More testimonies from adopted dad shed light on Calloway situation

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The recruitment of Alabama linebacker Brent Calloway, from his very public first flip-flop to Auburn during January’s U.S. Army All-American Game, to his more recent re-flip-flop back to the Tide in the weening hours before signing day, has been interesting to say the least.

The last several days of reports regarding alleged payments made to Calloway’s father with the intent of Calloway signing with Bama and out-of-state furloughs were merely cherries on top.

Now, Calloway’s guardian, HarlandPeachesWinston*, has come forward to declare Calloway’s trip to Florida with Winston’s friend, Darren Woodruf, was in Calloway’s best interest.

(*Disclaimer: any testimonies given by a man with the nickname “Peaches” should be, and won’t be, taken seriously)

“It dawned on me,” Winston said. “I called him (Woodruff). I said, ‘Do you mind if you let him (Calloway) go up there, put him in a room?’ I told him (Woodruff) I wanted him (Calloway) to pray, I don’t want him (Calloway) to deal with nobody. He (Woodruff) said, ‘It’s fine, man.’ I said, ‘You come pick him up.’

“I know as soon as he stepped on the (Russellville) campus the questions would be asked, ‘Where are you going? What are you doing?’ He didn’t need that,” Winston said. “He had a peace of mind when he came back.”

Shortly after his return from Florida, Calloway informed Winston that he was going to Alabama.

Winston stated that Woodruff had known Calloway for years, and had assisted him since his freshman year of high school with his college recruitment (Alabama’s one-day investigation concluded Woodruff didn’t act as an agent in Calloway’s recruitment, but the NCAA jury might still be out on that one).

A friend of Woodruff’s by the name of John Stancil, when reached by Jeffrey Lee (yes, that one) of AuburnSports.com, gave a similar story.

“(Woodruff) told me Peaches asked him to take Brent out of town — that Brent needed to go somewhere to think about stuff,” said Stancil. “He took Brent down there (to Pensacola) and brought him back to Peaches’ house Tuesday night.”

In context, “Tuesday night” would be the night before signing day — the same time when, according to Peaches himself, Calloway informed him that he would be attending Alabama.

However, in each report, Calloway’s high school coach, Doug Goodwin, says Calloway’s decision to sign with Alabama stunk something fierce.

In the Birmingham News‘ article, Goodwin states “[Calloway is] the only player in 26 years of coaching that I didn’t fax the scholarship in for. The only player I wasn’t allowed to have contact with for four days prior to signing day. That tells me they thought I was trying to push him to Auburn. (Goodwin is a 1984 Auburn graduate.) That’s a slap in the face. That would be unprofessional on my part.”

Goodwin also states in Lee’s story that “Brent texted me back saying, ‘Coach, I gotta go (to Alabama this weekend). My daddy (Peaches) is making me go, but I’m not changing my mind. I am 100-percent sure (about signing with Auburn).'”

As you may recall, Calloways’ family was none to thrilled about Calloway’s highly public switch to Auburn on national television.

“I’m from the old school,” Peaches told The News. “When you shake a man’s hand, look him in the eye and make a commitment, you stick to that commitment. I respect him and I’m going to root for him. But I don’t think he handled it the right way.”

The right way? Something tells me that went out the window a long time ago.

6-5, 287-pound 8th grader Jaheim Otis holds offers from Alabama, other SEC schools

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You may want to pay attention to Jaheim Oatis as he’s a rather big deal, literally and figuratively, on the recruiting trail.

Otis hails from Columbia, Mississippi, and will be in the eighth grade this school year.  What makes Oatis unique from other football recruits is that, not long after finishing up the seventh grade, he says he stands 6-4 and weighs in at 284 pounds; Scout.com lists him at 6-5, 287 pounds.

Even more unique?  Late last week, he revealed via his personal Twitter account that he has already received offers from Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Oatis isn’t all size, either, as evidenced by his running a 40-yard dash at Ole Miss earlier this year.

Oatis also plays baseball — he claims to have been clocked pitching at 84 mph — as well as basketball — he was the MVP at an AAU tournament this summer.  When it comes football, he plays offensive line along with tight end.

Bowling Green lands Cincinnati grad transfer John Kurtz

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Just ahead of the start of summer camp, Bowling Green has further solidified its depth and experience along its offensive line.

Appearing at the MAC football preview Wednesday, Mike Jinks confirmed that John Kurtz has been added to his Bowling Green football roster.  Kurtz comes to the Falcons as a graduate transfer, which would technically give him immediate eligibility.

“He played spring football for Cincinnati and was in the rotation for playing time on the offensive line,” Jinks said according to the Toledo Blade. “He’s a kid who has a chance to have an impact right away.

“The opportunity is there for him to play right away for us. This is a big ‘get’ for us.”

Jinks also hinted that Kurtz, who has two years of eligibility remaining, could be a redshirt candidate for the 2017 season as well.

Despite being just a two-star 2014 recruit, he was rated as the No. 12 player at any position in the state of Kentucky.  During his time with the Bearcats, Kurtz played sparingly.

After stops at TCU, Arkansas State, Cameron Echols-Luper to give WKU a try

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Maybe the third time will be a charm for Cameron Echols-Luper?

On his personal Instagram account Wednesday, Echols-Luper revealed that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Western Kentucky.  According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the decision was made following a visit to the school earlier this week.

As a graduate transfer, the wide receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for the Hilltoppers. However, he has to finish up some schoolwork at his former school, Arkansas State, before officially moving on to WKU.

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Echols-Luper began his collegiate career at TCU in 2013, transferring to ASU in 2015. After sitting out that season, he was third on the Red Wolves in receptions (26) and receiving yards (407). His 15.7 yards per reception was second on the team.

Ex-USC DL Noah Jefferson won’t be transferring to Arizona after all

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In early March, Noah Jefferson announced on Twitter that he would be transferring from USC to Arizona.  Nearly five months later?

Never mind.

Wednesday, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Jefferson will not, as previously expected, be playing for the Wildcats this season.  No reason for the abrupt and unexpected about-face was given.

The coach did, though, intimate that a future pairing between the player and the program isn’t out of the question.

Jefferson wouldn’t have been eligible to play in 2017 for the Wildcats even if his move to the desert had come to fruition. He would’ve, though, had two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018 at his disposal.

A four-star member of USC’s 2015 recruiting class, Jefferson played in 14 games, starting one of those, as a true freshman. After starting the season-opening loss to Alabama last season, Jefferson never played another down for USC.