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  • Purdue QB Blough cleared for spring practice
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Purdue quarterback David Blough has been cleared to participate in spring practice that starts Monday.

    • Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm said Blough is "way ahead of schedule" and will be the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, despite undergoing surgery for a dislocated ankle in November. Blough was injured in the Nov. 4 victory over Illinois last season.

      "He's doing a great job and he will be out there at spring practice and will be participating," Brohm said Friday of the rising senior, per the Lafayette Journal & Courier. "Whether it will be fully that remains to be seen. He will be out there Day 1 and doing some portions of practice.

      "We've got to make sure we protect him, especially in 11-on-11 settings. We'll see how the first week goes if we can progress on that."

      Blough started the two games leading up to his season-ending injury. He finished the season with 1,103 passing yards, completing 65 percent, with nine touchdowns and four interceptions in nine games.

      "It's one thing to be ahead of the game in rehab but he's way ahead of the game," Brohm told the newspaper. "He's a guy -- and I think I'm over here a lot -- but he's over here just as much. Every time I'm in the building or going into a room he's there doing work. He's there by himself, he's there at night and he's there in the morning. He's done everything in his power to get back fast."

      Elijah Sindelar, who reclaimed the starting job after Blough's injury, will miss spring practice as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. Sindelar played with the injury for the last month of the regular season and the Boilermakers' 38-35 victory over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 27 when he threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns.

      "He is progressing very rapidly and faster than we thought," Brohm said of Sindelar.

      Purdue finished 7-6 in the first season under Brohm.

      --Field Level Media

  • Arizona QB Dawkins to leave as graduate transfer
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Arizona Wildcats quarterback Brandon Dawkins announced he will transfer to another school after graduating in May.

    • Dawkins wrote on his personal Twitter account Thursday night that he plans to leave new head coach Kevin Sumlin's program.

      "The past 4 years have been nothing short of phenomenal," Dawkins tweeted. "I would like to thank the U of A for the chance to not only play the sport I love, but have the opportunity to get my degree. With that being said, I will be a graduate transfer after I graduate this May."

      Dawkins started most of the 2016 season and the first four games of 2017 before losing the job to Khalil Tate.

      Dawkins, who will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 at another FBS school, appeared in 22 games at Arizona, passing for 2,418 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He rushed for 1,582 yards and 20 TDs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan OC Drevno stepping down
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno is stepping down, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • Drevno had been the Wolverines' OC and offensive line coach for the last three seasons. He was under fire following an 8-5 season in which the offense ranked 105th in the nation. The Michigan offense averaged just 25.2 points, which was tied for eighth in the Big Ten.

      Drevno coached under Jim Harbaugh from 2011-13 as the offensive line coach of the San Francisco 49ers before going to USC for a season as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

      Former Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain was recently hired as an offensive assistant on Harbaugh's staff and likely will be considered to replace Drevno. McElwain's duties in Ann Arbor include coaching receivers, helping coordinate the offense and preparing the weekly game plan. His coaching resume includes a run as Alabama's offensive coordinator from 2008-11.

      Ed Warriner, a former offensive coordinator at Ohio State, is expected to named offensive line coach after being added to Harbaugh's staff in January as an analyst.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama appoints coordinators, rounds out staff
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Alabama coach Nick Saban rounded out his staff for the 2018 season by adding two newcomers who will carry the title of associate head coach and making official the promotion of two assistants to coordinators.

    • Saban announced Mike Locksley will serve as offensive coordinator and Tosh Lupoi will run the defense. Both carried co-coordinator duties for the Crimson Tide in 2017.

      Pete Golding, the inside linebackers coach, adds the title of co-defensive coordinator while receivers coach Josh Gattis will be the co-offensive coordinator.

      The latest additions to the staff are associate head coaches Dan Enos, who will handle the quarterbacks, and Craig Kuligowski, who takes over the defensive line.

      Enos arrives by way of Arkansas, where he was offensive coordinator from 2015-17, and after a brief stint on the Michigan staff last month. He played quarterback at Michigan State in 1987, Saban's final season as defensive coordinator for the Spartans.

      Kuligowski spent the past two seasons at the University of Miami, which led the FBS in sacks per game last fall and was third in tackles for loss, after a 15-year career coaching Missouri's defensive line. He replaces Karl Dunbar, who was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

      In another change, longtime running backs coach Burton Burns will leave that job behind to serve as the Tide's assistant athletic director for football. Joe Pannunzio, who coached tight ends and special teams, takes over Burns' old role.

      The flurry of changes means offensive line coach Brent Key will be the only 2018 assistant in the same position he held last season. Six members of the staff will be in their first season at Alabama.

      --Field Level Media

  • Marshall DT Aaron dies after being shot saving girlfriend
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Larry Aaron, a 19-year-old freshman who played defensive tackle at Marshall, has died after being shot by stray gunfire at a New Year's Eve celebration in Severn, Md.

    • The university confirmed Aaron's death to ESPN on Thursday and issued a statement on his passing.

      "Marshall University lost a very special young man today and it has shocked and saddened us all," Thundering Herd coach Doc Holliday said in the statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Larry Aaron's family and friends, many of whom were his fellow Thundering Herd teammates. His loss will be felt in every corner of our program and his spirit will never be forgotten."

      Aaron was paralyzed by the gunshot wound he suffered when throwing his body in front of his girlfriend to protect her, according to The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va.

      On Wednesday night, Holliday tweeted that he and the entire football program were thinking about and praying for him and his family and that Aaron had "a lot of fight in him."


      On behalf of the @HerdFB family we are sending all of our thoughts and prayers to Larry Aaron and his family. This young man has a lot of fight in him. #93strong

      — John Doc Holliday (@DOCMUFB) February 22, 2018


      Aaron played in eight games for the Thundering Herd last season, totaling 13 tackles. He played in Marshall's 31-28 victory against Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 6, recording one stop.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former K-State coach Dickey dies
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Former Kansas State coach Jim Dickey has died. He was 83.

    • Dickey died on Sunday in Houston, according to The Mercury of Manhattan, Kan.

      Dickey was the Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1982 when he led Kansas State to its first-ever bowl appearance, the Independence Bowl. That year's 6-5-1 record marked the school's first winning season since 1970.

      The 1982 season was Kansas State's only winning campaign during a 20-season stretch until Bill Snyder posted a 7-4 mark in 1991.

      Overall, Dickey was 24-52-2 from in parts of eight seasons from 1978-85.

      --Field Level Media

  • DL coach Kuligowski leaves Miami ... for Alabama?
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Twenty-eight years after Craig Kuligowski played his senior season at the University of Toledo under little-known head coach Nick Saban, the two might be reunited.

    • Kuligowski, the University of Miami's defensive line coach the past two years and associate head coach in 2017, left the program Monday night to "pursue other opportunities," the school announced.

      Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported Monday night that Kuligowski is expected to become the new defensive line coach at Alabama under Saban.

      Also Monday, reported that Kuligowski interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' vacant defensive line coaching job.

      After 15 years as the defensive line coach for the University of Missouri, Kuligowski joined Mark Richt's Miami program in December 2015.

      Miami moved from No. 69 in the nation in total defense in 2015 to No. 20 in 2016. Last year, the Hurricanes led the country in sacks and turnover margin, ranks fifth in turnover margin and ranked ninth in opponents' yards per play.

      However, the Hurricanes lost seven defensive linemen to graduation, early declarations for the NFL or transfers since the end of last season, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

      Alabama's most recent defensive line coach, Karl Dunbar, left the Crimson Tide on Feb. 8 to take the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Alabama Media Group reported that Pitt defensive line coach Charlie Partridge also interviewed to replace Dunbar in Tuscaloosa.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Mayfield won't attend NFL draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, does not plan to attend the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in April, according to a report from NBC Dallas.

    • Expected to be taken in the first round and potentially the top 10, Mayfield very likely will receive an invitation from the league to attend the draft, which has seen between 22 and 30 players in attendance in every year since 2011.

      Three quarterbacks (Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer) were in Philadelphia for the draft last year, though Kizer was not selected until Round 2. Patrick Mahomes, the second quarterback off the board at 10th overall, watched from home with friends and family.

      In 2016, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were both in Chicago to hug commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected first and second overall, respectively, while late first-rounder Paxton Lynch was not present.

      In 2015, neither Jameis Winston (No. 1 overall) nor Marcus Mariota (No. 2) attended, as both opted to have draft-watch parties at home.

      The 2018 draft will be held in a stadium for the first time after taking place at the Philadelphia Art Museum last year and near Grant Park in Chicago in 2015 and 2016. The event was held at a venue in New York City every year from 1965 to 2014.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Florida coach McElwain to join Harbaugh at Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Former Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is set to join Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan as an offensive assistant.

    • "I'm excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better," McElwain told ESPN, adding that he's scheduled to start work Sunday.

      McElwain said his duties will include coaching receivers, helping coordinate the offense and preparing the weekly game plan. He'll be filling the position of former Wolverines wide receivers coach Dan Enos, who departed the program shortly after being hired to become Alabama's quarterbacks coach.

      McElwain was fired by Florida midway through last season after leading the team to a 3-4 start and causing a stir with controversial comments regarding previously unreported death threats his family received. Overall, McElwain was 34-22 in his three seasons at Florida, leading the Gators to a Citrus Bowl win in his first season in 2015.

      His coaching resume includes a run as Alabama's offensive coordinator from 2008-11.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dantonio's annual extension approved by Michigan State
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 16, 2018

    Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio's annual contract extension was approved Friday morning by the school's board of trustees, now running through 2024 despite the recent sexual assault controversy within the program.

    • Dantonio signed a six-year rolling contract in 2016 which stipulates that one year is added to his deal on an annual basis. He has been the Spartans' head coach since 2007.

      The trustees did not discuss the contract at any length at Friday's board meeting in East Lansing before approving the scheduled extension, according to ESPN.

      Dantonio has denied accusations that he has mishandled sexual assault claims against Michigan State players.

      A former sexual assault counselor at the school told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" last month that complaints about student-athletes were sometimes handled by athletic department staff and coaches.

      The "Outside the Lines" investigation reported that at least 16 Michigan State football players have been accused of sexual assault or violence against women since Dantonio took over as coach. The report also alleged Dantonio was personally involved in the discipline regarding at least one of the cases several years ago, telling the player to "talk to his mother about what he had done."

      Dantonio addressed the report last month during a news conference about the claims.

      "I'm here tonight to say that any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false," Dantonio said on Jan. 26. "Every incident reported in that article was documented by either police or the Michigan State Title IX office. I have always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with cases of sexual assault."

      Dantonio's first annual extension came last February, shortly after Michigan State suspended three football players who were the subject of an open sexual assault investigation. The players were eventually charged with crimes and dismissed from the team on the day they were charged. Another football player was dismissed from the team last year in a separate incident of sexual assault.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Baylor football players being investigated for another sexual assault
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 16, 2018

    At least two Baylor football players are allegedly being investigated as part of an ongoing sexual assault case stemming from an off-campus incident in November, KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas, reported Friday.

    • The report states that two unnamed redshirt freshmen are among a group of four people being investigated for a sexual assault that allegedly occurred the night of Nov. 11, 2017, at the University Parks Apartments. Baylor lost to Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium that night.

      A crime report on file is dated Nov. 17.

      Per KWTX-TV, the crime log at Baylor says the incident was reported on Nov. 14 as "Alcohol-Minors Consuming/Sexual Assault," and was referred to university Judicial Affairs and Title IX offices. However, two heavily redacted police reports obtained by KWTX say only that campus officers took a report of a sexual assault.

      The alleged victims are reportedly members of the school's equestrian team.

      "Baylor University takes any allegation of sexual assault seriously," Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for media communications at the school, told KWTX. "The university is unwavering in our commitment to follow our well-documented Title IX policy and procedures in regards to reporting and responding to incidents of sexual assault. Additionally, the university is required to protect the confidentiality of all parties involved to ensure a fair and equitable process."

      No charges have been filed. Active investigations continue with local authorities as well as Baylor's Title IX office.

      The criminal case report indicates that pictures and images were taken into evidence. Sources told KWTX-TV, the station reports, that video of the incident exists and may have been posted on social media.

      Baylor mishandled sexual assault allegations and information, the university found, in 2016 after investigating a series of victim statements and subsequent follow-ups under head coach Art Briles. Briles was fired in 2016.

      After Jim Grobe took over the program that year, Baylor hired Matt Rhule away from Temple and the Bears went 1-11 last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coveted Houston HS quarterback decommits from A&M
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    One of the nation's most coveted quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting class had a change of heart Tuesday, potentially altering plans for a number of the nation's top college football programs.

    • Grant Gunnell, the No. 2-ranked pro-style passer in the current junior class according to 247Sports, decommitted from Texas A&M just hours after receiving an offer from Ohio State.

      The 6-foot-6 high school star from St. Pius X in Houston had committed to A&M last June, but the Aggies have since gone through a change at the top with Jimbo Fisher hired to replace Kevin Sumlin as head coach. Fisher has targeted a number of dual-threat quarterbacks, including senior James Foster of Alabama, who committed to A&M this month.

      "After much consideration and discussion with my family, I feel that I may have committed to Texas A&M a little early," Gunnell posted on Twitter. "With the coaching transition, along with other factors, I feel it is in my best interest to reopen my recruitment. While Texas A&M is still very much in play, I feel as if this is the best decision to make at the moment. Thank you and God bless."

      Gunnell his thrown for 11,356 yards and 142 touchdowns in three high school seasons.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Stanford QB Costello to miss spring practice
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello will be held out of spring practice due to a hip injury, according to reports Wednesday.

    • Costello won the starting job at midseason last fall as a redshirt sophomore and ended up throwing for 1,573 yards with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions for the Cardinal, who finished 9-5.

      The expectation is that Costello will be ready to play in the fall, but Stanford will be thin behind center during spring drills, which will culminate with the

      Cardinal and White Spring Game on April 14 at Cagan Stadium.

      Keller Chryst, who lost his starting job to Costello, announced last month that he would leave Stanford to pursue an opportunity as a graduate player in another program. Chryst had begun the 2016 season as the backup to Ryan Burns before earning the starting role in the middle of the season.

      The only other quarterbacks on the roster are sophomore Davis Mills and junior Jack Richardson.

      Stanford opens its 2018 season Aug. 31 against San Diego State.

      --Filed Level Media

  • Appeal denied, Notre Dame loses wins from 2012, '13
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    None of the Notre Dame wins vacated by the NCAA from the 2012 and 2013 seasons will be reinstated after the university's appeal was denied on Tuesday.

    • Notre Dame appealed a November 2016 ruling vacating wins from 2012 and 2013 because a student athletic trainer completed coursework for two players.

      In 2013, Notre Dame went 9-4 after winning 12 games and going to the BCS National Championship in 2012.

      Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins argued the ruling was without precedent.

      "There is no precedent in previous NCAA cases for the decision to add a discretionary penalty of vacation of team records in a case of student-to-student cheating involving a part-time student worker who had no role in academic advising," he said in a letter posted to the school's website after the NCAA verdict came down Tuesday.

      Jenkins pointed directly to the NCAA's decision in what appears to be a similar matter at North Carolina. While an investigation found that the Chapel Hill campus had offered made-up courses for the purpose of forwarding athletes academically, the NCAA ruled that it couldn't conclude UNC was in violation of any existing rules.

      "The notion that a university's exercise of academic autonomy can under NCAA rules lead to exoneration -- or to a severe penalty -- without regard to the way in which it is used defies logic and any notion of fundamental fairness," Jenkins wrote.

      --Field Level Media

  • USC freshman WR Lewis arrested on domestic abuse charge
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Southern Cal wide receiver Joseph Lewis was arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse charges Monday afternoon and suspended from the team.

    • Lewis, who had four catches in 2017 as a freshman, was taken into custody on Monday afternoon with bail set at $50,000.

      Lewis was scheduled Tuesday for a hearing on suspicion of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant charges.

      "USC takes all reports of domestic abuse seriously and is cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation," the school said in a statement. "While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student has been suspended from all football-related activities. Student disciplinary records and student conduct proceedings are confidential at USC and protected by law."

      He was a four-star recruit and ranked one of the top 10 wide receivers by the majority of recruiting services in the 2017 recruiting class.

      --Field Level Media

  • WR Heath, RB Warmack to transfer from Kansas State
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 12, 2018

    Junior wide receiver Dominique Heath and junior running back Dalvin Warmack announced they will be transferring from Kansas State.

    • As graduate transfers, the tandem took to Twitter on Sunday to announce their college football careers would resume elsewhere next season.

      Heath, from Huntersville, N.C., said he wants "to continue my football career closer to home."

      Heath leaves the Wildcats with 95 receptions for 947 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2017, he had career lows in catches (22), yards (196) and touchdowns (one).

      "I came here as a boy and I am leaving as a man," Heath wrote on Twitter. "The experiences and life lessons I learned here as a student-athlete is something that I will forever be grateful for. It is with a full heart that I inform my fans that I have come to the decision to graduate in May and continue my football career somewhere closer to home."

      Warmack, from Blue Springs, Mo., rushed for 527 yards and three touchdowns on 101 carries with Kansas State. In 2017, he rushed for 285 yards and three touchdowns.

      "I will be transferring after I graduate this May for my final year of eligibility," Warmack said via Twitter. "After a lot of thought and discussion with my family, I believe this is what is in my best interest. I am in the process of searching for a new school. Thank you to all of the fans, my teammates and family for your support over the last four years."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rutgers dismisses WR Bailey after sexual assault charge
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 11, 2018

    Rutgers wide receiver Dacoven Bailey was dismissed from both the school and football team in January following sexual assault charges in Texas, a team spokeman confirmed to NJ Advance Media on Saturday.

    • Bailey, 19, was one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in July at a party in his hometown of Pilot Point, Texas, according to a report from KXII in Sherman, Texas, late last week.

      Bailey was booked in the Denton County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 29 and released the next day on a $20,000 bond, according to online jail records.

      Bailey has played both defense and offense for Rutgers the past two seasons. He had nine catches for 122 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore last season and had 10 tackles and a sack on defense.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan State RB London requests release
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 10, 2018

    Michigan State running back Madre London has relinquished his last year of eligibility and requested his release from the program, he announced on his Twitter on Friday.

    • London will seek to play elsewhere as a graduate transfer if his release is granted.

      "I will proudly be graduating in May from Michigan State University. I am grateful for everyone who played their part in ensuring mu successful future," London wrote. "I would like to thank Spartan Nation for their dedication, and I leave with the strength, kindness, and wisdom that was given to me."

      London totaled 304 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 83 attempts last season. He received his most playing time as a redshirt freshman, reaching 500 rushing yards on 119 attempts during the 2015 campaign.

      London is behind returning senior running back LJ Scott on the team's depth chart.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clemson DC Venables joins $2 million club after raise
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 8, 2018

    A pay raise has placed Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables in an exclusive club.

    • The school's board of trustees approved raises for assistant coaches on Thursday, including a $300,000 bump for Venables that will increase his annual salary to $2 million for the next three years.

      LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is the only other college assistant making at least $2 million annually; he signed a contract worth $2.5 million per year last month.

      In all, Clemson handed out more than $700,000 worth of raises. Co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott received bumps of $50,000 each to increase their salaries to $850,000 apiece, while offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell will get an extra $25,000, putting him at $540,000 next season.

      Defensive line coach Todd Bates received a $50,000 bump to $300,000. All other raises awarded to assistants were for $20,000 or less.

      All of Clemson's assistants, other than its three coordinators, have two-year deals that will expire Jan. 31, 2020.

      The Tigers won a third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title last season and made the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row.

      --Field Level Media

  • New Mexico suspends coach Davie
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 8, 2018

    New Mexico announced on Thursday that football coach Bob Davie has been suspended for 30 days after an outside probe called for more oversight of the program.

    • The Chicago law firm Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose encouraged university leaders to "take strong action to ensure that the University does not and will not -- in any aspect of the University's program, including athletics -- tolerate sexual harassment, sexual assault, physical abuse or other prohibited misconduct against its students."

      The law firm's report found that Davie told players to "get some dirt" on a woman who accused a New Mexico football player of rape.

      The woman complained about football players telling her that Davie "was going to take care of it." University police also expressed concerns that Davie was interfering with the investigation.

      New Mexico interim president Chaouki Abdallah said Davie won't be paid during his suspension.

      --Field Level Media

  • WR Hemphill-Mapps transferring from Texas
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Texas receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps has departed the program, Longhorns coach Tom Herman confirmed on Wednesday.

    • Hemphill-Mapps caught 37 passes for 402 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2017. He also averaged 10.6 yards as a punt returner, including a 91-yard score against Maryland.

      Herman was less than thrilled to discuss Hemphill-Mapps when asked during a signing day press conference.

      "You guys can find the cloud in any silver-lining, can't you," Herman said. "Disappointing. We wish Reggie the best and hope he finds what he's looking for out there, but next man up."

      Hemphill-Mapps thanked the school on his Twitter account.

      --Field Level Media

  • Georgia flips four-star LB Walker from Alabama
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Georgia flipped four-star linebacker Quay Walker from his Alabama commitment to the Bulldogs on National Signing Day.

    • Walker had been committed to Alabama since June, but he announced Wednesday morning that he will instead sign with Georgia.

      Walker is the second-best outside linebacker and No. 31 overall prospect in this year's recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

      Walker made his announcement from a ceremony inside the gym at Crisp County High School in Cordele, Ga.

      "I love everybody there," Walker said of Georgia. "Especially my (future) teammates."

      Georgia also flipped four-star linebacker Otis Reese from Michigan.

      Coach Kirby Smart's Bulldogs secured the top spot in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings on signing day by also landing five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell, who chose Georgia over Alabama and Miami.

      --Field Level Media

  • Schiano staying at Ohio State after being linked to Patriots
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Greg Schiano plans to be Ohio State's defensive coordinator next season.

    • Bruce Feldman reported on Wednesday that Schiano confirmed his intention to remain with the Buckeyes amidst reported interest from the New England Patriots for Schiano to join coach Bill Belichick's staff.

      Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Schiano informed the university he is "100 percent staying" after passing on what Meyer said was "a dozen opportunities" in either college or NFL coaching.

      The Patriots are absent a defensive coordinator after Matt Patricia, with the team since 2004, was hired as head coach of the Detroit Lions.

      Schiano made headlines in November when a deal to become head coach at the University of Tennessee fell apart. The Volunteers and then-athletic director John Currie rescinded the deal with Schiano after facing public backlash.

      Schiano was head coach at Rutgers from 2001 to 2011, where he coached Belichick's son, Stephen, and then went 11-21 as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      Schiano joined the Buckeyes' staff in 2016 as defensive coordinator and associate head coach.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star CB Surtain Jr. picks Alabama over LSU
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. surprised many recruiting experts and picked Alabama over LSU as National Signing Day got started Wednesday morning.

    • Surtain is ranked as the No. 6 overall player and No. 1 cornerback, according to 247Sports. He played for his father, former All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain, at American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

      LSU had been considered the top choice for Surtain Jr., but Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff made a late push. He visited both schools in January.

      "Why Alabama?" Surtain said live on ESPNU. "Because there's a coach over there. They win championships. Over here, we're used to winning, so I want to be a part of that winning culture."

      --Field Level Media

  • CFB notebook: Southern California extends Helton's contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    Southern California coach Clay Helton received a contract extension through the 2023 season, the university announced Tuesday.

    • Helton, 45, is the first coach in school history to win 10 or more games in each of his first full two seasons. USC went 11-3 in 2017. Helton is 27-10 overall as Trojans' coach, including a 16-0 home mark.

      "We have lofty goals at USC and Clay can get us to those goals," athletic director Lynn Swann said in a statement. "He has shown that he can lead our team with integrity and stability and that he has the ability to win conference and national championships. I am happy with the job Clay has done so far. He has made good progress and is moving our program forward. Winning national championships is a process and Clay has built a championship foundation through consistently successful recruiting, hiring outstanding assistant coaches and providing a vision for our program."

      Helton, who has posted nine victories over Top 25 teams, arrived at USC in 2010 as quarterbacks coach and became offensive coordinator in 2013. He was named interim coach during the 2015 season when Steve Sarkisian was dismissed and was given the full-time job later in the season.

      --Ohio State's own football coach rates near the top of the Football Bowl Subdivision when it comes to salary, but Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith has a problem with some of the contracts that are even more lucrative.

      Speaking at a meeting of the university's board of trustees last week, Smith termed Jimbo Fisher's 10-year, $75 million contract at Texas A&M "so ridiculous," the Ohio State student newspaper reported. The comment was made during a discussion of the status of Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who has three years left on his contract.

      "I don't even put Texas A&M in our sphere because I'm considering Urban's situation with three years left on his contract," Smith reportedly said. "Talking with (Susan Basso, vice president of human resources) and (Joanna McGoldrick, associate vice president of total rewards), that's not even someone that we're comparing with because it's so ridiculous.

      According to USA Today, Meyer made $6,431,240 in 2017, which made him the fourth-highest paid coach in the nation. Alabama paid Nick Saban $11,132,000 and Clemson paid Dabo Swinney $8,504,600. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh rounded out the top three at $7,004,000.

      --Quarterback Jacob Eason has officially parted ways with Georgia and will play for the University of Washington starting with the 2019 season.

      Eason, who played high school football northeast of Seattle at Lake Stevens, lost the starting job to Jake Fromm. Fromm, a true freshman, led the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff national championship game in January.

      Eason was a five-star recruit in Georgia's 2016 class and passed for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a true freshman. He started the first game in 2017 but departed with a knee injury. Eason will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      --Field Level Media