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Tennessee Recruiting: Top Punter Paxton Brooks Commits to the Volunteers

Punter Paxton Brooks announced via Twitter that he has committed to Tennessee.

As of right now, that brings the total to 21 total 2018 commitments for Tennessee. The Vols had a need at punter with Trevor Daniel set to leave after this season. They appeared to have that need filled with Skyler DeLong earlier this year, but he flipped to Alabama.
Brooks is 6-5, 170 pounds out of South Carolina. He held offers from N.C. State and Wake Forest. Brooks actually ranks ahead of DeLong, according to Kohl’s Kicking Camp’s website.
Here’s some video from Kohl’s.

Blue chip linebacker Azeez Ojulari commits to the ‘Dawgs

Kirby Smart’s awesome recruiting week just got a little better. The latest good news for the top Dawg was today’s commitment from Marietta defensive end Azeez Ojulari, who picked the Red and Black over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Tennessee among others.
Clemson and Florida had pushed hard for the 6’4, 230 pound rising senior and appear to have led the sweepstakes for his services at one time or another. As recently as last month a significant number of recruiting analysts still had Olujari pegged to become a Gator.
But in the end the chance to stay close to home and a depth chart conducive to early playing time won over this Blue Devil. Ojulari is rated the #6 defensive end in America and the #15 player in the Peach State in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Josh Gordon isn’t currently being considered for reinstatement to NFL

You’re probably out of luck if you’re hoping to see Josh Gordon on an NFL football field any time soon.
Gordon’s reinstatement is “not under active consideration, to my knowledge,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told a group of Cleveland Browns season ticket holders, per WKYC Sports’ Pat Chiesa. “At least it hasn’t gotten to my desk yet.”

If Goodell isn’t aware of a petition for Gordon’s reinstatement, then it’s probably not something we’ll see happen anytime soon.
Gordon was eligible to play the 2017 season for the Browns if he served a four-game suspension, but he opted to enter an inpatient rehab treatment facility instead to presumably get his life together.
After applying for reinstatement in March of this year, on May 11, his application was denied, giving him a two-month pause before he could reapply.

ROASTING THE TEXAS A&M ALTERNATE UNIFORMS

As you have no doubt seen by now, Adidas dropped their newest alternate Aggie thread designs today and they are something:

Because this is August and we are on the Internet we were left with little choice but to do what?
Are we roasting these new uniforms?
Because these uniforms put bean sprouts on their hamburgers.
These uniforms can’t wait for the pumpkin spice latte’s at Starbucks.
These uniforms grew a mustache for their Tinder profile.
These uniforms think Drake is too ghetto.
These uniforms are rejected barbed wire tattoo designs
These uniforms are the result of Bear Bryant’s hat having relations with Ned Flanders’s Christmas sweater.
Magic Eye pattern on the shoulder-ass jerseys
These uniforms look like a white walker threw up on the Gap clearance section.

Marcus Lattimore wins his high school coaching debut with Heathwood Hall

It was a successful evening for Marcus Lattimore as he made his debut on the Heathwood Hall sidelines this evening. The Highlanders took care of business against Oakwood Prep, 42-7, to hand the former Gamecocks star a victory in his first game as a head coach.
Heathwood Hall was able to open up a 28-0 lead before halftime. Despite an Oakwood Prep score with 8:28 left to play in the 3rd, the Highlanders put the game out of reach by scoring the next 14 points.

Lattimore has been on the Heathwood Hall staff since last year, coming on board as the school’s “B-team” coach and as a varsity team assistant. When Steve Victory resigned as varsity head coach in November, Lattimore was hired as his successor.

4-Star WR Matthew Hill Commits To Auburn!

It seems like Auburn has been waiting forever for 4* WR Matthew Hill to pull the trigger and join the 2018 Auburn class. I thought he might do it at Big Cat Weekend (had a commitment article written and ready to go) but he decided to hold off to take more visits. Hill visited Auburn again in July but still no commitment.
That changed today. On Twitter this afternoon, the Brookwood standout announced he plans on being an Auburn Tiger in 2018.

The 6’2” 185 lb Snellville, GA native chose Auburn over South Carolina, Alabama and plenty others. The Gamecocks made a late push but it wasn’t enough to sway the lifelong AU fan from his childhood favorite.
After last year’s WR class that featured only 2 commits, the Tigers are looking to load up in the 2018 class and Hill is a big piece of that plan.

Conference Preview: Big 12

Today, we’re going to talk about the Big 12. Yeah, that weird conference which is called “Big 12” but has 10 teams, the one which has no divisions but is going to have a conference championship, the one with a 38 year old and a 77 year old in the same job. The Big 12 is a crazy, weird, messed up conference with a bipolar leadership and no true sense of direction. But… that doesn’t mean there isn’t some REALLY fun football to watch. It’s sort of like how I felt about Les Miles at LSU. I absolutely loved having him in the conference, he provided a ton of fun every year. But there’s no way I would have wanted him coaching MY team. The Big 12 is great entertainment, but I’m just glad it’s not our conference.

Katie Burt Selected 1st Overall in 2017 NWHL Draft

Katie Burt was selected with the first overall pick in tonight’s NWHL Draft. Burt was the first of three Eagles selected (Kenzie Kent and Tori Ann Miano were also drafted – check back tomorrow to read more on them). Burt was drafted by the Boston pride, currently home to all the former Eagles in the NWHL. This does not necessarily mean that Burt will play for the Pride – since most NWHL players hold second jobs, trades are often made to accommodate player’s lives outside of the NWHL.
As one of the best young goalies in the game, it is unsurprising the Burt would be in demand, but, as a goalie, many were surprised to see her as the number one pick. Burt had a career best .935 save percentage last season and a 1.54 GAA and has saved a number of games for the Eagles. Her talent should translate easily to the NWHL.

Browns DT Danny Shelton on the shelf for at least a week

On Thursday, the Cleveland Browns announced that starting defensive tackle Danny Shelton suffered a knee injury during Wednesday’s practice. He will miss this Monday’s preseason game against the New York Giants, and like offensive linemen Joel Bitonio and Cameron Erving, is being listed as week-to-week.
Thursday night, Shelton tweeted confidently that “all will be good.”

After Thursday’s practice, head coach Hue Jackson said that “[it’s] nothing that I think that is way over the top, but he will be week to week and we will get Danny back as soon as we can.”
With Shelton out, we could see Desmond Bryant and Trevon Coley as the team’s top two defensive tackles against the Giants.

Manuel Allen flips his commitment from Nebraska to Louisville

The Cardinals got a boost to their 2018 recruiting class Thursday evening as composite 4-star wide receiver Manuel Allen flips from Nebraska to Louisville.

Allen will come to Louisville all the way from the West Coast. Last year, the Corona, California, prospect hauled in 44 catches for 589 yards and four touchdowns. Along with Louisville and Nebraska, Allen holds offers from Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, BYU, Cal, and Washington, among many others.
Allen’s commitment will be one to keep an eye on, as it is not a guarantee that he’ll suit up for the Cards. He was originally committed to play for the local school in the Southern California Trojans, but backed out of that pledge in February and decided to join the Cornhuskers class in April. Let’s hope he’s finally settled in on a decision, and a good one at that.

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