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04/23/18- Antonio Williams, So, Ohio State, 5-10, 208
RB Antonio Williams announced on his Twitter account that he will transfer from Ohio State to North Carolina. "Though being at Ohio State provided me with the right path to reach those goals, the timing for me to be at OSU wasn't the most ideal," Williams said in a statement on Twitter. "With that being said, following the end of this semester, I will be transferring to the University of North Carolina." The move will put Williams closer to his home in New London, N.C. Williams played in 12 games for the Buckeyes last season, and he rushed for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries.

04/23/18- Billy Price, rSr, Ohio State, 6-4, 305
C Billy Price, who suffered a pectoral injury at the Scouting Combine, said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday that he has made a lot of progress in his recovery and has regained full range of motion. The former Ohio State star said his recovery is to the point that he is bench-pressing 10-pound dumbbells for the first time since suffering the injury. During the Combine Price suffered a partially torn pectoral while doing the bench press. Surgery was required to repair the injury. Price, who can also play guard, was projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com before the injury, but is now listed as the third-ranked center prospect and the No. 72 prospect overall. NFLDraftScout.com projects he will be taken in the second or third round.

04/22/18- *Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-4, 226
Ex-UCLA coach Jim Mora defended his former quarterback again as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. The draft begins Thursday. UCLA QB Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold are among the top quarterbacks expected to be taken early. Mora wrote on Twitter on Sunday that Rosen will win championships and may even be a Hall of Famer. "Those that question (Rosen) and his toughs, competitiveness and love of the game are so far off anything I've seen in 6+ years knowing this man," Mora wrote. "He's the real deal, he has it all, he will be a great one, he will win championships. ... I've had the amazing fortune of being around 24 members of the Pro Football HOF, I believe we may see Josh Rosen enshrined one day. A lot of work to do, a lot of games/championships to win, but he has the qualities to do it."

04/22/18- Brandon Wimbush, rSo, Notre Dame, 6-1, 228
Brandon Wimbush, who lost his starting job as Notre Dame's quarterback last season, appears to have won it back after a strong performance in Saturday's spring game in South Bend, Ind. Wimbush entered his junior year as the starter in 2017 but eventually gave way to redshirt freshman Ian Book, who helped the Fighting Irish win the Citrus Bowl. The starting spot was wide open when Notre Dame started spring practice. However, Wimbush was named MVP of Saturday's spring game after completing 19 of 33 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns in a 47-44 win over the defense.

04/21/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
The younger brother of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa committed to play for the Crimson Tide, according to Al.com. Taulia Tagovailoa is considered a four-star prospect, according to several recruiting services, and part of Alabama's 2019 class. The older Tagovailoa rallied the Crimson Tide to the national championship over Georgia in January. His participation in the spring program has been shortened by an injury to his left (throwing) hand.

04/20/18- Cece Jefferson, Jr, Florida, 6-1, 242
DE Cece Jefferson had shoulder surgery earlier this week and will be sidelined for about four months, the Gainesville Sun reported. Jefferson, who is a key member of the Gators' defense, sustained the injury during Saturday's spring game. The school has not yet announced that Jefferson had surgery. Jefferson, who also plays outside linebacker in the Gators' 3-4 alignment, led the team in tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (4.5) and quarterback hurries (six) last season, when he played in 11 games (eight starts). He considered entering 2018 NFL Draft, but opted to return to Florida for his senior year.

04/18/18- Quinten Dormady, Jr, Houston, 6-3, 222
qb Quinten Dormady announced that he will play for Houston next season. Dormady, who made the announcement over Instagram on Tuesday night, will join the Cougars as a graduate transfer. He will be eligible to play immediately. The Texas native is expected to compete with Houston quarterback D'eriq King for the starting job. Dormady won a preseason battle for the starting job in Tennessee with Jarrett Guarantano and started the first five games of the 2017 season. After throwing several interceptions in the next few games, Dormady lost his job to Guarantano. Dormady's season ended in late October when he elected to have shoulder surgery.

04/17/18- Deondre Francois, rSo, Florida State, 6-0, 205
Francois, who is recovering from a torn patellar tendon of his left knee he suffered last season, will be required to do community service and avoid any criminal activity for a period that lasts from three months to a year. "He's got to be smart about who he's around and what he's around, and make good decisions," Taggart said, according to the Sentinel "I advise him to just make sure he's around his teammates all the time." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound signal caller has thrown for 3,560 yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons with the Seminoles, including just 210 yards and one touchdown in his injury-shortened 2017 season.

04/16/18- Jay Hayes, rJr, , 6-3, 290
DE Jay Hayes announced last week he was transferring from Notre Dame, and on Sunday, he announced via social media that he will transfer to Oklahoma. "Officially an Oklahoma Sooner! #TakeOver #BoomerSooner," Hayes said on his Twitter site. The move has not been confirmed by Oklahoma yet. The 6-4, 289-pound Hayes is a graduate transfer so he will be eligible to play for the Sooners in the 2018 season.

04/14/18- Tua Tagovailoa, Fr, Alabama, 6-1, 219
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa did not participate in the team's second spring scrimmage Saturday because of a setback to his injured throwing hand. The sophomore had surgery on his left hand after breaking a bone in it during spring practice last month. He did participate in last Saturday's scrimmage. The Crimson Tide practice twice next week before next Saturday's annual spring game, which will be televised on ESPN. If Tagovailoa continue to be out, Alabama's main options at quarterback are Jalen Hurts and redshirt freshman Mac Jones.

04/14/18- Michael Chigbu, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 213
WR Michael Chigbu is considering passing up his final year of eligibility because of undisclosed injuries, according to head coach Kirby Smart. Smart said that Chigbu, who has missed recent spring practice sessions due to the injuries, "has not decided yet." Chigbu, who would be a senior in 2018, had nine catches for the Bulldogs in 12 games, including six starts, in 2016. He had no catches in six games last season. If Chigbu takes a medical disqualification, he would remain on scholarship but would not count toward Georgia's NCAA limit of 85 players. Smart also said sophomore Chris Barnes has moved from the offensive line to defensive line.

04/13/18- Deondre Francois, rSo, Florida State, 6-0, 205
QB Deondre Francois of Florida State is facing a misdemeanor marijuana charge, the Tallahassee Democrat reported on Thursday. Francois, a a sophomore who is rehabbing a left knee injury, is facing a charge of possession of fewer than 20 grams and has been ordered by Tallahassee Police to appear in court, according to the report.

04/12/18- Terrence Alexander, Sr, Stanford, 5-10, 187
CB Terrence Alexander has transferred from Stanford and will play as a graduate student with LSU. Alexander, who recently visited the Baton Rouge campus, recorded 57 tackles and one interception in 41 games with the Cardinal. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Alexander was granted a medical redshirt after sustaining an injury in Stanford's 2017 season opener against Rice. Alexander won three state championships while attending high school at New Orleans-area football powerhouse John Curtis.

04/12/18- Wilton Speight, rJr, Michigan, 6-5, 240
Wilton Speight is headed to UCLA for his final college football season. The fifth-year graduate transfer confirmed his choice Thursday on Instagram. He also was considering Wyoming. Speight suffered a spinal injury during the fourth game against Purdue last fall and missed the rest of the year. Shortly after the end of the season, he announced that he would not return to Michigan. In 2016, Speight started 11 games for the Wolverines despite sustaining a shoulder injury. He won the starting job again in 2017 before a broken vertebrae ended the season.

04/11/18- Brandon Dawkins, rJr, Indiana, 6-2, 210
QB Brandon Dawkins, who started the first four games of the 2017 season for Arizona, has decided to play at Indiana next season, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com reported Tuesday. As a graduate transfer, Dawkins will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 for the Hoosiers. Dawkins started nine games in 2016 for Arizona and the first four games this past season before sophomore Khalil Tate took over and put up impressive numbers. In 2017, Dawkins completed 61.4 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 459 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Peyton Ramsey started four games at quarterback as a redshirt freshman for Indiana in 2017.

04/09/18- Jaelan Phillips, , UCLA, 6-6, 250
DE Jaelan Phillips isn't letting what he deems a minor setback get him down. Phillips underwent surgery on his hand and wrist following a January scooter accident. After the website 247Sports.com reported that the sophomore will undergo a second surgery that clouds his participation for the start of the 2018 season, Phillips took to Twitter to set the record straight. "Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback," Phillips wrote. Five minutes later, he added that, "Oh, and I'll be ready for season, don't worry." Phillips overcame a serious sprained ankle to start four of seven games in which he played last season. He recorded a team second-best 3.5 sacks.

04/09/18- Jawuan Johnson, rJr, Texas Christian, 5-11, 218
LB Jawuan Johnson announced he is transferring from Northern Illinois to TCU on Sunday night. Johnson made the announcement on his twitter page after visiting TCU during the weekend. He told ESPN.com that TCU was his first choice due to the proximity for his family, who resides in Texarkana, Texas, which is approximately 210 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Johnson will be a graduate transfer for the Horned Frogs. The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder is set to graduate Northern Illinois in May. Last season, Johnson was a third-team All-MAC selection with 98 tackles and five interceptions, including a 25-yard interception for a touchdown in a 21-17 win over Nebraska on Sept. 16. Eighteen of Johnson's tackles were for loss and he tied for the MAC lead with five forced fumbles. According to Pro Football Focus, he was rated as the highest-graded linebacker in the FBS last season. Johnson will join a 4-2-5 scheme that is based on speed and could replace Travin Howard, who led the Horned Frogs with 108 tackles.

04/07/18- Denzel Fisher, rJr, West Virginia, 6-0, 175
CB Denzel Fisher announced Saturday that he was transferring to West Virginia from UCLA as a graduate student. Fisher will be eligible immediately and has one year remaining. In 23 games for UCLA in three seasons, Fisher has 30 tackles and four pass breakups in 23 career games. Last year, Fisher started seven games for the Bruins.

04/07/18- Jay Hayes, rJr, , 6-3, 290
DE Jay Hayes announced that he will leave Notre Dame as a graduate transfer and complete his college career with another program. Hayes will graduate from Notre Dame in May and then be eligible right away to play for a team he chooses. The fifth-year senior has one year of eligibility remaining. Hayes' career numbers include 39 tackles while playing in 26 games during three seasons. Last season, he finished with 27 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Hayes was forced onto the field as a freshman in 2015 because of injuries. He then redshirted the following year and saw limited minutes until the 2017 season.

04/07/18- Charlie Brewer, Fr, Baylor, 6-1, 190
QB Charlie Brewer has been clear to participate in all spring drills. Brewer has been limited throughout the spring by a shoulder injury that bothered him toward the end of last season, but head coach Matt Rhule termed told the school's official website that Brewer is a "full-go" moving forward. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Brewer completed 68.1 percent of his passes (139-for-204) while throwing for 1,562 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions last season.

04/06/18- *Sam Darnold, rSo, Southern California, 6-3, 221
USC quarterback Sam Darnold had a privated workout with the Denver Broncos in Los Angeles on Friday, the team announced. General manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph were among the Denver contingent to view Darnold, who is rated as the No. 1 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang. The Broncos own the No. 5 overall pick in this month's NFL Draft and speculation is rampant that they will take a quarterback despite signing Case Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract in free agency.

04/06/18- Mason Rudolph, Sr, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 235
QB Mason Rudolph worked out for the New England Patriots and has a visit scheduled with the Buffalo Bills this weekend, according to the NFL Network. Rudolph, projected as a possible first-round pick, also has visited the Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.

04/06/18- Austin Stidham, , Troy, 6-5, 265
QB Jarrett Stidham has been ruled out of Auburn's Saturday scrimmage, but is making progress from minor shoulder surgery. While Stidham will be held out of the Tigers' A-Day scrimmage, head coach Gus Malzahn told the school's official website that will participate in drills on Saturday.

04/05/18- Bradley Chubb, Sr, North Carolina State, 6-4, 269
DE Bradley Chubb was expected to visit the New York Giants on Thursday, multiple media outlets reported. The Giants conceivably could use the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on Chubb as a means of addressing the departure of Jason Pierre-Paul, who was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 22. Chubb, who is the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Ted Hendricks Award winner (national defensive end of the year), reportedly met with the team at a private workout at North Carolina State last month. Chubb is ranked as the fifth overall draft prospect by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang in his most recent edition of The Big Board.

04/05/18- Kentavius Street, Sr, North Carolina State, 6-2, 280
DL Kentavius Street suffered a serious knee injury just three weeks before the NFL Draft. Street, who is considered either a defensive end or defensive tackle, suffered a torn ACL during a private workout for the New York Giants, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Street is rated the 13th-best defensive tackle prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, which projected he would be selected in the fourth round. Street had 19.5 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks in his four seasons at North Carolina State.

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