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Breakout Player to Watch on Every Power 5 College Football Team in 2016

College football is a very cyclical sport. Every winter, star players move on to the NFL via early entry and graduation, leaving big openings for younger players and reserves to fill. That’s part of the joy of college football for fans; we get to see unheralded talents emerge right before our eyes in spring and early-season games, becoming the next great talent.

Every team has potential breakout players—guys who fill bigger, more prominent roles and make a difference for their respective programs. Here’s a look at a potential breakout player for every Power Five team, as well as Notre Dame. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments.

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Alabama Football: 5 Toughest QBs Crimson Tide Will Face in 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One of the potential problems that the University of Alabama has in developing defensive game plans for the upcoming 2016 season is that a lot of them might have to be significantly reworked during the weeks and months ahead.

Roughly half of the teams have yet to name a starting quarterback, and in some cases those competing have a very different style of play. 

Mississippi State is a good example. Head coach Dan Mullen doesn’t appear to be close to naming a starter between sophomores Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley, junior Damian Williams and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano.

At this point it wouldn’t be surprising to see all four get playing time and more than one to start before the Bulldogs visit Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 12.

Similarly, Southern California and Auburn will be holding quarterback competitions during training camp (more on that later).

On the flip side, Arkansas has already named Austin Allen its new starter, and Kentucky did likewise with Drew Barker, but Western Kentucky has hit a major snag in trying to replace three-year starter Brandon Doughty. Heir apparent, Nelson Fishback, recently suffered a torn pectoral muscle requiring surgery.

The Hilltoppers visit the Crimson Tide on Sept. 10 (2:20 p.m., ESPN2.)

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Predicting Which Team Will Finish Dead Last in Every CFB Conference in 2016

Every college football team has high hopes during the offseason; that's a given. But in a few months, reality will set in, and we'll start to see the cream rise to the top. And consequently, the dregs will dip to the bottom.

Someone has to finish in last place in every league, but to predict who that will be isn't as easy as you'd think. Just like the top contenders are all susceptible to having a bay day—and thus losing a game—even the worst teams can have luck go their way and pull out a few victories.

Seven of last year's last-place FBS teams went winless in their conferences, while the other three managed to win at least once.

Check out our predictions for who will finish at the bottom in all 10 FBS conferences. For leagues with two divisions, our picks are the teams that will be in last on their sides and will either have a worse record than the other division doormats or will have lost to them in crossover play.

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How Owen Pappoe Became Youngest Recruit Ever to Earn Invite to The Opening

Months before his first varsity tackle, immense expectations surrounded Georgia football standout Owen Pappoe.

Now, a historic invitation to America's premier prospect showcase should set the bar even higher for this 15-year-old phenom.

The Opening, an elite, invite-only event held annually at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, will feature a rising sophomore for the first time when Pappoe hits the field next month:

Despite expansive accolades about his skill set, Pappoe didn't anticipate the development was even a possibility.

"I was very surprised. No way was I expecting this," he told Bleacher Report. 

Frankly, neither was The Opening staff.

"It definitely wasn't something we were looking to do, in terms of inviting a freshman, but his resume as we got to the end of the year was certainly very strong," Student Sports president Brian Stumpf said. 

Each summer, the most impressive college football recruits assemble in Beaverton for multiple days of testing, on-field and off-field training and a star-studded seven-on-seven tournament. Event alumni include Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was the second defensive player selected in the 2016 NFL draft.

Among the 166 top-tier athletes invited to compete July 8-10, only six are underclassmen. In this group, five are headed toward their junior season and aim to eventually emulate recent two-time Opening attendees such as No. 1 overall recruits Rashan Gary (2016 defensive lineman) and Najee Harris (2017 running back).

And then there's Pappoe, who could potentially become the first of his kind—a three-time competitor.

"I'm just going out there to do what I do every day—play football," he said. "I'm not really worried about all the older guys who are ranked high because I want to go against the best of the best so I can prove to everyone what I can do."

Pappoe, who lists himself 6'1", 205 pounds, is predominately viewed as an outside linebacker prospect. However, since he remains in early stages of physical development, he understands his future progression may ultimately push him to safety or even defensive end.

We're looking at a prodigious defensive talent who carries more than 30 scholarship offers, could impact all three levels of a game plan and already spearheads a talent-laden attack at Peach State powerhouse Grayson High School.

"He was a very good player on a very good team as a freshman with over 100 tackles," Stumpf said.

Pappoe's rise to prominence occurred much quicker than he ever imagined. Until seventh grade, he viewed himself as a basketball player.

"I've only been playing football for three years so I never thought I'd make it to this point," Pappoe admitted.

He credits youth football coach Kenyatta Watson for convincing him to give the sport a shot. After some initial acclimation, the young playmaker found his groove and hasn't looked back since.

"It was kind of like hitting the ground running," Pappoe said. "I got all the jitters and butterflies out during those first summer practices."

Just a year after his introduction to football, he recorded 50 tackles—21 for loss—with 17 sacks and 16 touchdowns as an eighth-grader, according to Wesley Sinor of AL.com. Intrigue swiftly surfaced among coaching staffs across college football.

During a 10-day stretch in April 2015, when Pappoe was in the process of wrapping up middle school, offers arrived from Auburn, Miami, Boston College and Tennessee.

Still months shy of entering a high school classroom, he became the country's most coveted 2019 football prospect.

"I really didn't let it get into my head," Pappoe said. "It never felt like I needed to prove the offers weren't just all hype. That's not how I looked at it. All I needed to do was play ball."

He created his own hype last fall with a sensational freshman campaign and continued to turn heads on the camp circuit. Pappoe commanded attention from The Opening staff during a March 20 regional camp in Atlanta.

"At the camp we saw him, he was a top 2-3 linebacker in position drills," Stumpf said. "That was a regional camp that ended up producing six other Opening invites at linebacker. He also finished our tour with the highest Nike football athletic rating for a linebacker (128.22)."

Physical measurements and attributes aside, Pappoe approaches the game with the vigor of a veteran. 

"I play very fast, smart and physical," he said. "I'm great in open space. That's one of my best things, open-field tackling. I can come downhill too and make plays, or make an impact against the passing game."

Pappoe undoubtedly faces a lengthy whirlwind of a recruiting process that won't conclude until winter 2019, setting the stage for plenty of travel and countless conversations with several coaches who will change jobs during this duration.

Pappoe reports he's already journeyed to approximately 20 college campuses this year. Though he has high-level interest in various schools, including Miami, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson and Kentucky, don't expect an extremely early outcome here.

"I'm not going to rush into any big decisions," he said. "I was about to come out with a top-five list a couple months ago but I talked to my parents the night before and we decided not to close any opportunities just yet. It's still very early in this process so it's important to take my time with it."

The spotlight will grow even brighter in July when he joins America's elite athletes at The Opening, where some participants are 18 years old. Despite years of hesitation to include someone Pappoe's age, the staff simply couldn't ignore his accomplishments.

"When we factor [season and camp performance] together, again it wasn't something we were looking for, the kid did everything that was asked of him going to a level beyond as a freshman. He earned a spot to come out and compete," Stumpf said.

Pappoe, becoming more comfortable with life as a high-profile prospect, plans to take it all in stride. He has work to do, in Beaverton and beyond.

"I play like I have no offers," Pappoe said. "If you come into a game thinking about how good you are because of all your offers, you're not going to play to the best of your ability. Rankings and offers don't matter on the field so I just give it all I got."

 

All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.

Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake.

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College Football Coaches Who Will Get off the Hot Seat in 2016-17

The hot-seat talk eventually comes for almost every head coach in college football. Yesterday's hottest names can quickly cool off with a bad season or two, changing their job security in a heartbeat. Others tasked with massive rebuilding jobs can see their clocks run out well before the task is complete.

With skyrocketing pressure and high demands from supporters, especially in cutthroat Power Five conferences, hot-seat talk can creep up for anyone with underwhelming results.

These seven head coaches have varying levels of heat under their seats right now, but they all have one thing in common: solid potential to get off of them this fall. Thanks to favorable schedules, returning talent or smart assistant hires, these seven hot seat coaches have good chances at keeping their jobs for at least another season.

Let's take a look at these under-pressure head coaches and why they potentially have what it takes to turn their programs around in the 2016 college football season.

Which coach on the hot seat do you think will make the great escape this fall? Think any of these selections have zero chances at survival? Sound off in the comments below.

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Markail Benton Commits to Alabama: 4-Star LB Adds to Impressive Class

Late Thursday evening, Markail Benton was asked about his college future. He went to bed genuinely uncertain.

Friday morning, the Phenix City, Alabama, 4-star linebacker woke up with his mind a little clearer and his psyche much more relaxed.

After weighing options—and reweighing options on multiple occasions—Benton announced his verbal commitment to Alabama early Friday afternoon in front of family, friends, teammates, mentors and colleagues at Central High School.

The commitment was another big one for the Crimson Tide, as Benton chose Alabama over offers from Auburn and Florida State. He is the 12th pledge in Alabama's 2017 class—which is ranked No. 2 nationally.

Benton, a standout at Central High School in Phenix City, called it one of the toughest decisions of his life, as all three schools on his list scored high marks on everything he was looking for in a program. When it was time to make a decision, he said he was solid with his choice.

"I'd be in the bed at night thinking, 'Oh yeah, I'm going to this school.' And then I'd wake up and say, 'I'm going here instead,'" Benton said. "It was a hard decision, but at the end of the day, I thought I made the best decision for me."

Alabama will get a versatile linebacker at 6'2" and 237 pounds. Benton is capable of plugging holes and making beelines to running backs on running plays and covering receivers and tight ends on passing downs.

Benton will join a class that already includes 4-star linebackers in VanDarius Cowan and Gary Johnson. The class also has 5-star offensive prospects in offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood and running back Najee Harris, the nation's top-ranked player.

Benton had 19 offers collectively, including LSU, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Clemson and Ole Miss. He narrowed his choices to a top three of Alabama, Auburn and Florida State on June 2.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Central head coach Jamey DuBose knew about as much as the general public regarding Benton's decision.

"With a lot of my guys, I know what they are going to say, but that's not the case with Markail," DuBose told the Ledger-Enquirer's Michael Niziolek. "He's kept it to himself."

When it was time on Friday, however, Benton was collected in his approach.

Prior to his decision, Benton spoke highly about the prestige of the Alabama coaching staff, which includes head coach Nick Saban, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and secondary coach Derrick Ansley, who led the charge in recruiting Benton.

"I know with them, I'll get really good coaching," Benton said. "It's just a good program with coaches who know how to win."

Benton continued: "Since I decided to commit, my phone's been blowing up [like] crazy. My Twitter, my Instagram, everything's been blowing up. Lately, I've had to turn my phone off just to think about where I wanted to go. Coaches have been trying to talk to me all week, but I haven't been dealing with it much. They all have been talking to my head coach."

With the decision now made, Benton delivered a message to the Alabama faithful: Expect a playmaker.

"They're getting a dog. You can't get any better than that," Benton said. "I'll be a good inside linebacker on first and second down and someone who likes to pass-rush on third down. I'll continue to work hard. There are lots of people you're competing against, so you've got to continue to get after it for the next level."

 

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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Notre Dame Football: 5 Toughest RBs Fighting Irish Will Face in 2016

The front seven of Notre Dame football in 2016 could be the team's weakness, but the unit has several excellent chances to silence the critics.

In addition to facing college football's most versatile running back, the Fighting Irish will attempt to contain two of the nation's most dangerous tandems and a couple of other standouts.

Although the ranking is subjective, we believe the following players—and duos—will be the toughest for Notre Dame to limit in 2016.

James Butler (Nevada), Matt Dayes (North Carolina State) and Travon McMillian (Virginia Tech) just missed the cut. Who earned a spot?

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How Technology Will Change the Look of College Football as Early as 2017

DESTIN, Fla. — For the most part, college football won't look much different in 2016 than it did in 2015. 

Sure, you'll have centralized replay in some conferences including the SEC and ACC, and targeting calls that were missed live can be called after review in the SEC.

But that's about it, at least from a rules perspective. 

In 2017, though, big change could be coming.

Technological advances within stadiums helped the NCAA approve video to be used inside locker rooms and in coaches boxes as a teaching tool starting in 2017. That rule was initially passed for 2016, but was tabled in order to develop guidelines that ensure that it's applied consistently throughout all levels of college football, as well as between home and road teams.

"There's interest and concern about how that's deployed," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said at spring meetings earlier this month. "A consistent opportunity, whether you're the home or visiting team, to have that technology—televisions and monitors—in coaches booths or in locker rooms. That's the interest. What's the technology and how can it be consistent between both teams."

As it stands, teams will be allowed to go into the locker rooms at halftime and show players film of mistakes they've made, tendencies of opponents and plans for the second half starting in 2017. Similar technology—including the use of tablets—can be used by coaches in the press box. 

"What everybody thinks was a subtle thing, I think is going to be one of the greatest game-changers in college football history," Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said. "Right now, we don't use any electronic devices. The crazy part of this is that, I sat on the rules committee five years ago, and listened to the national high school director talk about their use of computers, and we're still using Etch-a-Sketch."

Bielema joked that a player could conceivably head to the locker rooms and "use the facilities" during a break in the action or while the other unit is on the field, and get a quick look at a mistake he made. That's one loophole the sport is looking to avoid, even though it's more of a theoretical problem than an actual one.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp was asked if he would send his entire defense into the locker room to look at film between series'—a notion that garnered a sarcastic response.

"Nah, we might throw a pick, so we gotta have the defense ready to go," he said.

Right now, that technology is limited to locker rooms and press boxes. Change could be coming on the sidelines, though.

The NFL has used still images for decades, and recently brought tablets into the fold to display still images on the bench. While no specifics regarding sideline use of technology have been passed in the college game yet, coaches are hopeful that changes prior to the start of the 2017 season.

"A lot of focus about in-helmet communication, potentially for the 2017 season," Sankey said following the coaches meeting in Destin. "Then, if we're going to have technology for coaching purposes, what might that be? If we're going to access to still shots on the sideline—which was mentioned."

For coaches who have spent time in the NFL, similar teaching tools becoming available on the college sideline would be long overdue.

"Still shots, to me—that's all we had [in the NFL]—was very beneficial," Muschamp said. "Just from splits and sets offensively, and being able to quickly go through things and visualize for the players."

As of now, Muschamp won't get his wish, and college football will be stuck in the technological dark ages. 

As for in-helmet communication, the SEC coaches voted unanimously to allow radio devices in the ear of the helmets of one offensive player (the quarterback) and defensive player (typically a middle linebacker), which would mirror the rules that exist in the NFL.

"I'm for anything technology wise," said former South Carolina quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator G.A. Mangus. "Being someone that likes to go quickly, I wouldn't have to worry about 15 second cutoff because the ball will be snapped most of time before then. It gives another mode to calling plays, which is great when looking to change tempos. Young quarterbacks would benefit. Veteran quarterbacks who can change plays, maybe not as much. But crowd noise can still affect ability to hear."

The coaches don't make the final decision, and figuring out the logistics and costs for in-helmet communication is a bit different in a sport like college football that has 128 teams with vastly different revenue streams than it is in the 32-team NFL. 

But steps like video in the booth and locker room are already in the works, and there could be more to come of coaches get their wishes. 

"Technology is there, and it will be a part of the game," Sankey said.

 

Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Ohio State Football: 5 Toughest RBs Buckeyes Will Face in 2016

Ohio State will face a lethally talented crop of running backs this fall—a group that's headlined by Penn State's Saquon Barkley, Oklahoma's Samaje Perine and Northwestern's Justin Jackson.

Stopping (or even limiting) these talented ball-carriers will be a huge challenge for a defense that's replacing eight total starters, five of which are in the front seven. Superstar defensive end Joey Bosa and hole-clogging defensive tackle Adolphus Washington won't be back in 2016, so the Buckeyes need to find game-ready successors right out of the gate.

If co-defensive coordinators Luke Fickell and Greg Schiano fail to do so, these five running backs could shred the Buckeyes defense this season.

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Ranking Best SEC Football Head Coaching Matchups for 2016 Season

In Southeastern Conference football, the head coaches are rock stars.

So while everybody cares most about what happens on the field, there's a bit of a "battle of the bands" atmosphere on message boards and comments sections across the Internet leading up to the games, especially when it comes to coaching decisions.

Right now, Alabama coach Nick Saban owns the bragging rights, and a few new faces like Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze, Florida's Jim McElwain and Tennessee's Butch Jones are trying to take their programs to a level where they can be mentioned among the league's coaching elite.

But with a ton of turnover in the league—Mark Richt getting canned and replaced with former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, Will Muschamp replacing Steve Spurrier in South Carolina and Barry Odom supplanting Missouri staple Gary Pinkel—there is plenty of wiggle room in league coaching rankings.

This year, a claim will be staked each week as some of the new guys try to prove they belong near the top. Others who were big-time names just a couple of years ago like LSU's Les Miles, Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin will try to keep the temperature on their seats down.

As always, a lot of games have a lot of ramifications in 2016. There are always the divisional tugs-of-war for a spot in Atlanta, and a cross-divisional game even made this list.

So let's rank the top coaching matchups of the upcoming SEC season. The criteria will be magnitude of the outcome of the game, job ramifications and the fact that every coach can appear on the list just once. 

Here's a look at some of the top coaching grudge matches.

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University of Florida Names Football Field After Former Coach Steve Spurrier

The University of Florida gave its field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium a new name. It will now be Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after the former player and head coach, the school revealed Thursday:    

Spurrier responded to the news in a statement (via FloridaGators.com writer Scott Carter):

Spurrier began his time at Florida as a quarterback in 1964, and he played in all 30 games over his three years at the school. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966 after throwing for 2,012 yards and 16 touchdowns as he led Florida to a 9-2 record and an Orange Bowl win. 

After a 10-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Spurrier worked his way to the sidelines, getting his first head coaching gig at Duke from 1987-1989 before being hired as Florida's head coach in 1991. 

He spent 12 years in Gainesville, where he amassed a 122-27-1 record and won six bowl games. Spurrier's finest coaching moment at the school came in 1996, when he led Florida to a 12-1 record, a 52-20 win over Florida State in the 1997 Sugar Bowl and the national championship. 

It was the school's first national title in program history and the only one Spurrier ever won.

Florida director of athletics Jeremy Foley released a statement on the school's official website about what Spurrier meant to the program: "We feel this was an appropriate way to commemorate one the most legendary figures in Gator athletics history. Coach Spurrier did more than win a Heisman Trophy, a national championship and a bunch of games. Coach Spurrier changed the culture of Florida athletics."

Spurrier wasn't done with coaching when he left Florida in 2002, as he took a head coaching job in the NFL with Washington. But after going 12-20 in two years, he returned to college, coaching South Carolina for 11 years. 

Now Florida will honor Spurrier in its season opener on Saturday, Sept. 3, when it takes on the University of Massachusetts.     

 

Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

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Alabama Football: Why Nick Saban Doesn't Plan to Attend Any Satellite Camps

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. — Nick Saban was relaxed on Thursday morning and had every reason to be.

It was the 10th annual Nick’s Kids Golf Tournament located at the Old Overton Club, just outside of Birmingham, where the majority of funds for his foundation to help children in the region are raised.

Every year Saban calls the day they distribute the checks, during a special luncheon just before the start of training camp, his favorite of the year, but this one has to be up there as well. That the weather was nearly perfect didn’t hurt any.

“This is something that’s really close to our heart,” he said before warming up, and didn’t even allow a hypothetical question from a reporter about if he’d like to someday be the commissioner of college football alter his mood.

“I know you all like to create news, but not today,” Saban said with a smile.

Perhaps just as notable was what Saban wasn’t doing Thursday. He wasn’t bouncing around the country trying to get exposure for his program or sitting in an office trying to figure out how to get his coaches to satellite camps being held across the nation.

He also wasn’t trying to make waves. He was simply getting ready to play the 17th hole, a 175-yard par-3 from the blue tees (145 from the white), over and over again with every group that contributed to the foundation named in his father’s honor.

“We’re trying to get guys to cover the camps, but most of our assistant coaches and myself, I’m not going to go to any satellite camps,” he clarified.

We sort of made the decision that it’s more important—especially in this time period because there’s only limited time periods in the summer that we have to spend with our players. The first couple, three weeks of June, a couple of weeks in July. We’re going to invest a little more time in that, especially me.

These are our choices.

They’re good choices. Although Saban has been outspoken against satellite camps due to the risk of their changing the recruiting landscape and making it more like what exists in college basketball, he’s also emphasized that there’s something not right about the NCAA saying its fine for coaches to spend more time with potential recruits than their own players.

Besides, it hasn’t been the calmest of summers in Tuscaloosa, where football has long been considered a year-round sport.

Most notably, two players, left tackle Cam Robinson and reserve safety Hootie Jones, were arrested when they went home to Louisiana and are facing drugs and weapons charges, with their arraignment scheduled for June. 16.

Defensive line coach Bo Davis also resigned following alleged recruiting violations, which prompted Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh to lash out at Saban via Twitter after he railed again against satellite camps at the recent SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida. 

After some back-and-forth in the public eye, the verbal sparring has stopped, at least for now.

“I have no beef about Jim Harbaugh,” Saban said. “I didn’t say anything about him and I’m not saying anything about him right now. Everybody’s got the right to manage their program like they want. I’m not in any way critical of anything he’s doing, or done, or said, or anything else, and don’t really care.

“I’m worried about what we do and what our program does … That’s enough for me.”

Saban was backing up those words during his last scheduled public appearance until SEC Media Days, which are remarkably just a month away (July 11-14).

Alabama just held a major camp of its own on its campus, which included numerous high-profile prospects, and the program is fresh off not only winning another national championship, but another recruiting title.

Elsewhere, Alabama staffers are working some of those same camps as the Michigan coaches, just not quite as aggressively or publicly. Credit Harbaugh for creating a lot of buzz about his program, but the Crimson Tide coaches know that their chances of landing a recruit out of a satellite camp are pretty slim.

Perhaps Alabama will have a different approach down the road.

In the meantime, Saban instead spent a day trying to add to the $6 million the Nick’s Kids Foundation has distributed over the years, and helped Habitat for Humanity build a house for each national championship that Alabama claims (the tradition began after the 2011 tornado, and No. 16 is under way).

In addition to the donors, he was surrounded by some of this year’s team leaders, former players, the coaching staff and numerous others who help make Crimson Tide football what it is—even staffer Ed Marynowitz, who’s return was made official this week with Alabama naming him the Crimson Tide’s associate athletics director for football. 

Thursday their focus was on helping others during a nice outing, but Friday it’ll be back on trying to win No. 17.

“It’s all a work in progress,” Saban said. “If I look at last year’s team at this time, or coming out of spring practice, it was a work in progress. We weren’t where we needed to be. I don’t think we were where we needed to be until we lost to Ole Miss.”

 

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Christopher Walsh is a lead SEC college football writer. Follow Christopher on Twitter @WritingWalsh.

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The 25 Best College Football Athletes in 2016

College football is full of athletes. In fact, every single college football player is an athlete. How else would he have reached this level?

But there's no question some possess more individual talent than a strong majority of their competition. Physical dominance and versatility—whether on the field or in a different sport—make these players special pieces of a team.

Stats are not necessarily important, but the numbers help describe why players have earned this status.

Arguments can be made for hundreds—yes, literally hundreds—of others, but the following list (which is organized alphabetically by school) highlights 25 of the best athletes in college football. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section.

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10 College Football Players Under Unrealistic Pressure in 2016

For a sport that's still technically played by amateurs, college football sure does put a lot of pressure on its athletes.

The expectation to succeed is constant and comes from all directions, with little regard for what impact this might have on the players themselves. Being able to handle this pressure is what separates the good from the great and often impacts whether a player has a chance to succeed at the next level (where he'll actually get paid to do so).

While every college football player deals with at least some level of pressure, for a handful, the intensity is much greater. These are the players who, either because of what they've achieved in the past or what is expected of them in the immediate future, must deal with far more stress.

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Elite 11 Finalist Chase Garbers Discusses Upcoming Visits, Commitment Timeline

The disparity between committed and uncommitted quarterbacks was quite apparent last weekend at Elite 11 national finals in Redondo Beach, California. 

Among the 24 top-tier talents in attendance, 19 approach summer pledged to a college football program. That total actually sat at 20 until Kellen Mond backed off his pact with Baylor shortly before competition began. 

The recruiting cycle tends to get urgent early when it comes to securing premier passers, but Chase Garbers is still searching for the right fit. It's a quest that won't last much longer for the Southern California quarterback.

The 6'3", 205-pound Corona Del Mar High School prospect told Bleacher Report he expects to announce collegiate intentions well in advance of his senior season. Garbers, rated No. 22 nationally among pro-style quarterbacks in composite rankings, expressed plans to reach a decision by mid-summer, possibly sometime in June.

He used the spring to research and explore options and will continue to do so during upcoming weeks.

"I have a lot of things to check off the list, but most important is academics," Garbers said. "There has to be a strong business school and well-based alumni for networking after football."

Though he now holds nearly 20 scholarship offers, things didn't really take off for Garbers until his breakout performance at a Feb. 28 Elite 11 Los Angeles regional camp. Competing alongside higher-rated passers, he claimed MVP honors and an invitation to Elite 11 finals, which occurred June 3-5.

“Chase had the most consistent day of any QB throughout the event," Elite 11 coach Matt James said. "He made all the throws with good footwork and a good frame. He was probably a little bit down on the list when things started, but as the day progressed, he got more and more in the conversation and moved his way up the board."

Garbers reports he secured six offers during the week that followed regional action.

"It definitely turned things up for me in my recruitment," he said.

Programs still in search of talent at quarterback continue to clamor for guys such as Garbers, Mond, Tate Martell and Jack Sears. He can feel the heat being turned up by teams with the arrival of summer break.

"I've been getting a full-force push from a few schools—Washington, Cal and Vanderbilt in particular," Garbers said. "They're coming at me with a full head of steam, everyday."

When it comes to Cal, he has plenty of company on the Golden Bears' list of targets. First-year offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who previously served in the same position at Texas A&M, is in good shape with several options.

"Competition for spots in a class is part of the recruiting business," Garbers said. "Jake, Tate and I each have pretty serious interest in Cal. Coach Spav is a great guy and I'm excited to go back there."

Another trip to Berkeley should help him clarify the situation at Cal. He received valuable insight last weekend from Elite 11 counselor Davis Webb, a graduate transfer from Texas Tech who could replace No. 1 NFL draft pick Jared Goff behind center for the Golden Bears.

"Davis told me a lot about Cal and why he loves it," Garbers said. "That helps to hear from someone who is already involved in things up there. Cal also has one of the best business schools in the world, which is huge."

Washington is another major Pac-12 contender in play here. The Huskies hosted him on campus this spring and are favored to sign Garbers by 100 percent of experts' predictions in his 247Sports crystal ball.

"I really like what [head coach Chris] Petersen and [offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jonathan] Smith do offensively," he said. "The contact is really strong between me and both coaches. I actually have family in Seattle, which is a great town, so that's also part of the process."

Garbers will return to Seattle this month, perhaps moving one step closer toward a commitment to Washington.

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss present alternative opportunities beyond the West Coast. The Commodores are in the mix for a campus visit from Garbers, while he has started to take a closer look at the Rebels since a May 31 offer arrived.

"Ole Miss wins games and they've become pretty big in the SEC these past few years," Garbers said. "The campus has a great environment and coaches are trying to create their own dynasty there."

Garbers, who completed 69 percent of pass attempts for 2,715 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2015, per MaxPreps, didn't rule out a trip to Oxford.

A new sense of urgency in his recruitment should result in a college choice soon. As the amount of uncommitted quarterbacks dwindles, expect Garbers to remain in the spotlight for several staffs until he declares his decision.

 

All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.

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Best Offensive and Defensive Coordinator Duos in College Football

Finding the right duo of coordinators is a tough task in college football. Excellent assistants are hired away by other schools for head coaching jobs year after year, making the coaching carousel spin even faster at the coordinator level.

Last year, Alabama's Nick Saban, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State's Urban Meyer all lost defensive coordinators to bigger gigs. Out West, Oregon's Mark Helfrich had to replace his ace offensive coordinator as well as Arizona State's Todd Graham.

The constant turnover as these positions means the 10 teams in the following countdown are in enviable spots for the 2016 season. These schools are our picks for the 10 best offensive and defensive coordinator duos in college football, based on experience, longevity and, most importantly, their on-field success either at their current school or their previous stops. (Duos that have a coordinator who has never served in that role before were not considered.)

Which coordinator duo do you think is the best in college football? Let us know in the comments below.

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Unnamed Baylor Student Speaks on School's Handling of Alleged Sexual Assault

Two more female Baylor University students have come forward to discuss the school's lack of response after they were involved in alleged sexual assaults.

Rissa Shaw of KCEN passed along comments from an unnamed senior, listed as "Ally" throughout the report, and a junior named Sierra Smith on Thursday. Both stated Baylor failed to take what they felt were the necessary steps after they came forward with their claims.

Ally told KCEN a "current Baylor football player" raped her during her freshman year. She stated a visit to the campus' health clinic the next day resulted in the doctor providing her with details about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases before reportedly wishing her "good luck."

"I wanted, I guess, guidance and more information on what I could do besides, 'Here's to make sure you're not pregnant, here's to make sure you don't have STDs,' and that never solved the problem that was still out there, the potential danger for other girls," she said.

She believes the fact her alleged attacker was on the football team played a role in the lack of a more comprehensive response to her claim. She also explained to KCEN that since the incident, she's avoided areas where football players may be around.

Smith thinks the issue is more widespread than trying to protect athletes, though. She came forward with details about an alleged sexual assault during the spring semester and, as Baylor came under fire on a national scale for the ongoing scandal, felt her issue was pushed aside since it didn't involve a sports star.

"As time went on, it just seemed more and more evident that my case wasn't relevant, and I felt that was especially pertinent because he wasn't a football player or an athlete or even a frat star. He was just another classmate," Smith told KCEN.

Baylor has started to make changes in the wake of receiving a report from the Pepper Hamilton law firm last month that investigated the university's handling of sexual assaults. The Associated Press reported it's unclear whether those details will be made public.

The Board of Regents announced changes to the leadership structure May 26. Head football coach Art Briles was suspended with the "intent to terminate," while athletic director Ian McCaw got "sanctioned and placed on probation" before he resigned from the position May 30.

The news release included a statement from Board of Regents chairman Richard Willis:

We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the university's mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students. The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.

Kenneth Starr was expected to transition from president to chancellor as part of the overhaul. He stepped down from that position less than a week later "as a matter of conscience," but he'll continue to teach at Baylor's law school, according to ESPN.com.

Paula Lavigne of ESPN.com reported a Title IX lawsuit filed against the university in March focused on the lack of response by school officials and specifically named Briles. David Tarrant, Sue Ambrose and Holly K. Hacker of the Dallas Morning News previously noted more lawsuits are expected.

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SEC Extra Points: Coaches, Stop Subtweeting Recruits

The advent of social media has given everybody with access to electronic devices a microphone to the world.

Evidently, some college football coaches have chosen to use that access to subtly troll high school football players.

One month after Texas A&M wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead got in hot water for subtweeting recent decommitment Tate Martell and setting off a social media firestorm, another SEC assistant did the same.

After 4-star quarterback Mac Jones flipped from Kentucky to Alabama, Wildcats quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw let loose this tweet quoting James E. Faust.

Not only did Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin retweet Hinshaw—which is an excellent form of subtle trolling that we all should embrace—but Jones acted like the adult in the situation on Twitter before deleting the tweet.

"Nothing but respect to the program," Jones wrote, according to CollegeSpun.com, which grabbed a screen shot of the tweet, "yet an old man is acting like a 12-year-old."

Let's just ignore, for a second, the fact that recruits talk to each other all the time, and the subject of which assistants/recruiters treat prospects like grown men probably comes up in their conversations from time to time.

What are you doing, college assistants?

Grown men are supposed to act like the adults in recruiting. Sure, at times that means acting a little childish, like Michigan's Jim Harbaugh did when, according to CBSSports.com, he climbed a tree with one prospect and had a sleepover with another earlier this year. Or when former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, according to Fox Sports, hearkened back to his more nimble days and danced with Marcus Lattimore's mother. 

Subtweeting recruits isn't the same thing.

It's a childish, immature reaction to being scorned, similar to that time you spread that viscous rumor about your ex around middle school.

Be better than that.

Jones was right: Hinshaw's not-so-subtle subtweet is something that a 12-year-old would do. 

Adults acting like adults isn't an unreasonable request.

 

Dobbs Over Kelly?

As is tradition, AL.com (and prior to the consolidation of Alabama's newspapers into one website, the Birmingham News) released its All-SEC team as voted on by the SEC's sports information directors.

There's a curious pick at the top.

Tennessee dual-threat senior Joshua Dobbs was pegged as the SEC's first-team quarterback according to the SIDs, ahead of Ole Miss senior quarterback Chad Kelly.

Are you kidding me?

Look, I like Dobbs a lot and think that he can contend for the Heisman Trophy in 2016. 

know Kelly can.

The Buffalo, New York, native is fresh off a season in which he posted the third-most prolific offensive season in SEC history. Kelly produced 4,542 total yards as a junior, behind former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel's 5,116 in 2012 and 4,873 in 2013.

Kelly's season was better than those of former Auburn quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton (4,327 yards) and former Florida quarterback 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (4,181 yards). 

Nothing against Dobbs. He's an incredibly talented dual-threat quarterback, is much better on the ground then he gets credit for and should be the centerpiece of a Volunteer offense that is incredibly difficult to stop. But he had a 127.01 passer rating last year (as opposed to Kelly, who boasted a 155.86 rating), tossed 15 touchdowns to Kelly's 31 and is not nearly as accomplished a passer as his position mate in Oxford.

That's not to say that Dobbs can't get there. He can. I'm a firm believer in Tennessee's passing problems being more rooted in an underdeveloped and under-coached wide receiving corps than with Dobbs.

But having him over Kelly prior to the 2016 season is a joke.

 

Crossing The Line?

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and members of his staff joined Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and other coaches from across the country at a satellite camp at Pearl (Mississippi) High School on Wednesday.

Evidently, it went well.

So well that Mullen went full-Harbaugh and trolled the second-year Michigan head coach on Twitter following the event.

Coaches, please do more of this.

I'm sure even Harbaugh would appreciate the effort and Mullen's "attacking the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."

After all, Harbaugh is the same guy who called out Alabama's Nick Saban last week and has had dust-ups with Tennessee's Butch Jones and Georgia's Kirby Smart, among others, this offseason. If he can dish it out, he should be able to take it.

Of course, Harbaugh wasn't the Wolverines' head coach during Mississippi State's Gator Bowl romp following the 2010 regular season, and surely he will bring that up if and when he's asked about Mullen's tweet. 

That doesn't matter. It's the offseason, and a little fun on the Internet never hurt anybody.

 

A Needed Return

After six months away from the Florida program, wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been allowed to return to classes on campus and use the football facility after his suspension was amended this week, according to Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.

"He’s allowed to use the athletic facilities, and he will be around the program," Florida spokesman Steve McClain said, according to Andreu.

While that isn't a full reinstatement, it's good enough.

"Around the program" is still vague—perhaps purposefully.

But even if Callaway doesn't participate in optional throwing sessions with the quarterbacks, at least he's around the team, can work out with the strength and conditioning coaches and focus on the upcoming season rather than worrying if he'd be a part of it.

Callaway had a team-high 678 receiving yards and four touchdowns and added two punt returns for touchdowns, including one in the SEC Championship Game loss to Alabama. With either Luke Del Rio or Austin Appleby taking over at quarterback following the Will Grier/Treon Harris experience of 2015, it's important for Callaway to be as comfortable as possible with his new signal-callers prior to toe meeting leather in the season opener versus UMass.

Florida has a stellar defense and should be better along the offensive line after the youngsters were thrown into the fire last year, and having a traditional pocket passer should benefit head coach Jim McElwain—who couldn't seem to get things going when Harris replaced Grier following Grier's suspension last year. 

 

Make The Call

Speaking on the Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network, former Georgia Bulldog and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward continued his campaign to get back to Athens.

"I’m dead serious. I want to coach at Georgia," Ward told DawgNation.com's Brandon Adams. "I’ve expressed that to Kirby. I haven’t had any talks with him about what all goes into it, but I think I’ve put it out there. I’m serious. I want to give back to my alma mater."

This comes on the heels of his appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network in December.

When a spot surfaces within the program that makes sense for Ward, head coach Kirby Smart needs to make that call.

No, Ward doesn't have experience as a coach at any level other than, perhaps, his cameo on The Bachelorette with former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers earlier this month. 

Who cares?

Ward is widely recognizable as one of the main cogs of a Steeler team that won two Super Bowls, was named MVP of Super Bowl XL and has made the transition to the entertainment realm after his appearance on Dancing With The Stars

He is one of the most recognizable former Georgia players on the planet, along with 1980 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford. If he's interested, Smart would be crazy not to at least explore different ways to get Ward involved with the program.

 

Quick Outs

  • Tennessee could haul in close to $4 million for its part in the Battle At Bristol against Virginia Tech, according to WNML's Jimmy Hyams. This on top of the $294.1 million (an average of $42.0 million per home game) to the state economy and $292.1 million ($41.7 million per home game) to the local economy that the football program generates, according to a school report released this week. College football is big business, and there has to be a way to legally funnel more of that revenue to the players while keeping amateurism intact. 
  • Auburn announced late last week via email that former 5-star running back Roc Thomas will transfer. With Kerryon Johnson likely gobbling up carries as the edge threat to complement power rusher Jovon Robinson, there was simply no room for Thomas. On top of that, if John Franklin III wins the starting quarterback job, he'll likely be a threat off the edge as well. 
  • Just another reminder, coaches, not to subtweet recruits. I hate that I have to write it twice. 

 

Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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The 8th-Grader Taking the Football Recruiting World by Storm

Today, Jesus Machado Sr. hopes, is the day everything will change. Today is the day he will finally beat his son in Madden.

Jesus Machado Jr. and his father are tucked away in their Miami Gardens home. It is a Saturday afternoon in early June, and the madness has temporarily subsided. 

"Little Zeus," as he's known around Miami, picks the Seattle Seahawks. His father, "Big Zeus," selects the Miami Dolphins, hoping that local allegiance will lead to a breakthrough.

The outcome of the game is decided before Little Zeus turns to his trademark hurry-up offense. His father has no answer for quarterback Russell Wilson. The upset will have to come another day.

Like most 15-year-olds, Machado plays video games. He loves fishing with his father and playing basketball with friends. His favorite subject in school is math. Machado, the oldest of four, loves being a big brother to his two sisters and infant brother, "Baby Zeus."

On June 10, Machado will take his final class in the eighth grade. He will acquire the freshman label at Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Florida.

Machado lives the life of a young man seesawing between childhood and adulthood. He has the suggestion of a baby face. His voice is still reluctant, inquisitive and polite.

It is here, however, that normalcy fades quickly. This is the part where it gets uncomfortable for some.

Even though Machado has yet to step foot into his first freshman class, he is already being courted by Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. In fact, Machado owns a verbal scholarship offer from Alabama to go along with offers from North Carolina State, Iowa State, West Virginia and Michigan State.

The linebacker from the class of 2020—a classification fitting of a sci-fi movie or a time machine—has become one of the sport's most discussed young players.

"He's a big kid obviously for his age, and he is more advanced when it comes to ball recognition, not just relying totally on his athleticism," Mike Farrell, national recruiting director for Rivals.com, told Bleacher Report. "What I am seeing is football instincts, football technique and actual football IQ rather than a kid who is just bigger and stronger than anybody else. It doesn't surprise me that he's getting offers."

At 6'1" and 195 pounds, his body is closer to that of an NFL safety than a classmate. He's not quite as tall as his father, who stands at 6'6" and played football and basketball growing up. But the gap is closing rapidly.

Locally, Machado has become a celebrity of sorts. Playing in a youth football hotbed—a place that has seen eighth- and ninth-graders offered before—Machado has emerged as a star.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't shocked by the Alabama offer," Machado's former coach, Travis Thomas, said. "But I just knew that he was going to be one of the top players of this class. Just being around youth football, you know when a guy like this is special. I expected offers to come in after this year."

Thomas watched Machado finish a game with nearly 20 tackles as a 13-year-old. The next year, Thomas coached Machado on the Miami Gardens Ravens and played him at defensive tackle.

Although teams would run away from Machado at all costs—and double- and triple-team when they didn't—he still dominated the league. So much so that at the end of the year, Thomas sat down with Machado, his father and Dennis Marroquin, the head coach at Champagnat Catholic School.

"He could have played 14 and under," Thomas said. "But he was dominant. The only thing left for him to do was risk a freak injury. No one was equipped to deal with him. He was on a different level physically."

Because Champagnat Catholic, a small private school, offered classes for grades six through 12, Machado could complete his eighth-grade year and still play for the high school team.

"I knew he was ready," Machado Sr. said when asked about the decision.

There was comfort and trust from all parties, especially Machado, in the decision.

While rare, this kind of leap is not unheard of. Georgia running back Sony Michel and former Florida running back Kelvin Taylor were both prep stars in the state of Florida, and both played with their varsity teams as eighth-graders before excelling at the high school level.

So at the age of 14, Machado joined a roster that was limited in overall numbers. Instead of having him sit and learn, Marroquin plugged his new player in as the team's starting linebacker. He also played him at defensive end.

"I've been around a lot of players, been around a lot of kids," Marroquin said, who also coached current Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley among other local standouts. "Sony Michel is about the only one that comes to mind when talking about how advanced he was physically."

In 10 games last season, Machado finished with 97 tackles and 12 sacks. He missed one game with food poisoning. Otherwise he would have finished the year with more than 100 tackles.

While Champagnat Catholic School is 2A with fewer than 300 kids enrolled, it does not shy away from bigger schools and quality opponents. Entering his third year, Marroquin has made a point of moving up in class against. The team's 3-7 record in 2015 is not an indictment of its talent but rather a product of scheduling and numbers.

This spring, coaches have flocked to Champagnat to see the team and players in action. In some cases, they did not come to see Machado.

They came to see 3-star linebacker Donovan Georges, one of the better Florida linebackers in the class of 2018, who holds more than 10 offers. They came to see wideout Brieon Fuller, who is already one of the hottest names in the class of 2019.

But each time Marroquin has thrown on the tape for coaches, Machado jumped off the screen. "I think his Hudl highlights promoted some of the interest," Machado Sr. added.

In less than a month, Machado picked up five offers. The first came from NC State; the most recent, and most notable, came from Alabama.

Mario Cristobal, one of Saban's most recognized recruiters, will serve as the primary contact once that time comes. With strong ties in the area, this is right up Cristobal's alley.

Whether he's still recruiting the state of Florida for Saban or Alabama four years from now is another discussion entirely. It also outlines the uniqueness, absurdity and delicacy of the situation in present time.

NCAA rules limit the contact coaches can have with Machado outside of camps. For now, Marroquin is funneling all interest and offers to the family as they arrive.

When Alabama first offered, Machado hoped to keep it concealed for as long as possible. He was flattered and thrilled but in no rush to become national news. The industry, which is now covered more closely than it has ever been, had other ideas.

"Alabama has offered ninth-graders in Miami in the past, so we didn't think it was a big deal, to be honest," Marroquin said. "Next thing you know, his name is ringing on ESPN."

Dylan Moses, 247Sports' No. 2-rated composite player in the class of 2017, can relate. As an eighth-grader, the Louisiana native picked up offers from LSU and Alabama. His recruitment quickly became a public discussion.

Since reaching the celebrity threshold, Moses has changed positions. He's now a linebacker after starring at running back. He's added weight to an already-ridiculous frame. He's become more polished as a player and done little to cool the enthusiasm when it comes to his possibility at the next level.

He's also committed to and decommitted from LSU in this time—a reminder of how little significance any pledge or offer carries.

"Until you sign on signing day, these really don't count," Marroquin said. "You still need great academics all four years of high school. You have to pass your tests. There's so much more to it. You don't just get some verbals and all of the sudden you made it. It's a process."

More specifically, it's part of the game. Machado is undoubtedly worthy of a scholarship offer—a verbal investment—even at this age. That's because this investment is more of a marketing ploy and early loyalty push than anything else. It's a way to establish a connection early on, and it comes with little risk on either side.

Still, the idea that an eighth-grader could hold multiple scholarship offers has always received mixed reviews. Recruiting at its core is peculiar and invasive; when it toes the line of established norms, it doesn't always receive rousing applause.

This is something Machado, his father and his coaches are deeply aware of. They understand the negative stigmas attached and the perception that this could ultimately serve as a negative for the player. Thus far, they have little reason to be concerned with the attention.

"He's the most humble kid you'll meet. It hasn't gotten to his head at all," Marroquin said. "He's just playing football and having fun right now."

As part of the attention influx, Marroquin has politely denied all media requests to speak with Machado. Currently, they are working on ways to deal with the media, how to handle questions and the appropriate mindset to combat such incredible expectations at such a young age.

There is little doubt Machado will continue to flourish on the football field. He will add weight to his frame, shed the baby face and perhaps see eye to eye with his father by the time national signing day in 2020 rolls around—if such an event even exists by then.

"I never thought it would get this big this fast," Machado Sr. said. "But there is still so much work to do. There are four more years left."

By then, he might not be a linebacker. He might be a 240-pound defensive end, with his body fully developed, terrifying quarterbacks around the edge.

Alabama, knowing how much can and will change in this time, has decided to invest in the young man at the ground floor. This is by no means a guarantee, but it is revealing. As are the other offers that have come and the many more that will follow.

Nothing will be the same from here on out. And yet, on this unassuming Saturday in June, less than two weeks before Machado will graduate from the eighth grade, one wouldn't know it.

There are far more pressing matters to be concerned with, starting with this lopsided game of Madden.

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Jim Harbaugh Responds to Rutgers Secret Society's Message About Satelite Camp

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has long been an advocate of satellite camps, but members of a Rutgers University secret society evidently don't want the Maize and Blue boss encroaching on their territory. 

According to NJ Advance Media's Keith Sargeant, the Order of Bulls Blood vandalized the football field at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey—the site of Michigan's satellite camp—with Scarlet Knights magnets and a teddy bear as a sort of protest against Harbaugh's arrival. 

The secret society also sent out a warning to Harbaugh and the Wolverines, as captured by Eleven Warriors on Twitter: 

In typical Harbaugh fashion, the Michigan coach responded with a message of his own—although it is a bit cryptic: 

"While some may perceive this as a silly prank, in today's world it is inadvisable for people to trespass on a school campus for any reason,'' Paramus Catholic president James Vail said of the incident, per Sargeant. "So the police are looking into it, and it's considered an active investigation."

From a rivalry perspective, the Order of Bulls Blood's actions likely won't stir up more bad blood between the Scarlet Knights and the Wolverines on the gridiron.

According to Sports-Reference.com, Michigan and Rutgers have clashed a grand total of two times—both of which have come since the New Jersey school joined the Big Ten in 2014. The Scarlet Knights won the first meeting, 26-24, but the Wolverines bounced back with an emphatic 49-16 triumph last season during Harbaugh's first year as head coach.

Although both programs will be afforded more opportunities to impose their respective wills on the field and establish more hatred, Michigan has more entrenched foes, such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Iowa, to fret about for the time being. 

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