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Georgia Football Recruiting: 5 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at 'The Opening'

The Opening, an annual proving ground for some of the nation's best football recruits, is less than a month away.  The Nike-sponsored event, which begins July 5, features a little bit of everything—lineman drills, 7-on-7 passing competitions and even elements of standard performance combines.

More importantly for Georgia fans, however, The Opening will feature several of Georgia's top committed recruits and targets.

Here is a look at five recruits worth watching at The Opening as ranked by the 247Sports Composite.

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Notre Dame Football: Projecting the Irish's Starting Lineup

Don't look now, but we're 79 days away from the start of Notre Dame's season. With summer school in session and freshmen reporting to campus within the next week, football season will be here before we know it.

(Or so we hope.)

With Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff able to continue work with their teams this summer thanks to some NCAA rule changes, the battle for starting jobs won't wait until August to get started.

So let's take a temporary break from recruiting madness to project the starting 11 on both sides of the ball when Notre Dame takes on Rice on August 30. 

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Florida Football Recruiting: 7 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at The Opening

We are less than a month away from The Opening, and the Florida Gators will be well-represented during the event. Whether they are players who have already committed or recruits who are seriously considering taking their talents to Gainesville, Florida fans will have many reasons to pay close attention to the upcoming camp that kicks off in early July.

The Opening is a four-day football camp that features some of the top college football recruits in the country. Players will run different drills and have a chance to showcase some of the skills that they’ll soon put to use at the college level. It’s also a chance for college football fans to see future players in action for the first time.

Here are the key guys that Florida fans should be watching closely.

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SEC Football: 12 Backups Who Could Start in Another Conference

In SEC football, like many power conferences, a number of talented players are relegated to reserve roles because of logjams at their respective positions.

One late spring departure perfectly illustrates that point for the SEC.

Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel left the program, apparently convinced he wouldn’t win the starting spot.

He ultimately chose TCU as his new destination, where he seems like a front-runner for the starting position.

Today we try to find more players who, like Joeckel, could leave their current programs and find substantially more playing time elsewhere.

SEC coaches aren’t especially keen on releasing post-spring practice depth charts, so much of this list consists of best guesses.

Here’s our list.

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: 6 Commits, Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

It’s a busy time for Notre Dame football, with players arriving to campus for summer workouts.

It’s an equally busy time in the recruiting world, as well, with Blake Barnett’s recent decommitment and the forthcoming Irish Invasion camp.

Notre Dame’s recruiting activity will continue to pick up at The Opening in early July, when 162 of the nation’s top prospects will work out for four days at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

4 weeks until the nation's best arrive at @usnikefootball HQ to test, train, and compete at #TheOpening.

— The Opening (@TheOpening2014) June 10, 2014

As it stands right now, the Irish will only be represented by one current commitment at The Opening. So who will Notre Dame fans be watching at the camp? In determining the following six players, we considered the prospect’s national rankings and recent reported interest.

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Michigan Football Recruiting: 3 Top Targets to Watch at Nike's 'The Opening'

Nike's "The Opening" camp from July 5 to July 10 in Beaverton, Oregon could be the summer's ultimate gathering of high school football talent. In an attempt to wow, 162 of the who's who of the 2015 class will assemble in Phil Knight's backyard to take part in 7-on-7 competition and Nike Sparq rating routines. 

And then they'll sit back and watch more offers cascade their way. 

Naturally, Michigan has it eyes on the some of the participants—and there is a trio of potential Wolverines who are scheduled to attend: Chris Clark, a tight end; George Campbell, a wide receiver; and Matt Burrell, an offensive lineman. 

Using 247Sports and The Opening's roster as guides, this slideshow will take a closer look at the three prospects and gauge their chances of committing to Team 136.

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Nebraska Football: Why Monte Harrison Spurning Cornhuskers Hurts

Nebraska football fans were watching the Major League Baseball first-year player draft with some interest, waiting to see where wide receiver prospect Monte Harrison would be selected. With most mock drafts having Harrison taken in the first round, Nebraska fans had some hope when he wasn’t selected until pick No. 50 to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Would that mean Nebraska would have a chance for Harrison to put professional baseball on the back burner and come to Lincoln?

If so, that hope didn’t last long:

#Brewers have signed 2nd round pick Monte Harrison for $1.8MM, per @jimcallisMLB. He was committed to play football at Nebraska. Big get!

— The Brewer Nation (@BrewerNation) June 7, 2014

The transfer of wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow from Washington has been occupying the imagination of Nebraska fans recently, however, so the loss of Harrison from NU’s 2014 class may have been a bit undersold. But it’s still a big loss for a number of reasons.


Stringfellow won’t arrive until 2015

As a transfer, Stringfellow will have to sit out the 2014 season. He’ll still have three years of eligibility left, but he won’t be able to help Nebraska next season. Harrison, on the other hand, would have been eligible to play right away as a freshman.

So the most immediate impact of Harrison’s decision to sign with the Brewers is that there will be no big-time help coming at receiver for the 2014 season.


Harrison fit what Nebraska needs at receiver

Here’s what I would project as Nebraska’s starting two-deep at receiver next year:

  • WR X: Kenny Bell (6’1”, 185 lbs), Brandon Reilly (6’1”, 190 lbs)
  • WR Z: Alonzo Moore (6’2”, 185 lbs), Taariq Allen (6’3”, 185 lbs)
  • WR A: Jordan Westerkamp (6’0”, 200 lbs), Jamal Turner (6’1”, 185 lbs)

(All measurables from Nebraska’s depth chart of Dec. 19, 2013.)

According to 247Sports, Harrison is 6’3” and 200 pounds but with top-end speed. It’s hard to see how a player with Harrison’s size, speed and athleticism wouldn’t have cracked Nebraska’s two-deep in 2014.


Harrison is just that good

According to Andrew Holleran of College Spun, many thought that Harrison was the best overall athlete in the MLB first-year player draft this year. Think about that for a second. The best overall athlete of 2014 draft—that’s pretty high praise. Sure, he went in the second round, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a phenomenal talent.

Had Harrison not signed with the Brewers, he would have been one of the most talented players, if not the most talented, in Nebraska’s 2014 class (with competition only from offensive guard Tanner Farmer). He had 1.8 million reasons to sign his contract with the Brewers, and Nebraska fans should be wishing Harrison nothing but the best in his budding baseball career.

But, boy, from a selfish standpoint, he could have made quite a difference for Bo Pelini’s squad, both this year and in years to come.


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Miami Football Recruiting: 7 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

The 2014 edition of Nike's The Opening will take place July 7-10 in Beaverton, Oregon at the mega-brand's top-notch facility, and more than a handful of potential Miami Hurricanes will be present.

Highlighted by a pair of commits, the 'Canes are recruiting at least 10 prospects who were invited to The Opening, and eight players are top targets.

Last year at the camp, Chad Thomas began his ascent to claiming the prestigious fifth star, and many athletes will be looking to match the defensive end's successes.

Each slide focuses on a player's commitment status, analysis of his preceding camp and how he received an invite to The Opening.

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Power Ranking College Football Conferences by Coaching Stability

The debate over which conference is better than another in college football is one that has existed for years and no doubt will rage on forever. And there are many ways to compare the apples of one to the oranges of the other in an effort to arbitrarily determine superiority.

Overall team performance? Check. National champions? Way ahead of you. Player quality? Sure. Size of stadiums and lavishness of football facilities? Yup, that too.

Comparing leagues by their coaches is also a common approach to the "my conference is better than yours" battle, but it's usually done by looking at what each coach has accomplished. We've decided to take a different angle and tackle this dispute through a different statistic: stability.

Coaching turnover at the FBS level remains at a critically high level, with hirings, firings and bolting from one program to another more prevalent than ever before. That coach was great at one place, but how will he be at the next? And how long can he be expected to stick around?

Of the 128 schools set to play in FBS this fall, 48 of them have coaches in either their first or second year on the job. Two more (Louisville's Bobby Petrino and Mark Whipple of Massachusetts) are making their return to those programs after previously coaching there.

With almost constant newness, determining which conference is tops in terms of its coaches is a tough task to tackle. But we're nothing if not up for the challenge, so check out our power ranking of all 10 FBS conferences based on coaching stability.

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Georgia Football: Projecting Who Will Win the Bulldogs' Open Starting Positions

Preseason practice for the Georgia Bulldogs is less than two months away, and there will be some interesting storylines that will develop as soon as they hit the field.

However, the top storyline will have to be the starting positions that will be open when players report to campus.

On offense, there are only a couple of starting spots that have yet to be determined because the majority of starters from last season make their return for the 2014 year.

The defense has 10 returning starters coming back, but defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has made every position on the unit wide open.

So the defense that was on the field last year will look a lot different this year. Here’s a projected look at who will win the Bulldogs’ open starting positions.

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