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Top-ranked OLB Gaoteote commits to Trojans

USC landed one of the most coveted linebacker prospects in the nation on Sunday in Palaie Gaoteote, who held offers from a who's who of college football royalty, including Alabama and Ohio State.

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Schools paying millions to use private planes

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Who are college football's iron men?

The days of players playing every snap have slowly faded away, but that doesn't mean there aren't still a few old-school souls in the Power 5 who refuse to come off the field.

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Full list of 2017 Heisman trophy odds

Lamar Jackson is in a three-way tie at 7-1 as the favorite to win the 2017 Heisman trophy. Here is the full list of odds from William Hill US.

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Which recruiting classes aced signing day?

How did each team fare on signing day? ESPN Recruiting hands out grades for the 2017 classes for each team in the Power 5 conferences, as well as a few of the Group of 5 notables.


Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama has officially announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and special teams/tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio. With Mike Locksley as co-OC and receivers coach, the staff is set.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

USC landed a massive commitment on Sunday as linebacker Palaie Gaoteote announced his pledge to the Trojans. Gaoteote is the nation's No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 41 overall prospect, and held offers from Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, UCLA and others. Ohio State was firmly in the mix as Gaoteote attends Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, which just produced Buckeyes signees Tate Martell and Haskell Garrett. But USC was able to continue adding to its stellar 2018 class, as Gaoteote gives the Trojans their sixth ESPN 300 prospect and third ESPN 300 linebacker. USC now holds commitment from two of the top five and four of the top 12 prospects in the West region.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Following the Under Armour camp in Los Angeles, wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and defensive back Steve Stephens were invited to the Under Armour All-America Game. Quarterback J.T. Daniels and defensive back and UCLA commit Chris Steele were invited to the Under Armour Future 50. Athlete Braden Lenzy and cornerback Olaijah Griffin (pictured)won the illSPEED challenge.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart owns one of the most impressive offer lists in California, with Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and other chasing. The nation's No. 108 overall prospect mentioned USC and Washington as two of the schools standing out early.


Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Olaijah Griffin is the nation's No. 130 overall prospect with offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. The Trojans could be tough to beat for Griffin, whose father is rapper Warren G.


Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

At the Los Angeles Under Armour Camp, ESPN 300 prospect Adrian Jackson is going through warmups. Jackson holds offers from Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, USC, Washington and others, as Colorado hopes to keep the top-ranked player in the state at home.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson DT Scott Pagano will transfer for his final year. Pagano has been a regular contributor the past two seasons and would've likely been the top backup on the Tigers' interior line in 2017. "We all wanted him to stay, but he said he had accomplished everything he wanted to do at Clemson," Dabo Swinney said. "He came here to graduate and win a national championship and he achieved both within the last two months."

Ted Miller ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's a statement from Washington football coach Chris Petersen on Huskies WR coach Bush Hamdan taking a job with the Atlanta Falcons: "Bush Hamdan has been an outstanding member of the Washington Football Program these last two years. In his time at Washington, Bush elevated the wide receivers group to new heights and was a key contributor to our success. I thank him for all his hard work and contributions to our program. We wish Bush nothing but the best as he takes this next step in his career."

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's football program got approval to move forward with a $21 million weight room renovation Thursday. Plans include a 32,000 square foot weight room (the size of two-thirds of a football field) and a 5,000 square foot mezzanine level.

Ted Miller ESPN Senior Writer 

Stanford announced the hiring of Ron Gould as its running backs coach Thursday. Gould spent the past four seasons as head coach at UC Davis after a 16-year tenure on Cal's coaching staff. In his career, Gould has coached C.J. Anderson, Shane Vereen and Marshawn Lynch, Jahvid Best and J.J. Arrington, among others.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

The Ingham County prosecutor has asked Michigan State University police for more information before she makes a decision on issuing arrest warrants for members of the school's football team involved in a sexual assault investigation.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Miami linebacker Jon Beason has donated $250,000 toward the Hurricanes' proposed indoor practice facility. Miami still needs about $3 million to break ground on the $34 million project. Beason, who spent 10 years in the NFL, isn't the only famous former alum who gave a large donation for the facility. Coach Mark Richt donated $1 million last year.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule's completed staff at Baylor, announced today, counts 146 years of collegiate coaching experience, 33 years of work in the state of Texas and 27 seasons of NFL experience.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State coach Todd Graham announced some coaching changes today. Rob Sale has been hired as the offensive coach. Rob Lickens was promoted to co-offensive coordinator, Michael Slater was hired as defensive line coach and running backs coach John Simon was promoted to assistant head coach.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington will have a strong contingent in Indianapolis for the NFL combine: S Budda Baker, TE Darrell Daniels, CB Sidney Jones, CB Kevin Jing, OLB JoJo Mathis, DT Elijah Qualls and WR John Ross. Only Utah and USC will have more players there from the Pac-12.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

With eight players invited to the NFL combine, Utah is tied with USC for the most from the Pac-12. Here are the Utes that will be going: DB Brian Allen, OG Isaac Asiata, OT Garett Bolles, C J.J. Dielman, DL Pita Taumoepenu, OT Sam Tevi, RB Joe Williams and S Marcus Williams.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Christian McCaffrey and DE Solomon Thomas will get plenty of attention at the NFL combine. Stanford will also be represented in Indianapolis by WR Michael Rector and K Conrod Ukropina.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon State will send three players to the NFL combine: WR Victor Bolden, CB Treston Decoud and OG Sean Harlow.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado had four players invited to the NFL combine: QB Sefo Liufao, S Tedric Thompson, CB Chidobe Awuzie and CB Ahkello Witherspoon. The surprise here is that DE/OLB Jimmie Gilbert, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, was not one of the players invited.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon will be represented at the NFL combine by just one player: tight end Pharaoh Brown. It's not really a surprise that he's the only one, but it is another indicator of what kind of talent the Ducks had this past season.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, QB Davis Webb and WR Chad Hansen both received invitations to the NFL combine, but Cal will be sending a third player to Indianapolis: long-snapper Bradley Northnagel.