Shawn Robinson Commits to TCU: Horned Frogs Land 5-Star QB For 2017 Class

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“Since my first visit, I kind of knew in the back of my mind that it was the right place for me. The offense fits me. The atmosphere is great. I have great relationships with the coaches. After seeing some other campuses and talking to other coaches, I just knew.”

Those were the words of Shawn Robinson, a heralded blue-chip 5-star QB recruit from Guyer High School in Texas, concerning his commitment to TCU.

Robinson, who is currently rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 10 overall prospect in the entire junior class by 247Sports, is one of the most sought-after high school football recruits in the country.

Prestigious powerhouse programs such as Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and USC have all offered scholarshipss. However, the Texas native knew in his heart that he belonged in the Lone Star State.

In an interview with the Denton Record-Chronicle, John Walsh—Robinson’s head coach at Guyer—didn’t sound surprised that his quarterback chose TCU.

“He’s the son of a Texas high school football coach. The Big 12 is kind of our conference. We all have some kind of allegiance to the Big 12. His dad has been in the Fort Worth area as a head coach. Sonny Cumbie has done an unbelievable job of recruiting him. I think I saw this coming about six months ago.”

It’ll be another two years before the 6’2’’, 207-pound 16-year-old suits up for the Horned Frogs. But just the fact that Gary Patterson was able to outbid programs with greater recruiting resources and land such a highly touted recruit speaks volumes.

TCU already has an exciting dynamic dual-threat quarterback in Trevone Boykin. If Robinson continues developing on his current track, some day, he could be just as good, if not better than the team’s current star signal-caller.

Clemson Football: Mitch Hyatt Is Ready For Key Starting Role

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The Clemson football program lost a battle on Thursday.

Literally.

The Tigers announced that starting left tackle Isaiah Battle, who played more total snaps (824) than other player on the team in 2014, was leaving school and entering the NFL supplemental draft.

“I have some family matters to address, with a child due this summer, and I feel it is in my best interest to enter the NFL supplemental draft.”

Usually, losing a starting senior left tackle unexpectedly at the midpoint of the summer would be a huge blow to any offensive line. However, the departure actually presents an intriguing opportunity for the coaching staff.

Incoming freshman Mitch Hyatt, a highly touted blue-chip 5-star OT recruit from North Gwinnett High School in Georgia, is a player who has the physical ability to come in right away and be an anchor for the line as well as a trusted blindside protector for QB Deshaun Watson.

Coach Dabo Swinney already took notice of the talented young tackle in spring workouts.

“We liked what we saw from Mitch in the spring and look forward to seeing his progress in August. We have other young offensive linemen who will also have a new opportunity for playing time.”

The Tigers obviously aren’t going to anoint the unproven freshman as the clear-cut starter before camp even starts. But it’s clear Hyatt will be the undisputed favorite to ultimately claim the left tackle job now that Battle’s gone.

The nimble 6’5’’, 270-pound All-American clearly possesses the type of physical tools it takes to square off against some of the highly athletic and explosive pass-rushers in the ACC. The only question is: Does Hyatt have the mental fortitude to handle such a vital role for a Clemson team that will be looking to compete for a conference crown in 2015.

Michigan Wolverines Football: Ondre Pipkins Accuses Jim Harbaugh, Staff of Coercion

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“College football is a business. New coaches have to win games. They want to go with guys they think can win. If I’m a victim of making room, so be it. But if there is no concrete reason to disqualify a player, he should have the right to keep playing.”’

That was the simple, yet powerful, quote from Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins in an eye-opening ESPN story, in which Pipkins accuses Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff of mishandling his medical case this offseason.

Pipkins has battled through injuries his entire career and earlier this year he left spring practice after suffering the second concussion of his collegiate career. Still, he said that personal physician said he was prepared to play.

The Wolverines staff simply didn’t see it that way.

According to the senior defender, head athletic trainer Paul Schmidt and associate athletic director Jim Minick asked him about 10 times over a two-month period to sign a medical scholarship form that would have ended his career.

“Schmidt told me, ‘Call it quits. Hang it up.’ He said, ‘You’ve had a good run.'”

An official statement from Michigan said the program only had Pipkin’s best long-term health interests in mind.

In this case, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of both accounts. Still, when Pipkins ultimately transfers to another school it will be interesting to see if he’s cleared to play, and what type of of final season he can put together if he is.

Harbaugh is hell bent on installing his philosophy, and he wants to build the program his way. You have to wonder, though, whether accusations from veteran players like Pipkins may ultimately damage the trust between the new coach and his older players, ones which he never had a part in recruiting.

2016 NFL Draft: Preseason Prospect Power Rankings

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For the past two months, football fans have had to hear talk about the MLB, NBA and NHL drafts. They likely miss the draft chatter that dominated the headlines for the first four months of the year when the 2015 NFL draft was one of the hottest topics in sports.

The focus may have shifted off of football lately, but with July lurking around the corner, and the kickoff weekend to the 2015 college football season looming on the horizon, it’s finally time for fans to get acquainted with the next generation of star pro prospects from the 2016 draft class.

Here’s a look at Gridiron Perspective’s complete preseason prospect power rankings for the 2016 NFL draft.