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Best College Fit for 2015 Monster OT Martez Ivey to Succeed at Next Level

At 6'6" and 270 pounds, 2015 5-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey is an absolute monster. The Apopka, Florida, product has the ability to contribute immediately at the next level.

Ivey is rated as the No. 1 overall OT in his class and has received scholarship offers from many of the top schools in the country.

Watch as Bleacher Report's college football analyst Michael Felder beaks down Ivey's game film and explains which school is the best fit for the 5-star athlete.

Is it Florida? Alabama? Auburn?

Watch the video and find out.

 

Highlights courtesy of XOS Digital. Rankings and recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Michigan Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News So Far

Michigan was eager to move past a disappointing 7-6 season which ended with a stinging 31-14 defeat in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The team had entered the backstretch of its schedule competing for the Big Ten championship until losses to rivals Michigan State and Ohio State torpedoed what had once been a promising season.

After two seasons of declining results, this offseason will be pivotal for Brady Hoke as he tries to lead Michigan back to national prominence.

 

Phil Callihan is a featured writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained via press conferences or in person.

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Predicting Where the Top 10 Uncommitted Recruits of the 2015 Class Will Land

The 2015 recruiting cycle is really heating up. Look out for a slew of commitments over the next few weeks.

Where will the top uncommitted recruits of the 2015 class play their college football? No. 1 recruit Trent Thompson is leaning toward Georgia, but will the defensive tackle end up committing to the Bulldogs?

Check out Barrett Sallee's rapid-fire predictions for where the top 10 uncommitted recruits will land. 

 

Highlights courtesy XOS Digital. All recruit rankings from 247Sports

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Top 5 Performing Recruits from 2014 Rivals Five-Star Challenge

Many of the nation's most coveted college football prospects flocked to Baltimore last weekend to participate in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge. The event drew premier playmakers from every corner of the country, as future collegiate teammates and foes flashed their abilities among elite company.

Several standouts validated the hype surrounding their recruitment process by delivering dominant performances. Here's a look at five competitors who shined on the big stage.

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LSU Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offeseason News so Far

LSU has had an uneventful summer...thus far. But LSU head coach Les Miles knows no news is good news.

The Tigers saw past All-SEC performers Jeremy Hill and Tyrann Mathieu over the past few offseasons involved in off-the-field incidents that dominated headlines. Miles does not want to deal with that stress again. 

The news cycle has been mostly positive for LSU. If a backup defensive end's bike robbery is the worst news thus far, Miles can live with that. 

Here are some of the biggest stories this offseason.  

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College Football's 10 Most Valuable Backups for 2014

Being a backup means being ready to play at a moment's notice. Serving as an understudy for college football's biggest stars can have even larger implications. 

If Jameis Winston goes down with an injury, Florida State needs to replace him, ideally, with little to no dropoff. That is not always easy or possible, but it is what coaches strive for in recruiting. 

The "next man up" philosophy may be viewed as "coachspeak", but it is nevertheless a goal. 

Which backups are the most valuable in college football this season? Our answers are in the following slides. 

 

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Auburn Football: Projecting Who Will Win the Tigers' Open Starting Positions

In less than 12 weeks, college football will be back.

The upcoming 2014 season cannot come any sooner for the Auburn Tigers and their fans, who are eager to see what Gus Malzahn and Co. have in store after their run to the SEC title and the final BCS National Championship Game.

Auburn will return a major portion of its talent from last year's conference-winning squad, including senior quarterback Nick Marshall, top receiver Sammie Coates, four veteran offensive linemen and bruising defensive tackle Gabe Wright.

But the Tigers have eight spots to fill on offense and defense thanks to the outgoing senior class and a pair of early NFL-bound players, running back Tre Mason and left tackle Greg Robinson. Auburn has talent to fill these holes on the depth chart, but there are no guarantees for anyone heading into fall practices.

So as we count down the days to Auburn's opener August 30 against SEC West rival Arkansas, let's take a look at the Tigers projected to move to the top of the depth chart in 2014.

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Florida Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News so Far

It’s been a surprisingly quiet offseason for the Florida Gators. That may be a good thing for Florida fans, as it’s an indication that guys are working hard, hoping to bounce back after last year’s disappointments and are staying out of trouble.

There has been some news worthy stuff involving the team but for the most part everybody seems focused on the task at hand and waiting for the season to begin.

The biggest news for the Gators this offseason mainly involves two transfers. Florida lost a key defensive back, but received a crucial offensive weapon. Other than that, it’s mainly been a snooze fest for Florida these past few months. 

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USC Football: 5 Defensive Players with the Most to Gain from Summer Workouts

Last week, we looked at the offensive players who stand to gain the most from impressing during summer throwing sessions that are underway at USC. Now, we turn our attention to the defense.

USC's defensive line is as stout as they come, but the rest of the defensive units are still in a bit of flux. Be it because of injury or slow development, some of the Trojans' linebacker and defensive back positions are still up for grabs.

With solid efforts during summer workouts, a handful of Trojans can put themselves in positions to contend for, or outright win, a starting job.

Let's take a look at who those guys are. 

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USC Football: 5 Defensive Players with the Most to Gain from Summer Workouts

Last week, we looked at the offensive players who stand to gain the most from impressing during summer throwing sessions that are underway at USC. Now, we turn our attention to the defense...

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Notre Dame Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News So Far

There never seems to be a dull moment with Notre Dame football—neither in the regular season, nor the offseason.

This year has been no different.

Since the Irish wrapped up their 2013 campaign with the Pinstripe Bowl in late December, there has been the usual fare of offseason stirrings, from new coaches to returning players and recruiting drama. We’ll highlight some of the biggest offseason news since last season came to a close.

Buckle up.

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Texas Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News So Far

Firing Mack Brown guaranteed an eventful offseason for the Texas Longhorns and his replacement, Charlie Strong. 

Losing his starting quarterback to a broken foot should have been the top storyline for Strong. Far from it. Since January, Strong has been hired despite not being named Nick Saban, hired a great staff and dealt with the consequences of the end of Brown's career on the recruiting trail. 

This summer should provide more clarity on the news that has not fully developed, but the intrigue has kept on even past the hiring of a new leading man.

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Sheriron Jones to Florida: Gators Land 4-Star Dual-Threat QB Prospect

The Florida Gators have landed one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the class of 2015. Sheriron Jones, a 4-star recruit out of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California, has committed to play college football in Gainesville.

News of Jones' commitment was reported on Sunday by 247Sports, as the young signal-caller had just wrapped up his visit. Jones shared his thoughts with one of the site's national analysts, Ryan Bartow.

"It's so much like family there," said Jones. "I love the coaching staff, they've been straightforward with me. I just love being at the Swamp."

CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman feels Jones should thrive in coordinator Kurt Roper's spread offense:

ESPN's Jeff Barlis cited analysis by his colleague Tom Lunginbill, who compared Jones' skill set to that of former Louisville star and recent Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater:

That's high praise to say the least, and it should build the hype surrounding Jones before he arrives at his chosen collegiate destination. The class overall is shaping up nicely for the Gators, per the Gainesville Sun's Zach Abolverdi:

Jones is listed at 6'2.5" and 193 pounds, with a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, according to his 247Sports profile. The site's composite rankings have him as the No. 7 dual-threat QB and the 220th-ranked prospect overall.

The dynamic athleticism Jones brings to the gridiron, along with his demonstrated speed, will serve him well. Florida just needs to surround him with a strong supporting cast, and Jones can also contribute to the rushing attack with his legs.

Passing mechanics are something all young QBs can improve on, but the physical tools Jones possesses bode well for his success at the next level. In addition to having a strong enough arm to make every required throw, Jones can be accurate on the run and from the pocket. He has adequate power to deliver on time, on target and with touch on deep passes.

Gators coach Will Muschamp is known for his emphasis on defense, but Florida needs a spark on the other side of the ball to reascend to being one of the SEC's best. Landing Jones as the prospective quarterback of the future is a great way to ensure that happens in the coming years.

Although it's still a bit premature to project where Jones will land when he arrives in Gainesville, he appears destined for greatness. As long as he can refine his fundamentals and keep progressing, Jones' ceiling hints that he'll be installed as a starter sooner than later.

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Rodney Anderson to Oklahoma: Sooners Land 4-Star RB Prospect

After spurning the Texas A&M Aggies, 4-star running back Rodney Anderson has committed to the Oklahoma Sooners, per Katy Football:

Anderson also posted this photo to his Instagram page:

His comfort level with the offensive system and coaches in place in Norman was the biggest factor in his decision, per Fox Sports' Ahmard Vital:

"The reason why I went ahead and committed is because at the camp I loved how Coach [Cale] Gundy worked with the guys in the camp, including me," Anderson said, per Joey Helmer of OUInsider.com. "I just felt comfortable at Oklahoma. I have relatives there. And I just feel like my style of running fits Oklahoma the best."

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Anderson is the second-best all-purpose back in the country and 126th-best recruit overall. The Sooners now have their first running back in their 2015 class, per Bob Przybylo of SoonersIllustrated.com:

With the capture, Oklahoma jumped 20 spots to 29th on 247Sports' 2015 team rankings.

Anderson had previously committed to Texas A&M but backtracked on his decision in April, per ESPN's Sam Khan Jr.:

The Aggies' loss is the Sooners' gain.

Anderson is a speedy back, but he doesn't have what you'd consider home run ability. Part of that is down to the fact that he takes a little while to get into top gear. If he can improve his acceleration, then he'll be able to score any time he touches the ball.

What's also nice about Anderson is that he can be utilized quite effectively in both the passing and return games. His hands are one of his strongest qualities, earning a nine out of 10 on 247Sports.

As long as co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell figure out how to involve Anderson in the offense, they'll have a nice weapon on their hands come 2015.

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Tennessee Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News So Far

Every coach around the country hopes for a quiet, ho-hum offseason devoid of any bombshell news. Tennessee football coach Butch Jones hasn't gotten that, but there haven't been any disasters, either.

Since the end of last year's 5-7 bowl-less season, the Volunteers have welcomed all but one of their 32 February signees. They've said "goodbye" to an important player for the future and "hello" to a recommitted receiver.

UT also celebrated the first-round selection of former offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James in the NFL draft and watched many of its former offensive linemen struggle through a grueling two days to follow.

The steady flow of news has been about like any other offseason in other words.

As Jones embarks on year two of his rebuild, the core of his program finally is in place, barring any unforeseen issues between now and kickoff of the Utah State game on Aug. 31.

But before the team continues its summer workouts and prepares to try to get to a bowl game for the first time in three years, let's take a look back at what has made headlines on Rocky Top since December.

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Ohio State Football Recruiting: 3 Things 4-Star S Tyler Green Brings to Buckeyes

Ohio State's 2015 recruiting got off to a slow start, but with summer camps officially underway, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are starting to gain momentum.

On Sunday, that momentum came in the form of 4-star safety Tyler Green, who offered his verbal commitment to become the No. 4 pledge in Ohio State's class.

His decision came quickly.

According to Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer, Green committed the moment his offer came from the coaching staff.

"This was the one I was waiting for," Green said. "I am a Buckeye."

Now that Green is in the fold, here are three things he'll bring to Ohio State.

 

Speed

Green was in Columbus for Ohio State's football camp, where he received his offer and committed all in the same afternoon.

His speed stood out, which prompted the domino effect.

According to Eleven Warriors, Green ran a reported 4.41 40-yard dash:

That speed will come in handy as the Buckeyes rework their secondary.

With Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator, Ohio State will be abandoning its zone for more man-to-man coverages. If the Buckeyes cornerbacks are expected to play on the line of scrimmage, they'll need fast safeties who can close quickly.

That's exactly what Green brings to the table for the Buckeyes.

 

Replacement for Ben Edwards 

Green's commitment is huge because the Buckeyes needed to replace 4-star safety Ben Edwards 

The Jacksonville, Florida, product pledged to Ohio State back in February, but two months later, he flipped his commitment to Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers.

In need of a safety, Meyer had offers out to players such as Will SunderlandRashad Roundtree and Kendrell McFadden

After a two-month search, Meyer and the coaching staff found their guy in Green.

He'll join a pair of 4-star cornerback commits in Eric Glover-Williams and Jamel Dean

 

A Maryland Connection

When Ohio State hired defensive line coach Larry Johnson, the Buckeyes were inheriting his strong recruiting ties to the East Coast—primarily in the state of Maryland.

Johnson's relationship with Green was a huge factor, according to Wasserman.

"We had a good relationship back in Maryland and when he was at Penn State he was recruiting me," Green said. "He always stops by my school to see me and things like that. Really, it's all great." 

Green can now serve as Ohio State's pipeline into Maryland, a role he's willing accept, via John Brandon of Eleven Warriors.

"Coach Meyer told me he needed me to help get us some commits," Green said. "As soon as I get home, I'm trying to pull some guys in."

That could start with Darius Fullwood, a highly sought after 3-star defensive end from Olney, Maryland. Fullwood has offers from programs such as Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Penn State and Virginia Tech, but the Buckeyes are the overwhelming favorite.

Some encouragement from Green won't hurt Ohio State's cause at all.

 

All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. 
Follow him on Twitter: @davidreg412.

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Predicting Every Projected Top 25 Team's First Loss of 2014

Losing is inevitable.

Going undefeated in a sport is very rare, and when it does happen, the feat should be applauded. However, to assume perfection will occur on a regular basis is foolish, no matter the sport and (in the case of college football) no matter how much your coach gets paid or how great that incoming recruit class was rated.

Florida State went 14-0 last year, the only FBS team to finish unbeaten. The Seminoles join a very select group to go an entire season without a loss in the past 10 years, as only 11 others since 2004 have done so.

Yet, based on the expectations of fans from pretty much every team in the country, going unbeaten this fall isn't just possible, it's downright probable. Not so fast there, folks.

We've gone ahead and given a close look at the schedules of every team currently rated in Bleacher Report's Preseason Top 25 (Post-Spring Practice Edition), and we've come to one significant conclusion: Every one of them will lose at least once this year.

Click through the slideshow to see when each Top 25 team will fall for the first time so you can plan accordingly. Don't agree with our assessment? Feel free to comment as such below.

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Georgia Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News so Far

There is a reason why college football never sleeps.

As soon as the BCS title game came to an end in January, the 2014 season was beginning with all the offseason news.

It was no different with the Georgia Bulldogs, as they have had enough of it to last for the next decade.

It started with good news with the addition of new coaches, but it has not been good recently due to the losses of a few key players.

So, here’s a look at the biggest offseason news pieces so far.

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Pete Carroll Says He Wouldn't Have Left USC Trojans If NCAA Sanctions Were Known

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wants to clear the air and establish that he didn't leave USC as a result of the sanctions with which the Trojans were about to be hit. In fact, it was the exact opposite, he told Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Carroll received criticism for his seemingly convenient time of departure from USC, but he maintains that he and the school had no idea the NCAA would drop the hammer after its investigation of improper benefits given to Reggie Bush:

"It does bother me because it's not right and it's not accurate," he said of the criticism, later adding, "I didn't feel bad about leaving at all. I didn't feel bad about it because I knew what the truth was."

Asked last week what was inaccurate, and what was the truth, Carroll did not hesitate.

"The truth was, an opportunity came up and it was one I couldn't turn away from," he said. "… The NCAA came back at the university… 'Now we're going to revisit after five years.' I had no knowledge that was coming. We thought maybe it wasn't coming because they didn't have anything to get us with. It wasn't five days, it wasn't five weeks. It was five years."

Carroll added that he never would've left if he knew the NCAA would level such heavy sanctions.

"When I look back now, I would have stayed there to do what we needed to do to resolve the problem," he said.

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson questioned the veracity of Carroll's claims by looking at when he actually left the university:

Whatever the motivation of his exit, there's no question that he got out of Los Angeles when the getting was good. USC was slapped with the dreaded "lack of institutional control" tag, and it resulted in the loss of scholarships and a postseason bowl ban in 2010 and 2011.

Between that and the toxic tenure of Lane Kiffin, the Trojans are just now beginning to piece their program back together. The halcyon days of Bush and Matt Leinart feel like a lifetime ago.

Carroll, meanwhile, led the Seahawks to the playoffs in two of his first three seasons in Seattle and won the Super Bowl last February. He signed a two-year contract extension back in April.

USC fans probably want to move on from this altogether. Steve Sarkisian is entering his first season as head coach, and the sanctions expire at the end of the 2014 season. Now is the time to look forward.

Having Carroll open up old wounds is unlikely to go down well in Los Angeles.

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Bleacher Report's 7-on-7 Offensive Dream Team for 2015

Football used to be a sport that was only played during the fall and that ended in the winter. Now, it is essentially played all throughout the year due to seven-on-seven football passing-league games and tournaments.

Offensive seven-on-seven teams consist of a quarterback, plus usually any variation between five running backs and receivers. The seventh offensive player is the center, although he is not eligible to catch passes.

Looking at the crop of 2015 recruits, it's time Bleacher Report fielded an offensive "dream team" for seven-on-seven football. This team was put together quite carefully with general fit and strategy in mind, and it certainly should make defenses tremble.

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