And so it begins.
Shortly after the debilitating sanctions on Penn State’s football program were announced Monday morning, Ohio high school cornerback Ross Douglas confirmed that he had decommitted from the Nittany Lions’ Class of 2013, a direction in which he had been leaning in the weeks leading up to the announcement.
Now, the Detroit News is reporting that Big Ten rival Michigan has offered Douglas a scholarship and, according to FightOnState.com, the player has given a verbal commitment to the Wolverines.
In a post to his Twitter account a short time ago, Douglas confirmed the commitment to UM:
Douglas is rated as a four-star player by Rivals.com and is the No. 22 corner in the country according to the same recruiting service.
There is, though, some good news on the recruiting front for head coach Bill O’ Brien and his coaching staff.
In a conversation with Scout.com last night, five-star tight end Adam Breneman reaffirmed his verbal commitment as a member of PSU’s ’13 recruiting class. He did, however, seem to leave the door slightly ajar for a future change of heart.
“I committed to play for Coach O’Brien and in front of 100,000 fans, and all that stuff is still there,” Breneman told the website. “This is still the beginning of the process, and I’m still evaluating things with my family and talking things over with my coaches and people I trust right now. I also spoke to Coach O’Brien, and I remain committed to Coach O”Brien.”
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah