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Anthony Jennings Among 4 LSU Football Players Arrested: Latest Details, Reaction

Anthony Jennings, Maquedius Bain and Dwayne Thomas, members of the LSU Tigers football team, were arrested by campus police Thursday, per Ross Dellenger and Maya Lau of the Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dellenger listed the charges the three players face:

News of the arrests came just hours after Dellenger and Lau reported another Tigers player was involved in an ongoing legal issue. Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested for simple battery and simple assault after an altercation outside of a bar in Baton Rouge.

Dellenger provided a statement from head coach Les Miles:

Dellenger and Lau were unaware if Lealaimatafao's arrest was related in any way to that of Jennings, Bain and Thomas.

Even if the two incidents are completely independent of one another, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman still thinks they don't make for a pleasant situation at LSU:

Jennings is certainly the most notable of the four to find himself in potential trouble.

Many expect him to at least compete for the Tigers' starting quarterback job in 2015. He threw for 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year while sharing snaps with Brandon Harris. Jennings likely has the edge going into the season, but his arrest could change that.

The Tigers start the year off at home against McNeese State on Sept. 5.

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UCLA Football: Projecting Who Will Win Bruins' Open Starting Positions

While the UCLA football team returns the vast majority of its starting lineup from a season ago, there are multiple spots in which the Bruins have to replace integral cogs within the proverbial machine. 

The most pressing need is at quarterback. The eventual starter will be tasked with replacing arguably the most successful signal-caller (Brett Hundley) in school history. 

Additionally, there are two pressing needs within the defense to look at, as well as two positions along the offensive line. 

This piece will project and predict the eventual winners of these open starting spots. 

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Trey Lealaimatafao Arrested for Battery, Robbery: Details, Mugshot and Reaction

LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested on battery and robbery charges Thursday after an altercation in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, bar.

Ross Dellenger and Maya Lau of The Advocate spoke with team spokesperson Michael Bonnette, who said Lealaimatafao has been suspended pending the result of the investigation. Police allege that Lealaimatafao knocked an unnamed male unconscious and punched his girlfriend in the face during an altercation in a bar parking lot Tuesday.

He was arrested two days later and placed on $15,000 bond. He remains in jail at this time.

A redshirt freshman, Lealaimatafao was a 3-star recruit out of Warren High School in San Antonio, per He was expected to compete for playing time this season on a deep Tigers defensive line.

This is the second time Lealaimatafao has been arrested since arriving in Baton Rouge. Last summer he was arrested after stealing a bicycle, and was also involved in an incident where he punched out a window in the team's weight room. The latter incident forced him out of action until October, which in large part resulted in him redshirting. At the time, he called the moment a "learning experience."

Lealaimatafao's latest off-field incident could come with a jail term of up to seven years if he's convicted on the robbery charge. LSU coach Les Miles has not commented on the situation at this time.


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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.

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Previewing the Irish Invasion

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame football will host its premier offseason recruiting event this weekend, when more than 60 high school prospects are expected to visit campus for the Irish Invasion.

On Friday night, a slew of top prospects will work out at the camp inside Notre Dame Stadium. According to Irish247's Tom Loy, there are more than 60 expected visitors, including 2016, 2017 and even a few 2018 prospects.

"It's stronger. That's for sure," Loy said of this year's visitor list. "The names are bigger. The talent is more impressive."

Perhaps relatedly, Notre Dame's 2016 class sits at just six commitments. By this date last year, the Irish had already landed 12 commitments in the 2015 class.

"It's not gonna be a top-five class, and it may not even be a top-10 class when all is said and done," Loy said. "But this staff does not sit around and look at star rankings all day."

Whether a focus or not, a 5-star prospects headlines the list of weekend visitors. 2017 class quarterback Hunter Johnson is expected in town. The No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 9 overall player in his class, Johnson visited South Bend in early April.

"It's very clear that Johnson is the guy that they want," Loy said. "He's the top [quarterback] target regardless of class."

The Brownsburg, Indiana, product holds offers from Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan and Miami, among others. Johnson has visited more than 10 schools in the past few months.

"They've been to Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, NC State," Loy said. "They've been to a lot of schools. They're definitely trying to get the process over with early. I expect him to make a decision later this summer. I expect him to shut down his recruitment at that point."

Meanwhile, Loy said he does still expect Notre Dame to ink a quarterback in the 2016 class.

2016 class outside linebacker Caleb Kelly, the No. 2 outside 'backer and No. 17 overall player in the country, was planning to be on campus but changed his plans Thursday. Loy said he believes Oklahoma leads for the services of the Fresno, California, native but added the Irish are in the mix.

In addition to Johnson, high-end 2017 class targets such as athlete Tyrell Ajian, tight end Brock Wright and defensive ends Robert Beal and Corey Malone-Hatcher are scheduled to visit.

Ajian recently camped at Ohio State, three days after receiving an offer from the Irish. Wright checks in as the No. 1 tight end and No. 57 overall player in the 2017 class. The Cypress, Texas, native visited South Bend in March.

The No. 11 weak-side defensive end, Beal hails from Norcross, Georgia, and took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame in early April. Malone-Hatcher is the No. 10 weak-side end and has an impressive offer sheet that includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State. Malone-Hatcher is from St. Joseph, Michigan, which is less than an hour from South Bend.

"I know we're in 2016, and next year, a lot of these guys could be at the Irish Invasion," Loy said. "But there's a lot of [2017 class] guys coming on campus this weekend that could very easily end up in Notre Dame's class."

Loy said he will be particularly interested in watching the 2016 class defensive backs work out. Between safeties Ikenna Okeke, Florida commit Spencer Perry, Chacho Ulloa and Devin Studstill, Notre Dame will have the opportunity to make progress at a position of need.

Other 2016 class visitors, per Loy, include wide receivers Javon McKinley, Ahmir Mitchell, Kevin Stepherson and Donnie Corley, cornerback Eric Cuffee and linebacker Chase Pine.

"There are so many guys out there that they are right in the mix for," Loy said. "They just need to start landing a few of them. A couple got away early in the process, and they finished second."


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

Mike Monaco is the lead Notre Dame writer for Bleacher Report. Follow @MikeMonaco_ on Twitter.

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Who Will Be Florida State's Breakout Defensive Star in 2015?

The Florida State Seminoles have always produced some of the best defensive talent in college football.

Who will be their breakout star next season? 

Bleacher Report's Stephen Nelson was joined by 247Sports' Josh Newberg to preview FSU's defense in 2015. 

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Who Will Be the Breakout Star for LSU in 2015?

LSU is one of the most exciting teams in the country. Les Miles and company are looking to use their talented roster to get back to the top of the SEC.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee gives his prediction for the breakout star for the Tigers.

Who will break out for the Tigers in 2015? Check out the video and let us know!

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Who Will Be the Breakout Star for Auburn in 2015?

Auburn is one of the most exciting teams in the country. Gus Malzahn and Co. are looking to use their talented roster to get back to the top of the SEC.

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee gives his prediction for the breakout star for the Tigers.

Who will break out for the Tigers in 2015? Check out the video and let us know!

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Who Will Be the Breakout Star for Ole Miss in 2015?

Ole Miss is one of the most exciting football teams in the country, and Hugh Freeze and company are looking to use their talented roster to get back to the top of the SEC.

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee predicts who will step up as a breakout star for Ole Miss in 2015.

Who will break out for the Rebels in 2015? Check out the video and let us know!

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Who Will Emerge as Tyrone Swoopes' Favorite Weapon?

The Texas Longhorns are beginning to turn the tide under head coach Charlie Strong. With quarterback Tyrone Swoopes under center, the main question becomes: Who will be his main target? 

Watch as Stephen Nelson is joined by Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Adam Kramer as they discuss who could step up for the Longhorns. 

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Top College Football Gift Ideas for Father's Day

For those of you who may be panicking after reading this headline—yes, Father's Day is soon.

This Sunday, to be exact.

If you are reading this and are still scrambling to find a gift idea for your dad, there's a good chance he is a college football fan like you. After all, fandom for a school or the sport in general is usually passed down from generation to generation.

Here are five categories of gift ideas for the college football dad in your life. Each category contains a handful of suggestions to guide your search for the perfect Father's Day gift.

Getting something college football-related for your dad this Father's Day? Let us hear it in the comments section below—unless he also comments on here. We understand if you don't want to spoil the surprise.

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Isaiah Chambers Discusses Top 10: Where Will the 4-Star Sack Specialist Land?

Houston's Isaiah Chambers hears the stories from other defensive ends. He'll attend combines, camps and various events and listen to players reminisce about their memorable football seasons.

He hears them—and then he'll think about his season.

What Chambers did during his junior year at Aldine MacArthur was borderline mesmerizing. The 4-star talent, who recently announced his top 10, finished his junior year with 21 sacks, according to Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle. What makes Chambers' sack stat even more impressive is that he did it playing Class 6A ball, Texas high school football's largest classification.

Chambers' list, in alphabetical order, includes Baylor, Houston, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Washington.

Where does that stack against some of the well-known stars of the defensive line during their junior years of high school? Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche had 18 sacks his junior year. Houston Texans defensive end and former South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney had 23 sacks and followed that with 29 ½ his senior season.

One of 10 schools will land a player in Chambers who has all the tools to be college football's next great sack master. Ranked as the nation's No. 6 strong-side defensive end, per 247Sports' composite rankings, Chambers is an athlete with great size, legitimate speed off the snap, a high football IQ and an ability to make plays.

"I think I play the pass pretty well," said Chambers, who measured in a 6'3 ½" and 258 pounds at The Opening Dallas regional in March. "I had 21 sacks playing Texas 6A ball; that's where the competition is going to b higher. I know they've got good ball in Florida and California, but playing Texas 6A ... to me, it meant a lot."

In addition to his 21 sacks, Chambers also had 78 tackles (32 for loss), four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for Aldine MacArthur last season. He said narrowing his list to 10 from 27 offers was tough, but he's very comfortable with his list.

"There was a reason why I took so long to hold off," Chambers said. "I kept putting schools in and taking schools out. It was kind of hard, because so many schools could have gone in. It was hard to weed good schools out, but I'm happy with my 10."

Chambers said his 10 includes schools that were the most relentless in recruiting him. He said he was able to build solid player-coach relationships with his recruiting contacts, and he feels he can fit in at any of the locations.

"The coaches that were recruiting me, a lot of times, they didn't even talk about football," he said. We talked about what the school could do for me and made sure I stayed on top of my grades. They went into detail about what I could do after football. I like that."

Wherever he ends up, Chambers wants to be an immediate impact player. He's improved, physically and technically, as a defensive end with the assistance of his defensive line coach. Steve Strahan was an All-Southwest Conference lineman at Baylor who was a sixth-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the NFL draft.

"We work on my hands a lot," Chambers said. "All the stuff [Strahan] learned got him to the league. He teaches me about my hand placement, coming off the edge, going down and dropping my shoulder, stuff like that. I've got a pretty good D-line coach."

Good enough to turn Chambers into even more of a menace on the defensive side of the ball? Chambers said it's possible. He has his own personal goals as he prepares for his senior season.

"I think it's possible to get 28 or 30 [sacks]," he said. "I can get three in a game. I know Clowney had a lot his senior year, so why not?"

Of Chambers' top 10, five are in-state schools. Baylor, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Houston all would be ideal spots. The big question, with him being a Houston athlete, is if the near-meteoric rise in recruiting at the University of Houston is good enough to lure him.

Chambers is well aware of the "H-Town Takeover" campaign the Cougars are pitching to athletes in the greater Houston area, as Houston is looking to keep all the best talent as close to home as possible. Houston already has a defensive tackle combo of 5-star Ed Oliver and 4-star Jordan Elliott committed, and the program picked up a defensive end pledge Tuesday in 3-star Hasaun Glasgow.

"A lot of guys are talking about it around here," Chambers said. "It's pretty smart that they're trying to build a legacy. I wasn't looking at going to U of H at first, but they've really been preaching about the legacy thing. It definitely makes you think about it."

Of the 10 schools, Chambers said Houston, TCU, Michigan and Washington have been recruiting him the hardest. Playing out of state is an intriguing option for him, but he said he wants to take some official visits before making anything final. He said he's planning on going to Michigan later this summer.

With Michigan, Chambers said the coaches check in periodically, and he's a fan of the energy head coach Jim Harbaugh brings to the table. Washington, however, may be the school recruiting him the hardest. He said the Huskies have made him their top priority, and he's built good relationships with head coach Chris Petersen, defensive line coach Jeff Choate and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.

Along with a trip to Michigan, Chambers said he has plans of visiting Baylor and TCU before the start of the 2015 season. He said he's hoping to have a top five at that time.

Whatever the case, he knows he can't go wrong with his final choice. And he expects to be a sack master in college, as well.

"All of the programs on my list are good schools, and they're recruiting me hard," Chambers said. "It's just a matter of me getting to them and finding out more. I know I've got some pretty good choices."


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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LSU Vaults to No. 1 Recruiting Ranking, but Will Tigers Stay on Top?

The LSU Tigers lead the 2016 national recruiting rankings after a Wednesday-night commitment from coveted Texas defensive back Eric Monroe:

Monroe, rated second nationally among safety prospects, pushed LSU past Ohio State and Florida State on the list. The Seminoles previously occupied the No. 1 spot for a significant stretch.

"Since my freshman year, the LSU coaches have been with me every step of the way," Monroe told Shea Dixon of 247Sports. “It felt great knowing we have that top class, and it feels good to say I can be a part of helping get that top spot. LSU is building something special right now.”

The Tigers now hold 17 commitments, with 12 players carrying distinction as a 4-star recruit or better. That total of top-tier talent is only surpassed by Ohio State, though the Buckeyes don't carry a 5-star pledge (LSU has landed two of them).

Head coach Les Miles matched his lowest win total at LSU last season when the Tigers finished 8-5. It snapped a four-year streak of double-digit victories, but an occasionally frustrating fall clearly couldn't halt momentum on the recruiting trail. 

Among LSU's latest haul of high school standouts, seven are considered top-10 prospects at their respective position.

Aside from Monroe, this collection features Feleipe Franks (No. 1 dual-threat quarterback), Saivion Smith (No. 2 cornerback), Donavaughn Campbell (No. 3 offensive guard), Jamal Pettigrew (No. 6 tight end), Edwin Alexander (No. 7 defensive tackle) and Erick Fowler (No. 8 outside linebacker). 

These additions promise to bolster positions across the roster, while substantial room remains for growth within this recruiting class leading up to national signing day.

Defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence and offensive lineman Willie Allen are 5-star targets in Louisiana, while cornerback Trayvon Mullen, defensive end Emmit Gooden and linebacker Keion Joyner are among prized possibilities beyond state borders.

LSU certainly seems primed to sign a third consecutive top-five recruiting class in February. Its status atop the list remains to be seen, as several programs are also enjoying an immensely successful cycle.

Ohio State is fresh off a national championship run, and Urban Meyer rivals any recruiter in America. Florida State caught fire early, claiming a nation-high three 5-star prospects in the process.

Both teams have sights set on high-value talent moving forward and will undoubtedly add to quality stockpiles in the coming months.

Longtime LSU rival Alabama may be the most intriguing contender among this top pack.

The Crimson Tide started the 2016 cycle relatively sluggishly but continue to pick up the pace and piece together another strong group, surging to fifth overall this month. Head coach Nick Saban is attempting to do the unthinkable by assembling a sixth straight top-rated recruiting class.

The possibility becomes more viable with 5-star targets like Lyndell WilsonBen Davis and Rashan Gary reciprocating heavy interest. As usual, LSU will face Alabama for several common targets, including Allen, Lawrence and 4-star Louisiana wide receiver Mykel Jones.

There are a few wild-card classes that could eventually threaten LSU as things progress.

No team in top-10 rankings holds fewer commitments than Georgia (12) at this stage, but the Bulldogs rate seventh thanks to outstanding value among their pledges (two 5-stars and five 4-stars). It's another loaded class in the Peach State this year, and head coach Mark Richt is in solid position with many of those premier prospects.

Michigan failed to land a single 2016 commit during the first 14 weeks of head coach Jim Harbaugh's tenure. That situation shifted drastically this spring, and Michigan now sits ninth on the list with 10 pledges in June alone.

Don't underestimate Harbaugh's widespread appeal to high school athletes who've watched him win plenty of meaningful NFL games in recent years. A strong start to his first season in Ann Arbor could set off a series of major recruiting moves for the Wolverines.

Ultimately, Ohio State is the biggest threat to knock LSU off the mountaintop.

The Buckeyes are riding high on the recruiting trail and figure to receive more national exposure than anyone this fall, considering their champion status and a collection of potential Heisman Trophy candidates.

LSU deserves a lot of credit for unseating Florida State, but its stay at No. 1 may be temporary.


Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Rough Offseason Has Left Alabama's RB Depth Surprisingly Thin

In the winter of 2013, when Alabama signed Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones, it appeared that head coach Nick Saban was intent on constructing a city in west Alabama with a population consisting solely of running backs.

That appeared to be the case again during the two most recent recruiting cycles, when Bo Scarbrough, DeSherrius Flowers and Damien Harris signed with the Crimson Tide.

Now, that city looks more like a ghost town.

Kamara transferred to junior college and eventually to Tennessee, Tenpenny bailed, Jones was dismissed and Scarbrough tore his ACL in spring practice.

The running back corps took another hit on Wednesday afternoon, when the school announced via email that Flowers—who enrolled early in January and participated in spring practice—will not be cleared for enrollment at Alabama this fall because of a recently discovered initial-eligibility issue.

The 6'0 ½,", 204-pounder from Mobile, Alabama, was a 4-star prospect in the most recent recruiting class and being counted on to provide depth this year in the Tide backfield.

As Marq Burnett of the Anniston Star notes, that leaves Alabama's running back depth perilously thin behind Henry and the ultra-versatile senior Kenyan Drake.

That is going to put an enormous amount of pressure on incoming true freshman and 5-star stud Damien Harris because he's going to get his fair share of true No. 2 carries three months removed from high school.

Drake, assuming he's back to 100 percent after recovering from a broken leg suffered last fall against Ole Miss, will play a more hybrid running back/wide receiver role, with Henry gobbling up the majority of those first-team carries. Essentially, the duo will be 1A and 1B for offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

That means it's Harris and then a bunch of question marks in the true "backup" role, which not only gives Alabama zero margin for error on the injury front all year long, but also hurts the scout team and the way a defense prepares for opponents.

Flowers wasn't going to be a superstar this year, and barring a few late-game carries against UL-Monroe or Charleston Southern, he might not have even seen the field at all.

But he was good enough to give the defense something to contend with in practice on the scout team. Now that responsibility is going to fall on defensive back/running back Ronnie Clark, who's coming off an Achilles injury, as well as Buddy Pell, Hamilton Phillips and Lawrence Erekosima, all of whom walked on.

At the very least, Flowers would have been an effective emergency/scout team running back for the Crimson Tide, and his absence will hurt in that respect.

This is a true "rich man's problem" for Saban, though.

For normal teams, the transfer of a 4-star prospect (Tenpenny), dismissal of another (Jones), potential season-ending injury to another (Scarbrough) and eligibility issue with another (Flowers) in one offseason would derail the entire season.

For Alabama, it has cut away at the depth.

If somebody else gets hurt or departs the program, though, Saban's worst fears could become reality.


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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.

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Eric Monroe to LSU: Tigers Land 4-Star Safety Prospect

Eric Monroe, a 4-star safety prospect out of North Shore High School in Houston, announced that he will play college football for LSU.

Shea Dixon of 247Sports reported the news.

Monroe is rated as the No. 2 safety in the Class of 2016 and the No. 31 overall prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings. What makes him intriguing is that he's 6'0" and 180 pounds, but he can bulk up even more before he steps onto the NCAA gridiron.

Added strength will only make Monroe more dangerous in the secondary. The young star already plays with plenty of aggression and isn't afraid to deliver a crushing hit. Such traits should allow him to be an effective run-stopper early in his career.

Monroe could improve his technique in coverage, as his tendency to overpursue due to his style of play can leave him susceptible to getting beat.

Opposing quarterbacks will have to look him off, though, because he has the natural instincts to read their eyes, anticipate where the throw is going, close quickly and put his exceptional ball skills to use.

It's more about refining footwork with Monroe than it is about sheer ability for him to become a better all-around safety.

Any criticisms are small shortcomings that Monroe should be able to overcome, provided he receives proper college coaching. He has shown dominant play in one of the most competitive high school football states in the country.

Monroe's range might be the most impressive component of his game, and it helps make up for any minor flaws he has.

The need to perform up to expectations in his prep career should bode well for him as he makes the transition to college. It should also help him manage the hype and see the field sooner than many of his 2016 classmates.


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