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Michigan State Spartans land ESPN 300 offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs

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Michigan State made a big recruiting statement on Monday when ESPN 300 offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs announced his commitment to the Spartans.

Dobbs is the No. 7-ranked prospect overall, and he chose Michigan State over Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC, among others.

The 6-foot-5, 304-pound lineman out of Belleville, Michigan, is the highest-ranked commitment for Michigan State since ESPN started its rankings in 2009. The next-highest ranking for a commit is William Gholston, who was No. 42 overall in the 2010 class.

Dobbs selected Michigan State over some of the top programs in the country, and he notably kept Michigan off his list for most of his recruitment. Landing the massive prospect keeps a big-name recruit away from rival Michigan, and it also prevents Ohio State from landing another recruit from the state of Michigan, as the Buckeyes were heavily involved in Dobbs' recruitment.

The five-star recruit joins his Belleville High School teammate, wide receiver Julian Barnett, in Michigan State's 2019 class. Barnett is an ESPN 300 recruit himself, ranked at No. 69 overall.

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Logan Holgorsen, son of West Virginia Mountaineers coach, flips to Bowling Green Falcons

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Quarterback Logan Holgorsen, the son of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, flipped his commitment from North Texas to Bowling Green on Monday. The younger Holgorsen is a three-star prospect from Morgantown, West Virginia, now headed to play in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Holgorsen took to Twitter to make the announcement official.

Holgorsen had committed to North Texas in October, and the decision to choose the Mean Green over Bowling Green at the time was in part because of his relationship with North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, who coached running backs at Texas Tech with Logan's father.

"My knowledge of football is higher than most my age because I have been around it all my life," Holgorsen said in October. "That's why North Texas is such a good fit, because they run the offense I've grown up around. [My dad] has always been the guy to go to for those things. He's taught me so much and helped me make that decision."

Now, switching his commitment to Bowling Green, Holgorsen will still have a few familiar faces when he gets to campus. Bowling Green head coach Mike Jinks is a former Texas Tech assistant himself, who worked with Kliff Kingsbury.

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Scout's Take: D.J. Burns to Tennessee Volunteers

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Scout's Take: Josh Nickelberry to Louisville Cardinals

Nickelberry provides elite shooting skills for new Louisville coach Chris Mack.
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ESPN 60 junior Josh Nickelberry commits to Louisville Cardinals

ESPN 60 junior Josh Nickelberry committed to Louisville on Thursday night, giving Chris Mack his first high school recruit since taking over the Cardinals in March.
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MyKael Wright, the No. 28-ranked prospect in class of 2019, commits to Oregon Ducks

Defensive back MyKael Wright, the No. 28-ranked prospect in the class of 2019, committed to Oregon on Thursday.
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Samantha Brunelle, Cameron Brink headline USA Basketball U17 roster

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Cameron Brink, the Oregon Gatorade player of the year and the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 class, will be representing Team USA for the first time.

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North Carolina Tar Heels Villanova Wildcats winners losers NBA draft deadline

There are several stages when it comes to projecting the next season in college basketball.

The 2018-19 picture is coming into clear view after the NBA draft early-entry deadline. The Jayhawks hold firm at the top spot, while Nevada rose higher in the top 10.

With much of the movement regarding recruiting and transfers finished, the NBA draft early entry deadline was the latest and most important step in determining how rosters are going to shape up for the 2018-19 season.

Who won and who lost at the deadline?

Winners

Nevada

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Bo Perasol says Jboy Gob 'a welcome addition' to UP Fighting Maroons

The UP Fighting Maroons aren't done recruiting just yet.

After getting high-flying forward Ricci Rivero earlier this month, UP has acquired the services of former La Salle Green Archer big man Jboy Gob according to head coach Bo Perasol.

After months of speculation, UAAP standout and Gilas cadet Ricci Rivero is now taking his talents to the UP Fighting Maroons.

Mark Dyke makes his return to the Green Archers. And it looks like he'll be a vital piece for La Salle's quest to bring the title back to Taft.

Just days after Jordan Sta. Ana bid farewell to UST, he was picked up by his former coach Jeff Napa to play for the Letran Knights in the NCAA.

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Viral dunker and Stanford Cardinal commit Fran Belibi at USA Basketball trials

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Fran Belibi, who committed to Stanford this week, is hoping to spend another summer with USA Basketball.

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Offensive tackle Tyler Johnson, junior quarterback Hudson Card commit to Texas Longhorns

One of the nation's top prospects in the class of 2019 is staying home for college.

Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas) offensive tackle Tyler Johnson, ranked No. 16 overall in the 2019 cycle, committed to Texas over archrival Oklahoma and offers from many of the nation's blue-blood programs.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Houston area standout is a huge win for Tom Herman and staff at a premium position that has been a struggle on the field for the Longhorns in recent seasons with the exception of Connor Williams.

The state's No. 3-ranked prospect is the highest-ranked offensive tackle to commit to Texas in the 14 years ESPN has ranked prospects.

Johnson becomes the fifth ESPN 300 commitment for the Longhorns in the 2019 class joining No. 17 overall Jordan Whittington (athlete), No. 61 De'Gabriel Floyd (outside linebacker), No. 83 Roschon Johnson (quarterback) and No. 94 Kenyatta Watson (cornerback). Two other verbals in the class come from four-star tight end Brayden Liebrock out of Arizona and in-state defensive end T'Vondre Sweat.

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WWE - Could collegiate wrestling standout Jacob Kasper be the next big star in the world of pro wrestling?

Famed wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick was of the opinion that finding pro wrestling talent was such a difficult task that if a promotion could develop one star performer per year, it was doing a great job.

The search for stars has historically led companies and promoters to cast a wide net when recruiting new talent. Randy Savage was a minor league baseball player before hitting the ring. Buddy Rogers was a former cop. Many wrestlers have come from the worlds of pro and college football, including The Rock, Dusty Rhodes, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, Ernie Ladd and Bronko Nagurski. The late, great Bruno Sammartino was one of many world-class weightlifters to make the transition to the world of professional wrestling.

Ronda Rousey is getting a title shot at Money in the Bank, but has the WWE rushed its new star, who is still working on her in-ring ability?

KC Joyner accompanied a handful of fans getting the experience of a lifetime at a WWE Performance Center "All-Access" event, where fans get to experience a day in the life of an NXT superstar.

Forty hopefuls will attend the WWE tryout in Dubai, and head scout William Regal is excited to see which of them will have the charisma and athleticism to earn spots at the Performance Center.

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Alli Campbell of Pennsylvania's Bellwood-Antis hoping to make USA Basketball roster

By Walter Villa | May 24, 2018
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Alli Campbell is a state champion and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania.

There was no need for the dry-erase board.

Alli Campbell and her Bellwood-Antis (Bellwood, Pennsylvania) teammates knew well the play that was called.

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Scout's Take: Romeo Weems to DePaul

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Competing against Duke and Kentucky for one-and-done recruiting

From the moment he arrived at Kentucky as head coach in April 2009, John Calipari has been a master of one-and-done-era recruiting. Then, by 2013, Mike Krzyzewski had adopted that same approach wholeheartedly, with the result that Duke and Kentucky have now produced the top two recruiting classes nationally in each of the past five seasons.

For 349 other programs, however, recruiting is a far different matter. None of these "other" programs has been able to attain and hold onto the luxurious position of signing multiple one-and-done stars year in and year out. Programs such as Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA have done so at times; but at the end of the day, the duopoly maintained by the Blue Devils and the Wildcats is still standing.

Here are some rules of the recruiting road that have characterized the one-and-done-era for programs not named either Duke or Kentucky.

No one stays 'on top' in recruiting beyond Duke and Kentucky for long

Granting that Coach K and Coach Cal constitute their own discrete category in terms of recruiting heft, the No. 3 slot nationally has featured a rotating cast of programs over the past few years.

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Scout's Take USC Trojans get ESPN 60 PF Isaiah Mobley

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Mo Hope for Kangaroos AFLW debut season

North Melbourne's bold AFLW recruiting spree has continued with marquee players Mo Hope and Emma King switching from Collingwood to Arden Street.

The Kangaroos also officially announced the signing of Kaitlyn Ashmore from the Brisbane Lions on Monday as they continue to build toward the club's debut AFLW season in 2019.

The trio join AFLW best-and-fairest award winner Emma Kearney, who left the reigning premier Western Bulldogs to sign with North.

"It's an incredible team already and we're not done yet," Roos AFLW coach Scott Gowans said.

"Kaitlyn, Emma and Mo each bring a unique set of skills and experience from their last two seasons in the competition and will only strengthen our playing list further."

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Asil Mulbah, Syracuse recruiting director, to join Buffalo Bills' scouting department

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse's director of recruiting operations is leaving the Orange for a position with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

Asil Mulbah announced on Instagram that has accepted a position in Buffalo's scouting department.

"Excited to announce that I have accepted a position in the Buffalo Bills Scouting Department," Mulbah wrote on the social media platform. "I'd like to thank Coach Babers, the SU football staff, and the players for an amazing two seasons filled with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life."

Hired in January 2016, Mulbah maintained Syracuse's recruiting database and assisted in creating plans to communicate with potential student-athletes via social media. He also monitored the academic progress of potential recruits.

Mulbah also has worked at Wake Forest and Bowling Green under coach Dave Clawson and was a scouting assistant with the Jaguars of the NFL. He played linebacker in college at Fordham.

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Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting commit Antonio Alfano scouts take

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Alabama's top-ranked 2019 class got stronger Friday with the addition of ESPN 300 defensive tackle Antonio Alfano. Here's how this talented New Jersey product will help the Crimson Tide's front.

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Devyn Ford commits to Penn State Nittany Lions

ESPN 300 running back Devyn Ford has committed to Penn State, announcing his decision to be a member of the 2019 recruiting class on Friday when he unzipped his jacket to reveal a Nittany Lions T-shirt.

Ford had been deciding between Virginia Tech and Penn State.

"What I like about Penn State is just the fans," Ford said. "They have 110K up there. Up there at the spring game, it was amazing the atmosphere there. They only had 71,000 there and it still felt like a real game, to be honest.

"They have really good alumni. I see people down here in Virginia always talking about 'go there, go there, We Are,' all that stuff. I also got [Penn State commits] Nana [Asiedu] and Ricky [Slade] in my ear too."

Ford said the success of Saquon Barkley also weighed into his decision.

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