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01/20/18 - Nic ShimonekSr/2018, Texas Tech, 6-3, 218 (DS#10 QB)
Nic Shimonek threw a touchdown to Steven Dunbar as the West defeated the East 14-10 in the annual East-West Shrine Game Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Texas Tech quarterback completed 12 of 18 passes for 108 yards to lead the West. Colorado's Phillip Lindsay was the game's leading rusher with 51 yards on 12 carries. Dunbar, a wide receiver out of Houston University, caught three passes for 52 yards. Down 10-7, he caught the winning touchdown with just 1:23 left in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin's Natrell Jamerson put the West on the board with a 68-yard fumble recovery for a 7-0 lead. After a Drew Brown field goal from 33 yards out cut the East's deficit to 7-3 with just 3 seconds left in the half, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hooked up with receiver Marcus Martin on a 4-yard TD pass to give the East the lead with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter. Barrett threw for just 69 yards on 5-of-13 passing, but it led the East. Northern Iowa's Daurice Fountain led all receivers with 61 yards on three catches. The West outgained the East 261-238 in offensive yards. - The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - Travon McMillianrJr/2019, Colorado, 5-11, 210 (DS#17 RB)
Virginia Tech RB Travon McMillian, a former 1,000-yard rusher, is headed to Colorado University as a graduate transfer. McMillian, whose production has dwindled since he ran for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, announced his intention to transfer via social media. "I want to thank all the coaches for this awesome recruiting experience but I have decided to attend the University of Colorado. Looking forward for this opportunity!" McMillian wrote on his Twitter account.

01/20/18 - Christian WilkinsJr/2019, Clemson, 6-3, 300 (DS#1 DT)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Big winner -- CLEMSON: Heavens. If the Tigers had returned any of their three potential first-round draft picks along the defensive line -- ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, and tackle Christian Wilkins -- it would have been a coup. But all three came back, citing some form of "unfinished business" after a playoff semifinal loss to Alabama, to re-join true sophomore tackle Dexter Lawrence in what could be one of the all-time great defensive fronts. But that's not all. Left tackle Mitch Hyatt -- look for him on all your preseason All-America teams -- also is coming back to anchor an offense that lost receivers Ray-Ray McCloud and Deon Cain early to the draft but returns all the key pieces in the backfield. If Clemson isn't the preseason No. 1, it's 1B behind Alabama. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - Myles GaskinJr/2019, Washington, 5-09, 191 (DS#3 RB)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner -- WASHINGTON: The Huskies' backfield combination of quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin will be fourth-year starters in 2018. They will work behind left tackle Trey Adams, an All-American candidate who will be back for his senior year after missing the last half of the season with a knee injury. Washington likely enters 2018 as the Pac-12 favorite. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - *Ronnie HarrisonJr/2018, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#2 SS)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- ALABAMA: No need to cry a river over Alabama's early departures. Nick Saban always reloads, plugging in five-star recruits for five-star recruits, but the five total losses, including these four, have to be acknowledged: Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne and receiver Calvin Ridley could be top 10 picks, and safety Ronnie Harrison is another first-round talent. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - Bryce LoveJr/2019, Stanford, 5-09, 196 (DS#2 RB)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner/loser -- STANFORD: The Cardinal took a few gut punches on defense. High-motor defensive tackle Harrison Phillips is a first-round talent and Stanford's two best defensive backs -- cornerback Quenton Meeks and safety Justin Reid -- also made the jump to the NFL. On the other hand, All-American running back Bryce Love made a savvy decision to stay for his senior season, poised to make another Heisman run and position himself at the top of what looks like a much weaker running back draft class in 2019. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - *Auden TateJr/2018, Florida State, 6-4, 225 (DS#20 WR)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- FLORIDA STATE: It was bad enough that national-title-winning coach Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M, but then the Seminoles had a talent drain beyond just losing star safety Derwin James, as expected. Promising receiver Auden Tate followed out the door, as did tight end Ryan Izzo, defensive end Josh Sweat, defensive tackle Jalen Wilkerson and cornerback Tavarus McFadden. Worse? See above. Clemson is going to lock down the ACC Atlantic for the fourth consecutive season. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - *Arden KeyJr/2018, LSU, 6-5, 265 (DS#3 DE)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- LSU: Six underclassmen declared for the draft, which is no way to catch Alabama in the SEC West. Edge rusher Arden Key and running back Derrius Guice have first-round quality and were expected to leave, but coach Ed Orgeron also has to deal with losing both starting cornerbacks and two offensive linemen. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - Cameron SmithJr/2019, Southern California, 6-1, 250 (DS#2 ILB)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner/loser -- USC: There was buzz that redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold would come back for one more season, but it's hard to pass up being the potential No. 1 pick in the draft. The Trojans' offense was further cut off at the knees when it lost its two other biggest playmakers -- running back Ronald Jones II and receiver Deontay Burnett -- while the defense lost freakishly talented end Rasheem Green. Could have been worse: Offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn, linebackers Cameron Smith and Porter Gustin, and cornerback Iman Marshall are among top prospects who will be seniors in 2018. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - *Tim SettlerSo/2018, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 335 (DS#6 DT)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- VIRGINIA TECH: It wasn't a shock that fast-rising linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, a sure-fire first-rounder, left for the NFL, but so did his brother, safety Terrell Edmunds (whose stock is more of the day-two variety). Another big piece of coordinator Bud Foster's defense departed -- defensive tackle Tim Settle, who emerged as a force with 12.5 tackles for loss this season before forgoing his final two years of eligibility. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - David Sills VJr/2019, West Virginia, 6-3, 203 (DS#1 WR)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner -- WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers benefited from two early decisions that will give them one of the top pass-catch combinations in the nation. Quarterback Will Grier and receiver David Sills V (tied for the national lead in 2017 with 18 touchdown receptions) will be back for coach Dana Holgersen. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - *Michael DicksonJr/2018, Texas, 6-2, 205 (DS#1 P)
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- TEXAS: Coach Tom Herman, trying to build momentum in his second season, will have to do it without linebacker Malik Jefferson (formerly the cornerstone recruit of the Charlie Strong era), offensive lineman Connor Williams (the top-rated tackle, according to NFLDraftScout.com), cornerback Holton Hill and safety DeShon Elliott. In addition, the nation's best punter, Michael Dickson, gave up his final season of eligibility, too. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - Baker MayfieldrSr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-0, 220 (DS#4 QB)
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield appeared to call his shot well ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. With Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills making an Instagram appearance on Thursday, Mayfield chimed in with the following hashtag: "#GetMeToMiami." After an initial spark over social media, Mayfield attempted to douse the flames by citing his ties with his fellow former Sooners player in Stills. "Just so everybody knows... I commented about playing for Miami because I was talking to a former Sooner in Kenny Stills," Mayfield wrote on Twitter. "Everybody can relax, I will play anywhere that gives me a chance. I'm not picky, I will go anywhere and strive to uplift a franchise and win ball games. The Dolphins, who own the 11th overall pick in the draft, dealt with quarterback issues after Ryan Tannehill sustained a torn ACL in the summer. Jay Cutler came out of retirement, but Miami failed to find its stride and finished with a 6-10 mark. Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes and threw for 43 touchdowns and six interceptions this season with Oklahoma. - The Sports Xchange

01/20/18 - DreMont JonesrSo/2020, Ohio State, 6-2, 295 (DS#4 DT)
NFL Early Entries, WINNERS: Ohio State...Cornerback Denzel Ward, who decided to skip the bowl game, is primed to become the latest Buckeyes corner taken in the first round, but Ohio State is well stocked behind him. Losing defensive end Sam Hubbard and linebacker Jerome Baker was expected. The big news for the Buckeyes came when third-year sophomore defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones decided to stick around for another season. Jones has first-round potential, and defensive tackles with his skill set are the scarcest commodity in college football. The Buckeyes also retained four receivers (Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin) with NFL potential. - AP College Football

01/20/18 - Deandre BakerrSo/2020, Georgia, 5-11, 180 (DS#6 CB)
NFL Early Entries, WINNERS: Georgia...The Bulldogs said goodbye to All-America linebacker Roquan Smith (not surprising) and former five-star defensive lineman Trenton Thompson (not that surprising). Thompson is the type of high-upside player who could get drafted higher than his college production suggests he should. Where the Bulldogs did especially well was in retaining second-tier players such as cornerback Deandre Baker, defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, center Lamont Gaillard and guard Kendall Baker. Gaillard and Kendall Baker will give the Bulldogs two fifth-year seniors on the offensive line to go with some high-end young talent in 2018. - AP College Football

01/20/18 - Clelin FerrellrSo/2020, Clemson, 6-4, 260 (DS#3 DE)
NFL Early Entries, WINNERS: Clemson...Coach Dabo Swinney had to be dancing when he found out that his entire starting defensive line, a group that featured three players who could have been first- or second-round picks, will return intact next season. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins' decision to stay was most surprising. Wilkins seemed a lock to be taken in the top half of the first round. Defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant are also back. Add in massive defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a future first-rounder heading into his junior season, and the Tigers' defensive line is set to again be the most dominant single unit in college football in 2018. Clemson will also welcome back linebacker Kendall Joseph, cornerback Mark Fields and star left tackle Mitch Hyatt. All that easily makes up for the losses of receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McLeod and safety Van Smith. - AP College Football

01/20/18 - *Nyheim HinesJr/2018, North Carolina State, 5-08, 197 (DS#9 RB)
NFL Early Entries, LOSERS: North Carolina State...The Wolfpack lost only two players offensive tackle Will Richardson and running back Nyheim Hines but their departures could be problematic for a team that will have lots of rebuilding to do on defense. Quarterback Ryan Finley will be back, but the 5-foot-9 Hines was one of the most explosive players in the country. The junior led the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards (1,868) and scored 12 touchdowns. Richardson was one of the steadiest tackles in the country, but decided not to come back for a fifth season. - AP College Football

01/20/18 - *Chris Warren IIIJr/2018, Texas, 6-1, 252 (DS#23 RB)
NFL Early Entries, LOSERS: Texas...The Longhorns had six underclassmen declare: All-America safety DeShon Elliott, cornerback Holton Hill, offensive tackle Connor Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, running back Chris Warren and super punter Michael Dickson. That's a lot for a team that went 7-6 in coach Tom Herman's first season. It would have been nice to have a senior star or two to help lead a bigger turnaround in 2018. - AP College Football

01/20/18 - *Equanimeous St. BrownJr/2018, Notre Dame, 6-4, 205 (DS#8 WR)
NFL Early Entries, LOSERS: Notre Dame...Guard Quenton Nelson, who completed his degree, is technically an underclassman entering the draft but there was no expectation that the fourth-year player and possible top-10 pick would return. The two losses that hurt were running back Josh Adams and receiver Equanimeous Brown. Neither is a first-round lock and both would have been focal points in the offense next season. Compounding the problem is that Irish coach Brian Kelly just dismissed two running backs and receiver Kevin Stepherson from the team. The Irish did get good news with the return of linebacker Tevon Coney and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. - AP College Football

01/20/18 - Demry CroftrSo/2020, Tennessee State, 6-4, 205 (DS#999 QB)
Tennessee State has added four Football Bowl Subdivision transfers with the arrivals of former Alabama linebacker Mekhi Brown, Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft, Illinois linebacker Christion Abercrombie and Connecticut defensive back John Robinson IV. All four are eligible to participate in spring practice with Tennessee State this year. Brown had seven tackles for Alabama this past season. He was caught on camera shoving an Alabama staffer on the sidelines after being penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the College Football Playoff championship game. Croft made six starts in 2017 and completed 41.5 percent of his passes for 674 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions. He ran for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Abercrombie had 11 tackles and Robinson had two tackles this past season. - AP College Football

01/19/18 - Zerrick CooperrFr/2021, Clemson, 6-1, 220 (DS#999 QB)
Clemson reserve quarterback Zerrick Cooper is leaving the Tigers. Cooper announced his decision on Twitter on Friday. Cooper is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound redshirt freshman from Jonesboro, Georgia. He played in seven games this season behind starter Kelly Bryant, passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper would've been part of a crowded quarterback room of young passers this fall seeking playing time with Bryant returning for his senior year. The Tigers have highly regarded young prospects in Hunter Johnson and Trevor Lawrence looking to move up the depth chart when spring practice starts. Cooper said in his post he would miss the team. But after talking with family thought the best thing for him was to leave because he wanted to play and compete. - AP College Football

01/19/18 - Johnnie DixonrJr/2019, Ohio State, 5-11, 195 (DS#13 WR)
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his assistants annually brace for announcements about elite and not-so-elite players leaving the program early for the NFL draft. But Monday's deadline to declare came and went, and the damage wasn't so bad for the Buckeyes. There were some predictable early departures in cornerback Denzel Ward, linebacker Jerome Baker and defensive end Sam Hubbard. They were obvious NFL prospects. But other names mentioned in the NFL conversation defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones, running back Mike Weber and the top four receivers from last season, Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon will return.

The receivers, a unit known by the nickname "Zone 6," are especially close. They said the prospect of playing together factored into their decisions to stay around for another year. "There's still a lot of things we left on the field last year," McLaurin said on the first day of winter workouts Friday. "I didn't think we would all be back, but it's definitely exciting," said Campbell, the team's leading receiver last season with 40 receptions for 584 yards. "Sometimes it's bigger than the money," said Dixon, who led the team with eight touchdown catches. "Passing up a brotherhood like this (for another year) would be crazy." - AP College Football

01/19/18 - Garrett DolanrSr/2018, Houston Baptist, 6-1, 240 (DS#51 ILB)
The NCAA handed Houston Baptist's football program two years of probation Friday along with a public reprimand and recruiting penalties after coach Vic Shealy failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance by creating his own student host program. Shealy asked his daughter to be a student host and she enlisted members of her sorority to be hosts and provide campus tours for prospects, the NCAA said. The program didn't work under the university's regular campus visit policy for host groups, which is against NCAA rules. Houston Baptist is a Football Championship Subdivision team that plays in the Southland Conference. Shealy has coached the team since its inception in 2013.

The probation runs through Jan. 18, 2020. Shealy will also be restricted from engaging in face-to-face recruiting visits with prospects and their families for the first week of the contact period in the next two years. The school must also limit its official football visits to 26 in each of the two years of probation. The university added several self-imposed penalties, including a reduction in the number of coaches participating in off-campus evaluations and reducing the total number of evaluation days. Shealy's recruiting activity will be reduced by two weeks this spring. - AP College Football

01/19/18 - Levi WallaceSr/2018, Alabama, 5-11, 185 (DS#17 CB)
CB Levi Wallace is an easy player to appreciate because of his journey. With zero scholarship offers out of Tucson (Ariz.) High School, Wallace he was determined to play at Alabama, his father's favorite team. He walked on in Tuscaloosa as a wide receiver and spent his first three seasons in the shadows, redshirting, competing on the scout team and even playing intramural flag football to get on the field. After spending the 2016 season as a backup and helping on special teams, Wallace earned a starting role as a senior and flourished. With opponents staying away from Anthony Averett, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and the other talented defensive backs in the Tide secondary, Wallace received plenty of action and he responded with 18 passes defended and three interceptions. Now, he is arguably the best cornerback on the Senior Bowl roster and is competing for his pro future. -- Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/19/18 - *Harrison PhillipsrJr/2018, Stanford, 6-3, 295 (DS#4 DT)
DT Harrison Phillips is an impressive individual. Off the field, he earned Academic All-America honors and graduated early with a double-degree from one of this country's top universities. On the field, Phillips recorded 103 tackles, including 17 for loss, which are remarkable numbers for any position, but especially impressive considering he lined up as a nose tackle in the Cardinal's 3-4 scheme. Phillips doesn't play with much flash and won't produce off-the-chart numbers at the Combine, so the Senior Bowl is the perfect place to showcase his skill-set. He is a bully at the point of attack with his hammer hands and wrestling background, making him a nuisance to block. Phillips is highly intelligent and relies on various techniques to consistently be in the right place at the right time. -- Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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