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Paolo Banchero is Here to Save Your Franchise

While the NBA draft approaches and organizations prepare for the lottery and subsequent workouts with prospects, a particular Blue Devil, Paolo Banchero, screams franchise changer. Paolo Banchero is Flat-Out Special During his first year of college basketball, the former Duke freshman excelled by all standards. He took home multiple honors including ACC Rookie of the … Continue reading “Paolo Banchero is Here to Save Your Franchise”

Dwayne Haskins: Remebering the Husband, Player, Difference Maker

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, the NFL world was struck by tragedy as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, was struck and killed on a highway in Florida. Haskins, a 24-year-old from New Jersey, was a beloved husband, teammate, and son. Dwayne Haskins is an Ohio State Legend Growing up, Dwayne Haskins knew he was destined … Continue reading “Dwayne Haskins: Remebering the Husband, Player, Difference Maker”

2023 Recruiting Class Update: Spring

How will the early reports of 2023 compare to the 2022 class?

Florida Gators vs Iona Gaels in NIT Tournament

Matchup: Florida Gators (19-13) vs Iona Gaels (25-7)Time: Wednesday, March 16, 9:00pm ESTChannel: ESPN2Venue: Exatech Arena at the Stephen O’Connell Center (The O’Dome)Betting Odds: Gators -6.5, O/U 143 Florida Gators vs Iona Gaels Analysis Analytical Analysis Almost every analytical measure would indicate that Florida should win this one rather easily. Florida is the higher rated … Continue reading “Florida Gators vs Iona Gaels in NIT Tournament”

Al Pinkins named Florida Gators Interim Head Coach

Al Pinkins was recently named as the Florida Gators’ interim head men’s basketball coach. This is following Mike White leaving to take the same position at the University of Georgia. Pinkins was previously the associate head coach for the Gators. He has been with the team since 2018, focusing on the front-court. Prior to joining … Continue reading “Al Pinkins named Florida Gators Interim Head Coach”

Mike White Goes to Georgia

Mike White has been announced as the next head basketball coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. White is making an unprecedented move going directly to a rival while still under contract for the other school. However, White was more likely than not going to be fired by the University of Florida. White leaves Florida … Continue reading “Mike White Goes to Georgia”

Florida Gators at the Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up and four Florida Gators participated in some way. Kaiir Elam ran the 40-Yard Dash and then was there for medicals and interviews. Dameon Pierce and Zach Carter participated in most drills, and Jeremiah Moon participated in all drills. All numbers are courtesy of Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb on Twitter) … Continue reading “Florida Gators at the Combine”

Day 2 NFL Combine Takeaways

Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Scouting combine is in the books here are 3 takeaways from the second day of on-field workouts.

Kenyon Green Scouting Report

Kenyon Green Scouting Report

Background Kenyon Green grew up and played high school football in Texas. He was a five-star recruit who was highly sought after by top colleges. The third overall ranked player in his class, he wound up choosing Texas A&M after much deliberation. Now, he’s a top prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. Let’s take a … Continue reading “Kenyon Green Scouting Report”

Day 1 NFL Combine Takeaways

Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Scouting combine is in the books here are the 3 takeaways from the first day of on-field workouts.

Ja’Tavion Sanders: Could We See A Position Change?

Ja’Tavion Sanders was the most talented 2021 recruit Texas brought in according to all of the major recruiting websites. Listed as an athlete coming out of high school, there were questions if he would play on offense as a tight end/receiver or if he would play on defense as an edge-defender/pass-rusher. When he arrived at … Continue reading “Ja’Tavion Sanders: Could We See A Position Change?”

Key Defensive recruits for the Texas Longhorns in the 2023 cycle.

Introduction: With the 2022 class wrapped up and the 2023 class starting to take shape. I am going to take a deep dive into the key 2023 defensive recruits. Just like in my offensive target breakdown I am going to choose one or two players for each position group to highlight. I will be linking … Continue reading “Key Defensive recruits for the Texas Longhorns in the 2023 cycle.”

Brennan Marion’s Go-Go Offense And What It Means For Texas

The biggest addition schematically to this team will be Brennan Marion’s Go-Go offense. However, Steve Sarkisian made a few changes to this coaching staff after his first season as the Longhorns head coach. Bringing in Tashard Choice, the aforementioned Brennan Marion, and Gary Patterson. First, Sarkisian brought in Tashard Choice as the runningbacks coach to … Continue reading “Brennan Marion’s Go-Go Offense And What It Means For Texas”

Texas And Oklahoma Will Leave Early For The SEC: Here Is Why

The Big 12 will soon turn into a “Group of 5” conference when Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC. However, there is a lot of speculation about when that move will take place. Join me as I jump into a couple of very realistic timelines for the move. Before the 2021 season started there … Continue reading “Texas And Oklahoma Will Leave Early For The SEC: Here Is Why”

QB Desmond Ridder is a hot name in Atlanta Falcons rumors

Senior Bowl Rumors: Falcons Edition

Last week I had the opportunity to go down to Mobile, Alabama for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. I had the opportunity to meet tons of super cool, and plugged in, people out in the practices and out in other networking opportunities. But at the Senior Bowl things get leaked and rumors start swirling. So, naturally, … Continue reading “Senior Bowl Rumors: Falcons Edition”

2022 All-Senior Bowl Defense

Embed from Getty Images At the Senior Bowl, the defense got the better of the offense every day at practice. This trend carried over into the game, as the offenses scored a total of only 30 points. The defensive linemen on both teams dominated the offensive lines. There were multiple players on the Senior Bowl … Continue reading “2022 All-Senior Bowl Defense”

Texas Longhorns Adding Another Big-Time Staff Member?

Adding former head coaches as analysts/assistants has become a common practice for Nick Saban at Alabama. Now, Steve Sarkisian is following in the footsteps of his former boss by going out and bringing in former big name head coaches to the Texas Longhorns staff. Who is he trying to bring in this time around? Find … Continue reading “Texas Longhorns Adding Another Big-Time Staff Member?”

2022 All Senior Bowl Offense

Embed from Getty Images With the week of practice and game wrapped up, it’s time to pick out the best players for the Senior Bowl offense. Make sure you go back and check out Around the Block’s winners and losers from Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of practice. Instead of picking out the winners again, this … Continue reading “2022 All Senior Bowl Offense”

Jameson Williams Scouting Report

Background This is the official scouting report for Jameson Williams, a wide receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide and an ascending upcoming prospect in this year’s 2022 NFL Draft. Hailing from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis, Missouri, Williams was a player that always proved to make a positive impact on whatever team he … Continue reading “Jameson Williams Scouting Report”

Bailey Zappe led the American team of winners and losers on Day 3 of the Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl Winners and Losers: Day 3, American Team

The final day of practice is complete! While closed to most of the media due to weather concerns, the broadcast and film access afterwards were able to clearly demonstrate the performances of many players today. Around The Block sent multiple scouts to assess the talent here in Mobile, Alabama. One of those scouts, Felix Davila, … Continue reading “Senior Bowl Winners and Losers: Day 3, American Team”

Key offensive recruits for the Texas Longhorns in the 2023 cycle.

Introduction: With the 2022 class coming to a close, the Horns locked down the number five class in the nation. The 2023 recruiting cycle is now under way and what better way to kick it off than to take a look at the key offensive recruits the Texas Longhorns should focus on. In this piece … Continue reading “Key offensive recruits for the Texas Longhorns in the 2023 cycle.”

Senior Bowl Practice Star Perrion Winfrey

Senior Bowl Practice Stars: National, Day 2

The second day of practices for the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl are complete, but not without getting everyone completely soaked at first. Both teams continued installing scheme and working in several individual drill periods to showcase their ability. However, the weather set the stage for players to be Senior Bowl practice stars. Just like yesterday, … Continue reading “Senior Bowl Practice Stars: National, Day 2”

Caleb Williams’ Arrival to SoCal Cements New Era at USC

The USC Trojans have their QB of the future now with Caleb Williams arrival to SoCal. See what this means for Lincoln Riley and Trojan fans!

Making sense of the Jim Harbaugh to the Miami Dolphins rumors

There’s buzz that Jim Harbaugh is connected to the Miami Dolphins Head Coaching opening. Hussam Patel updates the recent reports.

Michigan Defensive Coordinator: 5 Candidates to replace Mike MacDonald

On Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens officially announced that Michigan Defensive Coordinator Mike MacDonald would be their new DC. After coming from Baltimore a year ago, MacDonald helped turn around a defense that ranked 95th in 2020 to 8th in 2021. Jim Harbaugh is again looking for someone new for the Michigan Defensive Coordinator position in … Continue reading “Michigan Defensive Coordinator: 5 Candidates to replace Mike MacDonald”

Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl Watchlist: American

This is the first Senior Bowl watchlist by the Around the Block scouting department. By this time next week, over 100 prospects will be in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl is the most prestigious collegiate all-star game for draft prospects. They will practice with NFL coaching staffs during the week then … Continue reading “Senior Bowl Watchlist: American”

The Texas 2022 Class And The Effect On The Longhorns 2023 Targets

This past weekend the Texas Longhorns hosted a “Junior Elite Day” for their 2023 targets. Why would these elite prospects choose the Horns over teams like Oklahoma, Alabama, and LSU? The answer is simple — the 2022 recruiting class. Recruiting is all about momentum and Texas’ 5th ranked class is growing stronger by the day. … Continue reading “The Texas 2022 Class And The Effect On The Longhorns 2023 Targets”

BIG News Coming On Sunday For The Texas Longhorns?

After a big recruiting visit weekend are the Texas Longhorns about to hit the jackpot (again) in the transfer portal? One week after helping the Georgia Bulldogs win the National Championship Latavious Brini entered his name into the transfer portal. Brini, a former 3-star out of Hialeah, Florida, played a big part in the Bulldogs … Continue reading “BIG News Coming On Sunday For The Texas Longhorns?”

Big Weekend Coming For The Texas Longhorns?

News around the Texas Longhorns and the transfer portal has been heating up over the past week. Could we see some results over the weekend? Gary Patterson The buzz around Gary Patterson is getting louder day in and day out. This move would be massive for the Longhorns defensive staff. Patterson is expected to join … Continue reading “Big Weekend Coming For The Texas Longhorns?”

Spyre Sports Collab leads the Attack on NIL and Tennessee Athletics

Brando from ATB and Rocktopology are very excited to announce our collaboration with Spyre Sports via the 1951 Club! What is Spyre, you ask? Spyre is leading the attack on N.I.L. (Name, Image, & Likeness) programs for Tennessee recruiting. And YOU, as a fan, can make all the difference in landing your favorite recruit and … Continue reading “Spyre Sports Collab leads the Attack on NIL and Tennessee Athletics”

MASSIVE Transfer Portal Additions Eyeing The Texas Longhorns?

With the Georgie Bulldogs winning the National championship last night the college football off-season is in full swing. That means big time players are hitting the portal and the Texas Longhorns are looking to hit the transfer portal to benefit off of those elite players. Drew Sanders has entered the transfer portal less then 24 … Continue reading “MASSIVE Transfer Portal Additions Eyeing The Texas Longhorns?”

When I Expect This Texas Longhorn Star To Enter The Transfer Portal

The transfer portal has basically put free agency into college football and the players are rightfully taking advantage of it. Today I’ll delve into when I expect this one-time Texas Longhorn star to enter into the transfer portal. Hudson Card Coming out of 2021 spring ball many thought Card would be the starter heading into … Continue reading “When I Expect This Texas Longhorn Star To Enter The Transfer Portal”

Will Devon Campbell Be The Longhorns Next Commit?

What a wild and crazy off season the Texas Longhorns have had. Will Devon Campbell be the icing on the cake? This offseason took a wild turn mere days before National Early Signing Day. Let’s go ahead and break down what that turn looked like. December 11, 2021 – 5-star OT Kelvin Banks commits to … Continue reading “Will Devon Campbell Be The Longhorns Next Commit?”

Breaking News: Texas hires Gary Patterson to staff

Former TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson is heading to the Texas Longhorns. Texas has officially hired Gary Patterson, the former TCU Head Coach, to the staff. The rumors that have swirled since the end of the regular season have been confirmed. Patterson’s role will be special assistant to the head coach. The former Boss Frog … Continue reading “Breaking News: Texas hires Gary Patterson to staff”

BREAKING: Texas Recruiting Lands Another Exciting Piece To Their Secondary

Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns have had an incredible off-season. After missing a bowl game and losing to Kansas, Texas looked like a disaster. Sarkisian and the staff have flipped the narrative completely from a down program to an up-and-coming potential top ten team. Mainly with Texas’ recruiting class, which currently ranks fifth in … Continue reading “BREAKING: Texas Recruiting Lands Another Exciting Piece To Their Secondary”

Texas Longhorns Set To Add Massive 2022 Commitment?

*EDITORS NOTE* Larry Turner-Gooden Committed/Signed with the Texas Longhorns With less than a month left in the 2022 recruiting cycle, the Texas Longhorns and Sark are trying to finish this class off strong with a big-time commitment. That comes in the form of 4-star Safety Larry Turner-Gooden out of Mission Hills, CA. Turner-Gooden is a … Continue reading “Texas Longhorns Set To Add Massive 2022 Commitment?”

Huge Portal News: Title Contenders and Top QBs

The Caleb Williams transfer saga is going to change the game. This off-season looked like fun, but it just became game breaking. Holy Monday… college football, you never disappoint. Caleb Williams, a leading Heisman candidate, announced a few hours ago that he is reopening his recruitment by entering the transfer portal. He said “OU is … Continue reading “Huge Portal News: Title Contenders and Top QBs”

2021 CFP: Can Cincinnati Beat Alabama?

It’s been a storybook year for Cincinnati – an undefeated season that now has the G5 team facing perennial powerhouse Alabama. Can the Bearcats continue this run and pull off a major upset against Alabama? They are currently a 13.5-point favorite over the AAC champion, which is understandable. No matter what you think about the … Continue reading “2021 CFP: Can Cincinnati Beat Alabama?”

Transfer Portal Names to Watch

The Transfer Portal. The new mystical land of limitless possibilities in college football. We have seen projected #1 QB’s, former top recruits, and countless sleepers enter the portal. The season isn’t even over yet and we already have plenty of big names to talk about, let’s look at a few of my favorites so far: … Continue reading “Transfer Portal Names to Watch”

Breaking: Texas Longhorns Land Another 5-Star Offensive Lineman

Steve Sarkisian and Kyle Flood have been busy on the recruiting trail, and it is finally paying off. As the Texas Longhorns land their second five-star offensive lineman in Devon Campbell. Campbell comes in as the number one interior offensive lineman and the number ten overall player in the country (according to 247sports composite rankings). … Continue reading “Breaking: Texas Longhorns Land Another 5-Star Offensive Lineman”

Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Preview

Matchup: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Bowl Game: Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Time: December 17, 6:00pm EST Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida Spread: Coastal Carolina -11.0 Over/Under: 63.0 Records: NIU (9-4) CCU (10-2) TV: ESPN2 Coastal Carolina Statistical Leaders Passing: Grayson McCall, SO, 154/211, 73%, 2558 yards, 23 TDs, 3 INTs Rushing: Shermari Jones, … Continue reading “Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Preview”

Texas To Add Massive Player From The Transfer Portal?

*Editor’s Note: Ryan Watts committed 12/22/21* Steve Sarkisian and staff are fresh off their first Early National Signing Day at Texas and already back to work in the transfer portal. After a big day on Wednesday how can it get better later in the week? Let me fill you in below. Earlier this week former … Continue reading “Texas To Add Massive Player From The Transfer Portal?”

Is Kayshon Boutte set to hit the Transfer Portal?

Huge news out of Baton Rouge, and not of the good variety for LSU fans. Star wide receiver, Kayshon Boutte, is considering entering the transfer portal — but that might not be the worst of it for LSU. Could a transfer to Alabama be on the way? Why is Kayshon Boutte transferring? With Ed O … Continue reading “Is Kayshon Boutte set to hit the Transfer Portal?”

BREAKING NEWS: Eli Ricks is Rolling with the Tide

On Early National Signing Day, Nick Saban makes a splash and swipes former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks. With Coach O gone, the former Freshman All-American is taking his talents to title town. Alabama had a great day in 2022 Early Signing Day, but Eli Ricks makes it a whole lot better. Eli Ricks changes the … Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Eli Ricks is Rolling with the Tide”

Texas NSD1 Recap: Offense

Here is a recap of everyone on offense who has officially signed with The University of Texas. You can check out our NSD1 defense roundup, here. We will be updating this list as new names come in. Quarterback The most important position in all of sports. The Longhorns came out of the 2021 season filled … Continue reading “Texas NSD1 Recap: Offense”

BREAKING: Deion Sanders flips #1 Overall Recruit to Jackson State

After hours of rumors were circulating on social media this morning, it’s official. Travis Hunter, the #1 recruit in the nation, has flipped his commitment from Florida State to Jackson State. This unprecedented move has created a shockwave over all of college football, as we have never seen a prospect like Travis Hunter flip to … Continue reading “BREAKING: Deion Sanders flips #1 Overall Recruit to Jackson State”

Will Flipmas Come Early?

Early National Signing Day is less than 12 hours away and we still have some exciting news for y’all. I’m going to dive into a couple names that could help us celebrate Flipmas early, as well as a big-time name that we could land. Xavion Brice Brice is a 3-star prospect out of Arlington, Texas. … Continue reading “Will Flipmas Come Early?”

South Carolina Football Transfer News: Welcome Spencer Rattler

The signal caller finds a new home and a new weapon

BREAKING NEWS: Quinn Ewers Is Officially A Texas Longhorn

The Quinn Ewers Saga is officially over. With the announcement today that he will be transferring to The University of Texas, Ewers will be a Texas Longhorn. Off-Season Boost Quinn Ewers was originally apart of this 2022 recruiting cycle before reclassifying. His relationships with some of these recruits are still strong and could be a … Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Quinn Ewers Is Officially A Texas Longhorn”

BREAKING NEWS: Texas Longhorns Land A Five-Star Offensive Tackle

Kelvin Banks Jr. has officially committed to the University of Texas! One of the biggest commitments in this Texas Longhorns 2022 class, both literally and figuratively. The Longhorns had a multitude of issues on offense last year. Yes, they scored 35.2 points per game, good for 21st in the nation. However, there were times this … Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Texas Longhorns Land A Five-Star Offensive Tackle”