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Week 3 College Football Preview

Week 3 of College Football is finally here! Hussam Patel gives his top three week 3 college football preview and games that you need to watch.

Florida vs USF Preview

Date: September 17, 2022Time: 7:30 p.m. ESTNetwork: SEC NetworkRecords: Florida Gators (1-1) vs USF Bulls (1-1)Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FloridaSpread: Florida +24Over/Under: 60 Florida vs USF Preview After a hard-fought victory over Utah, Florida comes off a loss to Kentucky and looks to bounce back at home before another top-25 matchup next week. … Continue reading “Florida vs USF Preview”

Alabama vs. Texas: Game Recap & NFL Draft Prospects Review

In spite of all of the freak injuries, Alabama vs. Texas was a great matchup of NFL draft prospects on Saturday. Both teams played stout defense throughout, not allowing either offense to show much explosiveness. Although the situation looked dire for the Crimson Tide late, the team managed to stave off a potential upset due, … Continue reading “Alabama vs. Texas: Game Recap & NFL Draft Prospects Review”

Week 2 College Football Preview

Week 2 of College Football is finally here! Hussam Patel gives his top three week 2 college football preview and games that you need to watch.

Cincinnati vs. Arkansas: Prospects Review and Game Recap

Cincinnati vs. Arkansas was one of the more exciting matchups in an otherwise bland 3:30 slate of games. Relive the excitement and learn about some of the NFL Draft prospects for each team who stood out in this Cincinnati vs Arkansas review. Cincinnati vs. Arkansas Game Recap The number 23 ranked Bearcats took on the … Continue reading “Cincinnati vs. Arkansas: Prospects Review and Game Recap”

Florida vs Utah Preview

Date: September 3, 2022Time: 7:00pm ESTNetwork: ESPNLocation: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FloridaSpread: Utah -3.0Over/Under: 51 Florida vs Utah Preview The #7 Utah Utes travel to the Swamp to face the unranked Florida Gators for each of their opening games of the season. Utah is coming off of a Pac-12 Championship last season, led by … Continue reading “Florida vs Utah Preview”

Backyard Brawl NFL Draft prospects review: Pitt wins but WVU players shine

College football fans and NFL draft enthusiasts were treated to the return of one of its classic rivalry games this week, as Pittsburgh and West Virginia renewed their famous Backyard Brawl after a decade hiatus. The return was exciting enough that it became the highest-attended Pittsburgh sporting event of all time with over 70,000 fans … Continue reading “Backyard Brawl NFL Draft prospects review: Pitt wins but WVU players shine”

The 7 Best Defensive Line matchups in Week One of College Football

College football officially kicked off last week with few solid matchups to wet the appetite of football fans. But for NFL draft fans, the Week 1 slate will debut many incredible talents. Although skills players will take center stage, some of the best matchups in college football this week will be between those offensive and … Continue reading “The 7 Best Defensive Line matchups in Week One of College Football”

Week 1 College Football Preview

Week 1 of College Football is finally here! Hussam Patel gives his top three game previews and games that you need to watch.

Nebraska vs. Northwestern Game Recap

Nebraska vs. Northwestern was the first significant Power Five bout of the 2022 college season, finishing in a tight Wildcats 31-28 victory. The game did not disappoint with plenty of exciting plays made by both squads in a classic BIG 10 matchup. Although it was an incredible victory for Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats, the loss by … Continue reading “Nebraska vs. Northwestern Game Recap”

Wyoming vs Illinois: Game Recap

Week 0 of the college football season finally came to us this weekend. With only a handful of teams playing, we got a chance to see some teams that normally don’t get the spotlight on college gameday. One of those games involved the Wyoming Cowboys heading to Illinois to take on Bret Bielema and the … Continue reading “Wyoming vs Illinois: Game Recap”

Nebraska vs. Northwestern Preview: Week 0 Prospect Roundup

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College Football storylines to watch this season

2022 college football season kick off soon. So with the season about to start, here are the top five college football storylines to watch.

The Baylor Defensive Line is loaded with draft prospects

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2023 NFL Draft Watch List: Wide Receivers

Summer scouting season is underway and continues with the wide receiver class. Here’s Hussam Patels’ 2023 NFL Draft wide receiver watchlist.

2023 NFL Draft Watch List Quarterbacks

Summer scouting season is underway and it kicks off with the 2023 quarterback class. Here is Hussam Patels’ 2023 NFL Draft quarterback watchlist.

Kartik Akkihal and the South Asian Athlete

Kartik Akkihal has always played sports as a little kid. Akkihal always dreamed about walking onto the field as a Longhorns player. That dream finally came true.

Nick Saban’s Comments On Rival NIL Deals Sparks Drama

During a media interview, Alabama head coach Nick Saban attempted to reveal his competition’s unscrupulous techniques in bringing recruits — mainly concerning NIL practices — into their institution. During said interview, Saban accused SEC rival Texas A&M of “buying every player,” while also pointing the charge at Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders for paying … Continue reading “Nick Saban’s Comments On Rival NIL Deals Sparks Drama”

Washington State Cameron Ward Is The Player To Watch This Season

With all of the buzz about quarterbacks to keep an eye on this season — a list that could include potential first-round picks like Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke or Kentucky’s Will Levis — let me shine a light on a Pac-12 quarterback who recently transferred from an FCS school where he set multiple records. That … Continue reading “Washington State Cameron Ward Is The Player To Watch This Season”

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.

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.”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”