A little over a month after leaving The Plains, Antwuan Jackson has reportedly settled on a new college football home.
Citing multiple sources familiar with the situation, 247Sports.com is reporting that Jackson has signed with Blinn Community College in Texas. The defensive tackle will play for the JUCO this season, with his eyes set on a return to the FBS level, perhaps as early as December.
On his Twitter account earlier Monday, Jackson hinted at an unspecified development regarding his football future.
In mid-May, Jackson announced his decision to transfer from Auburn. AU blocked him from transferring to a handful of schools he had requested, including Ohio State. It’s believed the Buckeyes have emerged as the favorites to land the lineman when he jumps back to the FBS level.
Jackson was a four-star member of AU’s 2016 recruiting class, rated as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the country; the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Georgia; and the No. 49 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. Only three players in the Tigers’ class that year were rated higher.
As a true freshman last season, Jackson took a redshirt.
Kerry Coombs adds assistant DC to Ohio State coaching responsibilities
Heading into the 2017 season, Kerry Coombs will have an additional title on his coaching résumé.
Ohio State announced Thursday that Coombs has been promoted to assistant coordinator, defense, by Urban Meyer. Coombs will retain his titles of special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach as well.
Greg Schiano will remain in his role as defensive coordinator.
“Kerry Coombs is absolutely deserving of this promotion to assistant coordinator, defense,” the head coach said in a statement. “He is an outstanding coach, instructor and mentor to the young men in this program. He is one of the best recruiters in the nation. He is incredibly loyal, and we at Ohio State are very fortunate that he loves this school and loves being a Buckeye.”
Coombs will be entering his sixth season with the Buckeyes, one of two assistants, the other being wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who have been with Meyer all five of his seasons in Columbus.
The past two years, three of Coombs’ corners — Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley in 2017, Eli Apple in 2016 — have been selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Another, Bradley Roby, was taken in the first round of the 2014 draft.
Knee injury playing hoops will sideline Ohio State’s A.J. Alexander for entire 2017 season
While it may have ultimately been the case anyway, Ohio State will now definitely have a new backup tight end for the upcoming season.
A team spokesperson confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that A.J. Alexander will be sidelined for the entire 2017 season due to an unspecified knee injury. The Cleveland Plain Dealer subsequently confirmed the initial report, adding that Alexander has already undergone surgery to repair the damage.
Alexander sustained the injury playing basketball earlier this month.
A three-star 2015 signee, Alexander took a redshirt as a true freshman. As the backup to starter Marcus Baugh last season, Alexander caught four passes for 27 yards.
Redshirt freshmen Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann will now vie for the No. 2 job behind Baugh, who didn’t practice this spring because of shoulder surgery.
Oklahoma announces Baker Mayfield’s punishment for Feb. arrest
Not surprisingly, an off-field incident this offseason will have no on-field impact for Oklahoma this coming season.
In late February, Baker Mayfield was arrested in Arkansas and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing the scene, the latter offense being caught on tape. Nearly four months later, the football program announced the internal sanctions for one of the Heisman Trophy favorites entering the 2017 season — participation in a university alcohol education program as well as 35 hours of community service, some of which will include working with law enforcement.
Mayfield will be compelled to complete the requirements before the start of the fall semester. If he does, it would have no impact on his availability for the start of the 2017 season, which includes a Week 2 road trip to Columbus to face Ohio State in what’s expected to be a battle of Top 10 teams.
“As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team,” the quarterback, who had previously issued a public apology, said in a new statement. “I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position.”
“Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program,” first-year head coach Lincoln Riley said in his statement. “He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it.
“The coaching staff and team has every confidence in him going forward.”
With Mayfield under center, the Sooners have claimed back-to-back Big 12 titles. He was a finalist for the 2016 Heisman and earned a trip to New York City after finishing fourth in the voting the year before.
Vandy officially adds transfers from Michigan, Ohio State
At least a portion of Vanderbilt’s roster will have a decidedly Big Ten East look to it this season.
The football program announced Wednesday afternoon that it has added three players to its roster, including longsnapper Scott Sypniewski and wide receiver Alex Stump. The former began his collegiate career at Michigan, the latter at Ohio State.
A four-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class, Stump was rated as the No. 37 receiver in the country and the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Ohio. After redshirting as a true freshman, Stump played in just one game last season. He had one reception for eight yards.
From 2014-16, Sypniewski played in 36 games for the Wolverines. He was the team’s primary long-snapper each of the past two seasons.
More than likely, though, Sypniewski will be best known as the triggerman for one of the most bizarre endings in college football history.
In addition to Sypniewski and Stump, Vandy also announced the addition of junior college offensive lineman Saige Young. Like Sypniewski, the Kansas JUCO product will be eligible immediately.