neck injury.

Nothing serious, here, as HC Scottie Montgomery said that he expects the senior wideout to be ready to rock 'n' roll come the start of August camp. After sitting out the past season due to academic ineligibility, the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder figures to be a crucial piece for the Pirates as they try to replace the production of all-universe wideout Zay Jones in 2017. Junior QB Gardner Minshew offered high words of praise for Brown earlier this spring, calling him a "big-play guy" and adding, "He’s a one-on-one nightmare. It’s going to be really hard for a team to cover him one-on-one."
May 23 - 9:23 PM

Michigan DC Don Brown said of senior OLB Mike McCray, "the sky is the limit for this guy."

"I think, the young guys have confidence they can go to him and get questions answered," Brown said. "As good a football player he is, he’s a tremendous person." His increased leadership role will be all the more important for the Wolverines in 2017 given the massive turnover they are working through on defense. ESPN's Dan Murphy tags the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder as one of the five most indispensable players in the Big Ten, writing that "[w]hen the Wolverines get up to full speed, it will largely be McCray’s job to keep them all running in the right direction." McCray registered 76 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a junior during the past season.
May 23 - 9:08 PM

Nebraska received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 ATH Mario Goodrich.

While Goodrich does a little bit of everything at Lee's Summit West (Missouri) -- he has worked as a receiver, cornerback and kick returner -- Nebraska views the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder as a corner. Rivals' Nate Clouse notes that Goodrich "has terrific ball reactions which combined with his size and length make him a pass break-up and interception machine." That assessment rings true based on his work as a high school junior in 2016, when he notched seven interceptions while breaking up 12 passes. Goodrich ranks as Rivals' No. 202 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle and gives Nebraska 12 commitments in the class. Sleep on the Cornhuskers' recruiting work at your own peril -- they currently sit at No. 6 in Rivals' team rankings. Only Ohio State (No. 4) and Penn State (No. 2) rank higher in the Big Ten.
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 8:50 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell writes that it is "ridiculous" to be concerned about Alabama's slow recruiting start to the 2018 cycle.

After four-star RB Dameon Pierce decommitted from Alabama last week, the Tide were left with just two pledges for the 2018 cycle. And Farrell is not worried. At all. Wrote the analyst, "If Alabama is at two commitments right now it’s because Saban wants them at two commitments and it wouldn’t surprise me to see this 2018 ‘Bama class land five or six five-star prospects before all is said and done – as usual." Farrell explained that he simply does not worry about the recruiting practices of Alabama and Ohio State, calling respective head coaches Nick Saban and Urban Meyer the "two best head coaching recruiters [he] [has] ever covered."
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 8:34 PM


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