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National Signing Day 2017: All-Name Team

National Signing Day 2017: All-Name Team

National Signing Day, college football's marquee offseason date took place on Wednesday, with some of the top high school recruits in the country determining which program they will play college football for.

National Signing Day is a circus, of sorts, with coaches shucking and jiving to get recruits to flip at the last moment, and high schoolers going out of their way to garner attention like they've never seen before.

But one of the best aspects of National Signing Day is rather simple: The names.

There are over 110 FBS-level football teams and over 50 players per team, which means a lot of player names. With every passing eyar, we get a new batch of ridiculously named recruits.

Here is what we got for 2017.

Before we get to the FBS-level, we have to point out three names from the FCS ranks.

Kobe Buffalomeat, OL - Illinois State: KOBE BUFFALOMEAT. There are great names, and then there is this. Families don't have much say in a last name, and when you're given "Buffalomeat" as a last name, you roll with it. Naming your son Kobe is the definition of rolling with it.

Ye'Majesty Sanders, OL - Jacksonville State: Add this to the list of all-time greats like Captain Munnerlyn, Admiral Schofield, and SirValiant Brown. This is a football player that is always greeted with respect.

Octavius Pringle, DT - Coastal Carolina: He's got a first name of a Bond movie villain and a last name of a potato chip brand. This is good parenting.

 

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And with that, meet the National Signing Day 2017 All-Name Team.

Briggs Bourgeois, K - Southern Mississippi

Trevor Brohard, LB - New Mexico State: Brohard or brohome. That's what I always say.

Jaeger Bull, TE - Rice: How is he not a fullback? This is the most fullback name of all time. 

LaTrell Bumphus, DE - Tennessee

K'Lavon Chaisson, DE - LSU

DeeJay Dallas, CB - Miami: The last thing Miami needs in another DJ.

Fa'avae Fa'avae, LB - Washington State: A Fa'name so nice, they Fa'named him twice.

WyDale Flott & Bubba Fludd, CBs - Southern Mississippi: The next generation of Conference USA shutdown corners OR rogue squadron Leaders in the next Star Wars movie.

Hezekiah Grimsley, WR - Virginia Tech

Addison Gumbs, DE - Oklahoma

Griffin Hammer, TE - Colorado State

Kendarian Handy-Holly, DB - Minnesota

Mac Hippenhammer, WR - Penn State

My-King Johnson, DE - Arizona: Not to be confused with Your-King Jackson.

Cutter Leftwich, OL - UTEP

Deommodore Lenoir, CB - Oregon - It's not a real first name and it rhymes. +1 for creativity.

Rocky Lombardi, QB - Michigan State: Deceptive speed. Son of coach. Full of intangibles.  Gymrat. 

Dazz Newsome, CB - North Carolina

Kalil Pimpleton, WR - Virginia Tech

Charleston Rambo, WR - Oklahoma

Rutger Reitmaier, DT - Oregon: At least he doesn't go to Rutgers. So there's that.

Savon Scarver, WR - Utah State

Osiris St. Brown, WR - Stanford: Chose the Cardinal over playing under the shadow of brother Equinameous at Notre Dame. No, I didn't just make that up.

Ameer Speed, CB - Georgia: Thank goodness he's a cornerback. You can't be an an offensive lineman if your last name is Speed.

John Stamos, LB - Navy: Future Admiral First Class Uncle Jesse

Lyndarious Strange, DB - Louisville

Cordavien Suggs, OL - Mississippi State

Luiji Vilain, DE - Michigan: If his name isn't pronounced "Luigi Villain," we've all lost. 

D'Najee Whosendove, ATH - TBD: When your last name is WHOSENDOVE, it doesn't matter what your first name. 

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday

Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft. 

Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick. 

Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig. 

Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons. 

Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for: 

April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline

May 14-19 - NBA Combine

May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline

June 20 - NBA Draft

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