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25 College Basketball Stars We Wish Played Football

March Madness is upon us, which means for the next few weeks college basketball takes over the sports world. This is a wondrous experience for hoops fans, but if you're not big on the game and prefer your college athletes playing football, it might get a little annoying hearing nonstop talk about brackets, buzzer-beaters and Cinderellas.

Unless, that is, you find a way to make it interesting, like envisioning whether certain college basketball stars could hack it on the gridiron.

Over the years a handful of athletes have managed to play both football and basketball in college, and do it successfully, such as Tony Gonzalez at California and Charlie Ward at Florida State. Plenty more starred in both at the high school level but then had to make a choice, and it wouldn't be surprising to hear that some wished they could still double up.

We've picked 25 current college basketball standouts who would probably make pretty darn good football players, too. Check it out and then let us know if we missed any in the comments section.

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Top Performers from the Opening Regional Dallas

Nike's The Opening recently swung through the city of Dallas, Texas, as some of the best high school football players in the country showed off their skills.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder and College Football Recruiting Analyst Damon Sayles were out in full effect at the regional, highlighting the top performers from the weekend.

Who shined the brightest out in Dallas? Check out the video and let us know!   

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High Schooler Breaks 1-Handed Catch Record Formerly Held by Odell Beckham Jr.

To be a great tight end, you need a distinct set of skills. One must be able to block, run and catch. 

Kaden Smith, the No. 2-ranked tight end in the country, per 247Sports' composite rankings, has it all. Bleacher Report teamed up with the talented tight end as he broke the world record for most one-handed catches in one minute. 

Check out the video above to see some serious athleticism. 

Special thanks to Coach David Weaver and Marcus High School Athletics.

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting Offers of the Week

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After a busy week in which the Irish staff dished out double-digit offers, Notre Dame football was quieter this past week, instead focusing on lining up visitors for the upcoming junior day.

Still, the Irish extended an offer at the all-important quarterback position, and other recruiting happenings rose to the surface.

Each week, we’ll be keeping tabs on the new scholarship offers the Notre Dame coaches send out, tracking the recruiting process as the Irish focus their attention toward the classes of 2016, 2017 and maybe even 2018.

 

Hunter Johnson

Irish head coach Brian Kelly has emphasized the importance of recruiting the state of Indiana. In targeting the quarterback position in the class of 2017, Kelly and the Irish staff were able to stay in state and offer Brownsburg, Indiana, native Hunter Johnson.

Johnson is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 9 overall prospect in the Top 247 and landed his Irish offer while visiting South Bend on Sunday, according to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong.

“We got to the school, and the first thing we were going to do was tour the stadium, and they brought me and my family into the locker room area, and they had a thing written that Coach Kelly had sent out because he wasn’t there today,” Johnson told Wiltfong.

Per Wiltfong, Johnson and new Irish offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford had previously spoken multiple times, but Sunday marked their first time meeting in person.

“The offense they run is similar to what we run at our high school,” Johnson told Wiltfong. “I think Coach Sanford and I get along really well. I think we’re similar people. I think I could play for him and Coach Kelly, and I think it would be a good situation.”

Earlier in the weekend, Johnson took an unofficial visit to Northwestern. The 6'2 ½", 197-pounder also has spring visits scheduled for North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State and Tennessee, as well as a return trip to Northwestern. Other offers for the signal-caller include Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Cincinnati, North Carolina and Northwestern.

 

Updates

In addition to Johnson’s scholarship offer, Notre Dame’s staff stayed busy lining up visits for the coming weeks and months.

Class of 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa announced his top seven schools Saturday, and Notre Dame made the cut.

According to Wiltfong, Toailoa is scheduled to announce his commitment March 21. The No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 57 overall prospect in the class received an offer from the Irish in early May but has not visited campus.

Class of 2016 offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg, the No. 11 offensive tackle and No. 82 overall player, has had an April 10 visit to Notre Dame lined up. He’s also expected to visit Ohio State the following week before announcing a decision.

Spring practice begins Wednesday for Notre Dame, and the Irish will host a bevy of recruits just a few days later for a junior day. Wiltfong and Loy provide the full list of expected attendees, which currently sits around 30 strong.

Notable names include class of 2016 running back Tony Jones Jr., class of 2016 yet-to-be-offered cornerback Julian Love, class of 2017 defensive end and local standout Corey Malone-Hatcher and class of 2016 cornerback Damar Hamlin, to name a few.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting stats and information courtesy of 247Sports.com, and all quotes obtained firsthand. Star ratings reflect 247Sports composite rankings.

Mike Monaco is a lead Notre Dame writer for Bleacher Report. Follow @MikeMonaco on Twitter.

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