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  06/14/21 - CB Tyreke JohnsonrJr/2023, Nebraska, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Nebraska found its transfer defensive back, and he's a former blue-chip prospect from a fellow Big Ten school. Former Ohio State defensive back Tyreke Johnson committed to the Huskers on Sunday. The former five-star prospect is set to join a defensive backfield that has several accomplished players but also a general lack of depth. Johnson has three years of eligibility remaining.

He has been listed as an enrolled student at Nebraska since at least Wednesday but had not said anything about his commitment until Sunday. NU officials cannot publicly comment on unsigned players. Since Johnson is a transfer, Husker staff may not be able to acknowledge him until he arrives on campus, which will most likely be in July. Johnson redshirted in 2018 and then appeared in 12 games over the past two seasons for the Buckeyes, but never found full-time work in the OSU secondary. Johnson arrived in Columbus as a heralded recruit in the 2018 class, finishing as the No. 14 overall prospect nationally according to Rivals and the No. 21 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, each of which was good enough to put him in five-star status. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2023 CB Tyreke JohnsonNebraska
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  Redshirt senior Brian Robinson has been in the room with elite running back talent for years. Now, he has the best chance he's had while in Tuscaloosa to be the lead back. He rushed for six touchdowns in 2020 while playing behind Harris, Alabama's all-time leader in touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and rushing yards. But just because Robinson has waited patiently for this opportunity doesn't mean he is guaranteed most of the work. He is joined by some talented young backs, such as sophomores Roydell Williams and Jase McClellan. Incoming five-star freshman Camar Wheaton could also receive some carries. Redshirt sophomore Trey Sanders, who's recovering from an injury suffered in a November car accident, could also contribute if healthy. Even with some recent transfers, this group remains one of Alabama's deepest. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#8 RB) rSr/2022 RB Brian Robinson Jr.Alabama
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  06/13/21 - WR Daylen BaldwinSr/2022, Michigan, 6-2, 210 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Michigan has gone the NCAA transfer portal route again and added graduate transfer Daylen Baldwin, a Southfield native who most recently played for Jackson State. Baldwin, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver, announced his decision Monday on social media. He was the Southwestern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year this spring and has two years of eligibility. He is Michigan's eighth scholarship receiver. Baldwin began his career at Morgan State, where former Michigan running back and assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley is head coach, before transferring to Jackson State in 2019. During the 2021 spring season, he had 27 receptions for 540 yards and seven touchdowns in six games playing for head coach Deion Sanders. - Detroit News

(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR Daylen BaldwinMichigan
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  Between running back Javian Hawkins and wide receivers Dez Fitzpatrick and Tutu Atwell, it is replacing 2,280 yards and 17 touchdowns from a season ago. In the last two years, the three combined for 5,716 yards and 44 touchdowns However, two players return with multiple years of starting experience and more than two touchdowns in Scott Satterfield's offense: tight end Marshon Ford and quarterback Malik Cunningham.

At times last year, Cunningham looked like a one-man offense with 2,617 passing yards, 609 rushing yards, 20 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns. As Louisville begins to transition its offense to a host of new playmakers, Cunningham has taken an even bigger leadership role on the offense. One that he thinks he's embraced this offseason and helped hold himself accountable. "Those guys feed off my energy so if they see me up and ready to go, they're going to work harder and put their best foot forward," he said. "If I'm down, they'll come over and check on me - which I'm never down - but if I am having a long day they'll check on me." - Courier Journal

(DS#6 QB) rSr/2022 QB Malik CunninghamLouisville
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  06/13/21 - CB GaQuincy McKinstryFr/2025, Alabama, 6-0, 180 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Ga'Quincy McKinstry has long been known as "Kool-Aid" McKinstry, but the nickname has reached another level. The Alabama football roster now has dropped Ga'Quincy and lists the freshman defensive back as Kool-Aid McKinstry. He received the nickname from his grandma when he was born because he came out smiling, he told in 2019. McKinstry also told his kindergarten teacher that was his name when asked. His name isn't the only thing about him that is flashy. A Pinson Valley grad, McKinstry received the No. 1 CB ranking in the country for the class of 2021 from the 247Sports Composite. He also was ranked the No. 17 overall prospect for the class and the top player in Alabama as a five-star prospect. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#2 CB) Fr/2025 CB GaQuincy McKinstryAlabama
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  06/12/21 - CB Akayleb EvansrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 188 (DS#62 CB) + More +

  Former Tulsa cornerback Akayleb Evans, top middle, announced his graduate transfer decision Friday night. Pictured, Evans celebrates a sack of Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers in 2020. The crowded pursuit of former Tulsa cornerback Akayleb Evans ended with a victory for Missouri on Friday night. Evans, a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining, announced his commitment to the Tigers on Instagram. Evans previously named Notre Dame, Texas, Texas Tech, Missouri and Jackson State as his top five choices before making his decision. Notre Dame offered Evans a spot on its roster on May 17 and hosted him for a visit last week. But that wasn't enough for the Irish to land Evans and his 23 career starts. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Evans played in 30 games with 73 tackles and 11 pass breakups across four seasons at Tulsa. He played in only three games as a junior in 2019 due to a shoulder injury, but started nine games for the Golden Hurricane last season. - Indianapolis Star/News

(DS#62 CB) rSr/2022 CB Akayleb EvansMissouri
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  06/12/21 - QB Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Oregon State's quarterback battle became much more interesting Friday. Sam Noyer, who went to Beaverton High and starred at Colorado last season, announced on Twitter Friday that he is transferring to Oregon State. "I'm home," Noyer said in a Tweet that featured a graphic of him in a No. 4 Beavers' jersey. Noyer, a 6-foot-4, 220 pound senior, will arrive in Corvallis as a grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining. During his junior season with the Buffs, he garnered second-team All-Pac-12 honors and led them to a 4-2 season that included a trip to the Alamo Bowl. Noyer arrived in Boulder as a promising quarterback prospect before converting to safety his sophomore season in order to see more playing time. Prior to his COVID senior season, he switched back to quarterback and was one of the top signal callers in the conference. In six games, Noyer threw for 1,101 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. - Gazette Times

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerOregon State
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  06/12/21 - ILB Jacquez JonesSr/2022, Kentucky, 6-0, 235 (DS#41 ILB) + More +

  If the best approach to recruiting athletes from the transfer portal is the targeted approach, then Kentucky football hit the bullseye with Jacquez Jones. When all is said and done, the former Ole Miss linebacker, who officially committed to the Cats on Thursday via Instagram, might be UK Coach Mark Stoops' second-most important addition for the 2021 campaign, behind only Wan'Dale Robinson. A 6-foot, 230-pounder out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jones was the Rebels' leading tackler in 2020 after placing second in 2019. He started 18 of Ole Miss' last 20 games. He made 75 tackles in nine games in 2020 and 71 in 2019, including 7.5 tackles for loss. He was a member of the SEC's All-Freshman Team in 2018.

He is, in the words of Stoops, "an experienced playmaker who has been a great leader in our league." Better still, Jones fills a position of need in Stoops' system. While the hiring of new coordinator Liam Coen has tilted the offseason attention in the direction of the UK offense, defensive coordinator Brad White has depth chart holes of his own to fill before the Sept. 4 opener against Louisiana Monroe. Inside linebacker is likely No. 1 on that list. Gone is Jamin Davis, his unexpected rocket ride having carried the junior all the way to the No. 19 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Washington Football Team. Returning is senior DeAndre Square, UK's third-leading 2020 tackler who boasts 22 career starts. After Square, however, question marks abound. - Herald Leader

(DS#41 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Jacquez JonesKentucky
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  06/12/21 - OG Willie TylerrJr/2023, Syracuse, 6-6, 335 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Texas transfer Willie Tyler has decommitted from the Syracuse football program, he announced on Friday. Tyler, a 6-foot-7, 335-pound offensive guard, shared his news in a post on Twitter. He could not be immediately reached for comment. "I want to say thank you to Syracuse and the coaching staff for the opportunity to play there! I have decided to decommit," Tyler wrote. I want to say thank you to Syracuse and the coaching staff for the opportunity to play there! Tyler received a scholarship offer from Syracuse on Jan. 19 and almost a week later his primary recruiter, former SU offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, took a job at Arizona State. Despite the personnel shift, Tyler committed to the program in April due to his relationship with the Orange's new OL coach Mike Schmidt. - The Post-Standard

(DS#999 OG) rJr/2023 OG Willie TylerSyracuse
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  06/11/21 - CB Akayleb EvansrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 188 (DS#62 CB) + More +

  Over the course of 24 hours, Missouri football landed two commitments from the transfer portal who are both eligible to play starting this fall. First to commit was offensive lineman Connor Wood on Thursday, who played for two seasons at FCS-level Montana State, including as an All-American honorable mention in 2019. Soon after Wood's commitment, Missouri head football coach Eli Drinkwitz posted two of his signature MU bat signal tweets, signaling another player was about to enter the Tigers' fold. Around that time, former Tulsa defensive back Akayleb Evans posted on Instagram a 24-hour countdown clock to his commitment. Evans had listed his top-five destinations as Missouri, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas Tech and Jackson State, taking visits with the Fighting Irish and MU since. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#62 CB) rSr/2022 CB Akayleb EvansMissouri
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  06/11/21 - DE Zach VanValkenburgrSr/2022, Iowa, 6-3, 270 (DS#25 DE) + More +

  Iowa returns second-team All-Big Ten senior defensive lineman Zach VanValkenburg on the edge. VanValkenburg tied for first nationally with four fumble recoveries last season and tallied 30 tackles, including 14 solo, 8.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. During the spring, Iowa defensive line coach Kelvin Bell said the older guys up front, including VanValkenburg and juniors Noah Shannon and John Waggoner are the current leaders of the group. Junior Joe Evans, a former walk-on, was also put on scholarship in 2020 for his performance. Having spring football back was something noted as an advantage going into this season as opposed to last. It took Iowa a few games to build consistency on the line last year.

"By the time you start in fall camp, it had been a whole year since we played and we were rusty," VanValkenburg said following the final spring practice on May 1. "No matter how many drills you do on your own, nothing can simulate full contact like football. You get a lot better cohesion when you're able to practice together." This offseason, VanValkenburg said he's been working on better flipping his hips to the outside in his blocking to garner more power and control in fending off blockers on the edge. He hopes he can become more consistent on either side. - The Gazette

(DS#25 DE) rSr/2022 DE Zach VanValkenburgIowa
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  06/11/21 - C Malik SumterrSr/2022, Georgia State, 6-1, 295 (DS#58 C) + More +

  The center of attention for the Georgia State offense is Malik Sumter, a three-year starter and two-time All-Sun Belt Conference performer on the front line. Including Sumter, all five starters return on the Panthers' offensive line, which has been a key component in Georgia State's record-setting offenses, paving the way for a productive running game while protecting the quarterback for an explosive passing attack. As a unit, the offensive line enters the 2021 season with 137 career starts. Sumter has started 28 straight games at center, helping the Panthers average 219 yards rushing per game since he moved into the starting lineup. Not bad for a guy who had never played center before college! - Georgia State Football

(DS#58 C) rSr/2022 C Malik SumterGeorgia State
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  06/11/21 - RB Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-09, 200 (DS#18 RB) + More +

  Missouri is in a solid place to transition that production to the presumed No. 1 back, Tyler Badie, who played in a backup role the past three seasons, yet still saw consistent playing time. Badie was second on MU with 242 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 2020, with his skills also being used in the passing game, as well as kickoff returns. Badie, a senior, has a different skill set than Rountree, though they're a similar height and weight. Badie is 1 inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter. Rountree is the more physical runner of the two. He didn't mind plowing through a defender to get the extra yard. Badie prefers to run around you and tire defenders out. While Badie doesn't shy away from contact, he's got a lower center of gravity, making his speed a valuable asset. He's hard to tackle in open space, especially outside the tackles. Badie's overall production at Missouri has been solid. But rushing for 242 yards in 2020 falls short of the 437-yard and 457-yard marks he set in 2018 and 2019, respectively. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#18 RB) Sr/2022 RB Tyler BadieMissouri
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  06/11/21 - DE Jaren HandyJr/2023, Indiana, 6-5, 252 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  A family connection and a chance to make an impact in a new conference attracted Auburn transfer defensive lineman Jaren Handy to Indiana. Handy watched the Hoosiers weekly last season as his cousin, standout wide receiver Ty Fryfogle, caught pass after pass from quarterbacks Michael Penix Jr. and Jack Tuttle. "I felt like they should have won every game," Handy said of IU's 6-2 season. "The Ohio State game. I was really upset with them with the Ole Miss game because I really felt like they could have pulled it out." The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Handy views himself as someone who can help make a difference defensively, which is why he transferred to IU. "I felt like I had a pretty good chance to play," Handy said. "The team was up and coming. I feel like we were one step away from, you know, winning the Big Ten and getting a championship at the end."

Handy, a junior, played seven games at defensive end at Auburn last season, recording his first career sack in the Iron Bowl game against rival Alabama and a tackle for loss against Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl. A former top-100 national recruit from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Handy projects to bring more speed and athleticism to IU's defensive front. He's preparing to play the bull position in IU's 4-2-5 defense and wants to get down to a playing weight of 255 to 260 pounds. "I'm going to be pass rushing, dropping back in coverage and moving around and stuff like that," Handy said. "I feel like it would be a great chance to showcase my talents and what I can do." - Herald Bulletin

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Jaren HandyIndiana
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  06/11/21 - QB Sam NoyerrSr/2022, Oregon State, 6-3, 220 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  On Friday, CU's former starting quarterback announced that he is transferring to Oregon State. The Buffs are scheduled to host Oregon State on Nov. 6 at Folsom Field, fittingly for CU's homecoming game. On Monday, CU and Noyer announced his decision to put his name into the NCAA transfer portal, and it didn't take long to find a new - and very familiar - home. The move to Oregon State is a natural one for Noyer, who was born in Portland and graduated from Beaverton (Ore.) High School.

During an interview on Portland's 750 AM radio on Friday, Noyer said, "It's kind of a match made in heaven, really. "I've grown up here so I've known that Beaver Nation is awesome. I'm excited to be able to play in front of Beaver Nation next year." Noyer will be reunited with the man who recruited him to CU, Brian Lindgren. OSU's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the past three years, Lindgren held a similar position at CU from 2013-17. During his time at CU, Noyer had four quarterback coaches in five years, with Lindgren being the only coach he had for more than one season. - Daily Camera

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sam NoyerOregon State
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