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NCAA Football Rankings 2014: Week 2 Standings for College's Top 25 Teams

A wild Week 1 in college football is likely to produce some huge shakeups when the updated rankings are released. But prior to the polls being released, it's time to take a look back at where each team started the season.

With the updated rankings set to be announced after the first games were played, several teams helped their case. Meanwhile, other programs took a step back during their season openers.

After impressing the voters in Week 1, teams like Georgia and Baylor will likely see a jump in the standings. As for South Carolina and Clemson, a drop in the rankings is likely after disappointing losses.

Before the updated polls are released, here's a look at the most recent Bleacher Report rankings and a breakdown of how teams shifted in the standings.

 

Breakdown of Rankings

A record-breaking performance and resounding victory in Week 1 was enough to thrust Texas A&M up the rankings.

The Aggies' 52-28 win over South Carolina proved that the team is ready to move forward without Johnny Manziel. While the defense still allowed 28 points to the Gamecocks, it was the phenomenal offense that made waves around the college football landscape.

In particular, Kenny Hill more than emerged from the shadow of Manziel in his first college start. Numbers Never Lie takes a look at the signal-caller's first game compared to the previous field general:

Not only is the Texas A&M program now back in the spotlight, but Hill appears to have Heisman hopes. Following a season in which Jameis Winston unexpectedly won the award, Hill has a good shot if he continues putting up huge numbers.

Speaking of Winston, the sophomore struggled slightly in his opener. But with the win over Oklahoma State, Florida State remains atop the Bleacher Report rankings and will likely stay on top of both the AP and Amway polls when they are released.

But with a favorable schedule that includes just one potential test against Clemson before facing Notre Dame on Oct. 18, the Seminoles will likely remain at No. 1 moving forward. While Winston wasn't flawless, he showed flashes of brilliance with a huge run, as SportsCenter notes:

As for those who took a dive in the standings, Wisconsin was likely the one team that is the most befuddling. Not because of the result against LSU but how the program got there.

Melvin Gordon is the clear star for the Badgers, but he was limited to just four carries in the second half against the Tigers. With only 16 touches, he still produced 140 yards and a touchdown on the big stage.

Head coach Gary Andersen spoke about the disappearance of Gordon in the second half, per Zach Heilprin of ESPN Wisconsin:

Yes, that is the head coach saying he didn't know why his biggest playmaker only toted the ball twice in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, LSU scored 15 unanswered points in the final frame to win—something that Wisconsin fans won't soon forget.

Along with Wisconsin, both South Carolina and Clemson are sure to slide down in the polls. But as the season goes on, the focus will likely be on the top teams with hopes of making the College Football Playoff.

Whether some of the early surprises emerge into the top four will be something to watch moving forward. Given the way the first week shaped up, the 2014 season is guaranteed to be an unpredictable one with plenty of surprises in store.

 

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Ohio State Football: The Key to Saving J.T. Barrett's Season

What's the difference between an "OK" performance and a "very good" one?

Sometimes, it's just one play.

That's the message Urban Meyer delivered on Monday when discussing J.T. Barrett's college debut. Ohio State may have beaten Navy by a 34-17 margin in the Buckeyes' season opener on Saturday, but the one play that seemed to stand out to most was Barrett's second-quarter red-zone interception—the type of mental mistake that many expected to see from a redshirt freshman in the first start of his college career.

The play clearly clouded Meyer's opinion of Barrett's performance, which he admitted was significantly altered by the first-year starter's lone turnover.

"J.T. did OK," Meyer said on Monday. "He handled himself very well for his first start. You take away the interception, and I think he did very well."

And while that's a more than fair assessment—after all, it was Barrett's decision that resulted in the interception—it also doesn't take into account the entirety of the play. Because before Barrett made his opinion-altering throw, he faced—and avoided—significant pressure from the Midshipmen defense before letting go of a pass that landed in the hands of Navy safety Parrish Gaines.

But while the blame for the interception remains with Barrett, that's not to say that Meyer didn't also walk away from the Buckeyes' season opener disappointed with the play of his offensive line. In fact, the third-year Ohio State head coach admitted that the unit's play was his top concern leaving Saturday's game.

And for good reason. Replacing four multiyear starters from a season ago, the Buckeyes' front five looked shaky at best—particularly early—and ultimately affected Ohio State's play-calling for the better part of the first three quarters of the game.

"We had some pressure. We wanted to throw the ball earlier, and it wasn't because of J.T. or the wideouts because I thought our guys had made plays," Meyer said when asked about his offensive line on Monday. "I have a lot of confidence in J.T., but we couldn't have minus-yardage plays, and it didn't start off very well."

While the Buckeyes offensive line eventually found its footing and helped pave the way for a 28-point second half, Ohio State can hardly afford a similar slow start this Saturday when Virginia Tech comes to town. The Hokies possess an experienced and aggressive front seven, which, paired with college football expert Phil Steele's top-ranked preseason secondary, could make for as talented of a defense as the Buckeyes will face this season.

That's something that Meyer's well aware of, which is perhaps why he remains so concerned with the spotty play that he saw from his offensive line on Saturday. He also knows that his team won't be able to get away with a similar effort on Saturday, as Virginia Tech will make Ohio State pay, should it leave Barrett vulnerable to the Hokies defense.

“The second half we played pretty good. But pretty good is not what we expect," Meyer said. "You play pretty good this week, you won't win that game. So we have to get much better fast in the offensive line.”

For their part, the players who make up the Buckeyes offensive line believe they're on their way toward accomplishing just that. Ohio State's lone returning starter on the line, left tackle Taylor Decker, said that Saturday's showing was simply the result of inexperience.

"With everybody being new, there were some communication issues, and we messed up some of the plays, which, unless you were out on the field, you wouldn't know about," Decker admitted. "That's just gonna come from guys being more comfortable. Once we're all communicating and we all know what we're doing—even if we're wrong—if we're all the same page, it usually works out."

Of course it’s also possible that talent—and not experience—is the OSU offensive line’s primary issue.

Whereas last year’s unit featured three players who currently find themselves on NFL rosters in Jack Mewhort (Indianapolis Colts), Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers) and Andrew Norwell (Carolina Panthers), this year’s includes a converted defensive lineman redshirt freshman in Billy Price, a fifth-year senior seeing the first significant snaps of his career in Darryl Baldwin and an undersized center in Jacoby Boren.

Only Decker and right guard Pat Elflein appear to have solidified their spots in the starting lineup, with the latter enduring struggles of his own against the Midshipmen.

Of course, as Decker learned a year ago, one week can make all the difference when it comes to one’s outlook on the season. After being dominated by Buffalo’s Khalil Mack in his first game as a starter in the Buckeyes’ 2013 opener, Decker put together a strong sophomore season, which resulted in him entering 2014 as the OSU offensive line’s anchor.

The unit’s de facto leader Decker wouldn’t be shocked to see his group take a quick step in the right direction, similar to the one that he enjoyed last season.

“You finally realize what the game environment is like,” Decker said. “The biggest improvement, I think, is from Game 1 to 2. I expect to see a lot of improvement.”

Meyer—and Barrett—certainly hope that Decker’s right. This weekend—and this season—will depend on it.

 

Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Ohio State Lead Writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Predicting College Football QBs Most Likely to Transfer Next

Although college football players don't get paid, there is still a big pile of cash on the line for those suffering under amateur status.

For many, it’s a deferred payment scheme—play well now, get drafted later and watch the money flow in.

It’s why so many players—especially those at skill positions where starting spots are limited—transfer schools during their college careers.  It’s a growing trend that reflects two interwoven pillars of today’s game: coverage saturation and perceived financial potential.

In other words, if a guy really is as good as his hype—think star ratings, recruiting battles, overwhelming media attention—then why isn’t he in a starting role, auditioning for his place in the pros?

The position where this is most visible is at quarterback. Now, more players are switching schools and repositioning themselves to where they can cash in on the star power they garnered as high school recruits.

Here’s a look around the country at the young quarterbacks who may move next. The list ranges from highly touted guys stuck in a backup role to players who have already moved down in an effort to move back up.

Though all the situations are unique, they share one common denominator: In the blink of an eye, an injury or dip in performance changes everything.

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Georgia Football: Report Card Grades for Every New Starter

The Georgia Bulldogs came away with a big win last Saturday, as they ran past the Clemson Tigers in the season opener. The first half was evenly played by both teams, but with the help of the running game, led by Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs were able to dominate the second half.

But credit has to go to the new starters. Though Gurley may have been the standout player, guys such as Aaron Davis, Mike Thornton and Greg Pyke played a key role in the win.

So here are report card grades for every new starter.

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College Football: Week 1 Recap, Pick Results and Final Thought

The opening weekend of the 2014 season lived up to the hype with entertaining matchups that saw No. 1 and No. 2 almost go down, as well as a surprising blowout and an impressive comeback. 

Reining national champion Florida State got all it could handle against an aggressive Oklahoma State squad, which continued to battle back until it couldn’t anymore, in a close 37-31 contest. Despite Jameis Winston throwing two interceptions, his 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter and a 50-yard strike to Rashad Greene with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the ‘Noles pulling off a big non-conference win. 

While Florida State had to hold on for dear life in Arlington, the No. 2-ranked team in the country found itself in a tussle as well. Alabama, who decided to go with senior Blake Sims under center, got more than expected against a Dana Holgorsen team that won only four games last season. West Virginia starting quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 365 yards and one touchdown, but there was an unexpected hero in Crimson Tide sophomore placekicker Adam Griffith, who accounted for 15 points and kicked three of four field goals from 40-plus yards. Alabama managed to escape the Georgia Dome with a 33-23 victory. 

The biggest surprise of Week 1, occurred Thursday evening when Texas A&M traveled to South Carolina, in what was supposed to be an uphill battle for a Johnny Manziel-less Aggie team. Not only did Kevin Sumlin’s squad come in ready to play, it put on a dominating performance that will be remembered in years to come. Sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill broke Manziel’s single-game passing record with 511 yards. He also threw three touchdowns in Texas A&M’s 52-28 route over South Carolina. 

Down in Houston Saturday night, Wisconsin appeared to be in full control of the game with a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter. Two field goals by LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye in the third quarter chipped into the the Badger lead. Once the fourth quarter started, it was all Tigers.

An Anthony Jennings 36-yard touchdown pass to John Diarse, followed by a two-point conversion put the game at 24-21 with 12:08 left. Almost three minutes later, Kenny Hilliard’s 28-yard rushing touchdown put LSU up for good. With an impressive 28-24 win, where Les Miles’ group scored 17 unanswered points, they now put themselves in the College Football Playoff race. 

Speaking of the College Football Playoff race, Georgia may have already put itself in the discussion as a top-four team. Toddy Gurley’s dominating career-high performance of 198 yards and four touchdowns, including a 100-yard kickoff return, helped the Dawgs knock off Clemson 45-21. 

Other games to mention include three-time FCS Champion North Dakota State defeating a fifth straight FBS opponent in Iowa State 34-14 with a solid performance from running back John Crockett (17 carries, 139 yards, three TDs), along with No. 5 Ohio State getting by Navy 34-17 without Braxton Miller and No. 7 UCLA sneaking by Virginia 28-20 on the road. 

 

Pick Results

Overall Record: 4-1

Note: Team in bold indicates author’s pick

 

Prediction: Alabama 38, West Virginia 17

Result: Alabama 33, West Virginia 23

 

Prediction: Georgia 35, Clemson 24

Result: Georgia 45, Clemson 21

 

Prediction: Florida State 38, Oklahoma State 16

Result: Florida State 37, Oklahoma State 31

 

Prediction: LSU 37, Wisconsin 30

Result: LSU 28, Wisconsin 24

 

Prediction: Miami (Fla) 26, Louisville 24

Result: Louisville 31, Miami (Fla) 13 

 

Final Thought: 

The nation knew heading into the 2014 season that junior Georgia running back Todd Gurley was good. On Saturday night though, he hit a whole new level with 198 yards and four touchdowns. His 100-yard kickoff return in the second quarter was impressive, but his performance in the fourth quarter to put Clemson away made Fantasy Football managers wish they could draft him already. If Gurley continues to rack up yards and touchdowns like he is capable of this season, there is no doubt he will be in New York City at the Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 13. 

Not only is Gurley likely the best back in the country, his team has the potential to be an SEC and national title contender. 

A road trip to division rival South Carolina on Sept. 13 could be the difference in advancing to the SEC title game or not.  

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Michigan Wolverines vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Complete Game Preview

Michigan spanked Appalachian State 52-14 in its season opener but faces a more difficult test on the road this week versus historic rival Notre Dame. This is the last scheduled meeting for these programs, and each wants to go out with a win. Because of a scheduling quirk, Michigan plays all three of its rivalry games on the road this season—and this game looks to be the most manageable. A loss to the Fighting Irish, and Brady Hoke and his Michigan Men might be looking at a long season.


Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT

Place: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795), South Bend, Ind.

Series vs. Notre Dame: Michigan leads 24-16-1

Television: NBC

Radio:Michigan Sports Network

Spread: Michigan (+5), via TheSpread.com

Live Stats:MGoBlue.com GameTracker

Last Meeting vs. Notre Dame: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30.


*Information according to University of Michigan Wolverines game notes.

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Miami vs. Louisville: Game Grades, Analysis for the Hurricanes and Cardinals

Despite the fact that Louisville's best receiver, DeVante Parker, was sitting on the sideline, the Miami Hurricanes were overpowered in a 31-13 loss to the Cardinals.

Some players had noteworthy individual performances, but how did collective units perform during the final game of Week 1?

Pass Offense

True freshman Brad Kaaya looked decent in his college debut for Miami. He displayed adequate power, accuracy and touch while progressing through reads quite smoothly. Kaaya showed he can be a really special quarterback, but inexperience was an overwhelming factor.

 

Run Offense

Great things were expected from Duke Johnson, but the Miami offensive line didn't help out its highly touted running back. Taylor Gadbois was dominated by Lorenzo Mauldin, and Danny Isidora wasn't reliable, contributing to a team average of only 2.6 yards per carry.

Pass Defense

Though Parker was sidelined, it didn't matter for Will Gardner and Louisville. Zone defense often stung the Hurricanes, and the team left open receivers in vacated spaces for catches that resulted in first downs.

Granted, Anthony Chickillo, Denzel Perryman and Ufomba Kamalu each tallied one sack.

 

Run Defense

Plain and simple, Perryman was a tank. However, the senior linebacker cannot do it alone. The Miami defensive linemen definitely improved at shedding blocks and entering the backfield, but they still missed chances to register important tackles for loss.

Special Teams

Matt Goudis nailed both 24-yard field goals he attempted, and summer transfer Justin Vogel averaged 46.8 yards per punt.

For some bizarre reason, Stacy Coley fielded a punt at the one-yard line. Other than that mistake, he was one tackle away from breaking a long return on two different kicks. Plus, the sophomore had a stellar punt return negated by an illegal block in the back.

 

Coaching

This was a forgettable game for the Miami coaching staff. Al Golden, who doubles as the special teams coordinator, was not thrilled after a kick-return touchdown. Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio made some questionable decisions, such as putting five men in the box in obvious running situations.

But the biggest negative of the day was offensive coordinator James Coley. The Hurricanes threw five screen passes that gained fewer than 10 total yards, and they consistently attempted to run through a surprisingly stout Louisville defensive line.

 

Pass Offense

While replacing Teddy Bridgewater is not an enviable task, Gardner showed he is capable of picking up much of the slack. Yes, his two fumbles should have turned into 14 Miami points, but Gardner was saved by a dropped lateral and tough defense from his teammates.

The sophomore completed 20 of 28 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, finding eight different receivers on the night.

 

Run Offense

Dominique Brown was a major factor in running out the clock and sealing the victory for the Cardinals. The senior scampered for 143 yards and one touchdown, accounting for eight first downs with his legs.

Then again, despite all the success Louisville appeared to have on the ground, it still managed just 3.0 yards per attempt.

Pass Defense

Louisville silenced the Hurricanes' overused screen game and their playmakers, limiting Coley to three receptions for nine yards. Additionally, 59 of Kaaya's 174 passing yards came on the final drive, and he tossed two interceptions.

Overall, Miami made a single reception between the hashmarks, so the Cardinals effectively contained a work-in-progress air attack.

 

Run Defense

Holding Johnson to 4.5 yards per carry is enough of an achievement anyway, but Louisville left no doubt which team won the battle of the trenches.

Not including his 32 yards on back-to-back carries, Johnson was held to a mere 3.2 yards per attempt. That is a fantastic—and extremely unexpected—mark by by the Cardinals.

 

Special Teams

Speedster Corvin Lamb returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, giving his team a lead it never relinquished. John Wallace connected on four extra points and a 28-yard field goal, and punter Ryan Johnson recorded 44.4 yards per kick.

Coaching

Perhaps the Cardinals' coaches looked better due to the ineptitude of Miami's, but the Louisville staff consistently had its athletes in the proper positions to succeed.

The two most glaring mistakes were completely player error, so Bobby Petrino's return to the program was satisfactory.

 

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Pac-12 Football: 8 Head-to-Head Matchups to Watch for in Week 2

With Week 1 of the Pac-12 football season in the books, it's time to gaze ahead at a Week 2 slate that, while mild on the whole, contains two monster matchups that could have major implications in the four-team College Football Playoff at the conclusion of the season.

There are some intriguing games to watch outside of USC-Stanford and Oregon-Michigan State, but these two contests will dominate our discussion considering the four squads each have the talent to stay among the title contenders throughout the year.

Texas-San Antonio-Arizona could bring some drama after the Roadrunners blasted Houston 27-7, and Washington better be ready for Eastern Washington after slipping past Hawaii, 17-16.

But out of all the games, which individual matchups are you most excited about? Which player performances will we be talking about in the offseason?

Take a look at eight head-to-head matchups to watch for in Week 2.

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Pac-12 Football: 8 Head-to-Head Matchups to Watch for in Week 2

With Week 1 of the Pac-12 football season in the books, it's time to gaze ahead at a Week 2 slate that, while mild on the whole, contains two monster matchups that could have major ...

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Miami vs. Louisville: Score and Twitter Reaction

A unique Labor Day college football game pitted the Louisville Cardinals against the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes. After the Cardinals beat Miami 36-9 in last year's Russell Athletic Bowl, the Hurricanes were again dominated on Monday, 31-13, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Beating Louisville at home with coach Bobby Petrino at the helm is a tall task, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out:

Both teams were starting freshman quarterbacks—Louisville's redshirt signal-caller Will Gardner and Miami's true first-year passer Brad Kaaya. Gardner was without his No. 1 receiving target in DeVante Parker, yet he showed superior poise and was more proficient than his overwhelmed counterpart.

Gardner, who went 20-of-28 for 206 yards with two touchdowns, also had the benefit of a superior running game, courtesy of Dominique Brown's 143 yards on 33 carries.

The Cardinals shut down Miami running back Duke Johnson for the most part. Johnson is one of the most explosive playmakers in college football, yet he had little room to run versus Louisville's front seven. He amassed just 69 yards on his first 19 carries—and that included a 24-yard scamper.

Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel lamented the tactics deployed by Miami's coaching staff:

Johnson didn't get going until the fourth quarter after the Hurricanes turned it over on downs, following a decent drive into Louisville territory. This included a long reception from Johnson negated by a penalty.

Former Louisville safety and current New York Jet Calvin Pryor was attuned to what the talented Johnson was doing:

The big momentum changer came earlier on special teams, when Louisville's Corvin Lamb took a kickoff 97 yards to the house with 4:37 remaining in the first half. It came just after Kaaya's best drive of the night—a nine-play, 88-yard jaunt that ended in three points and a 10-7 Hurricanes lead.

Then Miami found itself suddenly down and dejected from Lamb's playmaking in the return game. Adding insult to injury, Lamb was a product of the opposition's stomping grounds.

ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson supplied this keen bit of information:

As was the case in their last encounter with the Cardinals, the Hurricanes were unable to convert third-down opportunities. Miami missed in all 11 third-down situations in the Russell Athletic Bowl and missed on its first nine Monday evening.

Kaaya finally came through with a completion late in the third quarter, but it offered little consolation after such a terrible stretch of execution. On the very next play, a bad Kaaya throw was well behind his intended target and picked off by James Sample.

Maybe this is some consolation for Hurricanes fans from ESPN's Colin Cowherd:

An inauspicious three-and-out to start the game preceded Gardner's exceptional first touchdown drive in place of departed star QB Teddy Bridgewater. Gardner completed all five passes on the march, hitting freshman tight end Charles Standberry for a two-yard TD strike.

Although Kaaya would respond with a two-yard scoring toss of his own in the second quarter, he was badly outplayed by Gardner otherwise, posting a final line of 17-of-29 passing for 174 yards and two interceptions.

Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN empathized with Kaaya:

That doesn't mean the Hurricanes couldn't have found a way to claw back into the game, though. A couple of gift-wrapped turnovers generated chances to score. They just weren't taken advantage of.

Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead was critical of how Miami squandered golden opportunities to capitalize on turnovers with little ground to cover before paydirt:

Brown wore down the Hurricanes defense throughout, and when he scored a 15-yard TD to extend the lead to 21-13 late in the third, CardinalSports.com's Howie Lindsey compared Brown favorably to another physical Cardinals ball-carrier:

On Gardner's second TD pass of the night, Brown threw a great block after the play-action fake, as Gerald Christian hauled in the 10-yard strike with just 1:43 left in the game.

Petrino's return to the Louisville sidelines went smoothly enough, and he was excited to get the year underway with a high-profile game off the bat.

"I've always enjoyed opening with a game that had a lot at stake," said Petrino, per The Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer. "It really helps you in the offseason. It helps you with your motivation in the winter and getting up early for your workouts. It's a great opening for us. Our players are excited about it."

Louisville Football noted just how much fanfare followed the Cardinals to Monday's game:

This reaction from the New York Post's Brian Costello summarizes the probable sentiments in South Beach:

Hurricanes coach Al Golden was bold to start the untested Kaaya over fifth-year senior Jake Heaps. Based on how bad the offense looked Monday, perhaps Golden will turn to the more seasoned signal-caller in Heaps before handing the keys to Kaaya for good.

This is a momentous victory for Louisville against a traditionally quality opponent. The Cardinals needed a positive start to their inaugural season in the ACC, and they got it. In the process, they saw their young QB, Gardner, overcome the loss of his best receiver.

It was enough to suggest Louisville's offense can survive without Parker for the time being.

It will be interesting to see whether Miami keeps Kaaya in for what could be a confidence booster at home against Florida A&M. Meanwhile, Louisville remains at home and will improve to 2-0 versus Murray State on Saturday, barring an unbelievable upset.

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Recruiting Offers of the Week

One week after landing 3-star California offensive lineman Dru Samia, the Oklahoma Sooners doubled down in the Golden State by offering a pair of 2015 standouts in 4-star receiver Ykili Ross and 4-star linebacker Khaylan Thomas

The 6’2”, 185-pound Ross is a U.S. Army All-American with offers from powerhouses such as Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon and Texas A&M among others.

Thomas, a 6’2”, 210-pound outside linebacker, holds offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Miami among others.

The fact that Bob Stoops and his staff are active in California is not a new phenomenon.

As Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman described, the Sooners began to make a dent in the Golden State with a 2010 class that included future standouts such as Brennan Clay, Tony Jefferson and Kenny Stills.

“I think a lot of things,” Stoops said to Kersey. “Success, you know, the championships we've been in and won, and not won. And I think they pay attention and see a lot of the success California kids have had coming out here. I think it all goes together. And the fact that we're on TV every week.”

Oklahoma currently has 11 commitments in the 2015 cycle, with its class modestly rated at No. 31 nationally and third among Big 12 schools in 247Sports' team rankings.

If Stoops is able to land a few more West Coast blue-chippers, expect the Sooners to make a run at landing the Big 12’s top class.

 

Stanford Offers Trio of 2016 4-Star Standouts

Things have started slowly for David Shaw and Stanford in the 2015 cycle, but it appears that the Cardinal are turning up the heat on some of the nation’s top juniors.

The biggest offer was made to in-state 5-star linebacker Caleb Kelly, whose Crystal Ball is currently reflecting the Sooners as his favorite, according to Justin Hopkins of 247Sports.

Texas 4-star wide receiver Devin Duvernay also picked up an offer from Stanford. The 5’11”, 185-pounder is the No. 38 player overall and the No. 5 wide receiver in the 2016 class. Duvernay has offers from powers such as Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama and Auburn, among numerous others. 

Finally, per Paul Strelow of TigerIllustrated, the Cardinal offered 4-star corner Tennessee native Nygel Edmonds. Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Duke and Virginia Tech are among the schools who have offered the 5’11”, 181-pounder.

 

Ohio State Offers a Pair of 2016 Studs

Ohio State is the newest offer for 4-star corner Damar Hamlin

The Buckeyes represent the fourth offer for the 6’0”, 175-pound Pittsburgh product. Penn State, Pittsburgh and Temple are his other three offers.

Hamlin camped at both Penn State and Ohio State in July, and he’s currently rated as the nation’s No. 12 corner in the 2016 class.

Urban Meyer also tendered an offer to 4-star North Carolina wide receiver Divine Deablo. The Buckeyes join Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia as a group of powers trying to land Deablo.

 

Alabama Offers 2015 Texas RB Commit

With T.J. Yeldon a potential candidate to turn pro after this season and the likely emergence of sophomore running back Derrick Henry this fall, a strong possibility exists that Nick Saban and his staff will look to use one of the last few 2015 scholarships available on a quality back. 

The Tide offered 3-star Texas commitment Tristian Houston last week.

Alabama already has one back committed in 4-star in-state standout Desherrius Flowers, and they are in the running for 4-star Florida native Jacques Patrick.

While pulling Houston away from Texas and landing Patrick over favorite Florida State would be upsets, the Tide may still be active in searching for another running back to complement Flowers in the 2015 class.

 

2016 Florida CB Saivion Smith Blowing Up

Miami and Tennessee are the latest schools to offer 2016 4-star corner Saivion Smith.

The 6’1”, 175-pounder is rated as the No. 60 overall prospect in the 2016 class and the sixth-best corner. 

Smith holds offers from Florida State, Florida, UCLA, Clemson and Ohio State, among others. 

The IMG Academy standout attended a summer camp at Florida and came away impressed, according to GatorBait’s Luke Stampini (subscription required). 

"I did a camp and then I did an unofficial visit after," Smith said. "It's real nice. Most schools are spread out. I like how the school is. All the athletes have easy access to all the classrooms, the dorms aren't spread out real far."

 

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

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