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Arrington Veargis: An Under Recruited Prospect Looking For The Process To Pay Off



Arrington Veargis is trying to get his recruiting process off the ground.

The South Miami Senior football program is working to get some attention paid to Veargis who just finished his first season playing high school football. His film, which can be seen below has been sent to 80+ universities in an effort to get him his first of hopefully many offers.

What the five-foot-nine, 140 pound, safety in the 2018 recruiting class does know, however,  is what schools he is interested in and who his dream school is. He has high interest in Florida State and the University of Florida. And his dream school is West Virginia where his uncle, Roman Nelson, played football and graduated from according to Veargis.

The player Veargis admires at his position is Karl Joseph, a fellow Miami, Florida native like Veargis who was drafted in the first round, 14th overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 NFL Draft. He also played for a West Virginia and was a standout while with the Mountaineers.

“…I like that he plays with passion and with a grudge. I like his passion,” Veargis said of Joseph.

Donald Jackson, South Miami Senior defensive coordinator and cousin of Arrington Veargis had this to say about the growth he has seen from his young defensive back.

“The growth that I’ve come to see from Arrington on the football field and in the weight room was quite spectacular, but the most growth I’ve witnessed from him has to be becoming a better overall student-athlete,” he said.

Jackson added that Veargis’ performance in the classroom has helped him when diagnosing plays in the Cobras’ defensive scheme; this has also lead to Veargis performing well on game days.

“…I expect his ceiling to now become his floor for his upcoming senior season,” Jackson said.

Despite Veargis being under-recruited up to this point, Jackson said that when he spoke with a coach from ASA College in Miami about Arrington, the coach was impressed with his range and the ground that he is able to cover when the ball is in the air in addition to his excellent ability to tackle the ball carrier in open space and recognize routes of wide receivers.

“Safety, it’s fun. It’s basically like you’re the quarterback of the defense. You control everything, you can see everything,” Veargis said about why he enjoys playing safety.

Veargis has the leadership quality needed to be the quarterback of the Cobras defense.

“His best qualities that will most certainly translate to the next level are that he absorbs information that’s directed by the Coaches just like a sponge. Also, he has the ability to lead and take charge of a group when needed or instructed to do so,” Jackson said.

Arrington Veargis said that he will miss his teachers, friends, the fun he had and his teammates when his time is all said and done at South Miami Senior High School and wants to be remembered as a student-athlete but more importantly as a good person.

“I just want to see Arrington become an overall better person and use all of the negatives that he’s faced in life to elevate himself towards a greater path that would lead him to become the 1st of his immediate family to go to college,” Jackson said.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young



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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.

The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.

“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”

While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.

Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.

Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal



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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke



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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.



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