One FCS program will have a decidedly FBS flavor to its roster this coming season.
This week, Northwestern State University confirmed that it had added three transfers earlier this month — BYU wide receiver Akile Davis (pictured), Florida kicker Daniel Justino, Texas Tech linebacker Ja’Quay Pough. Davis comes to the Demons football as a graduate transfer.
All three players will be eligible to play for the FCS school in 2019.
“For them to be here and learn the system is huge,” second-year head coach Brad Laird said in a statement. “Ja’Quay and Akile have the opportunity to learn the system in our OTAs and meetings, and then Daniel has the chance to kick with Scotty Roblow and Parker Pastorello and work with McKane Kinchen as a snapper and Parker as the holder to start developing that continuity.”
In 27 career games with the Cougars, Davis caught five passes for 56 yards. Four of the receptions and 47 of the yards came in 13 appearances this past season.
After spending the previous two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas, Pough transferred to Texas Tech as part of its 2018 recruiting class. Because he played in just four games during his lone season with the Red Raiders, Pough will have two years of eligibility that he can use with the Demons.
Justino joined the Gators as a walk-on in 2016, but didn’t see the field during his three years in Gainesville. He too will have two years of eligibility at his disposal.
Nearly a year after verbally strafing his way out of USC, Ykili Ross has found himself a new college football home.
UTEP head coach Dana Dimel confirmed Monday that Ross (pictured, No. 14) has been added as a transfer to his football program. Eligible immediately as a graduate transfer, the defensive back is expected to take the practice field for the Miners for the first time Tuesday.
Ross, a four-star 2015 signee, played in 24 games the past two seasons after redshirting as a true freshman. The Riverside, CA, product was in line for the starting strong safety job prior to his abrupt departure a week before the start of the 2018 regular season.
As for Ross’ scorched-earth departure from the Trojans? From our post last September:
Ross claimed that “neither my talent nor my passion for the sport/game was being utilized to its maximum potential” at USC, adding that his “development as a ball player (sic) and my dedication to the team was not being showcased/invested in.”
The initial reports of the redshirt junior’s impending departure came a short time after he reportedly nearly came to blows with teammates during a midweek practice. “To those that have adopted the narrative that I am disruptive, start fights, have no passion for the game, etc.,” Ross wrote. “I have never started any fights nor got into any crazy incidents, no cops, no trouble.
When it comes to playing the NCAA’s “Spin the Wheel of Eligibility” game, you win some and you lose some.
The latest in the latter category are Antonneous Clayton and Myles Sims, with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing a person familiar with the situation, reporting that the transfers have been denied immediate eligibility at Georgia Tech. Clayton, a defensive end, transferred in from Florida, while Sims, a defensive back, began his collegiate playing career at Michigan.
The football program is expected to appeal the NCAA’s initial denial.
If that appeal is denied, Clayton would have just one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2019 season. Sims, conversely, would have three years he could use with the Yellow Jackets beginning in 2020.
Clayton, a four-star 2016 signee, played in 17 games for the Gators, with three of those appearances coming in 2018. Because he played in fewer than four games, Clayton is able to take a redshirt for this past season.
A four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2018 recruiting class, Sims was rated as the No. 17 cornerback in the country and the No. 22 player at any position in the state of Georgia. Only three signees in U-M’s class that year were rated higher than Sims.
Sims did not see the field as a true freshman in Ann Arbor last season.
It appears it’s the end of the road for Christian Haangana in Pullman.
Earlier this month, it was reported that a warrant had been issued for Haangana’s arrest in connection to a vandalism charge earlier this offseason. Monday, Haangana’s name was removed from the roster, and a school official subsequently confirmed that the offensive lineman is no longer a member of Mike Leach’s football program.
Haangana and two other individuals, Cougars linebacker Fa’avae Fa’avae and women’s basketball player Makamae Gormera-Stevens, were arrested for felony vandalism in late April after they allegedly jumped on and damaged a pair of vehicles. The lineman missed a pair of court dates in connection to that case, triggering the arrest warrant.
Fa’avae, meanwhile, has taken care of his legal business and remains in good standing with the football program.
Haangana had played in 26 games the past two seasons, with most of that action coming on special teams. The redshirt junior did appear in a pair of games, both in conference play, at left guard this past season.
The vagaries of the NCAA’s transfer decisions continue unabated, with West Virginia the latest to benefit from The Association’s scattershot wisdom.
While there is nothing yet official from the school, it’s being reported by multiple outlets that Jarret Doege has been granted a waiver by the NCAA that will permit him to play this coming season. The quarterback entered the transfer database in early April before moving on from Bowling Green to WVU a month later.
Doege will have two years of eligibility he can use plus a redshirt season.
In 2017, Doege became the first true freshman to start a game at Bowling Green since Brian McClure in 1982. The following season, Doege’s 2,660 yards passing and 27 touchdowns were the most of any quarterback in the MAC.
There is a connection between Doege and Neal Brown as the new West Virginia head coach served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas Tech from 2010-12 when Seth Doege, Jarret’s older brother, was a quarterback for the Red Raiders.
In Morgantown, Doege will join a quarterback competition that includes a pair of fellow transfers — Jack Allison (Miami) and Austin Kendall (Oklahoma). Allison served as Will Grier‘s primary backup this past season, although Kendall, who joined the Mountaineers earlier this offseason, is viewed by some as a slight front-runner for the starting job.
Brown could announce his first starting quarterback at WVU as early as this afternoon.