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  04/09/21 - ILB Nate LandmanrSr/2022, Colorado, 6-2, 235 (DS#4 ILB) + More +

  On Tuesday night, Landman took part in a CU-sponsored virtual event, "Discovering Dorrell." During the event, host Mark Johnson interviewed head coach Karl Dorrell, while a set of former football players spoke with current players. Landman was interviewed by Matt Russell, who won the Butkus Award as an inside linebacker with the Buffs in 1996. During the interview, Landman provided an update on his injury recovery from rupturing his Achilles' tendon on Dec. 12 against Utah.

"The rehab is going a lot better than I thought," said Landman, who was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last season and is not participating in CU's spring practices this month. "I'm actually ahead of schedule. I've been running for the past two weeks on the underwater treadmill and after this week, they'll move me to the (AlterG treadmill), which is just modified bodyweight running. So, I would say about two, three (weeks), maybe even a month ahead of schedule on that term." The Buffs are hopeful that Landman will be ready to go when preseason camp begins in August. "Nate's in great shape, he looks great," Dorrell said to Johnson. "He's got a great mindset about where he's going, he feels good about where the rehab situation is for him...He's going to be ready to go for sure by the fall before we start training camp." - Daily Camera

(DS#4 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Nate LandmanColorado
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  Kansas State added some new blood to its wide receiver room Monday. Kade Warner, son of Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner, announced he had committed to the Wildcats. Warner will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he arrives on campus. He spent the past four seasons at Nebraska. Warner, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound wide receiver, began his career in Lincoln, Neb., as a walk-on before he was placed on scholarship prior to the 2020 campaign. His teammates also voted him to serve as a team captain last season. He played in every game in 2020 and made four starts. Warner finished with five receptions for 40 yards. His best season with the Cornhuskers came in 2019, when he hauled in eight passes for a personal-best 101 yards, averaging 12.6 yards per catch. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2022 WR Kade WarnerKansas State
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  04/09/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrFr/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  After putting together the kind of season that has come along only once over the last decade-plus, Jalen Catalon had one thing on his mind during the offseason. That was to become a more consistent player, he said Tuesday following Arkansas' 10th practice of the spring. Despite being the first SEC freshman since Tennessee's Eric Berry in 2007 to finish with at least 86 tackles and three interceptions, he's driven to be better. He totaled 99 tackles, broke up 4 passes and forced 2 fumbles although he missed the equivalent of one game in a 10-game All-SEC schedule due to targeting disqualifications.

Catalon, too, was a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, the first Razorback to earn the nod since Dre Greenlaw in 2015. But he has continued to work as if he was snubbed by voters. "I feel like I led more just by the way I play, but I realized that people pick up off my energy, and I feel like my words hold power to our defense and they listen," Catalon said. "I'm trying to be more of a leader as far as like me communicating that and showing my actions, and just being a consistent player to help my defense. "I feel like I made a lot of plays, but there were also a lot of plays I left out there last year in watching film with my coach this past year." - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#1 SS) rFr/2024 SS Jalen CatalonArkansas
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  04/09/21 - TE Arik GilbertFr/2024, LSU, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  The long-winding offseason journey for tight end Arik Gilbert hasn't ended quite yet, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the former five-star recruit did have a "very good meeting" at the school's facilities recently. Gilbert, who was briefly committed to conference rival Florida, returned to Baton Rouge in March to meet with the team. It is the first known time that Gilbert visited with LSU since he entered the NCAA transfer portal and left the team toward the end of last season. Orgeron said "no decision's been made" yet about just where Gilbert will enroll and play college football again, but the coach said "everybody was happy to see him" and the athletic department checked with its compliance office to make sure the visit could happen. "He hasn't made a decision yet, hasn't told us anything yet," Orgeron said. "I think it's still up in the air, but it was a very positive day when he came." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#2 TE) Fr/2024 TE Arik GilbertLSU
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  04/09/21 - C Colby PursellJr/2022, Colorado, 6-3, 305 (DS#999 C) + More +

  As a freshman in 2018, Colby Pursell became a fixture in the Colorado Buffaloes' lineup and seemed poised to anchor the offensive line for several years. Injuries and illness have limited him to 10 games the past two years, but the 6-foot-4, 305-pound junior is feeling good this spring. "It was kind of a weird little trip I've been on since I've been here, as far as injuries, but right now I'm feeling pretty good," Pursell said Monday after the Buffs' fourth practice of spring. In 2018, Pursell became just the third freshman to start a season opener at center at CU. He wound up starting all 12 games and played more snaps (830) than anyone on the line.

In 2019, he moved to right guard but was limited to seven games (five starts) after having his gallbladder removed in the middle of the season. Last season, Pursell was back at center and started three of the Buffs' six games, but missed three games in the middle of the season because of an injury. This spring, Pursell is working at center - but said he could shift to guard if needed - and is feeling good physically. He gives some of the credit to new director of strength and conditioning Shannon Turley, who was hired on Jan. 29. "I've been working a lot with coach Turley and he's great," Pursell said. "I think he's awesome for us. I think he's helped a lot. - Daily Camera

(DS#999 C) Jr/2022 C Colby PursellColorado
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  Kenneth Kirby is coming to Georgia Tech with an NFL body, NFL ambition and a healthy dose of confidence. After the offensive tackle declared his intent in February to leave Norfolk State for Tech as a graduate transfer, he is ready to prove himself on a much bigger stage. "I feel like it's a test that I'm ready for," Kirby said. "To me, I don't think there's a huge gap between guys in FCS and FBS." Kirby has proved himself at the FCS level. At Norfolk State, he was a three-year starter and a two-time All-MEAC selection. But, with a shot at the NFL in mind, he decided to use his last season of eligibility at the highest level of play.

"Really, my goal was to go to a Power 5 school and perform there because for me at my position, it makes a big difference," Kirby told the AJC. "So that's really the main goal in all of this, to get my draft grade as high as possible." Kirby, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, shows quick feet and a strong punch in pass protection and power in his run blocking. He describes his style as "aggressive but smart" and said he takes pride in finishing plays through the whistle and "really just making people hate you." - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2022 OT Kenneth KirbyGeorgia Tech
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  04/09/21 - QB James FosterrSo/2023, Charlotte, 6-2, 217 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The Charlotte 49ers' spring practice began last Thursday with all eyes on the quarterbacks. Newcomer James Foster, a former four-star recruit and transfer from Texas A&M, is looking for the first meaningful playing time of his career. He sat behind Kellen Mond in College Station and is now competing with three-year starter Chris Reynolds for the starting role. But 49ers coach Will Healy clarified the position battle status Monday through three spring practices: It's Reynolds' job to lose. "Somebody is going to have to come in and beat him out for that to happen," Healy said regarding Reynolds. "There's nobody I believe in more than him. I'm just proud of who he's become as a leader. Everything you throw at him, he conquers. He's a great guy to have as the face of your program." News broke last December that the 49ers landed their highest-rated transfer ever in Foster. He joins the QB mix with Reynolds, last year's backup Dom Shoffner, and incoming freshman Xavier Williams as the fourth quarterback on scholarship. - Charlotte Observer

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB James FosterCharlotte
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  Ahlers' numbers went down in 2020, although that can be primarily attributed to a lower number of games on the schedule. He compiled 1,921 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air, while his ground numbers declined even further, as he totaled just 109 yards and one touchdown. Despite a sharp decline in statistics, there is one metric that says it might not all be on Ahlers. His completion percentage has gone up in each season, from 48% as a freshman, to 60% as a sophomore and 61% as a junior. Ahlers has a shot to make the most of the 2021 season. This will be his third year in Houston's offense, which means he has had plenty of time to learn the nuances of the scheme. 2020 would have typically been a make-or-break year for Ahlers as a junior, but COVID-19 has pushed that critical season back. - The East Carolinian

(DS#66 QB) Jr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
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  04/09/21 - DE Terrance LangJr/2022, Colorado, 6-6, 285 (DS#44 DE) + More +

  Junior defensive end Terrance Lang was also a part of Tuesday's virtual event, as he was interviewed by former CU defensive lineman Alonzo Barrett (2004-07). Asked about his goals, Lang, who has eight career quarterback sacks, said, "On my mirror in my room I have two goals written out. It's to get a sack a game and the other one is, as far as school, to get a higher GPA than I got last semester. I've got those two goals written on my mirror in my room and I see them every day." Lang is not participating in team workouts this spring because of offseason shoulder surgery, but Dorrell said the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Lang is doing well in conditioning. "He's lapping the defensive lineman," Dorrell told Johnson. "He runs like a deer. … It's an impressive thing to see because he's a fabulous athlete. We're hoping he obviously gets recovered from the shoulder surgery and gets ready to go for the fall. We think he's going to be fantastic." Dorrell added that Lang had his best academic semester in the fall. Last season, Lang had 14 tackles, one sack, and five tackles for loss. - - Daily Camera

(DS#44 DE) Jr/2022 DE Terrance LangColorado
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  04/09/21 - TE Hudson HenryrFr/2024, Arkansas, 6-5, 249 (DS#4 TE) + More +

  There was a collision during Saturday's football scrimmage that involved Arkansas hard-hitting safety Jalen Catalon, which is in no way surprising. The difference in this one was tight end Hudson Henry (6-5, 255) delivered the brunt of the impact instead of being the recipient. "We don't want to get bullied. We want to be the bully," Henry said of the mindset of Arkansas' tight ends. "I made a great play on Jalen. We both had a pretty big collision on the sideline." Catalon, who is still delivering his fair share of big hits, is impressed with Henry's physical and mental growth. "He has definitely got a lot more physical," Catalon said. "You can tell he has started to gain a lot more confidence and is starting to realize his potential and what he has to offer for the offense and to give to the offense. "He is having a really good spring so far. He is having less (missed assignments) and you can tell he is flowing fast and moving fast. You can tell he knows most of what is going on. He has definitely gotten stronger. I learned that the hard way. He has definitely gotten a little bit stronger." Henry, the younger brother of both former Arkansas All-American tight end Hunter Henry and current Razorbacks linebacker Hayden Henry, has battled injuries throughout first two years in Fayetteville. He played in three games and a total of 52 snaps as a true freshman, and finished with 3 catches for 15 yards. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#4 TE) rFr/2024 TE Hudson HenryArkansas
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  04/09/21 - RB Jahmyr GibbsFr/2024, Georgia Tech, 5-10, 195 (DS#15 RB) + More +

  Following Tuesday's spring-practice workout, Smith reported he was at 202 pounds when he weighed himself Monday, up from his playing weight last season of about 182. Gibbs said he was 203 pounds, up from about 192 during the season. "I'm stronger," Gibbs said. "I'm pretty sure I got faster." Presumably, the race to add muscle mass will stop at some point before offensive tackle Jordan Williams is invited into the Gibbs/Smith weigh-in challenge, but it's nonetheless an illustration of the sort of competition that fuels the running backs overseen by position coach Tashard Choice. Gibbs calls it a "friendly competitive vibe," but it's competition all the same. "That's honestly what it is," Smith said. "I mean, we love each other and everything, but at the end of the day, we're all fighting for reps."

Tech has no position more stocked than running back. As a freshman, Gibbs ranked fourth in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (138.3). Mason, an All-ACC pick in 2019, has run for 90-plus yards nine times in his career. Of players with double-digit carries, Smith led the team with a 6.9 yards-per-carry average, boosted by six runs of 20 yards or more out of 43 carries. It shouldn't be forgotten that Griffin was the No. 2 running-back prospect in Georgia in the 2019 class (247Sports Composite) and has run for 354 yards in two seasons, hardly a shabby total. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#15 RB) Fr/2024 RB Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia Tech
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  04/08/21 - WR Joseph NgataSo/2023, Clemson, 6-3, 220 (DS#22 WR) + More +

  Three of Clemson's top "Wide Receiver U" students are expected to give the Tigers' offense a jolt in 2021. Senior Justyn Ross and junior Frank Ladson Jr. didn't play in Clemson's spring game April 3, but junior Joseph Ngata did and provided a peek into how the unit could look this fall. Ngata caught six passes for 83 yards in the annual Orange & White game on Saturday. Ross sat out with a spine injury and Ladson was out for an undisclosed reason. "His upside," Swinney said of Ngata, "is through the roof." Swinney has been hyping Ngata since the Folsom, Calif., product stepped foot on campus, but Ngata's production has yet to live up to the buzz. He played sparingly as a freshman in 2019 - 17 catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns - and then was limited to seven games in 2020 because of an abdominal injury. - Charleston Post Courier

(DS#22 WR) So/2023 WR Joseph NgataClemson
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  04/08/21 - OLB Carson WellsJr/2022, Colorado, 6-3, 250 (DS#28 OLB) + More +

  Last week, Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell said the Buffaloes' revamped defense could give the outside linebackers an opportunity to "pin your ears back and go." A smile came across the face of Carson Wells when he was asked about that comment. "It definitely opens it up for us to make more plays," said Wells, a junior outside linebacker. "We've just got to have that dog mindset in our play every play. This defense is really designed for us to make plays. I don't want to get into it too much but it's designed for us to make plays and we've just got to go out there and execute."

Wells is coming off a dominant 2020 season in which he led the country with 2.67 tackles for loss per game. Despite playing just six games, he tied for third nationally with 16 total TFLs. Nationally, he was one of only 15 players with at least 14 TFLs, and the others each played at least nine games. A 6-foot-4, 250-pound fourth-year junior, Wells is the unquestioned leader of the outside linebacker crew, but it's a group with intriguing possibilities. "It is a position that we feel confident that we can be very productive and mainly because of what Carson is able to do with his experience," Dorrell said. "We know that he's going to generate some plays on his side of it." - Daily Camera

(DS#28 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Carson WellsColorado
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  A year ago, Georgia Tech linebacker Quez Jackson said, he chose to focus on his on-field play. With captain David Curry in the linebacker group, he ceded the leadership role to him. But after leading the Yellow Jackets in tackles for the past two seasons and also being honored as one of the captains for both of those teams, Curry has moved on, and the leadership role naturally falls to Jackson, who finished second in tackles behind Curry last year in his third season at Tech (with 80 to Curry's 84). "I've definitely taken a much different approach than what I did last season, going about every phase of my life completely different than what I did last season," he said. "Just understanding my role and understanding the type of influence that I have within that room and just making sure that all the guys are playing hard."

Jackson, who has started 15 career games (including all 10 last season) and has yet to miss a game in his career, would seem to have plenty of leadership to offer. And he may have been shortchanging himself in his estimation of his leadership last year. Coach Geoff Collins bestowed upon him a single-digit jersey prior to the start of spring practice, recognition of his status as a leader and teammate. Jackson has switched from No. 44 to No. 4, the number he wore with distinction at Peach County High. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#53 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Quez JacksonGeorgia Tech
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  04/08/21 - WR Majon WrightFr/2024, Arizona, 6-2, 197 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  If all goes according to plan, wide receiver Ma'jon Wright will be an Arizona Wildcat again this summer. Wright emerged as Arizona's most promising freshman last season, catching 15 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in five games. But when the UA changed coaches, Wright, like several of his teammates, entered the NCAA transfer portal. Wright subsequently announced he would return to Arizona. He then changed his mind again and transferred to Middle Tennessee State, where he was enrolled and announced as part of the Raiders' 2021 signing class. Offensive lineman Jamari Williams - Wright's teammate at Arizona and Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - also transferred to MTSU. Now Wright is planning to return to Arizona after he and his family had a change of heart. - Arizona Star News

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Majon WrightArizona
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