Underclassmen Tracker: December 31

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The final four is just getting underway while the New Years Day bowl games are more than a day away and there’s a lot of news coming from the underclassmen front.  Here, for the final time in 2016, is our Underclassmen Tracker.

I continue to hear Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles will enter the draft.  At the same time I continue to hear teams believe Bolles will be a top 20 choice. Bolles’ wife had a baby about a week ago, one more reason for him to start collecting an NFL salary.  

With their season now complete after a win in the Citrus Bowl, those close to the situation once again tell me safety Jamal Adams and receiver Malachi Dupre will enter the draft.  From what I was told today its also likely defensive tackle Davon Godchaux will join them.

Penn Sate and USC face off in the Rose Bowl this Monday and there are conflicting reports on underclassmen from both programs.

The assumption from most is both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree' Jackson will enter the draft.  I’m told this remains true for Jackson but Smith-Schuster may be hedging.

USC is putting in an all out blitz to keep their top underclassmen, promising insurance policies to protect against loss of value.  Program officials hope this may reel JuJu Smith-Schuster back in and the belief is he’s rethinking his options.

I’m told Jackson is gone.  He’ll measure under 5-feet/10-inches at the combine and many wonder how much higher his draft stock can rise.

Starting guards Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao are considering the draft and both are expected to seek out more information after Monday’s game.

Penn State defensive back Marcus Allen has been meeting with agents since last summer but as of today many believe he will return for his senior season.

At the same time people close to the program feel the Rose Bowl will be the final college contest for receiver Chris Godwin as he’ll likely enter the draft.  Godwin totaled 50 receptions, 795 yards and 9 TD’s last season as the Nittany Lions top receiver.

During the December 22nd Underclassmen Tracker I spoke about three juniors from Virginia Tech; Bucky Hodges, Isaiah Ford and Brandon Facyson.  Here’s the latest.

Hodges officially announced for the draft today, which comes as a surprise to no one.

My sources tell me they still expect Ford to enter the draft.  I’m told Facyson is torn on what he’ll do but has been advised by scouts and others to stay for his senior season based on the game film.

I can confirm a report from Clay Ferraro of WPLG that Hokie quarterback Jerod Evans is seriously considering entering the draft.  Those close to the program told me earlier today its better than 50/50 at this point Evans leaves.