2018 guard Cohill signs with Dayton

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 1:21 PM

Dwayne Cohill. Photo courtesy of Holy Name High School
Staff Writer
Dwayne Cohill. Photo courtesy of Holy Name High School(Staff Writer)

Dwayne Cohill, a senior at Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Dayton and play basketball for the Dayton Flyers on Wednesday.

"We're really excited about the addition of Dwayne Cohill to the Dayton basketball family," Dayton coach Anthony Grant said in a press release. "Having a chance to get to know Dwayne and his family, I think foremost he's a great young man from a great family who will fit really well into our campus community."

Cohill announced his signing on Twitter. Wednesday was National Signing Day.

“Glad to be a part of the family,” Cohill wrote.

RELATED: Cohill first top-100 recruit of Grant era

Cohill will be the first Flyer from Holy Name since 5-foot-2 guard Mario Termini in 1947-48. Termini, the second-shortest player in UD history behind 5-0 Keith Braswell, went on to become head coach at Holy Name.

Cohill, a 6-foot-3 guard , verbally committed to Dayton on Sept. 11. He ranks 93rd in the class of 2018, according to Rivals.com. He’s a consensus four-star recruit. He was Dayton’s top priority in recruiting throughout the summer.

"I think he's a great 'get' for us as basketball player,” Grant said. "He brings the skill set that gives him the ability to be able to play multiple positions. He's effective with the ball in his hands and off the ball. I think he's a guy whose whole career has been all about team -- all about winning. He's a culture guy in terms of what he represents. We think we're getting a great addition — a great young man and a great family so we're really excited to have him become a Flyer."

Report: Former Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty set to join Jeremy Pruitt’s staff

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:34 PM

It looks like another Tennessee Volunteers will be coming back to Knoxville.

Former Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty will potentially join Jeremy Pruitt‘s staff at Tennessee as a quality control coach, according to a report from Wes Rucker of 247Sports. Per the report, Hardesty is likely to serve as  quality control coach for Pruitt.

Hardesty played at Tennessee from 2005-09. He rushed for 2,390 in his Tennessee career, with most of that coming in his senior year when he rushed for 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns as well. The former Vol was taken in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but injuries derailed his NFL career.

Hardesty spent last season as a member on Lane Kiffin’s staff at Florida Atlantic, who was his coach at Tennessee. Prior to that he served as the special teams coordinator at Norfolk State.  Another one of Hardesty’s former coaches is back in Knoxville as well as Phillip Fulmer is serving as the athletic director after taking over the role for John Currie.

Pruitt was hired after spending the last two season as Alabama’s defensive coordinator. The Volunteers open their 2018 season on Sept. 1, when they take on West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. Dan Ross announces retirement as executive director from OHSAA

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:34 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:30 PM


            Dr. Dan Ross, 2012
Dr. Dan Ross, 2012

Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dr. Dan Ross will retire from that position on Sept. 15.

His resignation was accepted and announced by Twitter during the monthly OHSAA board meeting on Thursday in Columbus. No other details were given. A release is expected on Thursday afternoon.

Ross has been in that position since Aug. 1, 2004 when he succeeded Clair Muscaro. Like Muscaro before him, Ross oversaw a myriad of changes to the OHSAA, none more impactful than the competitive balance issue that was instituted this school year.

Ross has been plagued by health issues in recent years. He suffered a heart attack in November 2015 following routine colon surgery for diverticulitis. He remains on a national donor list for a heart transplant. He took a long leave of absence to recover and had eased back into daily OHSAA duties.

A Portsmouth native, he also served as a superintendent, principal, teacher, counselor, coach and contest official prior to accepting the OHSAA position as commissioner.

Allen Lazard receives invite to NFL Draft Combine

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

Allen Lazard has been one of the nation’s best secrets for too long. That changes this year.

Lazard is headed to the NFL Draft after four stellar seasons at wide receiver with the Iowa State Cyclones. Scouts will get a chance to see him for one final time at the NFL Draft Combine.

On Thursday, Lazard revealed he received an invite to the Combine, according to the Des Moines Register. 

“I’m up for the challenge and I want to be able to showcase what I’m able to do for these scouts,” Lazard said.

 His 2017 season, in which he helped the Cyclones reach a bowl and upset Oklahoma and TCU, should’ve been proof enough. Lazard compiled 941 yards on 71 catches and hauled in 10 touchdowns. He’s Iowa State’s career leader in receptions and yards.
Whichever team is lucky enough to land Lazard will have a big, physical receiver with soft hands at their disposal. Don’t be surprised if his draft stock skyrockets after his combine performance.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/18/2018)

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 projections are here with the NFL Playoffs reaching the conference championship games. Find some 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

1 Cleveland Browns Josh Allen Wyoming QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Bradley Chubb NC State DE
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Sam Darnold USC QB
6 New York Jets Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
12 Cincinnati Bengals Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
13 Washington Redskins Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
14 Green Bay Packers Marcus Davenport USA DE
15 Arizona Cardinals Josh Jackson Iowa CB
16 Baltimore Ravens Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
17 Los Angeles Chargers Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Derwin James Florida State S
19 Dallas Cowboys Vita Vea Washington DT
20 Detroit Lions Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE
21 Buffalo Bills Mike Hughes UCF CB
22 Buffalo Bills Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
23 Los Angeles Rams Carlton Davis Auburn CB
24 Carolina Panthers Billy Price Ohio State C/G
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry Boston College OLB
26 Atlanta Falcons Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
27 New Orleans Saints Courtland Suttin SMU WR DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans Alabama ILB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller UCLA OT
31 Minnesota Vikings Connor Williams Texas OT
32 New England Patriots Rasheem Green USC DE

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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