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  05/18/22 - WR Kayshon BoutteJr/2024, LSU, 6-0, 190 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  LSU will play its season opener against Florida State this fall in primetime. Kickoff was set for 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC, the network announced Tuesday. The game takes place Sunday, Sept. 4, inside the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. The game will be the first for LSU under new coach Brian Kelly as he tries to turn around the program. The Tigers are 11-12 since the last time they played in the Superdome during the 2019 national championship game. Florida State, which opens with Duquesne the week before, doesn't have a winning season since head coach Jimbo Fisher left in 2017. The Seminoles are 19-27 over the last four years. LSU and Florida State haven't played since 1991, when the then-No. 1 Seminoles won 26-17 in Tiger Stadium. LSU is 2-7 all-time against Florida State. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#2 WR) Jr/2024 WR Kayshon BoutteLSU
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  05/18/22 - QB Stetson BennettrSr/2023, Georgia, 5-10, 190 (DS#24 QB) + More +

  Georgia's marquee football matchup with Oregon to open the 2022 season won't be in prime time. The Sept. 3 matchup at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be shown on ABC, according to an announcement by the network on Tuesday. Notre Dame at Ohio State will follow on ABC at 7:30 p.m. on the same date. ESPN's College GameDay will originate that day from Columbus. Georgia, the reigning college football national champions, will go up against a familiar face in first-year Ducks coach Dan Lanning, the defensive coordinator the last three seasons for the Bulldogs who joined the staff in 2018 as outside linebackers coach. - Athens Daily Banner

(DS#24 QB) rSr/2023 QB Stetson BennettGeorgia
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  Georgia Tech received commitments from two more transfers Monday: wide receiver E.J. Jenkins from South Carolina and quarterback Taisun Phommachanh from Clemson. Both announced their decisions Monday. Jenkins will have one season of eligibility remaining after playing one season at South Carolina. Previously, Jenkins had played two seasons at FCS St. Francis, where he caught 39 passes for 779 yards as a sophomore in 2019. Jenkins transferred to South Carolina after St. Francis did not play in the 2020 season because of COVID-19. He played in 12 games, making one start, and caught eight passes for 117 yards. He announced his decision to transfer April 18. Jenkins, 6-7 and 243 pounds, also can play tight end. He'll add size, depth and experience to a position group that lost Kyric McGowan (37 catches in 2021) and Adonicas Sanders (29 catches). - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#999 TE) rSr/2023 TE E.J. JenkinsGeorgia Tech
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  05/18/22 - QB Navy ShulerrSo/2025, Tennessee, 6-0, 206 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here is On3.com ratings. No. 11 - Navy Shuler, Tennessee (from Appalachian State) - The Vol legacy is a preferred walk-on after not seeing any action for the Mountaineers in 2021. The former 3-star prospect out of Christ School (N.C.) is the son of former Tennessee great Heath Shuler, who starred at QB for the Vols in 1992 and 1993. - On3.com

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2025 QB Navy ShulerTennessee
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  05/18/22 - WR Tayvion RobinsonrJr/2024, Kentucky, 5-09, 190 (DS#44 WR) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Wide receiver Tayvion Robinson, a Virginia Tech transfer, is among several looking to fill the huge void left by the departure of receiving leader Wan'Dale Robinson to the NFL draft after a 104-catch, 1,334-yard season. Tayvion Robinson totaled 1,555 yards and 113 receptions in 36 games with the Hokies. - AP College Football

(DS#44 WR) rJr/2024 WR Tayvion RobinsonKentucky
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  When Adrian Martinez transferred away from Nebraska, his throwing arm was in a sling. When the senior quarterback enrolled at Kansas State a few weeks later, he was unable to grip a football as his body continued to heal from shoulder surgery. And when the Wildcats held their first spring practice, he was little more than a spectator. Even when he participated in drills, Martinez was limited to handing the ball off to a running back or pitching the ball to a teammate...with his left hand. The chances of him completing a pass to anyone in a K-State uniform before summer workouts seemed far fetched. But he managed to beat the odds. When his rehab process was deemed ahead of schedule, he was cleared to start throwing at the bitter end of spring practice in April.

At long last, K-State receivers learned what it felt like to catch a pass from the team's presumptive starting quarterback. It was a moment that senior wide out Phillip Brooks won't soon forget. "He can throw," Brooks said Tuesday during a Catbacker Event in Salina. "It was at the end of spring ball when I caught my first pass from him. I ran an out route, and when I turned the ball was right there. I was like, 'Ohhhhhhhh!' It was exciting. Then I caught a post from him. He was making plays." Brooks, and the rest of K-State's receiving corps, spent the majority of spring practices working with returning quarterbacks Will Howard, Jake Rubley and Jaren Lewis. But they spent enough time with Martinez to notice a few things. "He has a strong arm," Brooks said. "I can already tell you that." - The Kansas City Star


(DS#49 QB) rSr/2023 QB Adrian MartinezKansas State
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  05/18/22 - QB Cade FortinrJr/2024, Arkansas, 6-2, 221 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here is On3.com ratings. No. 10 - Cade Fortin, Arkansas (from USF). A former Texas A&M commit and North Carolina signee, Fortin joined the Razorbacks' program as a preferred walk-on in January. Fortin has transferred once already before, starting the first two games for South Florida in 2021. He averaged just 3.8 yards per attempt with two interceptions in two losses, and while Arkansas' quarterback room is thin, Fortin is unlikely to see action with the Hogs. - On3.com

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2024 QB Cade FortinArkansas
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  According to folks in Texas, the Longhorns are in good position for defending Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison. Some folks say Addison no longer plans to visit Alabama. Time will tell. If so - and that is a big if - Texas might be on the verge of landing the biggest remaining prize in the NCAA Transfer Portal. On Tuesday, Inside Texas reported that the race for Biletnikoff winning wide receiver transfer Jordan Addison is 'looking more and more like a two-team race' between the Longhorns and the USC Trojans. The report also stated that the Longhorns and Trojans visits have gone so well, that Addison has no longer intended to take a previously planned visit to Alabama.

Addison reportedly left the Panthers due to potential NIL opportunities and took a recent visit to both the 40 Acres and to Los Angeles to visit the Trojans. If the Longhorns are able to add Addison he would join other offensive playmakers that have come to Austin through the portal such as receiver Isaiah Neyor, tight end Jahleel Billingsley, and quarterback Quinn Ewers in an offense that already features two of the nation's top playmakers - running back Bijan Robinson and receiver Xavier Worthy. Much like Addison, Worthy was recently recruited by a division one program to leave Austin himself on a NIL deal but elected to remain with the Longhorns. - Rock Herald


(DS#3 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jordan AddisonSouthern California
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  05/18/22 - FS Lorando JohnsonrSo/2025, Baylor, 5-10, 200 (DS#3 FS) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Redshirt sophomore Lorando Johnson, a former four-star recruit known as "Snaxx," is expected to take over the hybrid linebacker-defensive back spot in the Bears defense. Jalen Pitre was the Big 12 defensive player of the year in that role last season. Johnson had only four tackles in eight games last season, and his only start was in the Sugar Bowl when the Bears opened in a dime package with six defensive backs. - AP College Football

(DS#3 FS) rSo/2025 FS Lorando JohnsonBaylor
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  05/18/22 - RB Byron CardwellSo/2025, Oregon, 6-0, 210 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Oregon running back evolution: The Ducks lost CJ Verdell to the NFL, Travis Dye to USC and Trey Benson to Florida State. Byron Cardwell Jr. and Sean Dollars return, Noah Whittington arrived in the spring and Mar'Keise Irving and Jordan James will join them later this summer. UO has more to replace than Verdell and Dye's yards and touchdowns, but accounting for the lost production is part of any offseason and goes with the territory at running back. A new rushing leader will emerge - in both yards and vocal presence - and there will be a different dynamic to the room in 2022. An unspecified injury to Cardwell kept him out of the spring game, but Dollars and Whittington each did well enough to show there is both talent and depth in a reloading room. They each offer a different look for the offense.

Said running backs coach Carlos Locklyn: "They all bring different skill sets. Byron's a great guy in space catching the ball. Sean Dollars I'm proud of him; he has gotten better taking to my coaching because I'm more of a military style type of coach. I don't use profanity with my kids but I get in them. I'm proud of him on taking on the discipline aspect of things and realize that I run my room. But I'm so proud of him and his development, how he has gotten better. He can do it all: he can run between the tackles, he can catch the ball, get him in space and each day he's getting better. Noah Whittington is Noah Whittington. Hard running kid, he can catch the ball, plays good without the ball. But all three together, we'll have something special with those three." Cardwell is the most powerful and has great top-end speed, Dollars is an agile all-around back and Whittington is a nimble speedy back with a knack for bouncing off tackles. Offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham said Cardwell did "phenomenal" during the spring. - Oregon Live


(DS#11 RB) So/2025 RB Byron CardwellOregon
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  Incoming South Carolina receiver Corey Rucker needs a new ice cream shop. It's not that he's trying to fight off the hellish midsummer Columbia heat, though that will come. He's not even really hankering for sweets. It's simply part of a routine that dates back to his time at Arkansas State and a tradition borne out of a relationship between quarterback and receiver he hopes will translate to South Carolina. "I was always a big fan of throwing at night," former Arkansas State quarterback Layne Hatcher told The State. "That's when I liked to throw and (Rucker) was always willing to come, and sometimes I just had to buy him some ice cream afterwards." "I didn't understand what those late nights in the indoor (facility) running routes and throwing meant (then)," Rucker added. "It comes to those situations where we've repped this so much and he's throwing the ball so much, we have so much connection and such a relationship, that it just happens. He just throws the ball and I know how it's gonna come." That the ex-Arkansas State star landed in the Southeastern Conference is a long time coming.

It wasn't that long ago that he and his coaches couldn't convince in-state schools to take a swing on him out of high school and he seemed destined for junior college. Three years later, Rucker profiles as an immediate impact piece this year and a receiver the Gamecocks can build around heading into 2022 and beyond. Had he stayed at Arkansas State, he was on pace to see his name scattered around the school's record books. After a coaching change from Anderson to former Tennessee coach Butch Jones, Rucker felt he had a chance to parlay his second season at ASU that included 59 receptions for 826 yards and nine touchdowns into the SEC chance he sought out of high school. - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#25 WR) rSo/2025 WR Corey RuckerSouth Carolina
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  05/18/22 - RB TJ PledgerSr/2022, Utah, 5-08, 192 (DS#46 RB) + More +

  Unlike several of his former University of Utah colleagues, running back T.J. Pledger didn't sign a rookie free-agent contract after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL draft. Instead, Pledger went to the Arizona Cardinals rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, and on Monday, he officially turned that tryout into a contract. He was one of six tryout players to sign with the Cardinals. Pledger spent the 2021 season in the Utah program after transferring from Oklahoma and rushed for 694 yards and six touchdowns for the Utes. The 5-foot-9, 196-pound back averaged 6.6 yards per carry as the team's second-leading rusher and had four 100-yard rushing games in his lone season with the Utes. - Deseret News

(DS#46 RB) Sr/2022 RB TJ PledgerUtah
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  Former Clemson quarterback Taisun Phommachanh announced he is transferring to Georgia Tech. The Connecticut native entered the transfer portal on Dec. 3, the same day as receiver Frank Ladson. Phommachanh announced the news Monday, more than five months after entering the portal. Prior to the transfer, Phommachanh appeared in six games, went 11-for-19 throwing with one interception and a touchdown for 131 yards. Midway through the season, his playing time was upped from a snap against Syracuse on Oct. 15 to two series on the road against Pitt the next week.

The first series was positive, with the redshirt sophomore completing a 14-yard pass then taking off for a 17-yard run before B.T. Potter made a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. The next drive was a three-and-out as the Tigers fell 27-17. When D.J. Uiagalelei suffered a PCL sprain against Louisville on Nov. 6, Phommachanh came in and was primarily used to boost the running game, totaling 33 yards on four carries with one pass attempt. - The State


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2024 QB Taisun PhommachanhGeorgia Tech
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  05/18/22 - ILB Owen PappoerJr/2024, Auburn, 6-1, 226 (DS#7 ILB) + More +

  Auburn defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding expressed confidence that linebacker Owen Pappoe and defensive back Zion Puckett will be ready to participate when the Tigers reconvene on the Plains in two weeks for workouts. Pappoe and Puckett will start prep unencumbered for the season-opener against Mercer on September 3rd at Jordan-Hare. Pappoe struggled with an injury he suffered against Penn State last season. He had 23 tackles in 5 games during the 6-7 2021 season. He also didn't participate in contact drills during spring football. - Birmingham News

(DS#7 ILB) rJr/2024 ILB Owen PappoeAuburn
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  05/18/22 - QB Aidan OConnellrSr/2023, Purdue, 6-2, 210 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Aidan O'Connell's summer is jammed packed. He'll attend the Tee Off for Tyler (Trent) Charity Golf Classic on June 6 at Carmel's Bridgewater Club. He's scheduled to be a camp counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana in late June. He's getting married on July 30, six days before Purdue begins preseason practices for the 2022 season. The second-team All-Big Ten quarterback will also continue summer workouts with his teammates. And there will be time for golf. O'Connell is normally humble when discussing his athletic achievements on the football field but put a golf club in his hand and the self-confidence comes to the surface.

He's a self-made golfer, watching YouTube videos to learn the game. He shoots in the low 80s. "I'm pretty good," he said. "I'm one of the better guys on the team. I love to play. I've played my whole life but really started to play when I got to college." O'Connell, who is hosting his own passing camp on June 11 at Harrison, will find time to play golf at Purdue, Battle Ground Golf Club and Ravines Golf Course, or anywhere else throughout the summer. His golf game doesn't get in the way of his offseason work to lead the Boilermakers into the 2022 season. The invitation to the Manning Passing Academy, which former Purdue quarterback David Blough attended in 2017 and 2018, came as a bit of surprise, even though it shouldn't have been based on what O'Connell accomplished last season. O'Connell wasn't part of the FBS recruiting process in high school, opting to attend Purdue as a walk-on. - Journal and Courier


(DS#5 QB) rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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