Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:19 pm

Josh Gordon transfers to Utah

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week it was reported that Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon had left the program after being suspended indefinitely in July for violating team rules. This after an arrest last October in which police found Gordon in his car outside a Taco Bell with marijuana. At the time it was also reported that Gordon could be headed to Utah.

Well, it seems Gordon is no longer headed toward Utah, as he is already there and was practicing with his new teammates on Wednesday.

"We did our homework. We did our research. We talked to many, many coaches and people associated with Josh," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham told the Deseret News. "We felt that he deserves a second chance and we're going to give him that.

"He's here. He's a very, very talented kid, that's obvious." 

Of course, since Gordon is a transfer, he'll have to sit out the 2011 season. He is still able to practice with the team and Whittingham said he'll compete for a starting job next spring. 

Gordon caught 42 passes for 714 yards and 7 touchdowns for Baylor in 2010. 
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 1:20 pm

Texas Tech's Simmons cleared to play

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas Tech's defensive line got some depth on Wednesday when it was announced that defensive tackle Delvon Simmons had been cleared to play by the NCAA.

Simmons originally signed a letter of intent to attend North Carolina in February, but asked to be released a month later when North Carolina's defensive line coach, Brian Baker, left the program to take a job in the NFL. Simmons ended up at Texas Tech in April though he couldn't officially be considered a member of the team until he took classes at the school.

He'd been practicing with the team even though his eligibility to play this year had been in doubt before this clearance from the NCAA.

Simmons was one of the top-rated defensive tackles in the country coming out of high school, and it's possible he may be the "best" recruit that Texas Tech has ever landed. Even in the Mike Leach years.

“Delvon has the ability to be a difference maker in our program,” said head coach Tommy Tuberville in April.  ”He is an explosive and disruptive player and an outstanding athlete. We are thrilled to have him.”

Tuberville is no doubt a bit more thrilled after hearing today's decision.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:37 pm

Is Brandon Willis going back to UCLA?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I'm truly beginning to wonder if Brandon Willis prefers flying back and forth across the country to actually playing football.

Here's a quick recap of what Willis has done since his senior year in high school. First, Willis gave his verbal commitment to Tennessee, twice. He also decommitted from Tennessee twice before signing a letter of intent with North Carolina in February of 2010. Then, after spending six months as a Tar Heel, Willis decided he wanted to give the west coast a try and transferred to UCLA.

Willis then spent seven months with the Bruins before announcing he wanted to transfer back to North Carolina in March. Yes, well, in the shocker of all shockers, Willis recently announced he was leaving North Carolina again.

Guess where he's likely headed this time? Yep, time to rack up those frequent flyer miles as Willis appears to be headed back to UCLA. That's according to the Daily News in Los Angeles. How long will Willis be at UCLA this time? I'm guessing he'll be there an entire eight months before he announces he's transferring again. Where will he move onto next?

I don't know, but that's the fun part about playing "Where In The World Will Brandon Willis Transfer To Next." You never really know where, just that he won't be there very long.
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 8:25 pm

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Lache Seastrunk
was one of the most highly-touted recruits every signed by the Oregon Ducks. Of course, it was the recruitment of Seastrunk that has helped Oregon land in a bit of hot water, as he was one of the players whom some believe was steered to Oregon by Will Lyles. The school paid Lyles $25,000 for recruiting services last year, though the NCAA is looking into what exactly those services were.

Now it seems that the money may have been spent for nothing, as rumors out of Eugene are swirling that Seastrunk will be leaving the program.

According to DuckTerritory.com, Seastrunk has requested his release from the school.
Sources confirm the 5-foot-9, 190 pound former five-star recruit has been granted his release paperwork from the University of Oregon. No official statement has been released by the University at this time.

He was noticeably absent from this morning's practice at Oregon.
Now it's important to point out that the report says that Seastrunk hasn't signed his release papers as of yet, so no final decision has been made. Still, the prevailing feeling in Oregon seems to be that he's leaving because he's below LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and freshman DeAnthony Thomas on the depth chart. Odds are the Lyles situation and the attention that has brought are playing a role in this decision as well.

Baylor is mentioned in the report as a possible landing spot for Seastrunk.

UPDATE: It's official, Seastrunk has been granted his unconditional release by the school.

"We wish Lache all the best in his future pursuits and will offer our complete assistance to him in his search to continue his football and educational career," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly in a statement.

Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 12:26 pm

Baylor's Josh Gordon leaves the program

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday Baylor head coach Art Briles announced that wide receiver Josh Gordon has left the Baylor program.

"Circumstances have unfolded for Josh that require him to pursue his collegiate degree and athletic career at a different university," Briles said in a statement. "I'm appreciative of the efforts he has made the past two seasons for this football program." 

Gordon had been arrested last October for marijuana possession after being found with it inside a car at a Taco Bell near the Baylor campus. He had been suspended indefinitely since July for violating team rules.

Gordon finished the 2010 season as Baylor's second leading receiver, finishing the year with 42 receptions for 714 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also led the Big 12 in yards per reception at 17.0 yards. Which leaves Baylor with one less big-play threat on offense this season.

He's reportedly considering a transfer to Utah.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:25 pm

Penn State losing another quarterback?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The drama that has surrounded the quarterback depth chart at Penn State since January will just not go away. On Thursday the school's student newspaper reported that quarterback Kevin Newsome may be on the verge of seeking a transfer from Penn State.
Newsome's father, Kevin Newsome Sr., said it's possible his son is transferring.

"We don't really have any set details of anything right now," Newsome Sr. said in a phone call. "It's possible. Right now, of course as you can imagine, we're just trying to work through some things, and sort a lot of things out."

Newsome came to Penn State as a four-star recruit out of the Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, and was ranked the No. 4 high school quarterback in the class of 2009.
If you weren't already aware, following January's bowl loss against Florida, quarterback Robert Bolden announced that he wanted to transfer. Joe Paterno denied Bolden's request then, and now it's expected that Bolden will begin the season as the starter. Then last week Penn State found out that quarterback Paul Jones will have to sit out the entire 2011 season due to academic problems.

If Newsome decides to transfer, that will leave Penn State with Bolden and Matt McGloin and some huge question marks behind them. Though it is possible that Paterno can talk Newsome into staying if playing time is his main motivation for wanting to leave. While Bolden and McGloin have the experience, it's not as if either of them played spectacularly in 2010, and Newsome could still compete for the starting job this season.
Posted on: June 18, 2011 12:43 pm

DeLeon Eskridge leaves the Gophers

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As if turning around the Minnesota football program wasn't going to be hard enough for new head coach Jerry Kill, on Friday he found out that he's going to have to do so without the team's leading rusher from last season. Minnesota announced on Friday that DeLeon Eskridge was leaving the school due to personal reasons.

"He and I both felt it was in his best interest to make this decision," coach Jerry Kill said.

Eskridge asked to be released from his scholarship due to a family situation and would like to finish school closer to his home in San Francisco.

Eskridge led the Gophers in rushing yards and touchdowns with 698 and 7 respectively. The Gophers do have some depth behind Eskridge with fellow senior Duane Bennett along with three redshirt freshman in LaMonte Edwards, Devon Wright and Donnell Kirkwood. They also have quarterback MarQueis Gray, but this is still a rushing attack that finished tenth in the Big Ten with 135.3 yards per game last season.

Now they'll have to replace about 59 of those yards every week. 

Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:11 pm

Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Former Miami running back Storm Johnson has decided to take his talents from South Beach and transfer to UCF, multiple outlets reported Friday night. The talented back toured campus in Orlando earlier in the day and felt comfortable enough to commit shortly thereafter.

"Yes sir, Storm committed today and he will start classes on the 22nd," Wesley Johnson, Storm's father, told The Orlando Sentinel. "It actually feels quite good just to get the pressure off and be able to resume his college career. He starts off with a clean slate. Coach [George] O'Leary met with us today and coach felt good about [Storm] and Storm felt good about being there."

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson was third on Miami's depth chart following spring practices and with a new coaching staff, felt it was best to move on to a better situation. A Georgia-native, he was restricted as to where he would be able to transfer to by Hurricanes' head coach Al Golden and many thought UCF and USF were the favorites to land him.

Johnson rushed for 119 yards on nine carries last season as a freshman and was also featured as a kick returner on special teams. He was a big part of Miami's recruiting class of 2010 and was an Under Armour All-American coming out of Loganville (Ga.) High School. All three of the Knights current running backs will be upperclassmen this year and the situation should allow for Johnson to be a featured part of the offense when he becomes eligible in 2012 after sitting out a season.

"UCF is on an upward swing and doing some great things and we just hope Storm can help them out," the elder Johnson told the paper. "We just thank Coach O'Leary a lot for his diligence and his understanding of some things that have happened. He understands Storm is 18 years old and things happen."

Once he is allowed to play next year, Johnson will be a redshirt sophomore and have three years of eligibility left following his transfer.
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