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Clemson receivers Watkins, Bryant to enter the Draft

Clemson junior wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant will forego their final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Clemson junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins will give up his final season of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: Photo: Steve Helber, AP)The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Watkins is considered by many to be the No. 1 receiver in the draft and a potential top five pick overall. He totaled 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013.

Bryant, 6-5, 200, caught 42 passes for 827 yards and seven scores.

He confirmed his intentions in a text message to the Charleston Post & Courier.

“I have decided to enter the draft, it’s best for me and my family,” the message read.

Photo: Photo: Steve Helber, AP

For a complete list of college underclassmen that have declared for the NFL Draft, click HERE.

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Dabo: 'If we played Florida State 10 times, we'd win 5'

Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher (Photo: AP)Despite the 51-14 tally on Clemson’s home scoreboard, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney thinks his team is much more evenly matched with Florida State than it appeared Saturday.

In fact, after watching the game film, Swinney said that if the two teams played 10 times, “We’d probably win five, they’d probably win five.”

While Swinney didn’t take anything away from Florida State and admitted that there were some areas in which the Seminoles “were a bit ahead” of his team, he believes the lopsided margin was more an indication of Florida State playing a great game and his team having a bad night than the actual delta between the two teams.

I’m sure we’ll find out in coming days what Jimbo Fisher thinks about Swinney’s statement.

With Florida State piling up 565 yards, 30 first downs and a Death Valley record for points scored combined with forcing four turnovers and holding Clemson to just 326 yards (and nearly half of those after the game was completely out of hand), we’d be inclined to that Fisher — at least in private — might see it differently.

Photo credit: AP

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UAB loses six commitments in a single weekend

UAB head coach Garrick McGee had a rough weekend. (Photo: Butch Dill/AP)

UAB head coach Garrick McGee had a rough weekend. (Photo: Butch Dill/AP)

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o matter how bad it may have seemed, chances are your had a better weekend than Garrick McGee.

The UAB coach saw an astonishing six Blazers verbal commitments change their allegiance to other schools.

That’s not a typo. UAB had six commits flip to other schools in the 48 hour period between Sunday-Monday.

Three of the recruits were from Birmingham, the school’s hometown. One of them had been committed since July, two others since September.

When the sun came up Tuesday morning, the Blazers were left with just 15 commitments and a coaching staff that had to be scratching their heads.

It’s hard to imagine losing nearly one third of a recruiting class with just over a week left until signing day, but that’s exactly the situation that McGee and the Blazer staff face. (UAB did sign two recruits in December that have already enrolled.)

The Blazers lost three assistants this off season, and that certainly played a role in this weekend’s defections.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm left to work for his college head coach and mentor Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky, while recruiting coordinator Tyson Helton joined Tommy Tuberville’s staff at Cincinnati. Receivers coach Ron Sigler resigned after the season. (One of the recruits, defensive end Kalvin Robinson of Vestavia, Ala., switched to Brohm’s new school.)

McGee promoted tight ends coach Richard Owens to offensive coordinator and brought in Arkansas graduate assistant Joseph Henry to take over the role of tight ends coach. There is still one staff spot open.

Though it’s hard to judge whether the sudden rash of decommitments is a sign of a program in turmoil or merely a function of bad timing and the general wackiness that has been the 2013 recruiting cycle, it’s clear that the staff turnover done damage.

With time quickly running out, McGee and company have to hope their luck takes a turn for the better. After last weekend, it certainly can’t get any worse.

UAB Weekend Decommits

[colored_box color="grey"]Jamaris Hart (2-star DB, Florence, Ala.) – Committed since Sept., flipped to Arkansas State
T.J. Green (2-star ATH/KR, Sylacauga, Ala.) – Committed since Oct., flipped to Clemson
Trey Lamastus (2-star C/DS, Monroe, La.) – Committed since Dec., flipped to ULM
Julius McCall (2-star RB/ATH, Chelsea, Ala.) – Committed since July, flipped to Troy
Nick Mullens (2-star QB, Hoover, Ala.) – Committed since Dec., flipped to Southern Miss
Kalvin Robinson (2-star DE, Vestavia, Ala.) – Committed since Sept., flipped to WKU[/colored_box]

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