Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 8:   Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to members of the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Head Coaches Press Conference on January 8, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 8: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to members of the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Head Coaches Press Conference on January 8, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)(Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

The Bengals-Steelers game wasn’t the only sporting event last night. It just seemed like it. Here’s a rundown of some of the other stuff that happened:  

Kirk Herbstreit told Dan Patrick he would have picked Alabama over Ohio State, too. 

I’m ready to move on from the College Football Playoff debate because what’s done is done, but I still found these comments interesting. 

The Centerville legend has been knocked for trying too hard not to be an Ohio State homer before, but I think he was genuine here. 

He basically concluded Alabama is better because the Buckeyes didn’t have an easier time putting away Wisconsin. 

That’s not unreasonable, but it’s not really fair, either. 

First of all, the Badgers were at a talent deficit, but they are still a tough out. That’s how they get to 12-0 and why they have such a good record overall in recent years. 

Second of all, Alabama might have struggled with Georgia if it had actually been playing. 

I said up front I didn’t believe Ohio State got a raw deal because the Buckeyes put themselves in position to be passed up… but man is the pick of Alabama ever more distasteful the more I think about it. 

The Crimson Tide getting in by default just rubs me the wrong way.

Even if Alabama proves to be one of the four best teams, it stinks in general because there is no reliable way to determine that at this point and Nick Saban’s team accomplished almost literally nothing on the field in 2016. 

Alabama didn’t beat either of the teams that won divisions in the SEC, and that league was nothing to brag about this season. It has become like the ACC used to be — full of talented players but light on good teams because of a coaching drain. 

The ACC is the best conference now thanks to better leadership, but we’ll see how that evolves with some change in both leagues... 

Chris Holtmann’s Ohio State basketball tenure got a boost when his Buckeyes stormed back to beat Michigan at the Value City Mausoleum

Ohio State trailed by 20 late in the first half but dominated the second to improve to an improbable 2-0 in the Big Ten. 

The inconsistent Buckeyes showed good poise late in the second half as the game remained close, and they ended up committing only 10 turnovers. 

It remains to be seen how good the Wolverines or Wisconsin (whom the Buckeyes blew out Saturday night) will be, but I suspect there are going to be a lot of toss-up games in the Big Ten this year… 

Meanwhile, Anthony Grant and his Dayton Flyers were back home in Dayton following a tough loss at Mississippi State. 

We talked to Grant, Jalen Crutcher and Josh Cunningham for a few minutes before practice (full recap here) and the takeaway was not surprising: This season is going to be a long process of getting to know each other. 

Jalen Crutcher taking ownership of the team could mean more growing pains but also an accelerated learning curve for the Flyers, who could be pretty formidable if they can take care of the ball and stay out of foul trouble. 

READ MORE: Here’s what we learned during Dayton’s media availability Monday

Unfortunately, it seems like there is no magic formula for making either of those things happen. 

Grant said there is no common thread with the consistent foul trouble, and he pointed out a large percentage of the turnovers came outside of the offense… 

If you missed my reaction to the Bengals game, you can find that here. 

Before the game, Boomer Esiason shared some interesting thoughts with local reporters on Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton. 

The former Bengals quarterback seems to be seeing a lot of the same things those of us around Ohio have been: A situation that has gotten stale. 

“You’d love to see a new-found energy around this team because that’s what it’s going to end up taking.” 

The lefty expressed a belief Dalton is good enough to be a winner in the NFL but mentioned something else that I’ve wondered about before. 

“I think Andy gets down on himself, that’s just me watching from afar. I just want to shake him and say, ‘You’re better than this. You’re a good player. You should be the leader of this team. This should be your team, there should be no questions about that. You have to assume that mantle.” 

I have to wonder: If that didn’t happen this year, when will it? 

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

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:45 AM

Super Bowl 2018 has the New England Patriots playing the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. Find Super Bowl game 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 reports.

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 Vikints 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, Fla.
XXXV Baltimore Ravens 34-7 New York Giants Tampa
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

 

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/21/2018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts are here. The NFL Playoffs have only the Super Bowl left. 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 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 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

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Where is Super Bowl 2018? Location, stadium, schedule for Super Bowl 52

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:15 AM

Super Bowl 2018 will be played Sunday, February 4. Find game location and schedule for Super Bowl 52 below.

The New England Patriots won last year’s Super Bowl. They will play it in again this year.

Super Bowl 2018: Location, stadium

The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously had Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, with that game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, game information

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

Super Bowl 2018: TV channel

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

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 Vikints 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

 

South Carolina recruiting: Newly offered 2019 RB details latest visit with Gamecocks

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

While on campus for the South Carolina recruiting weekend, 2019 running back Tahj Gary landed an offer from the Gamecocks.

The 5-foot-8, 205-pound prospect received the news on Saturday during a tour of  campus with coach Will Muschamp, offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and running backs coach Bobby Bentley.

“They were just talking to me about being at South Carolina, the school,” Gary said. “They were trying to get to know me as a person, just my background, building a relationship with me and all that.”

Gary, who attends Woodward Academy in Atlanta, also visited South Carolina in December for a bowl practice.

“It’s a great place to be. It’s in the capitol of South Carolina, so that’s good,” Gary said. “Just going up there and getting a feel for it every single time, it’s starting to feel like home a little bit. I’m just getting a good feeling for the coaches, the coaching staff. It’s just a good environment to be in.”

The trip on Saturday offered a little more depth.

“Went to go see the dorms a little bit and we had talked about academics first, earlier this morning, that was good part of it,” Gary said. “We got to interact with some of the players and I got to talk to them about school, just being a South Carolina football player.”

Terry Googer, a Woodward graduate, is one of the players he’s connected with at South Carolina.

“He was just telling me he loved it up there,” Gary said. “Probably a year ago, he was telling me I need to come up there and see the school. He was like, it’s a good place and he liked it a lot. He told me I needed to get up there.”

Gary also detailed his interactions with a couple of the coaches.

Muschamp: “He was really good. He had a lot of good things to say about the program and how things are improving in the couple of years that he’s been there. He talked me about how they did in the bowl game, the Outback Bowl. The practices, they’re physical. The tempo of their practices, they move around a lot. They’re quick with things. They don’t waste time. Their practice time, they don’t waste time.”

Bentley: “We really connect a lot. I’m a twin and he has twins, a daughter and a son twins. … We really connect, like we’re both on the same page. He has good interest in me. He has my best interests. We just really connect a lot. We have a good relationship right now. He checks up on me a lot.”

Other offers

  • Power 5: Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky,  Oregon State, Purdue
  • The rest: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Miami of Ohio, South Alabama, Texas-San Antonio, Troy, Western Kentucky

High school stats

  • Junior: 1,305 rushing yards, 9.7 yards per carry, 19 touchdowns; 37 catches, 790 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns; 10 punt returns, 238 return yards, 1 touchdown
  • Sophomore: 703 yards, 6.5 yards per carry, 14 touchdowns; 16 catches, 155 yards

Visit plans

  • Has also visited Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee
  • Wants to return to Florida and also see Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon in the summer

South Carolina recruiting updates