NCAA Football

Ohio City of Oregon to Change Its Name on Day of National Championship

The Ohio State Buckeyes are thrilled to be playing the Oregon Ducks on January 12 for this year's national championship, and one city in Ohio has decided to change its name to show its loyalty.

Matt Squibb and Mark Rabbitt, two natives of Oregon, Ohio, created a petition to change the name of the city for the day of the national championship. The petition also calls for the high school to change its colors on game day, as their athletic teams wear green and gold, just like the Ducks. 

Here is the official statement from the petition, via Sarah Ottney from the Toledo Free Press:

I grew up in Oregon, Ohio and love the city, but for the day of the ‘Big Game’ I am asking the city council to make a proclamation to change the name of the city for one day. Call it Buckeye Town, Ohio City, Brutusville, whatever, you get the point. Let’s not leave anything to chance here! Change the name and support the Buckeyes!

The town of Oregon took notice of the petition and will apparently announce the name of the city for the big game on January 5.

[Toledo Free Press, h/t College Football Talk]

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Nelson Agholor Declares for 2015 NFL Draft: Latest Details and Reaction

Nelson Agholor is striking while the iron is out.

After the best season of his college career, the USC Trojans wide receiver declared for the 2015 NFL draft, USC announced:

Agholor entered the 2014 as one of the top wideouts in the country, and his final numbers backed up that reputation. He caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns. According to USC, he's only the fourth WR in school history to crack the century mark in receptions:

He also became the first USC WR to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games, going for 220 and 216 yards, respectively against Washington State and California back in November, per Arash Markazi of ESPN.com:

Of course, being a productive collegiate wide receiver isn't always a guarantee that a player will receive a high draft grade. It certainly helps, though, and Agholor's stock only rose as the season went on.

Bleacher Report's NFL draft expert Matt Miller spoke with an NFL scout who called Agholor "the cleanest route-runner in the draft right now" and also labeled him a "year one impact player."

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times also interviewed NFL scouts before USC's game with UCLA. When asked about Agholor, one argued that he'd be a nice No. 3 wide receiver at the next level because he can create space and do the dirty work over the middle. Another, however, questioned whether Agholor can be a home-run threat after the catch.

USC receivers coach Tee Martin was unequivocal in his praise upon the young star before USC took on Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, per Michael Lev of the Orange County Register:

I didn't know how he would pan out early on because he was so raw, but the thing that Nelson does, every play is like his last play. When you see him have success in games it's not surprising because he's probably done it 100 times at practice. He's very serious all the time. I've never had to force him to get it going. He's not one of those guys.

When he gets between the lines, he’s there. He’s there 100 percent. I appreciate his effort, his concentration, his focus for all the years that he’s been here. Hopefully we’ll get one more.

It will be interesting to see how Agholor is evaluated as the draft gets closer. This year's crop of potential WRs is extremely deep.

Jaelen Strong and Devin Funchess are among the top underclassmen to declare, and they join seniors like Rashad Greene, DeVante Parker and Kevin White. Dorial Green-Beckham is a potential wild card as well if he decides to skip his senior year.

No matter where he's drafted, Agholor should be very productive once he hits the NFL. Many of the knocks on Agholor were said about Jordy Nelson, and look where Nelson is now. With the right fit, the USC star could be a 1,000-yard guy year in and year out.

He'll have USC's pro day and the scouting combine to prove that he's worth a first-round pick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USC Lands 4-Star DB Duo: Will Add Great Depth to Trojans' Secondary

The USC Trojans continued their strong recruiting season by landing a pair of 4-star defenders, per 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Defensive backs Marvell Tell and Ykili Ross will boost the Trojans' already loaded secondary.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder breaks down the dynamic duo and how they'll fare in Southern California.

Will these two defenders bolster USC's roster? Check out the video and let us know!

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Marvell Tell to USC: Trojans Land 4-Star Safety Prospect

USC added a critical piece to its 2015 recruiting class, as 4-star safety Marvell Tell pledged his commitment to Steve Sarkisian and the Trojans.

Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com notes the announcement:

Tell joins fellow US Army All-American Ykili Ross, who will accompany him at USC. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder breaks down the dynamic duo how they'll fare in Southern California.

The athletic safety is a product of Crespi High School (Encino, California) and is ranked as the No. 61 player in the country, No. 4 safety in the country and No. 9 player in the state of California, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

He checks in at 6’2” and 175 pounds and has a listed 40-yard dash time of 4.50 seconds, per his 247Sports profile.

Tell uses his size and quickness to burst through any open lanes on the offensive line and attack the opposing rushing game. He covers plenty of ground, even from deep in the backfield, which helps him get to the line of scrimmage quicker than his opponents can react at the high school level.

Once he gets to the ball-carrier, Tell rarely misses a tackle in the open field.

In terms of pass coverage, those same athleticism traits that allow him to provide run support come into play. Tell possesses impressive lateral quickness, which helps him range from the middle of the field where he is positioned to either sideline. When the ball is in the air, he uses that speed to get in prime position when defending passes.

Brandon Huffman of Scout and Fox Sports was there to alert fans when Tell got in perfect position during the season at a critical moment:

Perhaps Tell's best trait is his reaction time and instincts from the safety position. He can be an enforcer for the Trojans' defense because he seems to have a nose for the football and breaks up critical passes when the game is on the line.

Thanks to this skill set, virtually the entire Pac-12 showed interest at one point or another. Per 247Sports, UCLA, USC, Washington State, Arizona State, California and Colorado, among others, offered scholarships while national powers such as Notre Dame, Nebraska, Louisville and Miami offered scholarships as well.

Given his versatility as both a run-stuffer and a coverage safety, his speed and his ability to stop routes and wrap up on tackles in the open field, look for Tell to contribute right away as a freshman.

He has the height of a prototypical safety, and will likely add muscle in his early days inside an elite collegiate weight-training program. From a physical standpoint, he will be fine as a freshman. 

Once he gets enough mental and physical reps on the actual field in games and practices, he will develop into a star at the back end of the Trojans' defense.

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USC Lands 4-Star DB Duo: Will Add Great Depth to Trojans' Secondary

The USC Trojans continued their strong recruiting season by landing a pair of 4-star defenders, per 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Defensive backs Marvell Tell and Ykili Ross will boost the Trojans' already loaded secondary...

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Stefon Diggs Declares for NFL Draft: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Maryland's star wide receiver Stefon Diggs will reportedly skip his senior season with the Terps to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. 

According to Matt Zenitz of The Baltimore Sun, who spoke with the wideout, Diggs is taking his talents to the professional rank:

Diggs has been a steady playmaker for Maryland during his three years with the school. He does come with some injury history, having missed three games in 2014, but the junior led the team with 62 receptions, 792 receiving yards and five touchdowns. 

Draft expert Dion Caputi of NationalFootballPost.com thinks Diggs can perform at the next level with better quarterback play thanks to his natural speed:

Charles Davis of NFL.com listed Diggs as one of 10 underclassmen who should declare for the 2015 draft in December:

Diggs has been well-hyped since his high school days, but he's not yet had the breakout year we've been waiting to see from him. He's battled injuries, and another year with the Terrapins would give him a chance to have that big year that has eluded him. Diggs could prove his durability and give his stock a big boost.

His last game with the Terps was also one of his best. It came on December 30 against Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl, in which Diggs finished with 10 catches for 138 yards in a 45-21 loss. 

Due to Diggs' injury problems, he's not likely to be a Day 1 pick. Given his speed and ability to create plays deep down the field, it won't be a surprise to see him go sometime in the second or third round. This looks like another deep class for receivers, so a player like Diggs could represent good value for his future team. 

Diggs isn't the biggest player at 6'0" and 195 pounds, so he will have to prove capable of getting off the jam at the line of scrimmage, but that speed is something no one can teach. The worst he should turn out to be is a slot receiver or as a utility player similar to what Tavon Austin does in St. Louis. 

 

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Ykili Ross Commits to USC, Says He'll Be There for 'Next 3 Years'

The USC Trojans were able to add another promising player to their 2015 recruiting class on Saturday, but it looks like the young man doesn't plan on staying through his senior year.

Cornerback/wide receiver recruit Ykili Ross announced his decision to commit to USC, but according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, the 4-star recruit only plans on staying for three years.

After three seasons with the Trojans, Ross would have a chance to declare for the NFL draft, so he's already setting his sights on the pros despite not playing a single down in college.

We'll see if Ross can live up to his own expectations in the coming years.

[YouTube, h/t Twitter]

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Charlie Strong's Recruiting Streak Continues: Texas Lands Pair of 4-Stars

Devonaire Clarington, the No. 4 TE and Tim Irvin, the No. 23 ATH are two 4-Star recruits, as pre 247Sports composite rankings, who have both committed to the University of Texas.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder discusses the impact of these two recruits for the Longhorns.

What kind of impact can Clarington and Irvin have for Texas next season?

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Tim Irvin to Texas: Longhorns Land 4-Star ATH Prospect

Michael Irvin carved the path to a Hall of Fame career at the University of Miami. His nephew, 4-star athlete Tim Irvin, has decided a path of his own, heading out of state to Texas.

Irvin committed to the University of Texas on Saturday, as noted by 247 Sports' Justin Hokanson. The 5'9" speedster chose Texas over Florida, Miami and West Virginia.

Heading into his announcement, most had predicted Irvin would choose Florida or Miami. His interest in the Gators had been trending upward, though Miami had an obvious pull. 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions gave Irvin a 65 percent chance of being a Hurricane.

As for Irvin himself, he did a nice job of keeping his decision a secret. In a recent interview with SB Nation's Wescott Eberts, Irvin was complimentary of all four schools and said he hadn't made up his mind.

"Not yet, I'm still talking to my family, friends, and my coaches about what I'll decide," Irvin said.

Now that Texas has landed Irvin, its next task will be finding his long-term position. He's listed as a running back, wide receiver and safety on his 247Sports profile and could potentially play any of the three at the collegiate level

Running back may be the most difficult given his size limitations. At 5'9" and 186 pounds, it's unlikely his frame can withstand the punishment of high-level college football. As a sophomore and junior, Irvin rushed for over 1,000 yards but moved away from the running back position for the most part as a senior, receiving only 11 carries.

Wide receiver comes with the family lineage, but it's likely Irvin tops out as a slot receiver. He's quick and has above-average hands, a combination that has turned many smaller players into pros. It'll just be interesting to see how he develops as a route-runner if that's the path Texas chooses to take. Irvin's versatility is an asset on the surface, but it also makes him raw regardless of his long-term position.

If head coach Charlie Strong and Texas are looking to make Irvin's transition the smoothest it possibly can be, Irvin might wind up at safety. His lack of size won't be as big of an issue on defense, and he's a polished run-stopper and has the quickness to become elite against the pass as well.

Finding the right spot for Irvin will probably take work. He's unlikely to find the field as a freshman and may need to become an upperclassman before becoming a star. But the potential here is immense.

 

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Ykili Ross to USC: Trojans Land 4-Star WR Prospect

USC has landed coveted recruit Ykili Ross, an athlete capable of playing on either side of the ball as a wide receiver or cornerback. Wherever he ultimately lands, his playmaking ability should help him make an impact for the Trojans.

As Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports indicates, Ross announced he'll be headed to USC for the "next three years":

Ross is a 4-star recruit that's listed with the wide receiver group in 247Sports' composite rankings. He rates inside the top 200 nationally. The outlet's own rankings view him even more favorably, placing him inside the top 90.

Normally when a recruit is able to play on both sides of the ball, one position is noticeably stronger. The other position is more of a fallback plan should things not work out, thus giving the player a chance to reboot their efforts.

In Ross' case, he's showcased serious potential at both wideout and corner. It opens up more possibilities as he gets ready to begin his collegiate career.

Steve Sarkisian and the USC Trojans are turning a corner. With sanctions in their rearview mirror, they have become a force to be reckoned with in the Pac-12 South once again. Taking back the power in Los Angeles from rival UCLA begins with adding more talented recruits like Ross. 

Eventually he, along with the coaching staff, will have to pick a position for him to focus most of his attention. He sports an impressive combination of size and athleticism that's made him a matchup nightmare at the high school level.

It's that talent that allowed him to get chosen for the Army All-American Bowl, an honor he discussed with Scott Schrader of 247Sports.

"I was blown away when I learned I was being invited to such an incredible game with the best players in the country," Ross said. "It's the biggest bowl game in America and only a select few get this amazing opportunity. And to have all of these people show up and support me made this a day I will never forget. A lot of great players are playing in this game and I can't wait for it to get here."

On offense, he projects as a player who's going to run a lot of intermediate routes that will allow him to use that 6'2'' frame to his advantage. That equates to a lot of looks on third down to move the chains and in the red zone. But he also has enough speed to break a big play.

Defensively, he has the skill set necessary to become an imposing physical corner. Those types of players are really starting to gain traction, especially at the NFL level. So in terms of his future outlook, that probably presents the most upside.

That said, Jamie Uyeyama from SonofaCoach.com is confident he'll succeed on either side of the ball:

Poly High (Riverside) athlete Ykili Ross is going to have to eventually choose between wide receiver or cornerback at the next level. Right now it has to be a toss up as to what he will choose because he is very good at both. All I know is that someone is going to get an excellent football player to come to their school no matter what side of the ball he ends up on.

There will be a learning curve. When a terrific athlete, who's used that natural ability to thrive in high school, is forced to focus on one area, it's a transition. Things like technique and reads will come with time, but the potential is clearly there.

Even if Ross doesn't make an immediate impact, it's a solid signing. The long-term outlook is positive despite there likely being some short-term growing pains along the way.

 

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Stanley Norman to ASU: Sun Devils Land 4-Star ATH Prospect

The Sun Devils added a big piece to their 2015 recruiting class after securing the commitment of 4-star athlete prospect Stanley Norman.

Doug Haller of AZCenrral provided the news of Norman's announcement, which was made on Saturday:

Listed as an athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback, Norman ranks 95th on 247Sports' composite rankings for the class of 2015 and is the seventh-best athlete in the country coming out of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. He ranks No. 15 among all California prospects.

While he will more than likely play defense in college, Coach Todd Graham has some flexibility with how to use his newest commit.

The defense held strong after losing stars Will Sutton and Carl Bradford to the NFL draft after the 2013 season. Now, they'll be looking to build on that success with a lot of returning faces and an influx of new talented players like Norman.

Norman isn't the kind athlete who boasts blinding speed, but he's fast enough to beat opposing secondaries over the top and match up against the opponent's top wideout and not get burnt on the deep routes.

Because of his size (6'0", 180 pounds), Norman is probably best utilized at cornerback. Perhaps if he was more of a pure dynamic athlete, his height wouldn't be as much of a hindrance at wide receiver. However, he'd likely have much more success as an undersized defensive back than he would as an undersized wideout at this stage of his development.

Over the past year and change, Norman's stock has only gone up and up. Back in November 2013, ESPN.com's Erik McKinney (subscription required) labelled him one of the biggest risers among the juniors on Pac-12 schools' radars.

Blair Angulo of ESPN.com listed Norman among 15 prep stars for USC to watch in 2015. About the player, he wrote, "College coaches will be hard-pressed to find a fiercer competitor than Norman, whose on-field exploits earned him the nickname 'Scrappy' from none other than Snoop Dogg."

Throughout the recruiting process, Norman targeted schools from all across the college football hierarchy. He wasn't limiting himself to just the top 10 or 15 teams, either. He told 247Sports' Ryan Bartow that Washington State would be the first school he visited.

When asked where else he was looking, he responded "Arizona, Cal, Oklahoma and the last one is open. I don't know the last one yet. I'm going to leave that one open for a reason."

As you'd expect of a young two-way player, once Norman's position is figured out, he'll need to sharpen his skill set to fit the duties he'll carry out. He has loads of potential, though, and with the specialization he'll receive in Tempe, he should flourish in no time.

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College Football Championship 2015: Early Odds Advice for Oregon vs. Ohio State

Nobody really knows what to expect in the 2015 College Football Championship between the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes.

In the span of one day, the SEC and Florida State's reign of terror over the collegiate football landscape evaporated, for better or worse.

Of course, Las Vegas seems to have a strong idea of what will unfold in a game that never would have occurred under the watchful eye of the BCS computers.

Really, though, does anybody want to doubt Urban Meyer's Buckeyes anymore? How about Marcus Mariota and Oregon, a team that continues to laugh in the face of past demons and expectations?

It all adds up to make one hostile betting environment.

 

College Football Playoff National Championship Odds and Schedule

Odds courtesy of Odds Shark and accurate as of 10 a.m. ET on Jan. 3.

 

Preview and Odds Advice

Oregon seems to have the respect of the nation finally.

This is a Ducks team led by one of the most dominant Heisman Trophy winners in history, sure, but there always seemed to be a Stanford, Utah or something else that ruined things.

Not this year.

Oregon lost to Arizona in early October, then went on to beat Stanford, Utah and Oregon State in the Civil War before dissecting Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Game, 51-13.

This past weekend, Mariota threw for 338 yards and two scores with another 62 yards and a score as a rusher in a 59-20 mockery of Florida State. The result seems to be a new sense of respect, as ESPN Stats & Info breaks down:

Better late than never, right?

Ohio State knows the feeling. Braxton Miller's injury gave way to J.T. Barrett, who led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship with just a single loss and even wound up second on the team in rushing. The strong season produced critical wins over Michigan State, Minnesota and a 59-0 triumph against Wisconsin in the conference title game.

That blowout against the Badgers saw sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones at the helm, though. His 257 yards and three scores lifted the Buckeyes to the CFP, where he then threw for 243 yards and a score in a 42-35 upset of Alabama.

Jones himself used few of his allotted 140 characters after the performance to let the globe know his status going into the title game:

Does Jones have enough to duel with Mariota, though?

A former Heisman winner did not. Credit does go to the underrated Oregon defense for that, as Winston posted a 29-of-45 mark with a touchdown and an interception.

If there is an avenue in which the Buckeyes can exploit the Ducks, it will come on the ground. The Seminoles ran for 180 yards and a score, a great sign for Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, who needed just 20 carries to gain 230 yards and two scores against the vaunted Alabama defense.

All spotlights will go to Mariota, though, and rightfully so. His lone interception against the Seminoles was his first since the beginning of November and just his third of the year.

An interesting game of chess will unfold between the future 2015 first-round pick (should he declare) and the Ohio State defense.

Las Vegas seems confident in its over/under of 74.5, but the Ohio State defense did just control the pace of a contest against Alabama and pick off quarterback Blake Sims three times. Now, the defense could not stop Heisman finalist Amari Cooper (71 yards, two scores), but Oregon does not have a weapon outside of Mariota who compares.

When it comes to the official spread, a full touchdown is a tad much now.

Mariota is due for another big game, but the Ohio State defense continues to prove it is big enough and athletic enough to stifle the run and force mistakes through the air. Elliott's performance against the Alabama defense is a strong signal that he will be able to control the tempo of the game too.

Make no mistake—Oregon is the eventual winner. A player such as Mariota tends to swing things in this manner. Ohio State will hang tough, though, so against the spread, keep the faith in Jones and the Buckeyes.

Prediction: Oregon 36, Ohio State 30

 

Statistics and info courtesy of ESPN unless otherwise specified.

 

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Devonaire Clarington to Texas: Longhorns Land 4-Star TE Prospect

After years of terrorizing defenders at the high school level, 4-star tight end prospect Devonaire Clarington has announced his commitment to the Texas Longhorns.

Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report noted the announcement, which was made on Saturday at the Army All-American game:

Clarington is the No. 4 tight end in the 2015 class, the No. 22 overall prospect out of Florida and the No. 126 overall prospect in the nation, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He weighs in at 6'5.5", 222 pounds, and will very much be a versatile chess piece for his new coaching staff to utilize on every down.

A recent transfer to perennial powerhouse Booker T. Washington, per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports (who notes that Clarington will also spend time at defensive end), Clarington caught 46 passes for 890 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior (subscription required).

Charlie Strong gets a huge lift as he looks to redefine a Texas program that has been uncharacteristically absent from college football relevancy. 

Clarington fits the ever-changing mold of the position quite well, as he lines up at wide receiver on a regular basis and uses quality speed and great length to take advantage of smaller defenders on what have mostly been deep passes to this point in his career.

With scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee, the recruiting trail for Clarington was intriguing to say the least. While many figured he would stay local and sign with the Miami Hurricanes, the developing tight end took to Twitter to list his final seven, and it came with a few surprises:

One school he was quick to isolate that caught the attention of the nation? Tennessee:

In his new home, the earliest fans may see Clarington is in red-zone packages thanks to his great length and ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point. Until he can add significant bulk and prove to be an effective blocker, though, he will be relegated to certain packages.

As far as other areas of improvement go, he has work to do as a route-runner and when it comes to diagnosing whether the defense is in a zone or man-to-man approach. This will in turn better allow him to pick and choose spots to sit down and haul in passes while his frame boxes out smaller defenders.

The positives certainly outweigh the negatives, though. ESPN (subscription required) puts this best in its summary of his career trajectory:

Clarington is very athletic for his height. Will most likely be an in-line tight end with the ability to flex out and create mismatches in the red zone on linebackers and safeties at the next level. A potentially high level power conference prospect that will need to continue to refine his technique and route running ability.

Any true debate about Clarington's future position is null and void as long as he continues to add plenty of bulk to a frame that seems very functional. .

At this point in his career, the hints of an elite-level tight end in a major conference are certainly present. Clarington is a natural in every sense of the word, and as long as the physical and mental aspects of the game continue to come to him at a steady pace, he will leave a major mark on the program sooner rather later.

 

Note: All recruiting info courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings unless otherwise stated.

 

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Florida State Fan Loses Bet, Forced to Get 'Crab Leg Friar' Haircut

Here's your reminder to be careful about what you bet on.

A confident Florida State fan and his friend made a bet on the Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks, with the loser having to get an awful haircut. The Seminoles fan lost and was required to get what the winner called the "Crab Leg Friar," which you can see in the picture above.

Here's another angle of the terrifically terrible hairstyle.

For reference, here's what the fan looked like before he lost the bet.

[Reddit, h/t Busted Coverage]

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4-Star Neville Gallimore Commits to Oklahoma: 'Sky's the Limit' for DT

Neville Gallimore is a 2015, 4-Star DT, as per 247Sports Composite rankings, who has committed to Oklahoma.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder discusses the impact Gallimore can have on the Sooners next season.

How much of an impact can Neville Gallimore have on the Oklahoma defense?

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Neville Gallimore to Oklahoma: Sooners Land 4-Star DT Prospect

Oklahoma's defense just got a lot stouter.

Bob Stoops and the Sooners landed defensive tackle prospect Neville Gallimore on Saturday. Brandon Huffman of Scout.com reported the news of the player's announcement, which occurred on Saturday at the Army All-American game:

Gallimore, who hails from the Canada Prep Football Academy in Ontario, is a 4-star recruit per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He rates No. 104 among all recruits nationally and is the No. 13-rated defensive tackle in the entire class of 2015.

The first thing that jumps out about Gallimore is his impressive size. He checks in at 6’3” and 300 pounds and is capable of swallowing up massive holes in the middle of the line, which helps stifle the opposing rushing attack.

Gallimore lines up on the edge for a number of plays each game, but he is probably going to transition to the middle of the defensive line in college based on his size alone. That means his ability to take up space is rather important.

It is more than just his brute strength, though, that will help the Sooners. Gallimore registered a time of 4.72 seconds in the 40 yard dash (per 247Sports), which means he has a downright scary athleticism component to his game. It almost seems unfair for a kid that large and strong to be that athletic as well.

At least that will be the sentiment from plenty of offensive coordinators in the Big 12 for the foreseeable future.

That speed and athleticism helps Gallimore chase down quarterbacks if he breaks through the line and apply constant pressure even when he doesn’t. In 2013, he tallied seven sacks along with 15 tackles for loss. It’s not that unusual to see him shoving one or two offensive linemen into the backfield, and he is more than capable of pursuing ball-carriers in the open field.

Some of the most prestigious programs in the country recruited Gallimore throughout the summer at one point, including Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Oregon and Florida, among others. 

It wasn’t just the schools recruiting him, as Allen Trieu of Scout.com pointed out:

For those wondering about the Canadian angle of this commitment and how well Gallimore will translate in American college football, his high school coach, Geoff McArthur, had an answer, via Tyler James of the South Bend Tribune (subscription required):

Even though we're in Canada, we play a full U.S. schedule. That's help validate his ability. I work really hard to get my kids' information out there, so we can spread the word and make sure that we're doing a good job on our end and working hard for the kids.

Defensive tackles who can also tally sacks are rare in college football. There is so much emphasis on stuffing the middle to take away an alley for read-option plays and draws that coaches often only fixate on the larger bodies who can eat up space. Gallimore is that special talent who can do both and immediately transforms the Sonners' defensive line going forward.

While Oklahoma are typically among the best teams on paper across the country, Gallimore could find a way to earn early playing time as a freshman. Defensive linemen tend to rotate about six to eight deep because of the grueling nature of the position, so Gallimore should have an opportunity to impress right away.

Don’t be surprised when he does.

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Alabama Fan Phyllis Goes off on Paul Finebaum Show After Sugar Bowl Loss

Alabama Crimson Tide fans were upset after their team fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl, but one fan was downright salty.

Phyllis, a regular caller on The Paul Finebaum Show, went on the air after the Sugar Bowl loss and was pretty heated throughout her call. The show even had an intensity meter to gauge just how loud Phyllis would get.

There's always next year, Alabama fans, and Phyllis wants to make sure everyone knows that the Crimson Tide are still a good football team.

[YouTube, h/t Saturday Down South]

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Army All-American Bowl 2015: Commit Tracker and Recruit Highlights

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl annually attracts many of the country's elite college football prospects. The event returns to San Antonio on Saturday, continuing a tradition that has featured eventual NFL stars Andrew Luck, LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson. 

The game features a final glimpse at these standouts before they take their talents to the collegiate level and provides conclusions for multiple recruitments. Several key prospects are set to announce commitments during the contest.

Follow along here for live updates on each decision as they occur at the Alamodome.

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Army All-American Bowl Roster 2015: Final Look at Teams and Recruits to Watch

Saturday marks a final chance for some of the nation's top college football recruits to leave their mark thanks to the 2015 edition of the Army All-American Bowl.

The roster oozes talent, undecided and committed stars alike. With national signing day right around the corner at the beginning of February, rest assured that many programs and fans worldwide with something at stake will pay close attention Saturday.

Future collegiate and professional athletes do not get together like this often, so the event acts as a good way to be acclimated with the stars of tomorrow.

Before things get underway, below is one last look at the important info surrounding the event.

 

Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

When: Saturday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. ET

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U.S. Army All-American Bowl Roster

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Top Recruits in Attendance 

Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

Forget conventional wisdom when it comes to Tampa Bay Tech High School star Deon Cain.

Those who know Cain's career trajectory understand he no longer lines up at center—as he did for most of his career—but at wideout.

The result? A 5-star ranking and status as the No. 3 overall wideout in the 2015 class.

As #ArmyBowl captures, Cain is already hard at work in Texas this week:

At 6'1" and 190 pounds with 4.4 40-yard-dash speed, Cain is by far one of the most explosive players in his class, a fact that will be on emphatic display Saturday for all to see.

The scary part is Cain might not be done with his ascension up the rankings just yet. As perhaps Clemson's next big deep threat, he is just getting started.

 

CeCe Jefferson, DE, Undecided

Baker County Senior High School product and Glen Saint Mary, Florida, native CeCe Jefferson continues to drive his suitors mad in the same way he does offensive linemen.

Jefferson, a 5-star recruit and No. 2 overall strong-side defensive end, does not seem anywhere close to a commitment, as Scout Recruiting points out:

On the field, Jefferson's stature at 6'2" and 275 pounds allows him to generate pressure and gobble up multiple blockers against the rush, which frees up linebackers behind him to go to work.

More so than anything else, though, Jefferson's explosiveness off the snap is something that cannot be taught—nor can his knack for fluidly making his way to opposing signal-callers.

A laundry list of names that includes Ole Miss, Florida, Alabama and Florida State, among others, are on the hunt for his services for good reason.

The nation will see what Jefferson has to offer Saturday, with the only disappointed ones being those he lines up against on the field.

 

Donte Jackson, ATH, Undecided

As far as all-around players go, it is difficult to name one more promising than Riverdale High School star Donte Jackson.

The New Orleans native is only a 4-star recruit and the No. 7 athlete in the 2015 class, but do not tell that to a global audience set to see a show. As Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune points out, Jackson will do it all Saturday in a performance that will likely see him move up boards:

He's been a lockdown cornerback and when he switches to offense, shows some of the best burst of any of the wide receivers in attendance. I could forsee a game where Jackson makes plays on offense, defense and in the punt return game where he should get a chance to make an impact. Don't be surprised to see Jackson rise in the national recruiting rankings when this week is done.

What might go most underappreciated in the face of notable offensive and special-teams plays is Jackson's strong contributions as a corner. Justin Hopkins of 247Sports provides an example from practice in the week leading up to the game:

With LSU, Georgia, USC and Florida State, among others, hot on his heels, look for Jackson to put on a show—if not steal the whole thing on his own.

For some, translating strong practice performances to the field can be a major hurdle. Saturday will show whether Jackson struggles in this area.

 

Player rankings based on 247Sports' composite ranking system. All recruit measurements and stats courtesy of 247Sports.

 

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