Texas offers 2023 three-star WR Kyle Parker at Junior Day

Parker is a playmaker in both the passing game and on special teams.

Three-star wide receiver Kyle Parker picked up an offer from Texas on Saturday. Continue reading “Texas offers 2023 three-star WR Kyle Parker at Junior Day”

Goodwin, Austin stop by Georgia high school Friday

Two Clemson assistants stopped by the same Peach State High School Friday. Clemson offensive line coach Thomas Austin and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Wes Goodwin visited Denmark High School (Alpharetta, GA). The Georgia-based high school …

Two Clemson assistants stopped by the same Peach State High School Friday.

Clemson offensive line coach Thomas Austin and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Wes Goodwin visited Denmark High School (Alpharetta, GA).

The Georgia-based high school is home to two prospects that the Tigers have continued to show interest in four-star offensive tackle Shamurad Umarov and four-star linebacker Dee Crayton.

Umarov confirmed Autin’s visit to his high school Saturday.

He spoke with The Clemson Insider earlier this month about now-former offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell’s visit to his high school in December 2021.

Shortly thereafter, Austin got in contact with Umarov. They’ve been exchanging messages ever since and Clemson’s offensive line coach has made clear to the big-time offensive lineman that the Tigers are interested in him and will be recruiting him going forward.

Umarov (6-6, 290) ranks as the No. 15 offensive tackle and No. 188 overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ rankings.

As for Crayton, Brent Venables served as his primary recruiter until he departed to become Oklahoma’s next head. In December, Clemson co-defesnive coordinator/safeties coach Mickey Conn stopped by Denmark to reaffirm Clemson’s interest in him, that they will be heavily recruiting him and are excited for him as a prospect.

Crayton was in attendance for Clemson’s 14-8 win over Georgia Tech back on Sept. 14, 2021.

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” Crayton said. “It was a packed out stadium, probably over 100,000 people there and just walking up on that hill and seeing all those players run-up, a whole bunch of future NFL players, so inspirational. I just loved it. I talked to Dabo, he hyped us up. It was a crazy experience. I mean the experience, just seeing all the fans…it was really crazy. I haven’t experienced anything like it.”

Crayton is ranked as the No. 19 linebacker and No. 20 overall prospect in the state of Georgia for the 2023 class, per the 247Sports Composite.

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Four Notre Dame commits to play in Polynesian Bowl

Want to watch the future of the football program?

Want to catch a glimpse at some of the Notre Dame stars of tomorrow? Was the All-American Bowl not enough for you? You’re in luck if you’re able to stay up late. The Polynesian Bowl will be played at 11:30 p.m. EST Saturday on the CBS Sports Network, and four recruits who have committed to Notre Dame are on the roster.

The four players to look out for are as follows:

  • Receiver Tobias Merriweather of Camas, Washington
  • Tight end Holden Staes of Atlanta
  • Linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka of Mission Hills, California
  • Offensive tackle Aamil Wagner of Dayton, Ohio

Notre Dame commits who previously have played in this game include Chris Tyree, Marist Liufau, Jayson Ademilola, Braden Lenzy and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa. While making this game obviously is not a reflection of how they’ll play in college, it does make people excited about what the future of the program could be. If you’re curious about that or you simply want to watch more football, this is the game to tune into.

Elite in-state prospect on campus Saturday

A four-star recruit announced that he’ll be on campus for Clemson’s game against Pitt at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Excited to be taking a visit up to Clemson this afternoon pic.twitter.com/AfTPgiqOjc – Cam Scott (@thecamscott23) January 22, 2022 Lexington …

A four-star recruit announced that he’ll be on campus for Clemson’s game against Pitt at 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

Lexington (S.C.) 2024 shooting guard Cam Scott is returning to campus for the first time in a couple of months. The Tigers, of course, brought Scott out to Memorial Stadium and he was in attendance for the football team’s 30-20 win over Florida State on Saturday, Oct. 30. 

He recapped his first unofficial visit with The Clemson Insider back in early November. 

“It was absolutely great,” Scott told TCI. “It’s been something that I’ve always wanted to do since the beginning of my recruitment. I’ve been waiting to get down there for the longest time because their coaching staff has been really interested in me and I just wanted to see how they let me into the facility and on their campus and see what they have to offer.

“They showed a lot of love to my family as well. They made sure that we were all doing well. They made sure that we were all enjoying the process, enjoying our time and we got to have a lot of sit-down conversations.”

Scott (6-6, 180) describes his strengths as running in transition, moving without the ball, getting to that 15-foot area and also getting to the basket. 

“I like to describe myself as very versatile,” he said. “I think that’s my biggest thing and behind that is being actually very coachable. So I’ll be able to throw myself into any scheme at any time and I’ll adjust pretty well to it.”

Clemson offered Scott a scholarship on April 27, 2021. He couldn’t remember the exact date, but he definitely remembered his reaction.

“My reaction was actually pretty cool,” he said. “I was riding with my coach on the way back home from practice and we were just having a regular conversation. The coach called and said that he’d like to offer. I just had this big grin on my face for the rest of the ride.”

What did it mean for Scott to get that offer from Clemson?

“To me, it was actually very special because my grandma had a dream about me going to Clemson and a couple of days later I got the offer,” he added. “It was pretty cool how close that happened. I felt like it was really a special moment that I didn’t realize at the time, but now that I sit down and start to, I realize that it was probably the best time for me to get that.”

Ever since the first phone call that he had with Clemson assistant coach Dick Bender, Scott has been tuning into Clemson games a lot. He’s been following up on things they do, watching their workout videos. Funny enough, one of his main basketball ball-handling drills is actually one of the Clemson drills.

In addition to Clemson, Scott also holds offers from Winthrop, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, Texas Tech and the College of Charleston. 

While it’s still early in his recruitment, Scott feels that Clemson is a top-3 real school currently in his recruitment. The overwhelming love that he and his family received when he was on campus has sat well with him ever since.

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Best Auburn Twitter replies to Kentucky basketball

The fans can taste the No. 1 seed

Auburn made sure the Auburn faithful had something to celebrate after camping out the day before.

After struggling in the first half, Auburn used a dominant second half to beat Kentucky 80-71. With the win Auburn improved to 18-1 overall and 7-0 SEC, further cementing their case as the No. 1 team in the country.

Walker Kessler was huge for Auburn, scoring 19 points on 10 shots and affecting numerous shots on the defensive end. KD Johnson continued his offensive surge, scoring 17 points and energizing the fans.

As expected, Auburn fans flocked to Kentucky’s final score tweet to celebrate the win. The Tweet had over 3,800 comments in the first 30 minutes and had some of the best Tweets of the year, here are some of the best.

LOOK: Alabama offers a pair of in-state prospects

Nick Saban and Alabama offer a pair of in-state prospects

Signing day for the class of 2022 is still a couple of weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped Nick Saban and the Alabama staff from offering future prospects.

Just this weekend the staff has offered a pair of in-state prospects in four-star defensive lineman prospect Hunter Osborne from the class of 2023 and 2025 running back prospect Anthony Rogers.

Osborne is a talented interior defensive lineman prospect from Hewitt-Trussville High School while Rogers is just a freshman from Pike Road that is already generating a lot of buzz around the state of Alabama.

Both Osborne and Rogers announced their offers on their Twitter pages.

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LSU 2022 signee Will Campbell’s stock is rising

Campbell is rising on recruiting boards.

One of the biggest additions to watch as spring football approaches will be Will Campbell of Neville (Monroe, Louisiana). He is the highest-rated signee from the 2022 class according to 247Sports composite rankings. A top 30 player in the country, Campbell could find his way into the starting lineup for new head coach Brian Kelly.

According to Craig Haubert and Tom Lugenbill of ESPN (subscription required), among the top recruits that are climbing in the final ESPN300 rankings include the top signee of the LSU 2022 class, Will Campbell.

Campbell is expected to be among those fighting for a starting job at offensive tackle for Brad Davis in 2022. The team added four-star transfer Miles Frazier and FCS offensive tackle Tre’Mond Shorts. Both could be starters on the offensive line or they could find themselves in a fight with incumbent starter Cam Wire and freshman newcomer Will Campbell.

What ESPN Says…

Among an excellent group of offensive linemen, Campbell has established himself as one of the elite offensive tackles in this class. Game film that continues to show dominance coupled with a strong performance during the Under Armour All-America week, Campbell made it clear he’s deserving of a fifth star. He has a lean, powerful frame as a run-blocker (6-6, 275), which blends well with sound body control and agile feet in pass protection. Further bulk and strength should only improve with time in the Tigers’ weight program. Campbell is also a confident player who has demonstrated a strong understanding for the position. As an early enrollee, he’s a great candidate to play this fall in Baton Rouge.

Previous ESPN300 Ranking: No. 17

Updated ESPN300 Ranking: No. 13

On3 Recruiting analyst submits prediction for five-star DL David Hicks to land at Oklahoma

On3 senior national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton put in a prediction for five-star defensive lineman David Hicks to land at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is hosting players on visits this weekend from across the 2022 and 2023 recruiting classes. It looks like the weekend might have already payed off in a big way.

On3 senior national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton submitted a prediction for five-star defensive lineman David Hicks to land at Oklahoma.

Hicks is a 6-foot-4, 255 pound defensive lineman out of Allen High School in Texas that is rated as a top-10 player nationally by all of the major recruiting services.

Hicks is rated by Rivals as the nation’s No. 2 player overall in the 2023 class, No. 7 nationally by 247Sports, No. 8 by On3 and No. 10 by ESPN.

David Hicks’ Recruiting Profile

Rating

Stars Overall State Position
247Sports 4 7 1 2
Rivals 5 2 1 1
ESPN 4 10 2 2
247 Composite 5 5 1 2
On3 Recruiting 5 8 1 3
On3 Composite 5 5 1 2

247Sports national recruiting analyst Cooper Petagna gave Hicks a first-round NFL Draft projection in his Aug. 4 evaluation. Here’s what Petagna had to say about Hicks.

Possesses ideal size and growth potential to add additional weight to frame. Displays good athleticism and shows the ability to play multiple roles in a four-man front. Three-sport athlete with a dynamic track and field background. Flashes an explosive first step while exhibiting good foot and body quickness off the line of scrimmage. Shows the ability to bend the edge while possessing good burst to close ability. Demonstrates good play strength at the point of attack and an ability to play with power. Versatile defender that can beat you with speed, quickness, and power on the perimeter and on the interior. Plays the run better than he plays at this point in his development. Project him to move inside as a 4-3 interior lineman as he continues to grow and develop into his frame but does have the athletic capability to maintain a presence on the edge. Ultimately, Hicks is a prospect that possesses the athletic makeup, physical upside and versatility to validate his position as one of the premiere defensive linemen in the 2023 class. – Cooper Petagna, 247Sports.

Oklahoma associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive tackles coach Todd Bates was the lead recruiter for Hicks while at Clemson. That relationship could be pivotal for the Sooners in this recruiting battle for one of the premiere players in the 2023 class.

According to 247Sports, Hicks also holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M.

It’s also worth noting that 247Sports director of football recruiting Steve Wiltfong has a crystal ball prediction in for Hicks to Texas A&M, but that prediction was from Aug. 4 so it will be interesting to follow whether or not Wiltfong’s prediction changes.

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WATCH: Nick Saban on hand to watch Arch Manning hoop

Always be crutin’ is Nick Saban’s moto

To remain atop of the college football world, you must win on the recruiting trail. So it should come as no surprise that Alabama head football coach Nick Saban would spend his Friday night watching the most coveted prospect in the class of 2023, Arch Manning.

This time Manning was leading Newman High School on the hardwood instead of the gridiron.

Manning is the nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning and is also the grandson of Archie Manning.

Considering his lineage, Manning’s talent is no surprise. Standing at 6’4″, 215 pounds, Manning has the prototypical size and tools to be the next legendary Manning quarterback.

In the Gym Hoops released this video on its Twitter page showing Nick Saban and Bill O’Brien in attendance. Defensive coordinator Pete Golding was also in attendance.

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Tennessee junior day recruiting highlights

Recruiting highlights from Tennessee’s junior day.

Second-year Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel and his coaching staff continue to recruit future Vols.

Tennessee hosted its junior day Saturday and various prospects were on campus.

Tennessee’s 2023 football commitment tracker

Vols’ 2023 recruiting tracker: Running back offers

Vols’ 2023 recruiting tracker: Quarterback offers

Below are highlights from Tennessee’s junior day.