College Football News July 8: Former Alabama DB Jonathan Cook Could Land at Auburn


Former Alabama defensive back Jonathan Cook will spend the fall of 2015 at Garden City College, but Michael Casagrande of reports the Crimson Tide may not have seen the last of the 2013 recruit.

Jonathan Cook, who was dismissed last month under circumstances his mother told were “somewhat surprising,” apparently wants to land with either Auburn or Florida State after his junior college stint. Florida State is on Alabama’s nonconference schedule in 2017, but obviously, Auburn’s there every year.

The nature of Cook’s dismissal is uncertain and reportedly not a legal issue. If going the JUCO didn’t already circumvent the SEC’s proposed regulations against cross-conference transfers after dismissals, that Jonathan Cook was apparently not let go for a legal matter would also absolve him.

Garden City College already once supplied Auburn with a player from an SEC rival. Nick Marshall went there after his dismissal from Georgia.

Comments Jonathan Cook’s mother made to Casagrande suggest lingering hostility from Cook toward the Alabama program. It’s certainly an interesting read. And, should Cook return to the Iron Bowl in Tiger colors, his presence would add another layer of animus to what is already one of college football’s most bitter rivalries.

Fourth ACL Tear Ends Duke LB Kelby Brown’s Career

In one of the more unfortunate stories of the offseason, Duke linebacker Kelby Brown suffered his fourth ACL tear, which effectively ends his career.

The university athletic department issued an official statement, with the following from head coach David Cutcliffe:

“It’s difficult to put into words the feeling of heartbreak I have for Kelby and his family. While we will certainly miss his athletic abilities and leadership as one of the best linebackers to play at Duke, what is most important above all else is Kelby’s health. He is a truly special young man who is destined to accomplish great things in his life. Kelby’s strengths lie in his core values, and I know that despite this setback, he will continue to play an integral part of our program’s success both on and off the field.”

Brown’s place in one of the most historically significant teams in Blue Devil history cannot be erased despite his early retirement. Brown was a leader of the Duke defense in the Blue Devils’ 10-win 2013, which included the program’s first, and to date, only appearance in the ACC Championship Game.

Texas Commit Shane Buechele Shines at Elite 11

Andrew Nemec, The Oregonian

For all the hand-wringing about Texas recruiting under Charlie Strong, one future Longhorn made a statement at Elite 11 workouts. Shane Buechele won the event’s Golden Gun Target Challenge, performing with a swagger that Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian writes gives the young quarterback the look of a true blue-chip prospect.

Strong will have to hold off pursuits from other coaches right up until Buechele’s letter of intent is signed — and after Buechele’s feats at The Opening, new Longhorns basketball coach Shaka Smart may very well be among them.

Buechele also has the bloodlines for baseball. His dad played 11 years in MLB, and Shane is a shortstop and pitcher for Lamar High School in Arlington.