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Sunday, June 17, 2018

College Football

Alabama offers scholarship to massive 8th grader OL

Kiyaunta Goodwin

Kiyaunta Goodwin is such an impressive prospect that even Alabama has taken notice.

Goodwin is a 14-year-old offensive lineman from Louisville who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 350 pounds. Although he has yet to enter high school, the 8th grader has picked up several scholarship offers, including one from the Crimson Tide.

Goodwin tweeted on Sunday night that he had received an offer from Alabama.

A day earlier, he said he’d received an offer from Florida State.

LSU, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin and Georgia are the other schools who have offered him a scholarship. And although he hasn’t said he’s received offers from them yet, Goodwin has shared photos on social media of him visiting Michigan and Ohio State.

As if us saying that a 6-foot-7, 350-pound kid who isn’t even in high school yet hasn’t caught your attention, this image should. Here he is making Hall of Fame lineman Anthony Munoz look small:

Goodwin seems to have unlimited potential. A May feature on him from Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer said that Goodwin could leg press 1,000 pounds and bench press 315 pounds. Imagine how much stronger he’ll be by the time he’s ready to enter college in 2022.

Watch: Tom Herman tossed into pool at Texas recruiting event

Tom Herman pool

Tom Herman showed once again that he has a lighter side.

The Texas head coach was tossed into a swimming pool at a Longhorns recruiting event on Saturday:

This is the second year in a row that Herman was tossed into the pool at the “Heatwave” event.

Texas secured at least one commitment thanks to the event — 2019 DL Peter Mpagi pledged to the program. The event helped stir up interest among other recruits who attended. And seeing a coach who can have a little fun probably doesn’t hurt either.

Arkansas offers scholarship to son of coach Chad Morris

Chad Morris

The University of Arkansas football team’s latest scholarship offer went to a familiar face.

Chandler Morris announced on Friday that he had received a scholarship offer from his father’s program:

Morris’ dad Chad was announced as Arkansas’ new head coach in December. He previously spent three seasons as SMU’s head coach.

Chandler Morris just completed his sophomore year at Highland Park High School in Dallas where he backed up John Stephen Jones — Jerry Jones’ grandson — at quarterback. Highland Park was among the best programs in Texas last year.

Even though Morris is just entering his junior season, he is landing some big scholarship offers. Earlier this month, he received an offer from Clemson:

Chad Morris previously worked on Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson from 2011-2014, so the Tigers had familiarity with Chandler. Still, these are some impressive offers for a quarterback who doesn’t graduate for two years.

H/T The Spun

Dwayne Haskins officially enters camp as Ohio State starting quarterback

Ohio State logo

Dwayne Haskins will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback when the team’s preseason camp gets underway.

Last month, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer provided some clarity on the team’s quarterback situation, saying Haskins would get the first opportunity to be the starter. On Friday, Meyer officially confirmed that Haskins will open as the team’s starter, according to ESPN.

Haskins, who will compete with Tate Martell, played in eight games last season for Ohio State. His most extensive action came against UNLV, when he completed 15-of-23 passes for 228 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also came in during the team’s rivalry game against Michigan, going 6-for-7 for 94 yards and helping to secure a 31-20 win during a tight game.

Haskins’ presence and the crowd at quarterback led Joe Burrow to leave the program. He transferred to LSU, where he believes he will have a better shot at starting.

Michigan football adding blue end zones for first time

Michigan logo

There is a big — and cool — change coming to Michigan Stadium.

The Wolverines’ football program announced on Twitter Friday that they will be adding blue end zones for the first time in program history. They even shared a video showing blue turf being rolled out inside the stadium.

Michigan noted that the end zones will look similar to the 1998 Rose Bowl game with maize lettering spelling out “MICHIGAN” across the end zones.

Previously the end zones had the same color turf as the rest of the field but with the maize lettering (as seen here). This is a cool change by the program.

Texas Tech WR kicked off team after second arrest of offseason

Kliff Kingsbury

Texas Tech wide receiver Quan Shorts was dismissed from the team on Thursday following an arrest for marijuana possession, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury was likely so quick to act because it was not Shorts’ first run-in with the law this offseason.

According to a statement from the Lubbock Police Department, Shorts was arrested at an apartment complex where officers were present as part of an ongoing investigation. Getting kicked off a team for marijuana possession may sound harsh, but Thursday’s arrest was the 21-year-old’s second in the last three months.

Shorts was one of four Texas Tech players who were arrested on criminal charges back in March. He was charged with disorderly conduct and the players were initially suspended indefinitely, though no formal charges were ever filed in the case.

Lane Kiffin takes yet another shot at Alabama, says Oklahoma is better

Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin has made a habit of trolling Alabama since he parted ways with the program a week before the national championship game in 2017, and the coach is showing no signs of slowing down.

Florida Atlantic University, the school where Kiffin is now the head football coach, is set to take on Oklahoma in its first regular season game this year. Kiffin is looking forward to the challenge, and he managed to take a shot at Alabama while talking about it this week.

“(Oklahoma was) No. 2 in the playoffs and Bama was 4,” Kiffin said. “According to that, you’re getting a better team than Bama, so we’ll see.”

You could make the argument that Kiffin was just trying to praise Oklahoma by saying they’re on the same level as the defending national champs, but history would tell us he was taking a swipe at his former employer. After all, this is the same guy who has dedicated stretches of time on Twitter to mocking the Crimson Tide. Even if he was just giving the Sooners their respect, doing it at the expense of Nick Saban’s team almost certainly was not a coincidence.

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