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    Jim Knowles is in his bag, having a kicker switch positions on his Ohio State football defense. After hardly playing at all the last two seasons, Ohio State football kicker Jake Seibert is looking to emerge as a cornerback on Jim Knowles’ first Buckeyes defense. “He wanted to kind of bring some different value,” said Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day to Joey Kaufman of The Columbus Dispatch about Seibert. “He’s still going to work on kicking and do that part of it, but he’s also going to be able to help us at other positions.” Seibert played cornerback and wide receiver in high school in his native Cincinnati. To date, his most notable playing time as a kicker at Ohio State came in the national championship game vs. Alabama in 2020 when starter Blake Haubeil was rule out for the title bout after having tested positive for COVID. Seibert did not attempt a single field goal for the Buckeyes last college season. This may be a way of extracting further value on the roster, but this position switch is an odd...
    Getty Drake London gets grabbed by Dan Isom of Washington State during USC's December 6, 2020 home game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. From waived, to clearing waivers, to returning to the “Rams House” on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 18 — all in not even 24 hours. The Los Angeles Rams made the decision to resign four of the five undrafted free agents the Super Bowl 56 champions originally placed on the waive/no recall list on Tuesday, May 17 — which was the subject of this Heavy on Rams story. That's four of the five waived yesterday https://t.co/qI5DNZ7Bx0 — Lorenzo J. Reyna (@LJ_Reyna) May 18, 2022 And in the process, the transactions will add some extra bodies in the wide receiver and cornerback department with minicamp set for Monday, May 23. A Dive Into Who Got Resigned Offensively, Roger Carter and Lance McCutcheon cleared waivers and are back with the Rams. While Carter was utilized as a tight end from his Georgia State days, the 6-foot-2, 249-pounder brings some unique athleticism on the field. ...
    SANTA CLARA — Initial jersey numbers are out for the 49ers’ rookie class. A word of caution: They’re subject to change before the season starts, in case you’re rushing out to buy a replica jersey. That said, here are their digits as they take the 49ers’ practice fields Friday for the first time in their pro careers (starting with their draft picks): No. 95: Defensive lineman Drake Jackson No. 32: Running back Ty Davis-Price No. 86: Wide receiver Danny Gray No. 74: Offensive lineman Specer Burford No. 26: Cornerback Sam Womack III No. 63: Offensive lineman Nick Zakelj No. 93: Defensive tackle Kalia Davis No. 36: Cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields No. 14 Quarterback Brock Purdy (He was presented jersey No. 262 at the NFL Draft to signify being the last pick and “Mr. Irrelevant.”) Undrafted rookies under contract: No. 14: Safety Leon O’Neal Jr. No. 18: Cornerback Lee Pitts No. 24 Wide receiver Taysir Mack No. 40: Linebacker Marcelino McCrary-Ball No. 41: Safety Tayler Hawkins No. 41: Running back Jordan Mason No. 43: Cornerback Qwuantrezz Knight No. 47: Linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel...
    Standing on the Ravens’ indoor practice field Friday, running back Tyler Badie smiled as he remembered where he’d gotten his start. “Down the street,” he recalled at the team’s rookie minicamp. “That was me over there.” The sixth-round pick spent most of his childhood in Randallstown. He rooted for the Ravens. He went to an Ed Reed-hosted football camp at Randallstown High School, even got an autograph from the Hall of Fame safety. But Badie’s first games were with the Owings Mills Wolfpack at Northwest Regional Park, just a short walk from the Ravens’ facility. He remembered seeing legendary linebacker Ray Lewis there, cheering on his daughter as she played for a younger Wolfpack team. (Naturally, she played linebacker.) To return to the Baltimore area as a Raven, though — to have any shot of making the NFL, really — Badie had to leave home. He went to Friends School from sixth to 10th grade after the local private- and public-school powerhouses in football turned him down or ignored him. His favorite sport was lacrosse; Loyola Maryland and Maryland were...
    The Ravens revealed the jersey numbers for their 2022 draft class Tuesday, as well as three changes for returning veterans. The rookies’ numbers are subject to change, but most will remain. Safety Kyle Hamilton: No. 14 (No. 14 at Notre Dame) Center Tyler Linderbaum: No. 64 (No. 65 at Iowa) Outside linebacker David Ojabo: No. 90 (No. 55 at Michigan) Defensive tackle Travis Jones: No. 98 (No. 57 at Connecticut) Offensive tackle Daniel Faalele: No. 77 (No. 78 at Minnesota) Cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis: No. 5 (No. 5 at Alabama) Tight end Charlie Kolar: No. 88 (No. 88 at Iowa State) Punter Jordan Stout: No. 11 (No. 98 at Penn State) Tight end Isaiah Likely: No. 80 (No. 4 at Coastal Carolina) Cornerback Damarion Williams: No. 22 (No. 6 at Houston) Running back Tyler Badie: No. 30 (No. 1 at Missouri) Wide receiver James Proche II, meanwhile, will wear No. 3, as he did at Southern Methodist, after two years with No. 11. Cornerback Kevon Seymour traded No. 38 for No. 25, while fullback Ben Mason will return to...
    Former Ohio State cornerback Andre Turrentine has transferred to the Tennessee football team after one season in Columbus. Nashville native Andre Turrentine is coming home, as the former Ohio State cornerback has transferred to his home state’s Tennessee football program. Turrentine entered the transfer portal on April 25 after a year with the Ohio State football team. The former four-star recruit from the Music City had 23 offers coming out of high school. He picked the Buckeyes over the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee during his recruitment. Turrentine saw limited action during his one year in Columbus and retains four years of eligibility. Here is the tweet Turrentine sent out late Monday morning to let the world know he is now a Vol. Committed..⭐️???? pic.twitter.com/56bsz15Ata — ANDRE TURRENTINE ✨ (@KingATIII) May 2, 2022 Former Ohio State four-star DB Andre Turrentine transfers to Tennessee According to the 247Sports Composite, Turrentine was the No. 4 player from Tennessee, the No. 9 safety in his class and the No. 169 overall prospect for 2021. Though players from the south commit to Ohio State all the...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots went back to offense for their fifth pick of the 2022 draft, selecting running back Pierre Strong Jr. out of South Dakota State in the fourth round. Strong rushed for 1,673 yards on 240 attempts last season (7.0 YPC) with 18 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 150 yards. He topped 1,000 yards in three seasons at South Dakota State, rushing for 4,495 yards and 40 touchdowns. Strong rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the FCS National Championship Game, albeit in a losing effort for the Jackrabbits. Strong is 5-foot-11 and 207 pounds. He joins a backfield with Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, James White, Ty Montgomery and J.J. Harris. Strong was the fifth pick of the draft for the Patriots, joining guard Cole Strange, receiver Tyquan Thornton, cornerback/returner Marcus Jones, and cornerback Jack Jones.
    The first round of the 2022 NFL draft was full of surprises, included plenty of trades, and featured a few head-scratching selections. Some of those surprising picks left plenty of the draft’s top-rated players still available for Day 2, which will feature rounds two and three. Here are the best players still on the board on the second day of the draft, which begins Friday night at 7 p.m.: Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean Despite being a tad undersized (6-0, 225), Dean was the heart of the Georgia defense. He’s a rangy playmaker who fires into gaps and strikes defenders. The only concerns about his game center on his size and the possibility that he might be forced to run around blocks in the NFL. Liberty quarterback Malik Willis Willis has a cannon for an arm, and can threaten defenses with his legs. He has the speed and athleticism needed to pick up chunk yardage, and proved that by rushing for 2,131 yards during his college career. The biggest concern is that he has sloppy mechanics, and doesn’t attack the middle...
    While he could have entered the 2022 NFL Draft, former Ohio State star Sevyn Banks is transferring to LSU to spend his final college season playing for DBU. Sevyn Banks could have turned pro, but he decided he wanted to be part of Brian Kelly’s family, as the former Ohio State cornerback is transferring to LSU. Banks is a former four-star recruit from Orlando, having played his first four years of college football for Ohio State. He had 43 career tackles and two interceptions playing for the Big Ten juggernaut. A two-year starter in Columbus, Banks played an integral part in the Buckeyes’ run to the College Football Playoff National Championship two seasons ago. He is a huge pickup for LSU. Great job by Kelly to land an absolute stud in the back-end of his Tigers defense from the portal. BREAKING: Former Ohio State CB Sevyn Banks will transfer to LSU, he tells @On3Recruits The former four-star prospect had 43 tackles and 2 INTs in his four year career with the Buckeyes. More Here (FREE): https://t.co/FFksIEPuF3 pic.twitter.com/FxYqmqKnYB — Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) April 19,...
    The Jets will use one of their official pre-draft visits on Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson next week, a source told the Daily News. It’s no secret the Jets need pass rush help after finishing with 33 sacks, tied for fifth fewest in the NFL, and pressured QBs on 22% of their dropbacks. And Gang Green needs help with their poor rushing defense that allowed 2,343 rushing yards (fourth most) with 28 touchdowns (most in the NFL). Johnson was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after he finished with 17 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 2021. His draft stock soared during the Senior Bowl when he dominated the week in Mobile, Ala., with the Jets coaching staff there close-up. The 6-foot-4 260-pound defensive end is an explosive athlete who ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the combine. He has a variety of pass rush moves. And he’s stout against the run and would drastically help their unit. There are various questions surrounding when to select Johnson. Do the Jets take him at No. 4 overall if...
    Former Georgia defensive back Ameer Speed reunites with his former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker by transferring to Michigan State. It has come full circle for Ameer Speed, as the former Georgia cornerback opted to transfer to Michigan State to play for his former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker in East Lansing. The Jacksonville native was highly sought-after coming out of high school. Speed was part of Georgia’s 2017 recruiting class when Tucker was still in Athens. After playing in 48 games over five seasons in Athens for Kirby Smart, Speed uses his sixth-year eligibility from the COVID year to venture up to East Lansing to play for Tucker. This is a massive get for Michigan State in the portal. “Coach Tucker and Coach Barnett are two people I wanted to work with when I came out of high school,” said Speed in a statement on Tuesday. “I knew that they could develop me into the man and the player that I strived to be. So to have the opportunity to be coached by the two is a true blessing.” Here is Speed’s...
    Ryan Day’s Ohio State football program is reportedly no longer in the mix to land former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks in the transfer portal. Former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks is reportedly no longer in the running to join Ryan Day’s Ohio State football team by way of the transfer portal. While Ohio State had been seen as a leader to land the former five-star from Rancho Cucamonga, California, the Buckeyes backed off over fear much of the defensive back room would transfer immediately upon him entering the program. A big reason why Ohio State has two losses on the year is the sub-par play of its defense. The Buckeyes will play the Utah Utes in the Rose Bowl. Alabama, Georgia and USC are seen as the primary teams to watch in Ricks’ ongoing recruitment.Eli Ricks recruitment: Who is favored to get him after Ohio State backed out?While no predictions have been made thus far with Ricks going into the portal, it’s hard to overlook the impact of Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma and taking over at USC. That is a total game changer. Players...
    Getty Shakur Brown celebrates a 2020 interception for Michigan State. The Detroit Lions continue to hunt for players to help chip in thanks to injuries they have seen play out, and now, they have reached a point where replacements are starting to need replacements. On Friday, the team revealed they were bringing yet another new name into the mix in the form of Shakur Brown. Brown, a former Michigan State Spartans cornerback in college, comes to Detroit after being on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad early in 2021. The reason for this? Detroit lost another young cornerback to injured reserve in the form of Corey Ballentine. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Here’s a look at the reveal of the announcement from the team about all of the swaps on their practice squad late this week. #Lions announce roster moves: Place CB Corey Ballentine on Reserve/Injured Sign CB Shakur Brown to the practice squad Release T Darrin Paulo from the practice squad...
    Getty Images Former Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley. The regular-season debut for the Cleveland Browns is just around the corner but that won’t keep Andrew Berry and the front office from their neverending quest to build the best roster in the NFL. While the Browns have a nice stable of depth at defensive back, cornerback Gareon Conley was a name that Cleveland was recently linked to in an article by Bleacher Report. The former Ohio State standout missed all of last season, playing most recently with the Houston Texans in 2020. Conley is the poster child for how quickly the league can move on from a player. He was traded for a third-round pick in 2019 (granted it was by the Texans with Bill O’Brien calling the shots), and now there isn’t a team who has added him to the roster. Based on his talent and potential, that shouldn’t be the case. Conley has struggled at times, but he only allowed a 52.2 percent completion rate when targeted in the eight games he played with the Texans. Being an...
    Getty Alex Brown on the field with the Chiefs during the Super Bowl in 2020. The Detroit Lions are in the process of trimming their roster down ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, and a surprising wrinkle popped up as they did so on Monday. On Sunday, August 15, the Lions waived cornerback Alex Brown from the roster. On Monday, August 16, the team also revealed the release of tight end Charlie Taumoepeau. Those two moves may have ended up related in the end thanks to an incident over the weekend. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! According to a report from Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, Brown is being investigated after an auto accident that took place on August 15. The accident was apparently non-fatal, but four people were injured. Within the accident, Brown is alleged to have been driving intoxicated on the wrong side of the road. Brown is now said to be facing four charges from the incident. Alex Brown, the...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks (7) picks up the fumble and returns it for the touchdown during the third quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports If Ohio State football is going to repeat as Big Ten champs and make the College Football Playoff, it’s going to need these three players to have breakout seasons. Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones went 36-for-46 through the air and threw for 464 yards and three touchdowns. Heisman winner DeVontae Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns, with most of those stats coming in the first half. It wasn’t a pretty sight for the Buckeyes and former secondary coach for the Buckeyes turned defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs. But it showed a glaring need for improvement, and that is exactly what Sevyn Banks and the Buckeyes will be looking to do this season. Banks will be the feature cornerback for this team, taking the place of names like Jeffery Okudah, Marshon Lattimore and Denzel...
    There were some big wins on the recruiting trail over the last week that shuffles the top of the updated college football recruiting rankings. The race for the top spot in the college football recruiting class rankings is heating up after some big-time programs received commitments from some big-time recruits over the last week. Ohio State still owns the top spot by a wide margin, highlighted by the commitment of No. 1 overall recruit, quarterback Quinn Ewers, but the race for the No. 2 spot is heating up. The Penn State Nittany Lions vaulted Notre Dame to claim the silver medal after a pair of commitments over the weekend. Four-star running back Kaytron Allen out of IMG Academy and three-star safety Jordan Allen out of Louisiana has James Franklin’s class up to 20 total commits. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Allen is ranked as the No. 132 overall recruit and No. 10 back and could be the next great Penn State running back. Notre Dame is holding steady at No. 3 after the commitment from four-star cornerback Benjamin Morrison out of...
    The US economy added 850,000 jobs in June What’s next for oil prices as OPEC+ deadlocks, with more talks set for Monday A year after signing four cornerbacks in an attempt to restore depth at the vital position, Notre Dame has gained a second cornerback commitment in the class of 2021 thanks to consensus three-star cornerback Jayden Bellamy (Bergen Catholic High School; Oradell, N.J.) choosing the Irish on Friday. © Provided by NBC Sports Bellamy also considered Penn State and Rutgers, in addition to holding offers from Ohio State, Florida State, Clemson and many others on a lengthy list. The 6-foot cornerback visited Notre Dame and Penn State on back-to-back weekends in June, also making a few stops to nearby Rutgers. His blatant speed explains the discrepancy between that recruiting ranking — the No. 59 cornerback in the class, per rivals.com — and that offer list. In modern college football, few things are more important than perimeter speed, and Bellamy has it. Jump to the 1:56 mark in his highlight reel, as he catches a bubble screen as a...
    Four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks, a top-100 prospect, committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes over Texas and other major programs. The Ohio State Buckeyes keep pulling talent out of Texas for the class of 2022. This is another feather in the cap of Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs. A defensive backs coach by trade, he has done an exceptional job recruiting his position since returning to the Buckeyes last year. Next: 50 greatest college football players this century For more NCAA football news, analysis, opinion and unique coverage by FanSided, including Heisman Trophy and College Football Playoff rankings, be sure to bookmark these pages.
    Former Michigan State CB Josiah Scott will compete for the starting slot corner spot this year for the Philadelphia Eagles. Don’t let Josiah Scott’s size fool you, according to his former college teammates at Michigan State. The 5-foot-10, 171-pounder was a stud cornerback for the Spartans before going in the fourth round of the 2020 draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scott was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday in exchange for cornerback Jameson Houston and a 2023 sixth-round pick. The second-year player saw action in six games last year and made 11 tackles on 80 defensive snaps. He joins a young, inexperienced secondary in Philly where he’ll get a chance to come right in and compete for the starting slot cornerback job. Fourth-round pick Zech McPhearson highlights the Eagles’ depth chart behind outside corners Avonte Maddox and Darius Slay. Craig James and Michael Jacquet are two other options on the inside. New head coach Nick Sirianni keeps stressing the importance of competition at every single position, too. “Everybody on this team has got to fight every single...
    Ohio State, Clemson and others battled for the attention of three-star cornerback Ryan Turner, but the Buckeyes came out on top. Three-star cornerback Ryan Turner is scheduled to visit Ohio State in June. He couldn’t wait until then to give his pledge to the Buckeyes. Turner announced his commitment to Ohio State on Wednesday, picking the Buckeyes over Clemson, Penn State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami and others. “Let’s Get to Work!!” Turner tweeted along with a statement thanking everyone who has supported him during the recruiting process. Committed! Let’s Get To Work!!???? pic.twitter.com/AFN4RNmG9X — Ryan Turner (@RyanTurner_20) May 5, 2021 What is Ohio State getting in Ryan Turner?Turner is technically a three-star prospect in the 247Sports composite, but he got a four-star nod from Rivals. In fact, at No. 380 in the class of 2022, he’s just 20 places away from four-star status in the consensus. He is the No. 34 cornerback and No. 48 recruit from the state of Florida, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Buckeyes already have commitments from two highly-rated cornerbacks in the class of 2022....
    The Alabama football program looks to be the overwhelming favorite to sign 5-star in-state cornerback Tony Mitchell According to 247 Sports, Tony Mitchell, the No. 1 defensive back (No. 11 overall) in the Class of 2023 recruiting class, is closely linked to a potential commitment to the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. The Alabaster, Ala., native has drawn immense interest from 33 of the nation’s college football powerhouses despite having only played two seasons of high school competition. The Thompson High star cornerback back is listed at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and is already one of the premier defensive prospects in a loaded 2023 class.Alabama closing in on first 2023 commitment with Tony MitchellLast season, Mitchell led the uber-talented Thompson High defense to an undefeated, 14-0 season and a 7A state title. The junior cornerback concluded his sophomore season with 82 tackles, eight broken-up passes, eight tackles for loss, four interceptions and two touchdowns. In addition to his defensive role, Mitchell’s duties also included fielding kickoffs on special teams. Alabama’s interest in Mitchell has been well-documented since September 2019, following his...
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    Getty A.J. Terrell #24 and Isaiah Oliver #26 of the Atlanta Falcons attempt to bring down T.J. Hockenson #88 of the Detroit Lions. The Falcons have plenty of holes to address this offseason, including at the cornerback position. The draft isn’t until the end, but the Falcons are already making moves. According to Justin Melo of the NFL Draft network, the Falcons were one of six other teams who virtually met with Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. #FSU CB Asante Samuel Jr. has met recently via Zoom with the #Packers, #Seahawks, #Falcons, #Dolphins, #Eagles & #Chargers. #NFLDraft — Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 17, 2021 Samuel Jr. isn’t a first-round prospect, but he is projected to go late in the second or early third round in this year’s NFL draft. He capped off the 2020 season with 22 tackles, three interceptions, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. Asante Samuel Jr.’s Scouting Report Scouts believe Samuel Jr.’s strength is man-to-man coverage due to his outstanding speed, which is what the Falcons played a lot...
    Getty Asante Samuel Jr. #26 of the Florida State Seminoles breaks up a pass against Chase Claypool #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first quarter of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on November 10, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. The Green Bay Packers could be looking for an impressive rookie to replace Kevin King as their No. 2 cornerback next season, having already logged a meeting with at least one of 2021’s potential early-round talents. According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, Florida State star cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. recently had a virtual meeting with the Packers over Zoom along with several other cornerback-needy teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. #FSU CB Asante Samuel Jr. has met recently via Zoom with the #Packers, #Seahawks, #Falcons, #Dolphins, #Eagles & #Chargers. #NFLDraft — Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 17, 2021 Samuel, son of four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel, was a consistent two-year starter and defensive leader for the Seminoles who tallied 97 tackles, 29 passes defended and four interceptions in...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As a Penn Stater, it’s hard to forget the moment a freshman cornerback was paralyzed during a football game against Ohio State University. A year after being told he may never walk again, he led the Nittany Lions onto the field at Beaver Stadium. Jessica Kartalija chats with Adam Taliaferro. Twenty years ago, Taliaferro sustained an injury that changed his life while playing football at Penn State University. He broke his neck and at the time doctors weren’t sure if he was ever going to walk again. Through the great care of physical therapists and doctors, Taliaferro says he looks back now and is “living a good life.” WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Philadelphia Weather: Watch Out For Icy, Slick Conditions Across Region Monday As 2 Storms Expected To Bring More Snow This Week Philadelphia Native Jazmine Sullivan Getting Raves For Rendition Of Star-Spangled Banner With Eric Church At Super Bowl 55 Philadelphia Teachers To Protest Unsafe Conditions At School Buildings On Monday As Union Asks They Work Remotely
    The 2020 Early Signing Period is officially here, with Wednesday’s “Signing Day” the first day that college recruits can officially sign with the schools they will attend in 2021. Jack Sawyer, the No. 1 ranked overall prospect, made his commitment to Ohio State University official. Sawyer is a defensive end and will look to follow in the footsteps of Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa and Chase Young. Four-star cornerback De’Jahn Warren provided one of the bigger surprises of the day, de-committing from Georgia and flipping to Jackson State, where he will play for first-year head coach Deion Sanders. Warren was the No. 4 ranked junior college prospect. In another huge swap, Maryland snagged linebacker Branden Jennings after he originally committed to Michigan. Jennings is the 67th-ranked player in the ESPN 300. The day was full of the hijinks that have been known to occur on the day in the past. A couple of names went viral, notably General Booty, a quarterback from Allen, Texas. And yes, that is his real name. Booty was considering Louisiana-Monroe and Liberty, among other schools....
    More On: college football Supreme Court will hear case on college athletes getting paid Sarah Fuller faces new challenge as football career ends Trevor Lawrence has huge effect on line in Notre Dame rematch Sarah Fuller’s football career appears to be over The 2020 Early Signing Period is officially here, with Wednesday’s “Signing Day” the first day that college recruits can officially sign with the schools they will attend in 2021. Jack Sawyer, the No. 1 ranked overall prospect, made his commitment to Ohio State University official. Sawyer is a defensive end and will look to follow in the footsteps of Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa and Chase Young. Four-star cornerback De’Jahn Warren provided one of the bigger surprises of the day, de-committing from Georgia and flipping to Jackson State, where he will play for first-year head coach Deion Sanders. Warren was the No. 4 ranked junior college prospect. In another huge swap, Maryland snagged linebacker Branden Jennings after he originally committed to Michigan. Jennings is the 67th-ranked player in the ESPN 300. The day was full of the hijinks...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who also returns punts and entered this season as one of the top stars in college football, has been ruled out of the No. 6 Tigers’ opener Saturday against Mississippi State because of an illness. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said Stingley’s illness is not COVID-19 and the sophomore is expected to rejoin football activities after medical treatment and evaluation by doctors. LSU officials did not immediately provide details on Stingley’s symptoms or diagnosis, a common policy because of laws protecting students’ medical privacy. Stingley started all 15 games for LSU’s 2019 national championship squad as a freshman and led the Southeastern Conference with six interceptions, which ranked fifth nationally. Stingley’s 21 passes defended also led the SEC and ranked second nationally. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http:www.twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    JACKSON, Miss. (CBSDFW/AP) — Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders says he will become Jackson State’s football coach. Sanders made the announcement Sunday night on the first episode of the “21st & Prime” podcast with Jamie Dukes on Barstool Sports. The player known as “Prime Time” during his career added, “Isn’t the time? Isn’t this the moment? Isn’t this what’s needed? It’s a match made in heaven.” Currently the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School-Cedar Hill, it will be Sanders’ first head coaching job at the college level. “I’ve been offered pro jobs,” Sanders added, “so people know I could be an assistant in any college.” View this post on Instagram What y’all think? Don’t play like U don’t know what I’m talking about. What play do u call here? I’m talking about your life not mine????????. It’s your time to come up and do what’s best for you and others. The Right decision is just waiting on U to make it. Make it Now let’s go baby! #Truth #CoachPRIME @underarmour @uafootball A post shared by COACH...
    Shawn Wade will not be playing another photo for Ohio State. Amid uncertainty over whether Big Ten will play football this fall, he announced Monday morning that Ohio State’s Star Cornerback has opted to drop the season and announce the 2021 NFL draft. “It’s a very difficult decision, but I know it’s the right decision for me. In light of the COVID-19 epidemic and uncertainty surrounding our season, I have decided to drop my remaining qualification and officially declare myself to the 2021 NFL Draft,” Wade said in a video posted on his Twitter account Monday morning. . “I’m forever grateful to Bucky Nation and look forward to the next chapter.” Bucky for life pic.twitter.com/b0iP6Rqo4i – Shawn Wade (ShawnWade 24) September 14, 2020 Despite announcing the NFL draft last year, Wade, who was already predicted to be selected as a preliminary selector if he returns to Columbus for a fourth-year qualification, was selected as a team captain and began to lead Ohio State to second place on the move after playing slot cornerback...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Sunday that they have signed wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins and have released cornerback Alexander Myres. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Thompkins as an undrafted free agent in 2019 but did not keep him for the regular season. The DC Defenders drafted Thompkins in 2020 in the fourth round of the 2020 XFL Draft. Thompkins is a Penn State alum. “Thompkins played in 52 games over his four-year career at Penn State (2014-18),” the Steelers said in a statement. “He caught 83 passes for 1,245 yards and 6 TDs. Thompkins became the 31st Nittany Lion with more than 1,000 career receiving yards. He also returned 66 career punts for 675 yards and 2 TDs. Thompkins’s two punt return TDs ranked tied for fourth in Penn State history. In 2017, he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and third-team accolades from the media voters as a return specialist.” Myres was released to make room for Thompkins on the 80 man roster. Stay with KDKA as...
    Former NFL cornerback Terrell Buckley has been a longtime mentor to three-time Pro Bowl selection Xavier Rhodes. The Vikings released Rhodes in March, but now they have a new cornerback being looked after by Buckley. Buckley, who had 50 interceptions while playing in the NFL from 1992-2005, coached Cameron Danztler the past four seasons as Mississippi State’s cornerbacks coach before he took a similar position with Mississippi in January. The Vikings selected Dantzler in the third round of April’s NFL draft. “I think the Vikings got a steal at corner,” Buckley said. “He should be a Day 1 starter. I think he’ll do awesome for them.” The Vikings need lots of help at cornerback after losing three veterans at that position during the offseason. Rhodes was let go in a salary-related move before signing with Indianapolis, and Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander signed as free agents with Cincinnati. The Vikings have holdovers Mike Hughes, Holton Hill and Kris Boyd competing for playing for time. They also picked up two other cornerbacks in the draft — Jeff Gladney in the first...
    Vikings rookies reported to training camp on Thursday with most having reached agreements on their contracts. The latest to be locked up was safety Josh Metellus, a sixth-round pick from Michigan who on Thursday got a four-year, $3.455 million deal, including a $160,256 signing bonus. He will count $650,064 against the 2020 salary cap. Of their 15 draft picks in April, the Vikings last week announced the signing of quarterback Nate Stanley, a seventh-round pick from Iowa, and nine other draftees have reached agreements on deals. Those not known yet to have agreed to terms are cornerback Jeff Gladney, a first-round pick from TCU, cornerback Cameron Dantzler, a third-round selection from Mississippi State, cornerback Harrison Hand, a fifth-round pick from Temple, defensive end Kenny Willekes, a seventh-round pick from Michigan State, and safety Brian Cole, a seventh-round selection from Mississippi State. Also reporting Thursday were Vikings quarterbacks and some other select players. All players were scheduled to take coronavirus tests Thursday, take Friday and Saturday off and then have additional tests Sunday. Those with two negative tests will move forward...
    Getty Cornerback Trevor Williams had three interceptions and 17 pass breakups for the Chargers. The Eagles made two minor moves before the official start of training camp. Rookies and first-year players were scheduled to report on Tuesday. The team released center Keegan Render and cornerback Trevor Williams. Both players had been signed to futures contracts at the end of last season but their services are no longer needed. The Eagles didn’t announce any corresponding moves at this time. Philadelphia now has 88 total players on the roster, including intriguing defensive end Matt Leo who is part of their international practice-squad exemption. On Monday, the Eagles signed their remaining eight draft picks to rookie deals and handed first-round pick Jalen Reagor a four-year contract worth an estimated $13.3 million. Philadelphia also released undrafted rookie free agent Khalil Tate, a college quarterback who was transitioning to wide receiver. Look for a few more moves over the next few days. Roster Moves: #Eagles have waived C Keegan Render and released CB Trevor Williams. pic.twitter.com/IsLBh56oSr — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 21, 2020...
    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 07: Ryan Day the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team practice before the start of the BIG Ten Football Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Ohio State is ready to swoop in for a former Clemson cornerback commit.It looks like the Buckeyes will have a second chance at their top cornerback target Jordan Hancock. After initially committing to Clemson, the four-star recruit has decommitted and Ohio State is the favorite to get his signature. Hancock becomes only the second player to decommit from Clemson since 2016, joining five-star defensive end recruit Korey Foreman, the No. 1 recruit in the 2021 class. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Hancock is from North Gwinnett high school in Georgia and ranks as the No. 77 overall recruit, No. 6 cornerback and the No. 9 player in the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Jordan Hancock could be the next member of DBU at Ohio State.Hancock reportedly has great relationships...
    Jeff Okudah, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Jeff Okudah is officially a Lion. In order to keep his job, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia will need to get Matthew Stafford and company back into the playoffs sooner rather than later. He could do that by beefing up the defense, and that crusade started with the addition of cornerback Jeff Okudah. The Lions have agreed to terms with the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, inking the former Ohio State Buckeye to a standard four-year deal with a fifth-year option. The #Lions have reached an agreement on a 4-year contract with No. 3 overall pick CB Jeff Okudah, source said. A standard deal with a fifth-year option for the touted Ohio State product. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 13, 2020 Okudah could be a star for the Detroit Lions.Okudah recorded 34 tackles, nine pass deflections and three interceptions during his final season in Columbus. He was named an All-American and finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, though he eventually lost out to Grant Delpit. The...
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