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5-Star DT Recruit Rasheem Green Tweets Top 15 Schools

Rasheem Green remains uncommitted, and judging by his newly released list of favorites, he still has a long way to go toward making a decision.

The 5-star defensive tackle included 15 programs among his top options less than eight months away from national signing day.

He shared the list on Twitter:

It comes as no surprise that the Southern California standout is still considering several West Coast options. UCLA and USC are both contenders for the Los Angeles County prospect.

Green, who attends Junipero Serra High School, saw a pair of premier teammates pick USC during the 2014 recruiting cycle. Quarterback Jalen Greene and cornerback Adoree' Jackson signed as part of head coach Steve Sarkisian's first Trojans class.

Linebacker Dwight Williams, another senior member of the 2013 Junipero Serra squad, signed with UCLA.

Stanford and Cal also survived the cut, presenting additional in-state opportunities. His list is heavy with Pac-12 teams, as Oregon and Arizona State are also in the picture.

Green showed he's open to the idea of playing college football far beyond his hometown, with Miami, Boston College, Notre Dame and Oklahoma all landing on the list. He is also eyeing a collection of SEC squads.

Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, LSU and Alabama are still in pursuit of the disruptive interior defender.

Green, who stands 6'5" and 275 pounds, is tremendously athletic for a player of his stature. He was clocked at 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash and utilizes an array of speed moves in the trenches to outmaneuver offensive linemen.

Rated No. 3 nationally among defensive tackles in 247Sports' composite rankings, Green was named Most Valuable Lineman in the star-studded Mission League last season.

He tallied 57 tackles, including a team-high 26 tackles for loss. Green led Junipero Serra with 14 sacks.

USC is viewed as a strong favorite for his commitment, and the Trojans are projected to sign him by every expert prediction in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.

 

Recruit information and ratings courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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Re-Evaluating LSU's 2011 Recruiting Class

LSU's 2011 recruiting class will go down as one of Les Miles' best. Of the 23 players that formed the group, four of them were selected in the 2014 NFL draft. And there could be more selected in next year's NFL draft.

La'el Collins, Jermauria Rasco and Ronald Martin are all members of the 2011 coup that will be asked to carry this year's youthful team. The trio of players are all slated to be starters. 

But, as there is in every recruiting class, there were some busts as well. Five players never played a snap for the Tigers. 

Here is a look back at how the 2011 class shaped up. 

 

*Stats and rankings via 247SportsCFBStats.com and LSU Sports Information

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Re-Evaluating Florida's 2012 Recruiting Class

While Florida fans wait for the 2015 recruiting class to improve, it’s time to hand out grades to a class that took place a couple of years ago. It’s always fun to see which players lived up to the hype, who proved the recruiting analysts wrong and who was just a downright bust.

After looking at the Gators’ 2012 recruiting class, it’s clear it didn’t fulfill expectations. The class was considered the fourth-best class by 247Sports and included 14 players rated as at least 4-stars. However, many of the players aren’t even on the roster anymore, and others are still trying to reach their full potential. There are a couple of guys who panned out, but they were few and far between.

Of course, these grades could change as early as this season.

Let’s recap Florida’s 2012 recruiting class knowing what we know now.

Note: All rankings are courtesy of 247Sports. 

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Ranking the Top 50 Must-Watch College Football Games of 2014

If the DVR could be programmed all the way out to mid-December, we'd be all set for the 2014 college football season. Instead, we have to settle for marking the calendar with when and where to watch the 50 must-see games of the 2014 season.

From the first pairing of FBS programs on Aug. 28 all the way to the storied tradition of Army-Navy, not a week goes by this season without at least one great game to take in. Some are early-season clashes between power conference foes, most are annual tussles that no doubt will add another chapter to their long series' histories.

All of them are great. But which ones are the greatest?

Since ranking is one of the things we do best, we've listed the top 50 games to look forward to this fall. Check them out, and make sure to have a pen handy to jot them down on the calendar.

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Power Ranking Georgia Bulldogs' 2014 Schedule from Easiest to Toughest

In order for the Georgia Bulldogs to have a successful 2014 season, a few things will have to go right for them.

The first is the players all have to come together and play as one. Guys like Todd Gurley and Ramik Wilson will have to be leaders and get everyone on the same page.

Another thing is health. Head coach Mark Richt is hoping his players can stay relatively healthy, unlike last season where he would lose starter after starter on a regular basis.

But the most important thing that has to go right for them is the play of the schedule. The Bulldogs need to start strong and finish stronger if they want to play in the SEC title game. And while the Bulldogs’ 2014 schedule is not the hardest in all of college football, it’s certainly not the easiest, especially when they start the season against two teams from South Carolina.

Here’s a power ranking of the Bulldogs’ 2014 schedule.

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Texas Football: Power Ranking Texas' 2014 Schedule from Easiest to Toughest

The Texas Longhorns return 13 starters to an 8-5 team that underachieved for the fourth-straight season. Improving on that mark against their 2014 schedule will require Charlie Strong to engineer a great turnaround.

Texas faces eight teams that return as many or more starters than it does this season. Of those eight, three finished with a better record in 2013. Those teams are Baylor, UCLA and Oklahoma, who happen to sport the three best quarterbacks the 'Horns face all season.

These teams are tops among Texas' 12-game slate, with quarterback play, experience and past success shaping where the other nine teams rank on the schedule from easiest to toughest.

Quarterback play is the theme, and how David Ash's health situation unfolds will determine how well Strong's team does in his first season at the helm. Without him, winning games in the top half of the spectrum will be a tall order.

Returning starter stats and information courtesy of PhilSteele.com.

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Re-Evaluating Tennessee's 2012 Recruiting Class

Recruiting under former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley was never particularly rewarding, but there have been few clunker classes bigger than his final full haul in 2012.

Even though a few of the players still have eligibility remaining, it's already safe to label the class a failure.

The group of 22 players that was ranked 20th by 247Sports and eighth in the SEC was never met with much fanfare.

But the little impact of their careers—for those who actually had careers—is staggering.

The players from that group were supposed to be upperclassmen leaders during 2014, but just 11 remain. Only six of those have legitimate chances to be in the rotation, which means Butch Jones already has overrecruited many of them.

Defections and poor evaluations are key reasons why UT currently is devoid of dependable juniors and seniors.

Dooley signed zero offensive linemen in the '12 class. Of the defensive linemen, only a couple remain who could contribute. As a result, UT will be forced to play newcomers all through the trenches.

"All in all, if you look at all that's happened, all that's transpired, it's hard to feel better than I do today," Dooley told GoVolsXtra's Austin Ward on national signing day 2012.

The Dooley era in Knoxville was characterized by Vols fans trying to convince themselves and the rest of the SEC that things weren't as bad as they seemed.

They were, and the 2012 class is proof. 

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Pros and Cons for 4-Star QB Travis Waller's Top Schools

Travis Waller is among the hottest recruits in the country right now. The 4-star quarterback hails from California, where he uses his athleticism to make plays as a passer and a runner.

Waller, who is 6'3" and 190 pounds, has solid arm strength to all levels of the field. His accuracy is above-average, plus he can elude rushers in the pocket and make plays with his legs.

Waller has seen his stock soar this spring, but he has narrowed his list down to four schools, per 247Sports. Before he announces his decision July 1, Waller will have to go through the pros and the cons of each of his finalists.

 

All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' composite rankings.Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

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Big Ten Football: 10 Best Players from BCS Era

The BCS has been consigned to the history books, and many Big Ten fans may be happy to see it go.  After all, the Bowl Championship Series was marred with repeated disappointments for the conference.  But despite winning just a lone BCS title way back in 2002, the conference had more than its fair share of spectacular individual performances.

To expand on the great player performances, the Big Ten racked up an impressive list of individual awards that rival any conference in the nation.  The list of awards includes more than 50 national individual awards, including two Heisman Trophy winners.

Any list identifying the top-10 players from a conference when there are so many award winners to pick from is going to be somewhat subjective, so we've laid out a few simple ground rules.  First, we're excluding some pretty great players from Big Ten programs that never actually played in the Big Ten during the BCS era (1998-2013).  Sorry, Nebraska fans, but you won't see Ndamukong Suh's name here.  Secondly, with so many players receiving national awards, it's not crazy to limit our selections to players who received a national award, a Big Ten Player of the Year Award or was a consensus All-American.

With those provisos laid out, we now present Bleacher Report's selection of the top-10 Big Ten football players from the Bowl Championship Series era.

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9 Recruits Who Could Join 5-Star WR Preston Williams at Tennessee

Preston Williams is a 5-star receiver who committed to Tennessee in September of 2013. At 6'5" and 200 pounds, the Georgia native has a splendid combination of size and speed.

Williams possesses impressive agility to make plays after the catch, plus he has the strength to become a good blocker on the perimeter. The Volunteers earning a commitment from Williams has surely helped them on the recruiting trail, and it will continue to aid head coach Butch Jones' efforts to attract more talent to Rocky Top through next February.

Williams could help the Vols land a 5-star defensive end, plus he could push Tennessee over the top for a 5-star quarterback.

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7 2015 Offensive Recruits with Most to Prove This Summer

With summer just about here, several 2015 offensive recruits have a lot to prove over the next few months. Although these prospects are great players, questions still surround their skill sets.

A 5-star receiver needs to prove that he has the hands and ball skills to play the position on the collegiate level. A 5-star quarterback has consistency issues that need to be straightened out, plus a 4-star tight end must prove he has the speed and quickness to be effective in the passing game.

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Re-Evaluating Texas A&M's 2011 Recruiting Class

When the players in Texas A&M's 2011 recruiting class signed their national letters of intent, no one had a clue how impactful the class would become. A recruiting class that failed to raise an eyebrow on the national scene would eventually change the way people perceived Texas A&M. 

The 2011 Texas A&M recruiting class was ranked No. 31 overall by 247Sports.com. It was the last complete class signed by head coach Mike Sherman, as he was let go in December 2012. 

The class was recruited to help the Aggies win games in the Big 12.

Multiple members of the class would discover that the SEC style of play did not fit their skill set, and they decided to transfer. A couple of members would achieve success beyond the wildest dreams of even the most optimistic of Aggie fans. The 2011 class will leave a positive mark on Texas A&M for years to come.

This is a look back at the 2011 Texas A&M recruiting class.   

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Jameis Winston Signs Florida Gators Shirt with 'Go Noles'

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is not afraid to troll fans of rival teams that ask him to sign things.

While attending Charlie Ward's football camp as a special guest, someone in a Florida Gators shirt asked Winston to sign it. Winston was nice enough to do so, but also added a special message, saying "Go Noles".

Winston also added "37-7", which was the score of the Seminoles' game against the Gators this year.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Florida Sends Recruits Photoshopped 'Richest People in America' Forbes Covers

Forget Sports Illustrated covers. The Florida Gators football program thinks it knows what recruits are really after.

Pretty cool! 💯 pic.twitter.com/DnQfHfEm0m

— Ivan Drago (@cecejeferson7) June 13, 2014

pic.twitter.com/23Co4UUN0s

— Tyler Jordan#71 (@tyjordan58) June 13, 2014

As you can see, the Photoshopped covers include a picture of the recruit the "magazine" was sent to as well as phrase "Success in life after football has landed him at the top - thanks to his Florida education."

CeCe Jefferson is a defensive end listed as a 5-star, and Tyler Jordan is a 3-star center.

[College Spun]

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Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: 5 Commits and Targets to Watch at the Opening

Summer prospect camps are always good places to get an early glimpse at top recruits, and the 2015 Virginia Tech football recruiting class will have its fair share of both commits and targets at The Opening in early July.

The camp, which will be held at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon, features 162 prospects from across the country, and a few could very well end up in Hokie uniforms in just a year’s time.

Tech is still in the early stages of assembling its 2015 class, so the event will be an excellent chance for the coaching staff to get a glimpse at several of its targets all in the same place.

Read on to find out more about the commits and targets the Hokies will have their eye on at The Opening.

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Tennessee Football: What Butch Jones Must Accomplish in 2014

Second-year Tennessee head coach Butch Jones already has a top-five Rivals recruiting class and a signature win under his belt, but his work is cut out for him during the 2014 season to maintain the program's momentum.

Since his arrival on Rocky Top in early December 2012, he has hit all the right buttons. Recruiting is reaching a level not seen since the early 2000s, the fanbase is beginning to unite, and there's a general sense that Tennessee is on its way back.

However, any SEC fan knows that success in this league is fickle and can disappear in an instant. Look no further than Florida's Will Muschamp, who appeared to be the heir apparent to Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer after leading the Gators to an 11-2 record in 2012. But one dismal 4-8 season later, Muschamp is squarely on the hot seat.

Jones may have a longer leash than Muschamp, but there are a few things he must accomplish in 2014 to remove any doubt about his job security and status as the man to bring Tennessee back to the top of the SEC. 

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Clemson Football: 5 Tigers Facing the Most Pressure in 2014

The Clemson Tigers entered the 2013 season with sky-high expectations, and with those expectations came an enormous amount of pressure to perform well.

This season has a different feel to it; some folks around college football don’t expect the same from Clemson this year because of what they lost from last year’s roster.

Even though expectations aren’t as high, these five players will feel the pressure in 2014.

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FSU Ballboy 'Red Lightning' Gets Lit Up at Camp, Jumps Right Back Up

Florida State's ball boy Red Lightning, a.k.a. Frank Grizzle-Malgrat, is easily the most famous ball boy in college football. But with fame comes constant attention, even at your worst. 

At the school's training camp, Red Lightning collided with a player. Both players take a spill but Red Lightning jumps right back up like a champ.

[Instagram, h/t CollegeSpun]

Update from 6:32pm ET

Next Impulse Sports gives this huge collision the Jim Ross treatment.


[YouTube, h/t Next Impulse Sports]


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4-Star QB Brady White Dishes on Rivalry with Blake Barnett, Other QB Recruits

Brady White once played football with his hand in the dirt, spending an entire season dishing out blocks. There's no record of how many pancakes he served up while manning the offensive front, but it was his first home on the football field.

"The coaches put me on the line, and I did what I was told," White said.

His career as an offensive lineman came to a screeching halt at the age of 6 when he transitioned to quarterback. Unfortunately for a long list of Southern California defenders, White has remained at the position for more than a decade.

"Quarterback is exactly where I wanted to be from the beginning," he said. "I wanted to be the guy who leads the offense and has a big impact on the game. I was blessed with the ability to sling the ball at a young age, and I've worked to get better year after year. I take pride in that."

White, a 17-year-old rising senior at Hart High School in Los Angeles County, is among the most coveted quarterback recruits in the country. He's also one of several standout passers in his home state, setting the stage for budding rivalries now and in the future.

California features the top four prospects in 247Sports' pro-style quarterback rankings. It's also home to three of the nation's top seven dual-threat talents.

"People will probably measure us up against each other for a long time," White said.

They already are.

White is rated third nationally among pro-style passers, behind only Josh Rosen (Bellflower, California) and Ricky Town (Ventura, California), respectively. The 4-star prospect is a consensus top 100 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class.

"I've always had confidence in my abilities and thought I could become a national recruit," White said. "I just didn't realize I'd be rated so high."

He earned attention after taking over the Indians' starting job as a sophomore.

White led Hart to the quarterfinals of the Southern California sectional playoffs, completing 67 percent of his pass attempts for 2,575 yards and 23 touchdowns. Thrust into a pivotal position for a playoff contender, he quickly learned what it would take to be a successful leader.

"I've always felt like I've been ahead of the curve mentally, but the 2012 season really kicked me into gear," White recalled. "I realized you've got to bust your butt every week, every day."

The journey toward stardom started long before White took his first snap as a varsity athlete.

He began training with renowned quarterback guru Steve Clarkson in middle school. The former Woodrow Wilson High School (Los Angeles) and San Jose State star has tutored a long list of successful collegiate passers, including Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow and Gino Torretta.

Clarkson shared an assessment of White's skill set on his website.

One look at Brady White and there is no doubt that he reminds you of what the great quarterbacks of the past were made of. Brady brings a perfect hybrid of old school flare with modern day play making ability. Brady was born to impress...with a release like Joe Namath, and pocket presence like Aaron Rodgers, you will be hearing his name for years to come.

College recruiters began hearing his name during the breakout sophomore campaign. He received his first piece of mail from Oregon State and reacted how most 15-year-old kids would.

"I was pumped, took a picture of it and shared it online with all my buddies," White said. "Knowing what I know now, I look back and realize it wasn't a huge deal. At the time I was like a kid in a candy shop."

Letters from schools quickly became commonplace as interest mounted. He began to see the writing on the wall—playing quarterback at the next level was a legitimate possibility.

"Colleges started coming by to see me," White said. "Hand-written letters from coaches also began arriving and those are the most meaningful pieces of mail."

Despite the growing sense of a looming scholarship offer, he arrived at summer break 2013 empty-handed. Meanwhile, California quarterback contemporaries Town and Rosen were already racking up offers.

"Things moved a little slower than I expected," White admitted.

So he set out to change the course of his recruitment by doing what White describes as "all the self-promotion stuff." He attended camps and went on an expansive tour of college campuses.

His first offer finally arrived that summer. San Jose State pulled the trigger during a passing tournament.

"I was ecstatic," White said. "I thought, 'Ok, there's the first one. Now the ball is going to start rolling.' But I didn't think there was going to be a ton more."

Several schools followed suit during the course of his junior season. From the start of his second campaign as a starting quarterback, it was apparent White belonged among America's best recruits.

He outdueled fellow 4-star prospect Blake Barnett in the 2013 opener against Santiago High School. White was 35-of-46 for 471 yards and three touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground in a 56-49 victory.

Barnett, who spent seven months committed to Notre Dame before backing out of the verbal pact in June, also impressed with six touchdowns. The two square off again Sept. 26 in a rematch that should attract plenty of attention.

"Reporters are definitely going to make a big deal about the matchup and compare everything we do," White said. "They'll try to make it out to be me versus Blake. I can't worry about that stuff. At the end of the day, you judge a quarterback by the win column."

White torched opponents for at least 300 yards passing in half of the team's 12 games last fall. He finished the year with 4,535 passing yards and 50 total touchdowns. Offers began to arrive in bunches.

By mid-spring, teams from across the country were clamoring for his commitment. Tennessee, Oregon, Kentucky, Penn State, Illinois and Louisville were just a few of the programs that threw their hat into the ring.

Just as things were really heating up, White decided it was time to focus on finding the right fit.

Following an early April visit to Arizona State, he moved the Sun Devils to the top of his short list of favorites. Fellow Pac-12 members Cal and Oregon were also in the mix, along with Penn State.

UCLA and USC—nearby squads searching for a quarterback in the 2015 class—never truly entered the equation.

"UCLA pretty much disrespected me," White said. "They offered a lot of quarterbacks in the class and didn't pay much attention to me so that wasn't a place I really looked at."

The Bruins landed Rosen in late March.

White established a rapport with Steve Sarkisian and his staff at Washington, so when USC hired the head coach he thought the Trojans could come calling.

"It would have been awesome to have USC offer when the new coaching staff came in, but they weren't showing me much love," he said.

Sarkisian secured a commitment from Town in January, flipping the 5-star quarterback from his original pledge to Alabama.

By the time May rolled around, White decided he'd done enough research to make his decision. After another visit to Arizona State, the Sun Devils were the clear choice, and he went public on May 2.

"When I reviewed everything, ASU stood out in all aspects," White said. "The coaching staff is doing amazing things, I love the city of Tempe and I'm going to get a quality education. I can see myself enjoying school and life there even if things don't pan out with football."

There's also the matter of him leading the Sun Devils against a pair of his hometown teams. It's a safe bet White will be circling dates with UCLA and USC on his calendar.

"There's no doubt they will be meaningful games," he said. "I want to put up stats and points on them but it's not to make them jealous. It's all about getting a win for the Sun Devils."

White understands comparisons with Rosen and Town won't end in high school. He expects the hype will be in full force whenever they meet in college.

"When we play each other, the media will make it out to be a quarterback battle and try to build up a rivalry part of it," White said. "But Rosen and Town will be playing the Sun Devils defense, I'll be facing the Bruins and Trojans defense. Sure, there's going to be talk about a rivalry but my only concern is trying to get our team a win."

He hopes to get a head start toward those victories by leaning toward early enrollment. Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly has started 27 games and departs after his senior season, opening the door for a group inexperienced passers to replace him.

"It's crucial for me to enroll early if I want to potentially be the starter," White said. "The competition is going to be fun. We're each going to get after it. I'm going in there swinging, and hopefully I'll earn the respect of my teammates. Starting as a freshman would be a dream come true."

Continued physical maturation will build a stronger case for his ability to weather the storm as a starting quarterback in Tempe. White, who was 6'1", 170 pounds at the end of his sophomore season, is now 6'2" and approaching 190 pounds.

Less than a year after he was waiting for the recruitment to really get rolling, White has reached a different phase of the process. He is fully committed to Arizona State, though other programs haven't completely called off their pursuit.

"It's cooled down, but schools still stop by and reach out to make sure I know they're still interested," White said. "They tell me to keep in touch. But I'm a Sun Devil now and couldn't be happier about that."

 

Recruit information and ratings courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

All quotes obtained firsthand by B/R college football recruiting columnist Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted.

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4-Star QB Brady White Dishes on Rivalry with Blake Barnett, Other QB Recruits

Brady White once played football with his hand in the dirt, spending an entire season dishing out blocks. There's no record of how many pancakes he served up while manning the offensive front, but it was his first home on the football field...

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