Sumlin gets a gig
Former A&M coach (they call them that right?) Kevin Sumlin landed on his feet this weekend when he took the Arizona job. All Sumlin did at A&M was win eight games a year, more when he employed Johnny Football, and get the Aggies to a bowl game. The relationship became toxic, and both parties wanted out. A&M went out and lured Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State, and rumors linked Sumlin to openings everywhere.
Sumlin steps into an Arizona job that's in pretty good shape with Khalil Tate coming back at quarterback on a team that went to a bowl game in 2017. Rich Rodriguez apparently wore out his welcome and created some baggage due to alleged sexual misconduct.
The Wildcats' chief rival, Arizona State hired Herm Edwards and are currently selling tickets to the shit show. Sumlin is a model of stability and should have his run of the state. The key will be whether he can consistently recruit California well enough to hang with USC and now Chip Kelly's UCLA program.
Jonathan Picone transferring from Tech
Tech lost a linebacker yesterday with Jonathan Picone tweeting that he's leaving Lubbock intent on transferring to another program. Picone, a three-star recruit out of Covington, Louisiana, chose Tech over Arizona, Texas, Tulane and Kansas State. Picone contributed as a true freshman in 2016 but failed to see action in all but one game in 2017. The emergence of Dakota Allen and continued development of Jordyn Brooks gave the Red Raider defense other options at linebacker.
North Texas shores up a line position
Scottsdale Community College offensive lineman Thomas Preston committed to North Texas over the weekend. Preston chose the Mean Green over New Mexico, UTEP, Ohio, and Kent State. North Texas needs help up front after losing the right side of their line from 2017. The Mean Green struggled in pass protection, especially late in the season.
Preston can play either guard or tackle, is an Arizona native and held offers from some FCS schools as well. According to his twitter account, Preston's fro game is on point. Also, Scottsdale Community College's mascot is the Artichokes.
Kai Locksley Commits to UTEP
Dana Dimel's UTEP rebuild got a huge boost today as former four-star Texas commit Kai Locksley committed to the Miners. Locksley left Texas for Iowa Western JC after a position change didn't suit him. He's back playing quarterback and at 6-4, 205 pounds with great athleticism, he could be a game changer for the Miners. Locksley should also draw in other talented recruits to bolster a Miner roster desperately in need of help.
Locksely ran for 20 touchdowns and threw for 20 touchdowns in his one season at Iowa Western. He was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year.