Hansgen: Putting Dayton Flyers A-10 championship in perspective

Published: Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 1:58 PM


            Dayton’s Kyle Davis celebrates after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Kyle Davis celebrates after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

When the Dayton Flyers lost to Evansville in the first round of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament in March of 1993 it capped a four-win season for the Flyers. At that time I was hard pressed to remember which four they won. (For the record, the wins came against Louisiana Tech, Loyola, Duquesne and Detroit).

Now with an outright Atlantic 10 championship under their belt and an unprecedented fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament all but assured, it is obvious the program has come a long way from its nadir under Jim O’Brien. But it was not that long ago that this season’s success seemed still far from within grasp.

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The program returned to relevance under Oliver Purnell and then Brian Gregory. Purnell’s Flyers got to the NIT in 1998 and to the NCAA tournament in 2000 and again in 2003. The Flyers went back to the Big Dance in Gregory’s first year, and in 2009, beat West Virginia for the first NCAA tourney win since 1990.

When Archie Miller arrived in 2011 he continued a string of five postseason appearances with a first-round NIT loss at Iowa.

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The following season was a step backward. Dayton finished the regular season with an 81-80 overtime loss at George Washington. As the team quietly got on the bus after the game, their season was over. They had failed to qualify for the A-10 tournament. The only hope was if Fordham could somehow win its first conference road game in eons and beat St. Bonaventure. By the time the UD bus reached the airport, Fordham had pulled off the upset. It was not so much of a celebration, as a sigh of relief that spread through the plane. Relief that the embarrassment of not making the A-10 tourney field had been avoided.

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As it was, the Flyers made a quick first-round exit with a loss to Butler. An invitation to the College Basketball Invitational was in hand, but when Miller met with seniors Kevin Dillard and Josh Benson, they showed no interest in continuing the season.

That was just four years ago.

Scoochie Smith, Kyle Davis, and Kendall Pollard were signed to come to Dayton in the fall. Eventually joined by Charles Cooke and walk-on Jeremiah Bonsu they formed a senior class that has racked up more wins than any other in school history and they’re still not finished.

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When asked to describe what that group’s signature is on the program, Miller replied with one word: “Winning.”

From nearly missing the A-10 tournament to an outright championship. There was plenty of adversity along the way, the most devastating being the death of Steve McIlvene, but this group has met every challenge head on, and more often than not prevailed.

The history of Dayton basketball is one rich in tradition, but this chapter may be the most remarkable.

Sports Today: Super Bowl set on super disappointing basketball weekend

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

Postgame press conference: Dayton's Anthony Grant after losing to Rhode Island

The Super Bowl matchup is set. 

Blake Bortles nearly granted us a big game with no one to root against, but Tom Brady and Bill Belickick would not be denied. 

Then the Philadelphia Eagles crushed Minnesota in the nightcap, saving us from two weeks of stories about how it may or may not be fair the Vikings were getting to play a home game. 

The Eagles are an impressive team to say the least, having hardly missed a beat despite losing star quarterback Carson Wentz. 

These playoffs so far have been interesting to watch from a Bengals perspective. 

The AFC champion is the standard-bearer, perhaps in impossible-to-reach ideal for every team, so everyone is always measuring themselves against the Patriots. 

And then the NFC champ is, well, perhaps the 2015 Bengals without the last few seconds of that playoff game against the Steelers? 

Jacksonville also creates an interesting comparison to Cincinnati, as mentioned last week at this time… 

In case you missed it, Mike Brown sat down with the team website’s writer, Geoff Hobson, to talk about some of the things that have been swirling about his team since the end of the regular season. 

He confirmed those wins over the Lions and the Ravens played a role in his decision to pursue keeping Marvin Lewis as head coach, though he threw some cold water on the idea the team is going to be active in free agency… 

  

Meanwhile, the weekend wasn’t the greatest for local college basketball. 

The Ohio State men’s team shook off a bad start to blast Minnesota in a game that was played at Madison Square Garden for some reason, and the Dayton women rolled on with a 66-55 win over George Washington. 

The Buckeyes and Flyers are still leading their respective conferences. 

Also worth noting: Future Buckeye Justin Ahrens broke the MAC career scoring record as Versailles beat Fort Recovery on Friday night… 

Things went considerably worse for the Flyer menwho were pretty much dominated by league-leader Rhode Island at the arena on Saturday

The impression I get from some of Anthony Grant’s postgame comments indicate this has officially become a rebuilding year for the Flyers: 

“I thought our guys competed,” Grant said. “At the end of the day, Rhode Island was the better team today.”

Obviously that was always on the table considering the graduation of a great senior class and the coaching change, but there’s enough raw material to work with I thought it possible this could still be a top-half-of-the-league squad. 

It’s getting pretty late to continue thinking they will find any consistency before the end of the season, though. 

Also instructive were Rams coach Dan Hurley’s impression of the Flyers

“Dayton’s got some really exciting young players,” Hurley said. “It’s a little scary with Greek Freak Junior (Kostas Antetokounmpo) and (Jalen) Crutcher and (Jordan) Davis and what they’re going to look like down the road. We knew it was going to be a great crowd, great atmosphere, but we’re pretty battle tested.”

Again there’s potential there. 

How much can be turned into production by the end of the season?… 

Wright State had a rough weekend, too, as both basketball teams lost. 

Scott Nagy’s men fell 66-61 at Milwaukee after allowing the Panthers to get off to a hot start shooting the ball. 

“Offense wasn’t our problem, defense was our problem,” Nagy said. “In the first half we gave up 60 percent (shooting), and that gave them a lot of confidence.

“So then it was a fight. Had we shown up in the first half and been better, we could have maybe taken some of that confidence away from them, maybe it would have been a different story. But we weren’t any good in the first half. That was the problem.”

The Raiders dropped into a tie with Northern Kentucky for first place in the Horizon League. Both teams are 7-1 in league play. 

Next up is a visit from Detroit on Friday night… 

Katrina Merriweather’s women’s team also suffered a close losstheirs 64-61 to IUPU

She said she saw it coming. 

“We didn’t play well two games ago and I knew this was going to happen if we didn’t become more efficient,” Merriweather said. “When you play a better team you have to have less mistakes or they are going to get you.”

That dropped WSU a game behind Horizon League leaders IUPUI and Green Bay in the standings, though more than half the league slate remains to be played. 

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And finally: There were some Ohio State football happenings over the weekend. 

After the current Buckeyes got back to work at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, J.T. Barrett hit the field in the East-West Shrine Game to try to burnish his draft stock. 

Meanwhile, his third and final quarterbacks coach in Columbus, Ryan Day, might be headed to join Mike Vrabel’s new Tennessee Titans staff. 

Vrabel might also poach former Ohio State assistant Ed Warinner, who was also reported to be joining Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff over the weekend. 

Where Warinner lands could end up being crucial in the Big Ten East race this fall. 

For all the attention quarterback has gotten, the bigger disappointment of the Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor has been offensive line play. 

Warinner did a poor job coordinating the offense in Columbus, but he was a superb line coach, first turning an under-achieving unit into an elite one then rebuilding that group into one that paved the way for a national championship. 

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/22/2018)

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts are here. NFL Playoffs are set with the Super Bowl. Find 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 N.C. 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 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
31 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
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 N.C. 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 N.C. 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 N.C. 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

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31.

32.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, location, TV channel, time

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

Super Bowl 2018 features the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. Find date, location, TV channel and time information below.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the most recent Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, game information

Super Bowl 52 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Super Bowl 2018: Location

The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously served as host of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

Super Bowl 2018: TV channel

The Super Bowl will be televised by NBC. Al Michaels is doing the play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth is the analyst. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox are the sideline reporters.

Super Bowl 2018: Time

Super Bowl 52 starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Super Bowl: Scores, winners, results

I Green Bay Packers 35-10 Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles
II Green Bay Packers 33-14 Oakland Raiders Miami
III New York Jets 16-7 Baltimore Colts Miami
IV Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
V Baltimore Colts 16-13 Dallas Cowboys Miami
VI Dallas Cowboys 24-3 Miami Dolphins New Orleans
VII Miami Dolphins 14-7 Washington Redskins Los Angeles
VIII Miami Dolphins 24-7 Minnesota Vikings Houston
IX Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
X Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XI Oakland Raiders 32-14 Minnesota Vikings Pasadena, Calif.
XII Dallas Cowboys 27-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Los Angeles Rams Pasadena, Calif.
XV Oakland Raiders 27-10 Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans
XVI San Francisco 49ers 26-21 Cincinnati Bengals Pontiac, Mich.
XVII Washington Redskins 27-17 Miami Dolphins Pasadena, Calif.
XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 38-9 Washington Redskins Tampa, Fla.
XIX San Francisco 49ers 38-16 Miami Dolphins Stanford, Calif.
XX Chicago Bears 46-10 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXI New York Giants 39-20 Denver Broncos Pasadena, Calif.
XXII Washington Redskins 42-10 Denver Broncos San Diego
XXIII San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV San Francisco 49ers 55-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XXV New York Giants 20-19 Buffalo Bills Tampa, Fla.
XXVI Washington Redskins 37-24 Buffalo Bills Minneapolis
XXVII Dallas Cowboys 52-17 Buffalo Bills Pasadena, Calif.
XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 30-13 Buffalo Bills Atlanta
XXIX San Francisco 49ers 49-26 San Diego Chargers Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXX Dallas Cowboys 27-17 Pittsburgh Steelers Tempe, Ariz.
XXI Green Bay Packers 35-21 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXII Denver Broncos 31-24 Green Bay Packers San Diego
XXIII Denver Broncos 34-19 Atlanta Falcons Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV St. Louis Rams 23-16 Tennessee Titans Atlanta
XXXV Baltimore Ravens 34-7 New York Giants Tampa, Fla.
XXXVI New England Patriots 20-17 St. Louis Rams New Orleans
XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 Oakland Raiders San Diego
XXXVIII New England Patriots 32-29 Carolina Panthers Houston
XXXIX New England Patriots 24-21 Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville, Fla.
XL Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 Seattle Seahawks Detroit
XLI Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Chicago Bears Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLII New York Giants 17-14 New England Patriots Glendale, Ariz.
XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 Arizona Cardinals Tampa, Fla.
XLIV New Orleans Saints 31-17 Indianapolis Colts Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLV Green Bay Packers 31-25 Pittsburgh Steelers Arlington, Texas
XLVI New York Giants 21-17 New England Patriots Indianapolis
XLVII Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49ers New Orleans
XLVIII Seattle Seahawks 43-8 Denver Broncos East Rutherford, N.J.
XLIX New England Patriots 28-24 Seattle Seahawks Glendale, Ariz.
50 Denver Broncos 24-10 Carolina Panthers Santa Clara, Calif.
51 New England Patriots 34-28 (OT) Atlanta Falcons Houston
52 Minneapolis

 

Arkansas’ recent recruiting weekend couldn’t have gone much better

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss the happenings surrounding the official visitors to Fayetteville last weekend.


Two commitments, basketball atmosphere highlight Arkansas’ strong weekend

Arkansas capped its best recruiting weekend in recent memory with a pair of commitments Sunday.

First, it was linebacker Andrew Parker from New Orleans who announced his pledge to the Razorbacks. Parker is a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. He could be the steal of the class for the Hogs. He wasn’t highly recruited but definitely has the size (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) and speed (4.57 40-yard dash) of a promising prospect.

A few hours after Parker’s commitment, Owasso (Okla.) defensive end Courtre Alexander also joined the Hogs’ 2018 class. He’s a 3-star prospect as well and chose Arkansas over Texas. Alexander (6-4, 260) gives the Razorbacks a strong defensive line group in the 2018 class after they already signed Billy Ferrell, Nicholas Fulwider and Isaiah Nichols in December.

Parker and Alexander were two of nine official visitors during a weekend that turned out to be a success for Chad Morris and his staff.

Arkansas improved its chances with five other unsigned official visitors — running back Rakeem Boyd, safety Aaron Brule, safety Joseph Foucha, wide receiver Treveon Johnson and defensive end Tyree Wilson.

Boyd is next on the list of likely commits. His visit to Arkansas was so good it will be tough for Arizona and Colorado — his next two expected trips — to top.

Brule has moved the Hogs near the top of his list with Oklahoma State and TCU. Foucha also has Arkansas in his top 3 after the trip, joining Arizona State and Auburn. Both are from the New Orleans area, where the Razorbacks clearly haven’t lost any momentum recruiting despite the recent coaching change.

Johnson will be tough to flip from Oklahoma, though the trip to Fayetteville has at least made the decision more difficult. Same goes for Wilson, who is committed to Texas A&M.

One of the highlights of the weekend for all the visitors was the basketball game Saturday. Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 97-93 in front of a sold-out crowd at Bud Walton Arena. As much as the crowd helped the basketball team, the fans’ impact might have been just as significant on the football recruiting efforts. The official visitors received a standing ovation as they made their way to their seats.

“It went great,” Foucha said. “I had a lot of fun and got to meet new people. The fans are amazing.”

Talented unofficial visitors an added bonus

Arkansas also had safety Myles Mason and athlete Isaac Stoops on campus as unofficial visitors.

Mason is a 3-star safety from Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) who is committed to Mississippi State. He officially visited in December just before the early signing period. That trip caused him to hold off on signing with the Bulldogs. He and his family making a trip to Fayetteville on their own dime is obviously a great sign for Arkansas’ chances at flipping his pledge.

Stoops is a 2-star prospect who could play either wide receiver or cornerback at the next level. His offer from Arkansas is as a preferred walk-on, though he’d be a significant pickup without having to use a scholarship. The son of former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, he attends Norman (Okla.) North. His parents made the trip with him to Fayetteville. At this time, it seems most likely he joins his twin brother Drake as a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma. But the Hogs getting him on campus is promising for their chances should he decide on a change of scenery.

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