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Four-star WR John Dunmore picks up offer from his ‘dream school’ after Florida decommit

Four-star receiver John Dunmore recently decommit from Florida and he’s already picked up an offer he’s calling his “dream offer” from rival Florida State. He spoke with 247Sports after his visit:

4-Star WR John Dunmore picked up an offer from his “dream school” today during FSU Junior Day — Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) February 17, 2018

The 6-foot-2, 172-pound Florida native is ranked as the No. 27 receiver and No. 23 recruit in the state according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He also has offers from Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Lousiville and Michigan among others.

Here are some of his highlights:

Four-star OG Dontae Lucas has national powerhouse “on top” of list of colleges

Four-star offensive guard Dontae Lucas apparently enjoyed his visit to Florida State this weekend, revealing to 247Sports that the Seminoles were his current “top” choice.

4-Star OL Dontae Lucas has FSU “on top” after visit. Commitment coming soon? — Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) February 17, 2018 “Florida State is my top — put it like that,” he said when asked about his potential college choices.

Lucas had the opportunity to meet with new head coach Willie Taggart and his staff in person this weekend, who reaffirmed an offer initially extended by former head coach Jimbo Fisher.

“It was great, loved the coaching staff. It was great meeting with coach Taggart, love coach Taggart a lot,” Lucas said. “The difference between the last staff and this one is that they care,” Lucas added. “I’m pretty sure the last staff cared, but they didn’t show it as much as this one. Overall I love the coaching staff and see myself playing here soon.”

Lucas ranks as the No. 8 offensive guard, No. 27 player from the state of Florida and the No. 176 overall prospect for the 2019 national recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports Composite.

Redskins reported move out of ‘pettiness’ involving Kirk Cousins could come back to bite them in the end

The Washington Redskins are moving forward with Alex Smith as the team’s starting quarterback and, on the surface, the trade to net the veteran signal-caller appeared to end the Kirk Cousins saga in the nation’s capital. However, there has been buzz that Washington could look to throw a wrench in Cousins’ future and, if the team attempts it, there could be real consequences.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk brings word that the organization is considering throwing the franchise tag on Cousins and, in short, it would be a move based in “pettiness.”

As one source with knowledge of the manner in which Washington president Bruce Allen does business put it, Allen will try to conjure up something in an effort to salvage value for Cousins and, in turn, make it harder for him to hit the open market and finally get the long-term contract he deserves. As another source put it regarding Washington, “They are in the pettiness game.”

Washington would theoretically be seeking trade compensation in exchange for Cousins because, simply put, there doesn’t appear to be a real scenario in which he actually returns and plays for the organization this season. Beyond that, though, Washington’s theoretical move could have unintended consequences.

Albert Breer of the MMQB reports that, if Washington attempts the maneuver, Cousins and his camp would have legitimate grounds for a grievance.

By the way, if the Redskins attempt to franchise Cousins, my understanding is that his camp will quickly file a grievance to block tag, based on Washington violating the spirit of the rules, which dictate that players are tagged as a mechanism for teams to buy time in getting a long-term deal done.

There are a lot of “ifs” with this case at the moment, but Washington looking into franchising Cousins, rather than simply letting him go, could put a number of different things into motion. Any thought that the quarterback would sign elsewhere without incident has quickly vanished and the franchise isn’t looking great on the outside looking in as a result.

Auburn player suffers gruesome injury, has to be taken off in a stretcher

Auburn forward Anfernee McLemore suffered a gruesome injury during the first half of Saturday’s loss at South Carolina.

McLemore dislocated his ankle during a play in which Gamecocks guard Wesley Myers fell backward to the ground and appeared to have rolled up under the forward’s left foot with his head, causing the likely season-ending injury.

The sophomore’s screams of pain were heard over the live broadcast immediately after the incident.

NSFW: Auburn’s Anfernee McLemore suffers a gruesome injury and can be heard screaming at the top of his lungs — CBB Talk (@CBBSuperFan) February 17, 2018

McLemore remained on the ground for several minutes while receiving attention from team doctors. The forward’s leg was placed in an air cast and he was placed on a stretcher before being carted off the court and taken to the hospital for X-rays.

SEC Network reported that he was in “good spirits” during its live broadcast of the game.

McLemore was averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 71 blocks prior to Saturday’s game. He recorded one point, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal against in the 84-75 loss at South Carolina.

Auburn has eight remaining scholarship players in the wake of McLemore’s injury. The Tigers currently lead the SEC men’s basketball standings with a 11-3 record in conference play.

After ugly near-fight at season’s end, punishment has been handed down for fans who instigated it

A game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Seattle Seahawks in December ended in bizarre and ugly fashion, when Seahawks defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch and, moments later, Quinton Jefferson was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. From there, Jefferson got into it with some Jacksonville fans and some at EverBank Field even threw things in his direction.

As a result of that, a franchise investigation was jump started and the Jaguars found four fans who they determined to have been involved in tossing items. Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk now brings word from the Florida Times-Union that the investigation has concluded and two of the fans have been brought to punishment.

“It was concluded that four individuals threw objects onto the field. Based on available video evidence, we were able to positively identify two of these individuals. All four individuals had relocated to a seat near the field wall toward the end of the game.”

The report states that the two “positively identified” individuals will be banned from the premises “indefinitely” after the incident and that seems to be the least that the Jaguars could execute. Hopefully, hiccups like these will not take place in the future and, if nothing else, there is some firm punishment for what were irresponsible actions.

Two-time Pro Bowler reportedly played ‘on one foot’ all of last season

Expectations for the 2017 Oakland Raiders were through the roof and, in short, the team fell woefully short of meeting them on the field. While he certainly wasn’t the only problem, talented wide receiver Amari Cooper also had a disappointing campaign and, aside from a 210-yard performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 19, 2017 was a disaster for the former top-five pick.

However, there could be a reason for Cooper’s struggles and quarterback Derek Carr illuminated it in speaking to Mad Dog Sports Radio. Carr outlined an injury for Cooper that included the fact that he was “playing on one foot” during the season.

“He will never tell you, and he’ll never even talk about it, but that man was out there playing on one foot. He’s out there just trying to battle for his teammates. A lot can be said about the way it didn’t work out, and stats and all those things, but the thing that I want to talk about is: I will roll with that guy any day of the week. He’s out there trying to give it his all, even though he could barely get out there and do it. That’s the kind of guy I want to play with. That’s how I know we’re going to be just fine. “He would never say it to you, no one would ever say it to you, but I’ll say it to you to have his back. That man was out there playing as hard as he could and giving everything he could and, honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn’t have even played with what he had going on. I commend him for what he was doing. We’re going to continue to work. We’re going to continue to do everything we need to do to be better, communicate, all those things, and going forward I’m pretty sure we’ll be just fine.”

Cooper exceeded 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons before cratering to just 48 catches for 680 yards in 2017. At the age of 23, that didn’t make a ton of sense and, in plain terms, Carr’s assertion that Cooper was playing at less than 100 percent supports the eye test in that Cooper did not play at a particularly explosive level.

2018 will be an interesting year for the Raiders and, if nothing else, Oakland might have a healthier go-to wide receiver as next season approaches.

[h/t Pro Football Talk]

Four-star CB Jaden Davis adds another program to top schools list

Four-star cornerback Jaden Davis recently released a list of schools that were on top for him. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas, and Wisconsin were originally the only schools on that list, but it looks like he is ready to add one more to that list.

He just got an offer from Clemson and told 247Sports that that has catapulted the Tigers into his top schools list.

“I have a top 10 but now with the Clemson offer, they are now in that top 10 schools,” Davis said.

Of course, he didn’t say if that really means he’s at 11 schools or if he is booting one of the other schools out, but now there’s another program to be on the lookout for in his recruitment. Davis is the No. 18 cornerback and No. 30 recruit in the state of Florida according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback has offers from Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State and several others.

Here are some of his highlights:

Duke gets brutal news on the Marvin Bagley front ahead of top-15 matchup

Duke’s Marvin Bagley has missed the last two games due to a mild knee sprain and it looks like the team will stay cautious with him against Clemson on Sunday.

Marvin Bagley III is out again for Duke tomorrow. Will be his third straight missed game. — Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) February 17, 2018

Duke has won the last two games without him against inferior teams like Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. However, Clemson is the No. 11 team in the country and considerably better equipped to handle Duke than the other two teams.

The game between the two is one of two matchups on Sunday between two top-25 teams. The other is Michigan-Ohio State.

Massive 6’6″ and still-unsigned OL Jalan Robinson gives update on his own signing day

Unsigned 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman prospect Jalan Robinson provided an update on when he’ll be signing with his college program of choice after opting not to do so on National Signing Day.

“I’m going to OU today/this weekend for an unofficial (visit) and that’s gonna be my last one,” Robinson told 247Sports. “I’m gonna decide early next week.”

The unrated prospect took an official visit to Western Illinois and Kansas after receiving a blue-shirt from the Jayhawks, but suddenly received attention from other Power 5 schools after that.

Robinson has since received offers from Mississippi State and Nebraska, as well as having planned official visits to both schools late in his recruitment. Kansas responded by upgrading its offer to a full ride scholarship.

This led to Robinson delaying his final decision beyond the traditional signing day deadline, as he’ll make one final official visit before announcing his ultimate decision. It’s worth noting that Oklahoma has yet to extend an offer, but that could change during his trip to Norman.

Yahoo Sports analyst says he would be ‘stunned’ if one coach keeps his job amid FBI probe

Yahoo Sports analyst Pete Thamel was a guest on Paul Finebaum’s show on Friday and was asked about the FBI probe into college basketball. There have been reports about a potential for massive firings to take place and for a lot of programs to be in trouble and Bruce Pearl has been one of the coaches heavily involved as many believe.

When asked about Pearl’s future at Auburn, Thamel didn’t sugarcoat it all.

“I would be stunned if Bruce Pearl is the Auburn coach next year. I can’t wrap my mind around the sense that he will be back.”

Thamel has been dialed in with the report from the beginning so he certainly has some insight here. However, Auburn did take a proactive step by sitting out Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley who were two players reportedly involved in the probe. While that is helpful to keep Auburn from taking any major punishment as far as the postseason goes, the results of the probe may prove too much to keep Pearl as coach.

[h/t Saturday Down South]

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