NCAA Football

College Football's Most Important Offers of the Week

Typically later in the recruiting cycle each season, there seems to be an added emphasis from a handful of college football’s powers to scour the JUCO ranks in search of players who could instantly fill gaps in their rosters. 

In recent years, schools such as Alabama, Auburn and Florida State are among the programs who have been active in recruiting the JUCO ranks.

This year, one JUCO prospect whose recruitment has gained serious steam in recent weeks is 3-star corner Devron Davis.

Last week, the 6’0”, 210-pounder picked up a pair of huge offers from Baylor and defending national champion Ohio State.

The Buckeyes already have commitments from a pair of 3-star corners in Kareem Felder and Wayne Davis. However, adding a seasoned JUCO prospect to the secondary is something that could solidify the Buckeyes' depth. 

Meanwhile, the Bears are also in the market for a corner who can play right away. Head coach Art Briles and his staff have four corners already committed in the 2016 class

According to Ourlads, Baylor’s top four corners are entering their junior year—which speaks to the need for the Bears to load up on prospects at that position.

Davis, who is now up to 24 offers, is also considering other powers such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Oregon.

 

TCU Going After Nation’s Top 2016 TE

One of the brightest stars at The Opening earlier this month was 5-star tight end and current Florida State commit Isaac Nauta.

In addition to heading to camps at FSU and Georgia last week, the 6’4”, 237-pounder picked up an offer from TCU.

Nauta has maintained that he will take all of his official visits, and even mentioned that the Horned Frogs could potentially get one of them in the fall.

However, it’s Georgia that appears to be the biggest threat to steal him away from the Seminoles at this time.

 

2017 5-Star CB Nets Notre Dame, Oregon Offers

One of a handful of underclassmen invited to The Opening earlier this month was 5-star corner Deangelo Gibbs.

On the heels of his strong showing in Oregon, the 6’2”, 204-pound Georgia native picked up offers from Notre Dame and Oregon.

Gibbs is rated as Georgia’s top junior prospect and the nation’s top corner in the 2017 class.

Early standouts for Gibbs include Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and USC, among others.

 

Alabama Offers 2018 QB 

Perhaps no position has been affected more by the accelerated recruiting calendar than the quarterback spot.

Given that the 2016 class is nearly full with committed prospects, most programs have started evaluating prospects in the 2017 class and beyond.

For instance, Alabama offered 2018 New Jersey signal-caller Allan Walters last week.

Walters, who is a prep teammate of 2016 5-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, also has offers from Michigan, Ole Miss and Rutgers.

Given that Alabama is one of the early powers in on him, Walters has the makings of a prospect whose recruitment could explode in the coming months.

 

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Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Which SEC Team Has the Biggest Concern at QB in 2015?

Aside from Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, quarterback play in the SEC is largely a mystery heading into 2015.

Even the established starters have plenty of questions. Missouri's Maty Mauk led his team to the SEC East title last year, but he struggled early in games. Arkansas' Brandon Allen was more of a game manager than a difference-maker. Texas A&M's Kyle Allen and Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs started down the stretch, but are entering their first full seasons as starting quarterbacks in the conference.

Elsewhere, Florida and Georgia's depth charts are unsettled, Alabama has a medium-sized village vying for playing time and LSU has been searching for quarterback stability for the better part of a decade.

Which quarterback spot is most concerning?

Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Florida and others are certainly concerning, but expectations have to be factored in. LSU was picked to finish third in the SEC West by media members at media days earlier this month, which has put an enormous amount of pressure on head coach Les Miles.

LSU's situation should scare the daylights out of the coaching staff and Tiger fans.

While Alabama's battle is completely unknown and Auburn's Jeremy Johnson only has two career starts, the "known" factor associated with the battle in Baton Rouge is what makes it so concerning.

Anthony Jennings started all but one game for the Tigers last season and completed just 48.9 percent of his passes (111-for-227), threw for just 1,611 yards and was incredibly indecisive in the pocket. Jennings was suspended indefinitely earlier this summer following an arrest for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, which left the door wide-open for rising sophomore Brandon Harris to take the job back.

Harris, who started on the road at Auburn last year in place of an ineffective Jennings, completed 55.6 percent of his passes (25-for-45) for 452 yards, six touchdowns and only two interceptions, and added 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns. 

With Jennings suspended, it's been Harris' show for the last month during offseason workouts, which has helped vault him to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart heading into fall camp.

"I think Brandon Harris has gotten most of the summer work," Miles said at SEC media days. "I think he has really improved. I think I'm confident in both guys, and I think competition will end up making the call there who will start. But, again, I think we're nothing but improved at the quarterback spot."

The unquestioned No. 1 snaps Harris has received have helped him earn the confidence of his teammates as the Tigers enter a critical season.

"He's changed a lot. He's stepping up," said running back Leonard Fournette. "Brandon has improved tremendously. He's making the right reads, reading defenses and making a lot of plays."

That's great, but has he really earned that trust?

At this point, it's hard to imagine Jennings being anything other than a guy who completes around 50 percent of his passes and is inconsistent with his throws and decisions. And yet, Harris couldn't pass him last year, couldn't draw more than even this spring and is still in a battle with him despite Jennings being in a legal mess during important seven-on-seven work this summer.

This, for a team that many consider a contender in the SEC West? LSU, and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in particular, hasn't earned that benefit of the doubt.

This isn't a team like Alabama or Auburn, where plug-and-play quarterbacks have succeeded in the past. This is LSU, a team that—aside from Zach Mettenberger's senior season in 2013—has had quarterback instability and frustration every year since Matt Flynn won a national title following the 2007 season.

And we're supposed to believe that's going to change this year, the sequel to the Jennings-Harris experience?

I don't think so.

On top of that, Miles' seat could warm up if the Tigers underperform again in 2015, and Cameron's contract expires after this season. Another season of struggling quarterbacks could usher in significant change in the offense in 2016 and place an incredible amount of pressure on Miles moving forward.

LSU's quarterback situation is the most concerning in the SEC, and second place isn't even in the same ballpark.

 

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee. 

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B/R 5th Down: Donald Trump Calls the Hogs, Dabo Swinney Attempts the 'Whip'

Editor's Note: The 5th Down captures the top social college football stories of the week. Because the long, grueling offseason is underway, we'll focus on things that make us laugh, think or maybe cry, but mostly laugh.

 

1. Here's Donald Trump Calling the Hogs in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Nope, we're not talking about anything else political here. This ain't politics. It's football, and calling the hogs is always great no matter who's doing it, so we're just going to leave this here for you to enjoy. 

(Glances into comment section.)

(Weeps.)

 

2. RARE FOOTAGE: Dabo Does the 'Whip'

What we have here rivals any homemade footage of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. It's grainy, short and doesn't show everything. We think Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is doing the "Whip" from Silento's music video for "Watch Me," but is it authentic? It could be a man DISGUISED as Dabo. You decide for yourself. 

 

3. Check out This Video of a Skydiver Parachuting into Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium

We don't dive into the FCS ranks too often around here, but this is a warranted exception. Check out this cool footage of a skydiver parachuting into Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium. You have to get all the way through to see him land, but the view is pretty spectacular. 

Also, bonus points for the Bon Jovi soundtrack. 

 

4. Behold the World's Newest Baylor Fan: Briles Baer

Since Big 12 media days start Monday, it's appropriate that we include a Baylor story about a boy named Briles.

No, not Art Briles. Briles Baer, who was born July 5. Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald had this gem of a story: 

When Justin Baer learned he was going to have a little boy, a feeling of joy and wonder swept over him.

All the natural questions sprang to mind: He imagined what his son might look like, what his personality would reflect. He envisioned future games of catch and trips to the ballpark.

What Justin didn’t need to ponder was the boy’s name. He had a good one picked out already — Briles Randall Baer.

What did Art Briles think of the name?

“I was just kind of like, well, OK, here we go,” Briles told Cherry. “It’s kind of funny, but also a proud moment. Certainly from my point of view, it makes me feel pretty good, because when somebody names their child it’s a huge deal.”

 

5. Miami's New Uniforms Are...Not Bad, Actually

Adidas gets a bad rap for its uniforms, unfair or not. However, the company did pretty well with Miami's new Techfit uniforms, which you can see in the tweets above. The all-white Stormtrooper look is especially sharp. 

 

6. The Autonomy Whatsthatnow?

So, this is new. "The Autonomy 5," huh? Is that, like, official or something? Did we get a press release? Or is this an interchangeable phrase for Power Five? This is important, because #brands. 

Also, first of all, The Autonomy 5 sounds like the title of a coming-of-age indie film about a group of friends who are road-tripping to find themselves, and "Autonomy 5" is the name of the mix tape they made. You know, because it's metaphorical and they're free spirits and all that. Boom, there's your title. 

Second, group-conference naming seems to fluctuate frequently. First it was BCS and non-BCS. Then it was Power Five and Group of Five. Now it's Autonomy 5. According to whom, we're not sure. But...

We have to do better, people. There's nothing wrong with saying a conference is major or mid-major. Or, we can just not name them at all. There is that. 

 

7. The Beamermobile Is Exactly What You Think It Is 

Virginia Tech prides itself on doing things the old-fashioned way. You know, the blue-collar, lunch pail-in-hand type of way. It's why the Hokies would be PFTCommenter's favorite college football team—if PFTC cared about college football, that is. 

So when given the choice between taking a private jet or the BEAMERMOBILE to the ACC kickoff, Virginia Tech naturally chose the Beamermobile, which, we think, is a certified pre-owned Subaru. Safe, reliable, but not too flashy. 

Then again, Blacksburg, Virginia, to Pinehurst, North Carolina, where the ACC kickoff is held, is about a four-hour drive with no convenient, major airports nearby. So it's probably a matter of ease as much as anything else. 

 

8. Cardale Jones Has Game 

Hey, man. When you got it, you got it. And Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones has got it. Jones attended the ESPYs last week in Los Angeles and decided that he was going to use the opportunity to tweet some virtual head nods and winks toward Ronda Rousey, who won the Best Fighter and Best Female Athlete awards.  

Jones' efforts did end up catching Rousey's eye, and apparently they made an impression. 

Well done, sir. Game respect game.

 

9. Your College Football Quote of the Week

There will never be another coach like Steve Spurrier. That's why he's so beloved. His level of wit is unmatched and troll-tastic. But, it feels like Arkansas coach Bret Bielema isn't too far behind as far as quote machines go. 

SEC media days were, as usual, full of great one-liners. But I don't know if any one topped this from Bielema: 

  

10. Your College Football GIF of the Week

Speaking of Spurrier... 

 

Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football. He's at Big 12 media days, asking all the important questions, and on Twitter @BenKercheval

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College Football's Top 10 QBs and Their NFL Counterparts

As the 2015 season looms, offenses across college football have never been better. The influx of spread and hurry-up, no-huddle systems have invigorated the game, leading to increased scoring and increased fun. Who doesn’t enjoy watching wide-open teams like TCU, Baylor, Ohio State, Auburn or Clemson play? It’s exciting.

These programs all have one thing in common: a talented quarterback who serves as the engine to make the whole thing run. Without a signal-caller under center to distribute the ball and move efficiently, all of the talented players around him won’t make a bit of difference.

Ask LSU, which has great pieces but still hasn’t found a competent quarterback to run the system. Here’s a look at the top 10 quarterbacks in college football, and their best comparisons at the pro level. Quarterbacks were chosen for their accomplishments, their potential and their overall ability as we enter the 2015 season.

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Virginia Tech Football: The Hokies' Top Position Battles Heading into Fall Camp

The Virginia Tech Hokies are mere weeks away from the unofficial beginning of the 2015 football season, when fall camp opens in early August. Tech returns 16 starters combined on both sides of the ball, so expectations are high this fall in Blacksburg.

Fortunately for the Hokies, they are set at quarterback. Senior Michael Brewer returns after a strong offseason. Brewer is firmly entrenched as the starter, but he'll have to perform well to hang on to the job. True freshman Dwayne Lawson will look to make things interesting next month when he arrives.

While Tech returns 16 starters, a number of former starters return from injury, too. Specifically, defensive tackle Luther Maddy, cornerback Brandon Facyson and running back Trey Edmunds should be healthy and ready to go. Maddy and Facyson are likely to return to the starting lineup, if 100 percent healthy, as both are former All-ACC performers.

But what about Edmunds?

The good news for Virginia Tech fans is that there are only a few starting positions up for grabs. But will that guarantee a return to the top of the ACC Coastal Division?

Here are Tech's top three position battles as the Hokies prepare for fall camp.

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Texas Football: The Longhorns' Biggest Position Battles Heading into Fall Camp

Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard headline a laundry list of position battles that will provide the intrigue for the Longhorns' fall camp. The winners will get a chance to define the direction of Charlie Strong's program.

Replacing 10 starters, the Longhorns have plenty of sorting to do this fall. Almost all 30 members of the nation's No. 9 recruiting class, per 247Sports, have now arrived, putting all of the necessary pieces in play to determine who will lead the program.

Now, it's finally time to see who's ready to go right away and compete with the whittled-down version of the roster we saw in the spring.

The quarterback battle will get all of the attention, but every one of these position battles in crucial to the program's success both this season and moving forward.

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Ohio State Football: The 5 Most Important Recruits at Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights is the Ohio State Buckeyes' premier offseason recruiting event, and this year, it will draw some of head coach Urban Meyer's top targets to Columbus, Ohio, for pivotal visits.

The event was established when Meyer took over at Ohio State in 2012, and it has brought in big-time recruits such as Joey Bosa, Darron Lee, Raekwon McMillan and Torrance Gibson, all of whom wound up at Ohio State.

Which marquee prospects will be on hand this Friday?

 

Luke Farrell, 4-Star Tight End (2016)

Ohio State already has one tight end commitment with 4-star Jake Hausmann, but the staff is looking to add another for its 2016 class.

The guy at the top of its board is Luke Farrell, a 4-star prospect out of Perry, Ohio. Rated the fifth-best tight end and the No. 145 recruit overall, Farrell has offers from some of the nation's top programs, including Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon.

A commitment from Farrell would give the Buckeyes two of the top five tight end recruits in the country, and according to 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions, that's an inevitability. The home-state team is the unanimous favorite to land his pledge.

A good visit to Columbus should solidify that this Friday.

 

Damar Hamlin, 4-Star Cornerback (2016)

The Buckeyes already have 17 commits for their 2016 class, and with room for only six or seven more, the coaching staff is tightening up its selection process.

One unit that still has a big need is the secondary, which only has commits from cornerbacks Wayne Davis and Kareem Felder.

The Buckeyes would love to add Damar Hamlin to that group.

The 4-star cornerback is rated the No. 144 recruit nationally and has offers from 31 schools, highlighted by Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA. But the Pittsburgh standout has been to Ohio State numerous times and is high on the Buckeyes, according to Tom Loy of 247Sports:

I've been up [to Columbus] a lot. This was just about spending time with the coaches. Coach Luke Fickell, coach Chris Ash and coach Kerry Coombs are all good guys. We have a good relationship. We’re real close. It’s another one of my top schools. I love everything about the coaches. It’s a great place.

The Buckeyes recently made his top-10 list, which wasn't a surprise as they're the leaders for his commitment, per 247Sports.

If things go well Friday, Meyer and Ohio State could solidify themselves as the leaders for Hamlin.

 

Lamont Wade, 4-Star Cornerback (2017)

It's not just 2016 recruits who will be heading to Columbus this weekend—many elite 2017 and 2018 prospects will be in attendance as well.

One of the most highly touted players bound for Columbus this week is Lamont Wade, a 4-star cornerback from Clairton, Pennsylvania.

Wade, the No. 5 cornerback and the No. 42 overall prospect for 2017, already boasts 15 offers from major programs before playing a single snap of his junior season. Auburn, Nebraska, Penn State, UCLA and Virginia Tech have already offered, but Ohio State is shaping up as the leader in his recruitment, per 247Sports.

With 20 months until signing day, however, it's pivotal for the Buckeyes to make an early impression. That's why this week is so important for Meyer.

Ohio State already has a pair of outstanding cornerback commits for 2017 in 5-star Shaun Wade and 4-star Marcus Williamson, and if it could get Wade in the fold, it'd have three of the top eight cornerbacks for the 2017 recruiting cycle.

 

Bruce Judson, 4-Star Athlete (2017) 

One of the most important recruits at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights will be a player who has already committed to the Buckeyes.

Bruce Judson, a 4-star athlete out of Cocoa, Florida, is one of the most sought-after junior recruits in the country. He boasts offers from schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami, but he spurned all of those southern suitors, committing to the Buckeyes in January.

But how hard will Ohio State have to fight to keep that commitment?

Judson has been active over the last two months, visiting Miami, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Auburn. But he says his involvement at these campuses isn't to scout other schools, and he's completely committed to the Buckeyes.

Still, Meyer will want to reaffirm that commitment this weekend.

  

Keyshawn Johnson Jr., 4-Star Wide Receiver (2017)

The son of legendary receiver Keyshawn Johnson has legitimate interest in joining the Buckeyes.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr., the 6'1", 195-pound receiver who's rated No. 122 overall in the class of 2017, has an incredible offer list that already includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami and USC, among others.

But the Buckeyes stand out because Michael Thomas—Johnson's nephew—has thrived in Columbus under Meyer. As a result, Ohio State is shaping up as a contender with USC and Nebraska for Johnson Jr.'s commitment.

Even though Ohio State relies so heavily on the run game, Johnson feels that Ohio State would be a fantastic fit for his son.

"I feel good about [Ohio State]," Johnson said, according to Ari Wasserman of Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I like what they do from an offensive perspective. I think a lot of times, especially at skill positions, a lot of people would think, 'Why would you go to Ohio State to play receiver?' If you know football, it's a pretty good school to go play receiver."

The Buckeyes slightly trail USC for the lead in Johnson Jr.'s recruitment, but a good visit this Friday could change that.

 

All recruiting information via 247Sports.

David Regimbal is the Ohio State football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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Georgia Football: The Bulldogs' Biggest Position Battles Heading into Fall Camp

In a couple of weeks, the Georgia Bulldogs will hit the field for fall camp. The media recently voted the Bulldogs as the favorites to win the SEC East. So once again the expectations are high as they get ready for the 2015 season.

Because the season is drawing closer and closer, there are some questions the Bulldogs need to answer. And by questions, I mean position battles that will need to be finalized before the season begins.

So which position battles are the ones to watch heading into fall camp?

 

Quarterback

It’s obvious the one position that everyone be paying attention to is most important on the roster.

It was an interesting offseason for the quarterbacks because it looked as if the battle would be between Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park. However, Greyson Lambert transferred from Virginia to Georgia, and as a result, Park decided to transfer.

Lambert brings something Ramsey and Bauta don’t have, and that’s experience. Lambert started in nine games last season, and he threw 1,632 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Those numbers aren’t impressive, but if he were to start this season for the Dawgs, he would have a chance to put up better numbers because he is working with a better offensive line and better skill players.

Ramsey has seen limited action, as he played sparingly in eight games last season. The most action he saw was in the Belk Bowl, where he was 4-of-9 for 51 yards and one interception.

Bauta only played in three games last season. He is not the typical pro-style quarterback because he can run just as well he can throw. However, he did have a great spring game as he threw for 171 yards and one touchdown.

 

Center

This position battle is a little more interesting than quarterback because the two players who are competing for the starting center position are on the same level when it comes to talent.

Brandon Kublanow is listed as the No. 1 center on the depth chart, per Jason Butt of the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer, while Isaiah Wynn is listed as the No. 1 left guard.

What makes them interesting is Wynn was the starting center during spring practice, and Kublanow was the starting left guard, the same position he played all of last season.

Head coach Mark Richt said, per Butt, that the center position is "not settled" yet and the reason the players switched is that Kublanow has the body type (6’3’’, 282 lbs) for the position and has a good amount of experience on the line. However, Richt went on to say that both Kublanow and Wynn might go back to their original positions by the end of fall camp.

 

Wide Receiver

One of the receiver positions is set with Malcolm Mitchell because he’s the team’s best deep threat. As far as the other receiver position, there are a few who are looking for their shot.

"To be able to complete spring, which I had never done before, was positive energy going into the season" - #UGA receiver Malcolm Mitchell

— DawgPost (@Dawg_Post) July 16, 2015

According to the UGA Media Guide, Isaiah McKenzie is listed as the starting Y receiver (Mitchell is listed as the X receiver). McKenzie showed he’s a great weapon on special teams, as he had three returns for touchdowns last season (two punts and one kickoff). Because of his speed and his hands, McKenzie should see more time at receiver.

However, there are a few more receivers who are looking to see playing time. Reggie Davis is a veteran who is looking to take the next step in his progression. Shakenneth Williams only had three catches last season, but he is athletic and has good speed. Other guys to watch for are Blake Tibbs, Charlie Hegedus and Kenneth Towns.

Also, Justin Scott-Wesley is another player who is just as explosive as Mitchell. But he recently had knee surgery, according to Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and that has been a problem for him since he tore his ACL back in 2013.

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Nebraska Football: The Huskers' Biggest Position Battles Heading into Fall Camp

Nebraska football fans know that fall camp is starting soon, and one of the biggest things for new head coach Mike Riley to do during it is to sort out contested positions. Some positions are fairly clear, but a number of them on Nebraska’s roster will force Riley to make some decisions.

Here are five of the positions where the battles for playing time should be the fiercest.

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Chris Williams Shot in Arm Following Argument: Latest on UCF DB's Recovery

Central Florida defensive back Chris Williams was shot "around 1 a.m. ET" on Saturday morning outside of King Tut's Lounge in Orlando, Florida, according to authorities, per WFTV.com.

Continue for updates.

Williams Hospitalized with Non-Life-Threatening Injuries Sunday, July 19

Brandon Helwig of UCFSports.com passed along the following update from Williams:

Per WFTV's report, authorities said Williams was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, while Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel reported that the shooting followed an argument. Green also reported that head coach George O’Leary had been informed of the situation and reached out to both Williams and his mother as the school continued to gather more information about the incident. 

Williams, a redshirt freshman, dressed for Central Florida's Nov. 14 game against Tulsa this past season, but he spent the rest of the year on the scout team, according to his bio at UCFSports.com.

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2017 5-Star QB Tate Martell Details Texas A&M Visit, Latest in Recruitment

Texas A&M hosted a big unofficial visitor over the weekend in 2017 5-star quarterback Tate Martell. To say the visit was a success would be something of an understatement.

Martell, the talk of Las Vegas as 247Sports' No. 13 player in the 2017 class and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, told Bleacher Report on Saturday that he thoroughly enjoyed his trip to College Station, Texas. The experience was exactly what Martell was looking for.

"I knew halfway through the day [Saturday], right around when I went to lunch, that even if I wasn't playing football, I'd feel comfortable going to college there," Martell said of Texas A&M. "That's the first time I've felt like that with a college. Adding football on top of it, that would make it that much fun."

This wasn't the Bishop Gorman High School star's first time in Texas, as he's made previous unofficial visits to TCU and Baylor. The trip to Texas A&M, however, was one for the books, as he gave it high marks.

Martell said he enjoyed the overall campus environment but really liked the athletic facilities. He then added that he hopes for a return trip soon.

"The facilities are unreal there," he said. "I didn't know how insane the facilities were going to be. I want to come up for one or two games. I want to see the Alabama game and the South Carolina game."

Although he had a great time in College Station, Martell reiterated he still has a few schools in mind regarding his recruiting process. USC is in the mix, as are Michigan and Alabama. Oregon is a school Martell also is a fan of, but the Ducks are not one of the nine programs to offer.

Whichever school lands Martell will get a player who was an All-USA second-team selection by USA Today and the MaxPreps national sophomore of the year last season. Martell threw for 2,537 yards, 40 touchdowns and only two interceptions as a sophomore.

Bishop Gorman, under Martell, won its sixth consecutive state championship and finished the year undefeated at 15-0. The team beat several nationally ranked teams and was crowned mythical national champion by USA Today and the National Prep Football Poll.

The Texas A&M trip was an opportunity for Martell to further get acquainted with head coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. Martell had nothing but positive things to say about both coaches.

"I got to talk to Coach Sumlin, and he's a really cool guy," he said. "He was completely honest with me. He and Coach Spav have been genuine with everything. I hung out with Coach Spav. We had a chance to break down some film."

Texas A&M did its job in impressing the quarterback whom some have compared to former Aggies standout Johnny Manziel, primarily because of the similarity in size. Martell is 5'11" and 180 pounds with two years of high school ball remaining. Manziel, who now is 6'0" and 210 with the Cleveland Browns, was 193 pounds in his senior year of high school.

Listed as a dual-threat quarterback, Martell feels his game is a little different than Manziel's. He feels a little more comfortable with comparisons of him and Russell Wilson, who is considered more of a pro-style quarterback with dual-threat capabilities.

"It's cool being compared to somebody that good," Martell said of Manziel. "Maybe some haven't watched enough of my film, but I feel like I play more like a pocket-passer, where Johnny was more of a guy who created his own plays.

"I know how to extend plays and run the ball, and I'll never say I'm as good as him, but when it comes down to it, I think I can be a different type of player [than Manziel]."

And that could happen if he ultimately chooses Texas A&M. Playing time, however, would be the biggest concern. The Aggies already have a solid stable of quarterbacks entering the 2015 season in incumbent starter Kyle Allen, reserve Conner McQueen, former junior college standout Jake Hubenak and incoming freshman Kyler Murray, a three-time state champion and the reigning Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year.

Competition is something Martell said he isn't afraid of.

"I want to play early and compete for a starting job," Martell said. "That's a huge thing for me, playing early. I like how Coach Sumlin gives every kid an opportunity to start if they're ready for it."

Martell said he's still weighing all options, but a commitment to a program could come before the start of the upcoming season. He said he wants to have a commitment out of the way so he can focus on leading Bishop Gorman on the quest of a seventh consecutive title and another undefeated season.

"I'd like to get it done before the season, but that's something I want to talk to my parents about," he said of a verbal to a school. "As soon as my parents give me the thumbs-up, I'm going to start preparing for it."

 

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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Adidas Unveils Miami's New TECHFIT X Primeknit Football Uniforms

Adidas provided an early look at the new football uniforms the Miami Hurricanes will be wearing next season.

The school's new TECHFIT x Primeknit uniforms will come in three colorways: white, orange and green.

Here's a look at each one:

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Baron Browning to Baylor: Bears Land 4-Star LB Prospect

The top-ranked inside linebacker in the Class of 2017 has made a decision.  

According to Scout.com's Tim Watkins, 4-star linebacker Baron Browning has committed to the Baylor Bears despite receiving offers from Alabama, TCU, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and dozens of other schools. 

"I just feel like people are gonna be like, 'why Baylor?'" Browning said, according to 247Sports' Amy Pagitt. "No offense to the other programs, but I just feel like Baylor has a brand now, and it's something I want to be a part of."

A native of Kennedale, Texas, who attends Kennedale High School, Browning has prototypical size for a linebacker at 6'3'' and 220 pounds.

In addition to being the top-ranked insider linebacker in his class, according to 247Sports, Browning is also the eighth-ranked player in the state of Texas and 45th-ranked player nationally among 2017 recruits.

As Watkins noted, Baylor has now received six commitments from prospects in the class of 2017.  

"I'm 100 percent committed to Baylor," Browning said, according to Pagitt. "I'm not going to decommit. I'm going to stand strong on my word as a man. Baylor is the place that I want to be at to take my game to the next level."

With Browning's decision final and Baylor only starting to build its 2017 recruiting class, the Bears should be in good shape as they continue to woo other highly touted prospects from across the country. 

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5'11" Missouri DB Finis Stribling Shows Off Hops with 61" Box Jump

Wanting to show off his incredible hops, 5'11" Missouri Tigers defensive back Finis Stribling IV attempted a 61-inch box jump during a workout.

Stribling made the tall task look fairly easy. Luckily for the rest of us, he posted a slow-motion video of the box jump.

To put this in perspective, Stribling jumped on top of boxes that are just 10 inches shorter than he is.

[Finis Stribling, h/t the Big Lead]

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Every SEC Football's Team Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for 2015

It's the middle of July, a couple of weeks before fall camp starts around the nation and SEC football gets ready to kick off.

In other words, this is the point of the offseason where optimism springs eternal.

Everybody is 0-0, and if you listen to the majority of fanbases, their teams have what it takes to make it to Atlanta to play for the conference title.

After all, the SEC East is wide open (how many times have you heard that this offseason?) and the SEC West is so strong that it would be the nation's toughest conference. Right? Yeah, you've heard that, too.

Right now, every team is trying to get to where Alabama and Missouri were a season ago. There are upstarts many around the nation are talking about such as Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Then there are the old staples like the Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.

Can last year's out-of-nowhere darlings, Mississippi and Mississippi State, keep things going? Will potential powerhouses Auburn and LSU awake from a forgettable 2014 slumber?

There are so many questions surrounding a league that is now on a two-year national championship drought.

Things must line up perfectly for a program to compete for national titles or league titles. For some programs, just achieving a winning record seems far-fetched this year.

Let's examine every SEC team's best- and worst-case scenarios entering the 2015 season.

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Tre Lamar to Clemson: Tigers Land 4-Star LB Prospect

The Clemson Tigers have added 4-star recruit Tre Lamar to their linebacking corps. Lamar announced his decision on Twitter: 

The inside linebacker was the eighth-best prospect at his position and No. 15 coming out of the state of Georgia, according to 247Sports. According to the website, he turned down offers from Auburn and Alabama.

Lamar discussed his decision to choose Clemson with Nikki Hood of TigerNet.com:

I just felt like Clemson was the most comfortable place. I felt like it was the right choice for me and my family. I had kind of already decided to commit. I talked to my family before we came up here because I just had a good feeling. 

At 6'4", 240 pounds, Lamar recorded 131 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks in his senior season at Georgia's Roswell High School, according to Yahoo Sports. Lamar is the third linebacker Clemson has received a commitment from. Inside linebackers and twins Judah and J.D. Davis signed letters of intent on February 4, according to 247Sports.

Clemson went 10-3 last season, defeating Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl 40-6.

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FSU President John Thrasher Reveals Plan to Educate Student-Athletes on Behavior

In a Q&A session with the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State University President John Thrasher revealed how he and head football coach Jimbo Fisher will attempt to better educate members of the team on their off-field behavior. 

You can read a snippet of Thrasher's comments regarding the steps he and Fisher will attempt to take, courtesy of the Democrat's Jim Henry:

We talked about the course (in social responsibilities). I think we are going to work on that. We talked about perhaps another compliance type person to come in and oversee some things like that. That’s in the discussions stages. Jimbo’s plan of bringing in some quality people to talk about character, role models I think can be a good influence on some of these folks is positive.

This comes after Thrasher personally met with FSU football players Monday to discuss the standards the school expects from them. According to ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach, he wouldn't be the only notable figure to address the team (with Florida's state attorney counted among them):

In an open letter published after his meeting, Thrasher wrote in part:

In light of recent off-field incidents, I reiterated to our players that they simply cannot put themselves in situations that reflect poor behavior or cause harm to others. They must remember that playing football for FSU is a privilege, not a right. The actions of a few have the capacity to do serious damage to the reputation of our entire university.

I told them their coaches, the Athletics administration and I will do all we can to support them and help them learn the values we expect them to uphold. But they will be held accountable for their actions.

Florida State has come under scrutiny recently following the legal troubles surrounding De'Andre Johnson and Dalvin Cook.

On June 30, Florida's state attorney's office charged Johnson with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly hit a woman at a Tallahassee bar. Fisher dismissed Johnson from the team July 6.

Fisher also suspended Cook indefinitely after the running back was involved in a separate incident where it's alleged he struck a woman outside a bar. Cook is also charged with misdemeanor battery.

The stigma surrounding FSU isn't anything new—the origin of which was the investigation into the sexual-assault allegations against former Seminole Jameis Winston. In April 2014, Walt Bogdanich of the New York Times explored some of the potential failings by both the school and the Tallahassee Police Department as they looked into the charges.

Six months later, Bogdanich and Mike McIntire took a wider look at how the TPD investigated additional allegations against other Seminoles players.

Following the Cook and Johnson arrests, Fisher reportedly barred any of his players from patronizing any Tallahassee bar, per Henry.

Following Thrasher's words, the onus will be on Florida State back up his proclamations if necessary. The public's expectation for the school will be to come down hard on any Seminoles player who runs afoul of the law.

Certainly in the case of Johnson, Fisher sent the message that the consequences from any sort of major infraction will be severe.

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Kyle Allen Will Be the Biggest Surprise in the SEC This Season

The Texas A&M Aggies, led by quarterback Kenny Hill, started out 5-0 last season. As Hill struggled through the middle of the season, true freshman Kyle Allen was thrown into the fire at starting quarterback. Allen proved capable of being a starter in the SEC, and even more should be expected from him this season.

Allen was the top-rated quarterback in the country coming out of high school, and he got an early chance to show his potential in the second half of his freshman season.

After Hill was pulled near the end of the 59-0 massacre against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Allen started the rest of the season. Allen struggled in his first start against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, and the Aggies barely pulled out a 21-16 win.

After his first start, Allen became more comfortable in his starting position, and it showed over the final four games of the year. He led the Aggies to two wins down the stretch. The first was a 41-38 road win at No. 3 Auburn. The second was a 45-37 victory over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl, in which Allen was named the MVP.

With Hill transferring to TCU, Allen should have the A&M starting job locked up for the 2015 season.

There's been speculation that 5-star recruit Kyler Murray will challenge him. But as Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee wrote, "Don't fall into the trap of thinking it's going to be much of a battle, though."

Head coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed that notion in a Periscope interview with Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage (via Brandon Wheeland of the Dallas Morning News).

"Kyle Allen is the guy right now. I usually go two weeks before the first game before announcing the guy," Sumlin said. "You can’t end the season as the MVP of the bowl game and not start off No. 1."

Allen took command of the Texas A&M offense in 2014 and helped the Aggies salvage a season that seemed to be headed for disaster after the team lost three straight games by two touchdowns or more in Hill's final three starts.

He showcased maturity beyond his years by getting the team to rally around him as a freshman. In 2015, Allen deserves the chance to continue what he started last season, and he'll take full advantage of that opportunity.

As impressive as his maturity down the stretch was, Allen showcased equally impressive abilities on the field.

When given the opportunity, Allen showcased his impressive arm strength, pinpoint accuracy and an ultra-quick release. His ability to stay poised in the pocket and read SEC defenses was more than anyone could have expected from a true freshman.

At SEC media days, Aggies offensive lineman Germain Ifedi mentioned how remarkable of a job Allen did down the stretch, per Sallee:

In his final four starts, Allen threw for 952 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions, including a 294-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Liberty Bowl.

Despite his play last season, Allen hasn't gotten the same level of hype as other first-year starters in the SEC.

Auburn's Jeremy Johnson and Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs were both named to the preseason All-SEC team heading into their first full seasons as starters.

Allen hasn't racked up the same preseason accolades, but his supporting cast should set him up for a big 2015 season.

Texas A&M should have one of the top receiving corps in the country in 2015. The Aggies return two of their top three receivers from last season in Josh Reynolds and Speedy Noil, who went for 842 and 583 receiving yards, respectively.

Ricky Seals-Jones returns after a solid freshman campaign, and the Aggies also landed 5-star receiver Christian Kirk as part of the 2015 recruiting class. Three of five starters on the offensive line will also be back for the upcoming season.

With his talent and the talent around him, Allen is headed for a stellar 2015 season in Sumlin's offense. An entire offseason of first-team reps should help him develop a stronger connection with the rest of the offense and improve on his freshman season.

He's not the same type of athlete or dual threat as Johnny Manziel was, but Texas A&M doesn't need him to be. He controls the pocket, makes precise throws and is capable of making a play with his feet when the situation calls for it.

Allen is a solid, accurate quarterback who is capable of leading his team through an SEC schedule. Any SEC team that overlooks him will regret it this fall.

 

Recruiting information via 247Sports.com

Statistics via CFBstats.com.

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Every Top 25 Team's Best Recruiting Sales Pitch to Their Top 2016 Target

College football recruiting is far more than just seeking out the best players who fit well into a program and then offering them a scholarship. That's the easy part.

Nowadays is takes a strong sales pitch to convince the country's top high school prospects to pick one school over (several) others, and just offering playing time isn't enough. That's something they're likely able to get from most of their suitors, and oftentimes they end up going somewhere in spite of the competition they face to get on the field immediately.

In order to convince an impressionable teenage athlete that his best move is to pick School X over University Y and Z State, it takes the kind of proposal that would sway a dyed-in-the-wool Republican to cross the aisle and vote Democrat or vice versa

Using Bleacher Report's Post-Spring Practice Top 25 as a guide, we've come up with a strong sales pitch for each school to use on its top remaining 2016 target.

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Biggest Questions Facing Indiana Football in 2015

With questions surrounding the offense, the defense and the future of head coach Kevin Wilson, Indiana football will have plenty of issues to tackle in the 2015-16 season. 

After a promising 3-2 start last season that included a massive 31-27 win over Missouri, the Hoosiers struggled mightily while losing six of their last seven games. 

A key reason for the 2014 disappointment was due to quarterback Nate Sudfeld suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in the team’s sixth game against Iowa. Now fully recovered, he will determine how well the Indiana offense will play, especially after losing star running back Tevin Coleman to the NFL. 

The defense is also a concern, which has been a recurring theme during Wilson’s tenure in Bloomington, Indiana. How hot is his seat heading into this season after four subpar years? 

Here are five burning questions for the Hoosiers for this upcoming season:

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