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Draft Scout Weekly 2020

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  06/01/20 - WR Justyn RossrJr/2023, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Clemson star receiver Justyn Ross will miss the 2020 season, and his football career could be in jeopardy. Ross has a "congenital fusion" in his spine that he's had since birth, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told reporters Monday. Ross is slated to have surgery on Friday. The condition was discovered on an X-ray after Ross felt stinger-like symptoms during spring practice. "Nobody to this point knew that he had that, and he's had no issues his whole career. Because of the situation when they did this X-ray, it showed up. Very concerned," Swinney said. "And he had a little bit of a bulging disc as well. And that is an issue. There's been many people play football with a surgical fusion. That happens a lot of times. "But we don't know of one that's had a surgical and a congenital" issue, Swinney said.

Ross missed Clemson's final two workouts of the spring - a practice on March 11 and a scrimmage on March 13. The March 13 workout was Clemson's final one of the spring as the final six spring practices were canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Phenix City, Alabama native had 66 catches for 865 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He was first on the team in receptions and second in yards. - The State

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Justyn RossClemson
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  06/01/20 - K Tyler SumpterSr/2021, West Virginia, 5-10, 221 (DS#12 K) + More +

  West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown and his newest special teams player are very familiar with each other. Former Troy kicker/punter Tyler Sumpter announced via Twitter video that he was transferring to WVU. Sumpter, who played for Brown when Brown was the head coach at Troy, announced in January that he was departing the Trojans. He'll have one year of eligibility. "You know, they say there's no place like home," Sumpter said over a video of him kayaking down a river. "It's a beautiful place. In fact, it's almost heaven." The video ends with Sumpter's kayak flying a WVU flag.

"It'll be a privilege to represent the Mountaineers and that Old Gold and Blue," he said. "Coach Brown, thanks for the opportunity. I'm coming home." The Hoover, Alabama, native was seventh on Troy's career scoring list with 242 points and his 76.5 percent on field goals was fifth all-time. He's also No. 2 on the Trojans' career chart with 42.2 yards per punt. Sumpter was named to the All-Sun Belt third team as a punter in both 2018 and 2019 and was all-conference second team as a kicker in 2018. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#12 K) Sr/2021 K Tyler SumpterWest Virginia
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  Damion Barber, a Penn State defensive tackle, announced Monday on Twitter that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Barber was a redshirt junior, and is no longer listed on Penn State's football roster, and his player page was removed from the athletics website. The former four-star prospect from Harrisburg played in eight games during the 2019 season, totaling three tackles. As a redshirt freshman in 2018, Barber appeared in three games. - Centre Times

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2022 DT Damion BarberPenn State
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  06/01/20 - WR JD SpielmanrSr/2021, Nebraska, 5-09, 185 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  Nebraska senior-to-be JD Spielman, easily the team's leading receiver in 2019, hasn't been involved in those optional workouts and his status for the 2020 season remains uncertain. He has been away from the team since early March because of a personal health matter. "We continue to hope the best for him," Frost said. "We're anxious to have resolution on everything." Might Spielman be on hand Monday, or sometime soon? "I'd say it's unclear," Frost said. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Spielman, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, last season logged 898 receiving yards (18.3 per catch), becoming the first player in school history to amass three 800-yard receiving seasons in a career. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#12 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanNebraska
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  The Jarrian Jones saga keeps unfolding. Jones, a defensive back from Brandon, has had an eventful offseason. After recording 12 tackles and two pass breakups as a freshman last season at Mississippi State, Jones decided to enter the transfer portal on May 19. Four days later, Jones announced in a tweet that he'd be transferring across Mississippi, professing his commitment to Ole Miss. Now, two weeks after his commitment to Ole Miss, Jones has changed course again. Jones posted a tweet early Monday morning announcing his commitment to Florida State. Once it's official, Jones will join fellow former Mississippi State Bulldog Fabien Lovett at Florida State. Lovett also elected to transfer this offseason and officially joined on with Florida State on May 30. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#999 CB) So/2023 CB Jarrian JonesFlorida State
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  06/01/20 - WR Justyn RossrJr/2023, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Clemson receiver Justyn Ross, considered a first-round NFL draft pick next spring, will miss the upcoming college season due to a spinal condition uncovered after he was hurt at practice in March. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Ross will have surgery on Friday because of a congenital fusion of vertebrae he has had since birth. Ross also has a bulging disc. The condition was found after Ross apparently hurt his shoulder during a spring practice session before workouts were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. "I was shocked," Swinney said.

Ross is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore from Phenix City, Alabama, who led the Tigers with 66 catches a year ago. He first gained national attention as a freshman in Clemson's 44-16 national championship win over Alabama in January 2019 when he had six catches for 153 yards including a 74-yard TD. Swinney said Ross seemed fine after his injury and told the coach he felt good at dinner that night. It was the next day when team trainer Danny Poole outlined what the X-rays had show. - AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Justyn RossClemson
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  06/01/20 - QB Ian BookrSr/2021, Notre Dame, 6-0, 212 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the cornavirus pandemic. The Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor Day weekend. The decision to move the venue came after discussions between the Irish government, medical authorities and the leadership teams at Navy and Notre Dame. "Our priority must be ensuring the health and safety of all involved," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said. "I am expecting that we will still be able to play Notre Dame as our season opener, but there is still much to be determined by health officials and those that govern college football at large." - AP College Football

(DS#11 QB) rSr/2021 QB Ian BookNotre Dame
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  06/01/20 - WR Mike HarleySr/2021, Miami (FL), 5-09, 180 (DS#71 WR) + More +

  Preston Williams was a rookie hit for the Miami Dolphins last season after he spent several offseason weekends working out with former All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall. And now UM receiver Mike Harley Jr. hopes to reap the same benefits from working with the ex-NFL star. Harley is in Atlanta now, but he and Marshall have spent a lot of time training together in South Florida this offseason, doing on-field work (including route-running), plus conditioning and weight work. Marshall took a liking to Harley when Harley was a standout high school player at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. - Miami Herald

(DS#71 WR) Sr/2021 WR Mike HarleyMiami (FL)
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