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Morgan Mahalak to Transfer from Oregon: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Quarterback Morgan Mahalak didn't attempt a single pass for the Oregon Ducks in two years with the team, and he officially arrived at the decision to transfer on Tuesday...

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Pac-12 Recruiting: Where Each School Stands Ahead of National Signing Day

If you're anything like myself or ESPN's Ryan McGee, you look forward to any college football news in the offseason, particularly national signing day.

National Signing Day is an opportunity for every coach to strengthen his team and build up the program for the next three or four years.

As we all know, though, a top-25 recruiting class doesn't always guarantee success on the field, as teams such as Texas and Tennessee have found out in recent years.

However, this article is not going to focus much on the national recruiting scene, but rather those in the Pac-12 conference.

The Pac-12 finds itself in a troublesome spot as the only Power Five conference to not make an appearance in last year's College Football Playoff.

Strong recruiting classes in 2016 would certainly boost the talent level of the teams out West, as many teams look to bolster their rosters after their 2015 campaigns.

For all you Pac-12 fans looking for the latest conference recruiting news, enjoy!

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LSU Student Fails to Answer Back-to-Back SEC Football Questions on 'Jeopardy!'

C'mon, dude.

Tuesday night, a student at LSU named Kevin Brown botched back-to-back Jeopardy! questions pertaining to SEC football.

The Steve Spurrier one isn't totally embarrassing. But even casual fans know where Derrick Henry played.

ESPN's Mackenzie Thirkill called Brown out:

Brown is an Idaho native majoring in environmental engineering, per the Advocate.

Maybe sports just aren't his thing.

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National Signing Day: Biggest Undeclared Recruits Left on the Table

On the eve of national signing day, a large number of recruits have yet to announce where they plan to sign.

Wednesday morning will bring a storm of high-profile announcements as players grab their preferred hats and sign their letters of intent. A top recruiting class is the start to building a national championship contender. The nation’s top undecided recruits will determine tomorrow what the perception and expectations for college football programs across the country will be.

Here’s a look at some of the top players who will make their decisions Wednesday.

 

Rashan Gary

The nation’s No. 1 recruit, Rashan Gary, is down to five schools: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Mississippi and USC.

Gary is listed at 6’5” and 290 pounds. He has the size to step in and make an impact on a team as a true freshman.

Adam Friedman of Rivals reported that Gary enjoyed his visit to Clemson, but Michigan is considered the favorite to land the 5-star defensive tackle. Jim Harbaugh has assembled the No. 5 class, and Gary could push the Wolverines even further toward the top of the rankings.

 

 

Mecole Hardman Jr.

Mecole Hardman Jr., a 5-star athlete from Bowman, Georgia, is down to a final two of Alabama and Georgia.

The 11th-ranked player in the country named Alabama as his top school earlier in his recruitment, according to 247Sports, and Nick Saban’s program is favored to get his commitment.

The Bulldogs now have former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as their head coach, however, and Josh Helmholdt of Rivals wrote that Hardman’s visit “appears to have the potential to change his mind.”

The Tide need a couple of big-name recruits such as Hardman to move their class higher than No. 9 in the class rankings. If Hardman chooses the Bulldogs, it will be a strong statement to begin Smart’s tenure in Athens.

 

Tyrie Cleveland

Tyrie Cleveland is technically committed to Houston. He announces his final decision, however, tomorrow.

The 4-star wide receiver is down to Arkansas, Florida, Houston and TCU. He has taken official visits to all four schools, with the final one to Florida last weekend.

The 6’3” receiver could compete for a starting role on any of those teams right away. One of the deciding issues will be the style of offense in which he wants to play.

He could put up huge numbers in the spread schemes Houston and TCU run. Or he could be the go-to receiver in a pro-style offense such as Arkansas or Florida.

 

Ben Davis

For 5-star linebacker Ben Davis, there appear to be two main contenders for his signature. Just like with Hardman, Helmholdt reported Georgia and Alabama are the last two programs fighting for Davis.

Davis announced that Georgia was his top school in December but later reversed course and said Alabama was on top, according to 247Sports. He is also considering Auburn, LSU and Notre Dame.

His father, Wayne, played at Alabama and holds the program record for career tackles. That could give the Crimson Tide the final edge.

 

Recruit rankings and info courtesy of Rivals.com unless otherwise noted.

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