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Recruiting Results All Jim Harbaugh Needs to Defend Satellite Camps

With nearly two months to go until the start of the season, Jim Harbaugh still finds himself dominating college football's daily headlines.

But as opposed to the first five months of the new Michigan head coach's unprecedented reign as the sport's most talked-about persona, Harbaugh is now backing up his words with plenty of action.

Harbaugh's arrival in Ann Arbor late last December served as a lightning bolt to the college football landscape, his affinity for satellite camps receiving most of the attention from opposing coaches across the country.

Now that the former San Francisco 49ers head coach's "Summer Swarm Tour" is fully in effect, the noise has only amplified, with Mississippi State's Dan Mullen being the latest to take a swipe at Harbaugh's recruiting practices.

"I imagine Jim Harbaugh, if he's going to have a camp, would want to coach the kids in Michigan, the young kids in Michigan, maybe how to be better football players," Mullen told Super Talk Mississippi's Head To Head on Monday. "So why do they need one all over the place? The only purpose obviously is for recruiting, which I don't think is the right purpose for camps."

It wasn't the first time Harbaugh had been criticized by a coach from the SEC, which along with the ACC forbids its programs from attending camps further than 50 miles away from their respective campuses.

Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Penn State's James Franklin have also held satellite camps over the offseason, but neither has participated in as many as the Wolverines' staff, which has already taken part in 11 with a 12th looming in Youngstown, Ohio, at the end of the month.

"In my America, you're allowed to cross state borders," Harbaugh told USA Today's George Schroeder on Wednesday. "That's the America I know."

Harbaugh's defense wasn't necessary. Neither was his direct response to Mullen's comments, telling Schroeder that he's been merely "sharing a love for football" with his plethora of appearances at satellite camps.

The reality is that Harbaugh's allegiances lie with the school that's paying him—and nobody else.

To that end, it's hard to view the new Michigan headman's venture into satellite camps as anything but successful.

Heading into the summer, the Wolverines' 2016 recruiting class was hardly impressive, with six commits making up a unit that saw its national ranking fluctuate between the mid-30s and 40s. But in the past week, Harbaugh's first full haul as his alma mater's head coach has skyrocketed to 247Sports' No. 9 ranking following the commitment of 4-star offensive tackle Ben Bredeson on Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, there's a direct correlation one can draw between Harbaugh's foray into satellite camps and the rise of his 2016 class, which has gained nine of its 16 current members in the month of June.

Eight of those nine players attended one of the stops on the "Summer Swarm Tour," which included stops in Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Some of those players—like Indianapolis 4-star running back Chris Evans—were already highly coveted prospects, while others—like Florida 2-star safety Josh Metellus—earned offers at the camp they attended.

Either way, it's tough to argue with the results Harbaugh has manufactured on the recruiting trail with a little more than seven months to go until national signing day.

That's not to say that Harbaugh's work is done—far from it—especially with rivals Ohio State (No. 3) and Michigan State's (No. 6) respective 2016 classes still ranked ahead of the Wolverines'. 

This fall likely won't be a walk in the park for Harbaugh in his first season on the Michigan Stadium sidelines either, as he inherited a roster that's already at a perceived disadvantage when it comes to talent.

But when it comes to what he can control at this point in his Ann Arbor reign, Harbaugh has managed to already make a mark, and satellite camps are a big reason why.

From all indications, he doesn't seem to be planning on stopping anytime soon either, with the the Virginian-Pilot's Harry Minium reporting that Michigan is planning on taking part in a satellite camp at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2016.

Whether Harbaugh's reputation as a recruiter will be strengthened or weakened by then remains to be seen. But after six months, The Offseason Of Harbaugh is only gaining steam, and Harbaugh won't be apologizing for it anytime soon.


Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Big Ten lead writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. All statistics courtesy of Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Stat Projections for Georgia Bulldogs' Loaded Running Back Committee

The Georgia Bulldogs have a talented pool of running back talent, but replacing first-round draft pick Todd Gurley will be no small task. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee gives his stat projections for the Dawgs RBs. 

What kind of season will the RB corp for Georgia have in 2015? Check out the video, and let us know!

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Parker Boudreaux Reveals Top 5: Odds on Where 4-Star Lands

Parker Boudreaux continues to work his way through a pile of college scholarship offers.

The 6'4", 287-pound Florida lineman commanded attention from more than 70 football programs before finishing his junior year at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. He is now focused on five favorites, revealing them in a Bleacher Report video released Wednesday:

Boudreaux, a 4-star prospect rated 12th nationally among offensive guards in 247Sports' composite rankings, provided a glimpse at his current mindset with the reveal. His top five teams—Clemson, Florida, Georgia Southern, Notre Dame and Oklahoma—each landed on the list for various reasons.

He previously released a top 10 in April. All five favorites appeared in that release, while Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Ole Miss and Penn State didn't make the cut this time around.

The coveted blocker told Bleacher Report he expects to make a final decision before the start of his senior season. This timeline provides college coaching staffs with approximately another 10 weeks to sell their team as an ideal destination.

We broke down each option under consideration, assigning odds on the likelihood of each university emerging as his eventual landing spot.


Clemson: 3-1

The Tigers are viewed as a co-favorite to sign Boudreaux, according to 247Sports' Crystal Ball. Clemson and Notre Dame each claim 36 percent of expert predictions.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to see the Tigers still in this mix. Head coach Dabo Swinney extended an offer at the start of last season, and his staff has remained diligent throughout.

He gave rave reviews about time spent at the university during a March conversation with Tony Crumpton of TigerNet.

"Best visit so far," Boudreaux said. "The people in Clemson care for you and are super friendly and they will treat you right and it makes it feel more like home when there is a family atmosphere."

He actually journeyed to campus during his birthday weekend:

Clemson signed two of the country's top 10 offensive tackles in 2015. Boudreaux would further enhance an impressive young stockpile of big men.


Florida: 5-1

With Miami out of the mix, Florida is Boudreaux's lone in-state favorite. The Gators surprisingly didn't offer him until February, when he became a main concern for a new regime led by head coach Jim McElwain.

"[Offensive line coach Mike Summers] said that since they got a new staff that for the last month they have been focusing on '15 kids, and they are starting to focus on '16 kids today. He said that I had to be the first guy for them to offer," Boudreaux told Andrew Spivey of Gator Country.

He visited Gainesville multiple times before the offer arrived and returned to campus this spring. Florida landed top-ranked 2015 offensive lineman Martez Ivey last signing day, so another big-time addition would signal significant and necessary strides up front for Florida.

"They are lacking a lot of offensive linemen, so it's an awesome chance to come in and play early as a freshman," Boudreaux told Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles.

Still, Florida doesn't seem to be trending as much as a few other contenders here. Expect McElwain and company to coordinate more visits this summer, which shouldn't be too hard considering he lives less than two hours away.


Georgia Southern: 8-1

This is the favorite that caused folks to scratch their heads Wednesday.

The Eagles are the lone option that doesn't reside in a Power 5 conference, and Georgia Southern is only entering its second season as an FBS member. This program was a powerhouse against FCS competition and did beat Florida in the Swamp two years ago, but we're not quite accustomed to seeing it battle for top-tier recruits.

Georgia Southern signed the nation's 90th-ranked class in February. It currently rates 103rd on that list for the 2016 cycle.

But Boudreaux might just be the breakthrough commitment the Eagles need.

"Georgia Southern is one of the greatest schools of all time. By far, the coolest coaches I've spent a lot of time with," he told Sayles. "With six national championships and just getting in [FBS] football, I think they are easily going to be a top-25 team."

Those are lofty expectations and the kind that realistically require athletes like Boudreaux. Georgia Southern is still a long shot here, but its not nearly the level of underdog many national analysts may see.


Notre Dame: 2-1

A flurry of recent projections for the Fighting Irish pushed Notre Dame into a stalemate with Clemson atop Boudreaux's 247Sports Crystal Ball.

He is coming off an extremely positive campus visit that's led some to believe head coach Brian Kelly's squad could now be a slight overall favorite.

"I loved how unique and different it was," Boudreaux told Anna Hickey of "The campus is beautiful, the people are nice and everyone wants you to succeed."

His rapport with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand continues to grow. Hiestand traveled to Florida twice earlier this year for in-person visits and reiterated his need for Boudreaux during their most recent meeting.

"He loves everything about me," Boudreaux told Hickey. "He said to me today, 'You are an outstanding young man, and between you and me, we will truly find out how great you can be. Give me that chance, and I promise you will never regret it.'"

Notre Dame's pursuit should continue to intensify following a Michigan commitment announcement Wednesday from 4-star offensive line target Ben Bredeson. The Fighting Irish already gained a pledge from 5-star tackle Tommy Kraemer.

Every recruit is searching for a high comfort level in college. It seems Boudreaux may have found that in South Bend, Indiana.

"Notre Dame is like a bigger version of Bishop Moore. It is a private Catholic school with great academic support and awesome people," he told Sayles.


Oklahoma: 4-1

Few programs have stayed as consistently ardent in this hunt as the Sooners. Oklahoma displays a strong national-recruiting reach every year, and Boudreaux could become the latest key cross-country addition.

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh continues to make Boudreaux feel like a priority in Norman. Boudreaux appreciated the atmosphere he encountered this spring during a campus visit.

"When you step on campus, you can feel the amazing tradition flowing in the air," he told Sayles. "Coach [Bob] Stoops is an amazing, genuine guy who will take care of you just right. It's all about winning and family over in Norman."

Like Florida, Oklahoma is a high-level program with needs along the offensive front. Clemson and Notre Dame are considerably more stocked at those positions.

"[Stoops] said I would be the perfect fit, and he doesn't see why I couldn't go in as a freshman and make a big impact at Oklahoma," Boudreaux said.

Even if Oklahoma isn't his choice this summer, expect the Sooners to potentially host him for an official visit during the season.


Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.

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The Florida Gators' Breakout Star Will Be Incredibly Versatile WR Brandon Powell

The Florida Gators have been attracting some of the best all-around athletes to Gainesville for years. In order for new head coach Jim McElwain to gain success, he must continue the trend. 

Who on the current Gators roster is the most versatile player? 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee answers that question in the video above. 

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Power Ranking the Greatest Undefeated Seasons in College Football History

Going undefeated is one of the toughest things to do in sports, not just in college football. No matter the talent or the strength of schedule, asking players, especially college players, to be perfect each week is nearly impossible. 

Even then, not every undefeated team is created equally. Some teams put more players into the pros or face tougher schedules along the way. Even more have historical significance on their side in hindsight. 

Which undefeated teams throughout the history of college football had the greatest runs? We power rank them in the following slides based on the players, coaches, schedules and game results. 

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Why WR Christian Kirk Will Be Texas A&M's Breakout Star in 2015

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is no stranger to trotting out breakout stars during his time with the Aggies.

Just last season, stud defensive end Myles Garrett burst onto the scene and broke the SEC's freshman sack record with 11.5. That record was previously held by some guy named Jadeveon Clowney. Perhaps you've heard of him.

Two seasons before that, all redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel did was win the starting job at quarterback—somewhat surprisingly—midway through fall camp and then set the college football world on fire en route to becoming the first redshirt freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

Who's next in line to be a breakout star in College Station.

Wide receiver Christian Kirk is a good candidate.

The 5'11", 190-pound freshman from Scottsdale, Arizona, signed with the Aggies in February and participated in spring practice. It was this spring that Kirk caught the eye of just about anybody hanging around the practice field, including 247Sports' Jeff Tarpley, who wrote about the receiver and his relationship with sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen in April.

Kirk has been a revelation ever since he arrived on campus. He carries himself like an upperclassman and physically he looks like one too. He's impressed everyone around the program with his work ethic and attention to detail. He's learned how to use his athleticism to get separation (he's got astoundingly quick feet) and work over linebackers and safeties on the inside. In fact, Kirk has already become something of a security blanket for Allen.

If that's not a ringing endorsement, I'm not sure what is.

If Kirk has already developed that kind of chemistry with Allen—in 15 short practices—that will go a long way.

It wasn't just this spring when Kirk was turning heads. Bleacher Report national video analyst Michael Felder was wildly impressed with Kirk when he saw him at The Opening last July.

"[He was] the best player at The Opening a year ago," Felder said. "Kid was dynamic, great route-runner, tremendous hands. Not the tallest wide receiver, but built solidly enough to get off press and succeed against physical competition."

His talent is obvious, as evidenced by this video of him scoring high school touchdowns from six different positions.

So how does he fit in?

Part of the reason Kirk was impressive this spring was because the opportunity was there. Texas A&M is loaded with stud wide receivers like Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones, Edward Pope and Speedy Noil. Once every member of the Aggie receiving corps is back, Allen will have six of the team's top seven receivers at his disposal.

But Reynolds skipped the spring while he recovered from a knee injury, and Noil was suspended for the final couple of weeks of spring practice.

Can he crack the rotation this spring?

It wouldn't be the most shocking development in the world.

While Kirk is similar in stature to the 5'11", 185-pound sophomore Noil, they're much different players. Noil is more of the typical slot receiver while Kirk can play much bigger than his 5'11" frame yet still possesses the skills of a slot receiver.

Because of that, he'll have a chance to earn playing time alongside the Aggies veterans.

In fact, he might jump over them.

"He's better than just about all of those other guys at playing wide receiver," Felder said. "[The] kid knows the craft so well."

Don't be fooled by the logjam at wide receiver in front of Kirk. The door opened for him this spring, and he did his best to not only work his way through it, but kick the whole thing down.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of unless otherwise noted, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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