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Ben Bredeson to Michigan: Wolverines Land 4-Star OT Prospect

Offensive tackle Ben Bredeson has become the latest top recruit to make his future decision public. The Arrowhead High School star will reportedly attend Michigan.  

Bredeson took to Twitter to announce his choice Wednesday: 

Coming from the offensive line capital of the world in Wisconsin, Bredeson will follow a long line of players from the state with the talent to make an impact at the college level. High-profile names like Joe Thomas and Kevin Zeitler were from the state and wound up having careers in the NFL. 

While there is still a long way to go before Bredeson reaches that point in his career, he certainly has the right background to become a star.

Oh, he's also one of the best players at his position in this class, ranking fourth on 247Sports' offensive tackle list for 2016. 

Josh Helmholdt of noted on Twitter that Bredeson is the highest-ranked player to come out of Wisconsin in nearly a decade:

The only significant flaw for Bredeson coming into college is his size. He's certainly tall enough for an offensive tackle at 6'5", but he is still at an age in which he's growing into that frame at 270 pounds. He's going to get bigger and more physical, allowing him to match college defensive ends in the strength department. 

Bredeson is also learning to control his height at the point of attack. His size makes him intimidating to high school players, but he will have to play with a lower setup at college or else defenders will be able to get around him easier. 

Even with those minor flaws, Bredeson is a dazzling offensive lineman who brings versatility. He could start at guard, where there's less pressure, before moving to tackle as he gets experience and grows into his body. The young Wisconsin native is a superb athlete with agility who can be the face of an offensive line soon. 


Recruit star ratings and rankings via 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.

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Notre Dame Stat Projections: Will Malik Zaire Put Up Dominant Numbers in 2015?

With the departure of Everett Golson, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a new starting quarterback in Malik Zaire. 

Bleacher Report's College Football Analyst Adam Kramer joined Stephen Nelson as they projected Zaire's stats. 

What type of numbers will Zaire put up in 2015? Check out the video and let us know! 

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Georgia and UCLA Set Future Home-and-Home Football Series

While it's a decade away from happening, college football fans can look forward to another pair of high-profile games between the SEC and the Pac-12.

On Wednesday, Georgia and UCLA announced a home-and-home series for the 2025 and 2026 seasons. The two teams will open their campaigns in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2025 and then in Athens on Sept. 5, 2026.

The news was first reported by the Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer.

"This home and home series provides an opportunity for our students and fans to enjoy a great matchup of two tradition-rich football programs in two of the most iconic venues in sports the Rose Bowl and Sanford Stadium," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. "These games will attract significant national attention on the opening weekend of the college football season, and we are thankful to our peers at UCLA for making this series happen."

The two teams have met only twice in their history, with Georgia holding a 2-0 record over UCLA. The Bulldogs defeated the Bruins 9-0 in the 1943 Rose Bowl and 19-8 in Athens in 1983.

UCLA now has three home-and-home series scheduled against SEC opponents. The Bruins play Texas A&M in 2016 and 2017 and then pick up a series against LSU in 2021 and 2024.

This Georgia-UCLA series will be another in a growing list of notable matchups between the SEC and the Pac-12 over the next decade, which includes a couple of one-off neutral-site games.

A spike in scheduling between the two conferences is partly due to a new SEC rule. Starting in 2016, each SEC team will have to play at least one nonconference opponent from a Power Five league.

While a lot can change between now and 2025—the players who will face off in this series are currently in elementary and middle school—a series pitting two Power Five teams who are consistently in the Top 25 is definitely good news for fans of the Bulldogs, Bruins and college football.


Justin Ferguson is an on-call college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.

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