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LSU Football Recruiting: Predicting All the Recruits Who Will Sign on NSD

LSU head coach Les Miles will bring in another top-10 recruiting class in 2015. But if some things fall positively for Miles, the Tigers could find themselves in the top five after national signing day on Wednesday. 

The Tigers currently rank No. 8 in the 247Sports composite team rankings, which is good enough for fourth in the SEC. Their 19 commitments makes them the only school in the top 10 with less than 20.

Miles will have four early enrollees from the 2015 class competing in spring practice. He also has a signed letter of intent from junior college transfer safety Jeremy Cutrer.

National signing day is always a frenetic 24 hours for coaches. Hard verbal commitments could switch to another school at any time. Miles and his staff hope the 14 unsigned players in the 2015 class keep their promises.

LSU is always known for finishing strong. The Tigers have a long history of flipping players committed to other universities late in the recruiting cycle. 

Here is preview of where some of the prospects might land. 

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Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott Gets Championship Trophy Tattooed on His Arm

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott carried his Buckeyes to a national championship this past season. He collected plenty of hardware along the way, and now, he has some ink to remember the magical run.

Elliott was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of both the Sugar Bowl against Alabama and the College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon. Behind Elliott's 246 rushing yards and four touchdowns, the Buckeyes ran away with a 42-20 victory over the Ducks in the title game.

After a big performance in the postseason, the sophomore got a tattoo of the national championship trophy on his arm. Maybe next year he will be able to add to his body art with a tattoo of the Heisman Trophy.

[Ezekiel Elliott]

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Big Ten Football: Each Team's Most Loaded Position Group for 2015

Last week we looked at the weakest position group on each Big Ten roster. This week it is time to skew positive.

And why shouldn't it be? The Big Ten is on the rise after closing the season strong, both on the field (Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin) and on the coaching circuit (Michigan). "The Big Ten is back," wrote Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.

And that was before Ohio State won the national title game.

Picking each team's strongest position group was a fairly straightforward process. Factors such as star power, depth and experience were strongly considered, although freshmen were not ignored. How the early enrollees perform this spring might change things, but for now, this is where each team feels most comfortable.

Sound off below and let us know what you think.

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Jordan Scarlett Decommits from Miami: What's Next for Hurricanes, 4-Star?

Miami suffered their second decommitment from a 4-star running back within the last month when Jordan Scarlett announced he was backing off his pledge to the Hurricanes on Sunday.

The 5’11”, 222-pounder will announce his decision between Florida, Florida State and Miami on Monday.

While the ‘Canes are still stated as a team he’s considering, Scarlett’s decision is likely to come down to the ‘Noles and the Gators.

Where does Miami turn, and how do Florida and Florida State stack up in the race to land the nation's No. 12 running back?

For starters, Scarlett’s defection is a huge blow to the ‘Canes 2015 class.

Heading into 2015, a trio of 4-star rushers in Scarlett, Dexter Williams and Mark Walton gave Miami perhaps the nation’s top backfield class.

Now, only Walton remains.

Williams—who decommitted from Miami on Jan. 2, per Nate Adelson of InsideTheU—still has the ‘Canes among his finalists along with Notre Dame and Louisville.

According to Adelson, Williams—who will decide on signing day—is still considering the Hurricanes for a few reasons.

“I haven’t talked to them much because I know they’re busy,” Williams said. “The coaches are still trying to see if they can open a spot in the best interests of the team. I understand where they’re coming from. At the same time, they were my first offer and I was committed there for a long time. I would like the chance at staying in Florida to play for them and that’s basically.”

If the ‘Canes are unable to land him, a class with Walton as the lone rusher headed to Coral Gables would be a disappointment considering the trio they expected earlier in the cycle.

As for Scarlett, both Florida and Florida State present him with unique opportunities.

New Gators head coach Jim McElwain would love to add Scarlett and tab him as the back that represents the future of his offense.

With Kelvin Taylor entering his junior season and sophomore Brandon Powell more of a shifty back, Scarlett potentially has a more navigable path to find the field early in his career in Gainesville.

At FSU, Jimbo Fisher has rising sophomore Dalvin Cook and incoming 4-star rusher Jacques Patrick—who is already on campus as an early enrollee—ready to form a strong punch in the backfield.

Adding Scarlett would give the ‘Noles a mix of young and talented rushers who can hurt defenses in different ways.

Fisher and his staff have consistently reeled in top talent in recent years, which lends credence to the theory that the ‘Noles offense will still be a potent unit in the post-Jameis Winston era. Scarlett would give Fisher another versatile skill weapon with which to surround his new quarterback. 

All three Sunshine State powers would love to have the services of a big and powerful back such as Scarlett.

If his Crystal Ball page is any indicator, his recruitment will be a bitter fight until the very end.

 

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

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Texas A&M Football Recruiting: Predicting All the Recruits Who Will Sign on NSD

The Texas A&M football coaches are going to sign a top-10 recruiting class on national signing day. They will finish out the class with a couple of elite recruits, and this class will contribute immediately in 2015. 

In order to compete in the SEC on a weekly basis, you need to have elite talent. The Aggies could bring in a top-five recruiting class and they still would not even sign the best class in their division. 

There are currently four SEC teams with recruiting classes ranked higher than the Aggies' class. Alabama and LSU are in the SEC West along with Texas A&M, and both have classes ranked above the Aggies'. 

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has done a nice job of turning over the roster and stocking it with SEC-level talent. The 2015 class is Sumlin's fourth recruiting class in Aggieland and should put A&M in position to compete for SEC titles every year going forward. 

This is a look at all of the players who are expected to sign with Texas A&M on national signing day.

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