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HATTIESBURG, MS - SEPTEMBER 5: Seymour mascot for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles poses with fans during their game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on September 5, 2015 at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 34-16. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Southern Miss the landing spot for Louisville grad transfer Devontre Parnell

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Louisville’s secondary loss will turn into Southern Miss’ gain.

Devontre Parnell has confirmed to both the Sun Herald and Hattiesburg American that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Southern Miss. Parnell decided earlier this offseason to transfer from Louisville.

The cornerback, who cited the presence of former Cardinals assistant Derek Nicholson on the Eagles’ staff as a factor in his decision, confirmed that he chose Southern Miss over Appalachian State, Louisiana Tech and SMU.

“My plan is to get there in the summer, get adjusted to the team,” Parnell told the American. “I’ll try to get acclimated and compete for the starting job. I’m a competitor so I definitely want to compete for a starting job. My job is to come in and start right away.”

Parnell will be able to compete for a job immediately because of his status as a grad transfer, and he appears relatively high on his odds of doing that.

Shoulder injuries cost Parnell the entire 2013 and 2015 seasons. Sandwiched in between those two injury-plagued years was a 2014 season in which he appeared in three games.

Parnell was healthy enough to fully participate in spring practice this year for the Cardinals.

Report: Former Texas C Jake Raulerson won’t transfer to UCLA after all

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 04:  Jake Raulerson #50 of the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Usually when a player announces his intention to transfer as a graduate student to another institution, that’s the last we hear of it. The player leaves his undergraduate university, enrolls at his new school and that, as they say, is that.

But there is an entire field of hurdles that must be cleared for a player to switch schools, and it appears Jake Raulerson got snagged on one of them.

According to a report from Bruin Report Online, Raulerson, who announced this winter he would leave Texas for UCLA, did not gain admittance to his two preferred graduate programs — the MBA and Masters in Applied Economics programs. He was accepted into UCLA’s Masters of Education program but, according to the report, has chosen to go in another direction.

A part-time starter at center during his time at Texas, Raulerson was admitted to graduate programs at Stanford, Michigan and North Carolina, but chose UCLA and its inviting depth chart instead. With the Cardinal, Wolverines and Tar Heels now full, BRO reports Raulerson is likely to enroll in the MBA program at SMU.

4 p.m. ET Update: Raulerson has all but confirmed he will enroll at SMU.

SMU lands another SEC transfer, this one a RB from Arkansas

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Apparently, SMU is the new home for wayward SEC football souls.

This past week, it was reported that former LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn had moved on to SMU.  Now, this weekend, Scout.com is reporting that former Arkansas running back Denzell Evans has also transferred into the SMU football program.  Evans subsequently confirmed to the move to Rivals.com.

It was announced earlier this month that Evans had decided to transfer from the Razorbacks.

Evans will graduate from UA this month, making him eligible to play immediately in 2016.  As an added bonus for his new program, Evans will actually have two years of eligibility left to use.

The past two seasons after redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Evans had played in 15 games for the Razorbacks.  Evans rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries in his Razorbacks career; 48 of those yards and six of the carries came in the fourth quarter of an Oct. 31 win over UT-Martin this past season.

Evans, a three-star 2013 signee, scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the Hogs’ spring game last month.

Ex-LSU WR Trey Quinn transfers to SMU

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 21:  Trey Quinn #8 of the LSU Tigers is brought down by Mike Hilton #38 of the Mississippi Rebels during the first quarter of a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Three months after leaving LSU, Trey Quinn has found himself a second college football home.

According to 247Sports.com. Quinn has decided to enroll at LSU and continue his collegiate playing career with the Mustangs. The wide receiver subsequently confirmed his decision to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Quinn will be forced to sit out the 2016 season. He’ll then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

Quinn was a four-star member of LSU’s 2014 recruiting class, rated as the No. 10 receiver in the country; the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Louisiana; and the No. 78 player in 247Sports.com‘s composite rankings.

In mid-February, Quinn took to Twitter to announce his decision to transfer away from the Tigers. He also has taken to the same social media site to offer further hints at his impending move.

57 centers named to Rimington Award spring watch list

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You know how I know we’re getting closer to the start of a new season?  The first watch list of the offseason has arrived.

The first for that honor this year is the Rimington Award, which on Tuesday released its spring watch list that is 57 players strong.  The Rimington Award, named in honor of former Nebraska standout Dave Rimington, is presented annually to the top center in the nation and is determined by the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams — Walter Camp. Sporting News and FWAA.

None of the finalists for the 2015 award, won by Alabama’s Ryan Kelly, are included on this year’s initial watch list as all three have since moved on with expired eligibility.

The ACC and SEC pace all conferences with eight watch listers apiece, followed by the AAC and Big 12 with seven each.  The Big Ten placed six, while the Pac-12’s three was the least of all of the Power Five programs.

All 10 of the FBS leagues, plus one independent (Notre Dame), are represented on the spring watch list, the full roster of which appears below.

AAC
Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati, senior
Ryan Crozier, UConn, redshirt sophomore
Will Noble, Houston, sophomore
Drew Kyser, Memphis, sophomore
Evan Brown, SMU, junior
Brendan McGowan, Temple, redshirt senior
Chandler Miller, Tulsa, sophomore

ACC
Jay Guillermo, Clemson, senior
Alec Eberle, Florida State, redshirt sophomore
Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech, redshirt senior
Nicholas Linder, Miami, junior
Lucas Crowley, North Carolina, senior
Alex Officer, Pittsburgh, redshirt junior
Jason Emerich, Syracuse, redshirt senior
Jackson Matteo, Virginia, senior

BIG TEN
Joe Spencer, Illinois, senior
Sean Welsh, Iowa, junior
Brendan Moore, Maryland, sophomore
Mason Cole, Michigan, junior
Dylan Utter, Nebraska, senior
Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, sophomore

BIG 12
Kyle Fuller, Baylor, senior
Dalton Risner, Kansas State, sophomore
Jonathan Alvarez, Oklahoma, junior
Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State, junior
Austin Schlottman, TCU, junior
Tony Morales, Texas Tech, senior
Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia, redshirt senior

CONFERENCE USA
Michael Montero, FIU, senior
Dillon DeBoer, FAU, redshirt senior
Daniel Stephens, Middle Tennessee State, senior
Nick Clarke, Old Dominion, sophomore
Cameron Tom, Southern Miss, senior
Max Halpin, Western Kentucky, redshirt senior

MAC
Tim McAuliffe, Bowling Green redshirt junior
James O’Hagan, Buffalo, sophomore

MOUNTAIN WEST
Jake Bennett, Colorado State, junior
Asotui Eli, Hawaii, redshirt sophomore
Nathan Goltry, Nevada, senior
Arthur Flores, San Diego State, senior
Austin Stephens, Utah State, senior

PAC-12
Toa, Lobendahn, USC, junior
Coleman Shelton, Washington, junior
Riley Sorenson, Washington State, senior

SEC
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, junior
Brandon Kublanow, Georgia, senior
Jon Toth, Kentucky, senior
Ethan Pocic, LSU, senior
Jamaal Clayborn, Mississippi State, senior
Robert Conyers, Ole Miss, senior
Alan Knott, South Carolina, redshirt junior
Coleman Thomas, Tennessee, junior

SUN BELT
Devin Mondie, Arkansas State, senior
Andy Kwon, Georgia Southern, senior
Gabe Mobley, Georgia State, sophomore
Steve Matlock, Idaho, senior

INDEPENDENTS
Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, junior