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Oregon Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Ducks Stars

Coming off a 13-win season that saw the Oregon Ducks reach the second national-title game in school history, it should come as no surprise that seven players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

While each of the seven Ducks come into the combine with something to prove, it is 2014 Heisman winner Marcus Mariota who will be under the most scrutiny. That being said, Mariota is a sure-fire top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The other six Oregon players—Jake Fisher, Hroniss Grasu, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Troy Hill, Tony Washington and Arik Armstead—need to show out over the next week and establish themselves as true pro prospects.

Oregon’s seven combine prospects each played an integral role in the Ducks’ 2014 season, which will be considered as one of the best in school history. However, the NFL is a completely different beast. Their time to prove themselves to NFL executives begins now.

Here’s a look at how the Ducks are fairing at the 2015 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Check back throughout the week as this slideshow will be updated with the players' results.

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Early Predictions of the 2015 SEC All-Conference Team

So many elite college football players call the SEC home. Only a handful of these players are good enough to make the all-conference team, though. In this article, I've predicted which players will have the best seasons among their peers in the SEC at their respective positions.

The positional breakdown:

  • Quarterback
  • Running Back (2)
  • Tight End
  • Offensive Line (4)
  • Center
  • All-Purpose Offense
  • Defensive Line (4)
  • Linebacker (3)
  • Defensive Back (4)
  • Kicker
  • Punter 
  • Return Specialist

These are the players I expect to be on the SEC All-Conference Team in 2015.

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Nebraska Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Cornhusker Stars

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a small turnout for the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Only three former players will be participating, but they're each hoping to improve their draft stock by the end.

Running back Ameer Abdullah, wide receiver Kenny Bell and defensive end Randy Gregory all want an NFL team to take notice. However, each is going to have to step up to make it happen.

Each player will have to run the 40-yard dash and bench press 225 pounds as many times as he can. They will also have their vertical and broad jumps measured and will be asked to participate in a series of drills specific to their position.

How will the three former Huskers fare in the NFL Scouting Combine? Let's take a look at each player and what he needs to do to move up on the draft boards, as well as how he performs in the combine.

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Does Ohio State or Michigan Have Early Upper Hand in 2016 Recruiting Rivalry?

When Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh moved into the Big Ten neighborhood last December, national attention quickly focused on his impending rivalry with three-time national champion Urban Meyer.

Both men are among the most recognizable figures in football—at any level—and will now battle for potential postseason opportunities at the end of each regular season. But we don't need to wait until Nov. 28 to watch Meyer and Harbaugh go head-to-head for the first time.

The turf war between these titans of the sport is already taking place on the recruiting path, evidenced by the recent drama surrounding Detroit running back and Buckeyes signee Michael Weber. Ohio State and Michigan routinely clash over top talent on the way to national signing day.

Meyer has enjoyed a stronger start to the 2016 cycle with a class rated fifth overall in 247Sports' composite rankings, but Harbaugh has had significantly less time to work on a group that ranks 35th.

Here's a look at how each team is faring so far in the pursuit of common 2016 targets.

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UCLA Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Bruins Stars

Five UCLA Bruins will aim to impress NFL scouts and other personnel at this weekend's NFL combine. 

UCLA has some high-potential prospects who are participating in Indianapolis, headlined by three-year starting quarterback Brett Hundley. 

Hundley's combine performance is among the most anticipated heading into the weekend, but each of his UCLA teammates has his own opportunities to wow. 

Follow the developments throughout the event. 

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Will Florida State Land Commits During Seminoles' Huge Junior-Day Visits?

Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles will look to add to their 2016 recruiting class after hosting a number of top recruits for their upcoming junior days, according to Chris Nee of Noles247.

The ‘Noles will have top prospects from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes on campus over the next two weeks.

But will any of these visits lead to eventual commitments?

It’s certainly a possibility.

A pair of recently offered defensive backs in 4-star corner Chauncey Gardner and 3-star defender Jamel Cook will be in attendance for this weekend’s session.

It will be interesting to see if either Sunshine State product jumps on an offer from the ‘Noles.

Another prospect who could hop on board, pending an offer, is 4-star offensive lineman Baveon Johnson.

According to Josh Newberg of Noles247, the 6’4”, 275-pounder already sports a Seminoles tattoo on his shoulder. Additionally, Johnson has been a frequent visitor to the FSU campus, as documented by Nee.

Nee notes that Johnson—who holds offers from programs such as Kentucky, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Wisconsin—has the physical skill set and the mean streak necessary to be an elite lineman at the next level.

A pair of receivers in 5-star and current Auburn pledge Nate Craig-Myers and 3-star Keyshawn Young plus 4-star linebacker Jaquan Yulee highlight the crop of visitors for next weekend’s junior day.

While none of those players are on the verge of committing, their visits could lay the groundwork for the ‘Noles to become players for those elite talents down the line.

Although he’s not 100 percent confirmed to make it in for the second junior day, the best bet for a commitment could be 4-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr., whose father was a standout defensive back for the Seminoles in the early '90s.

In the 2016 class, the ‘Noles already have seven commitments headlined by 5-star quarterback Malik Henry.

As Dustin Tackett of the Tallahassee Democrat notes, the ‘Noles will only lose nine scholarship players off the 2015 squad, with other spots potentially coming open through attrition or early entries to the NFL draft.

That probably means FSU’s numbers for the 2016 class will be tight.

Considering that Fisher and his staff are heavily involved with premier talents such as 5-star defensive end Shavar Manuel, 5-star corner Saivion Smith and 5-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence among others, FSU is likely to be very selective in taking commitments at this stage.

The better odds of landing a commitment may come from players in the 2017 or 2018 classes.

Regardless, the festivities over the next two weekends should allow the ‘Noles to make a favorable impression on a number top-flight recruits.

 

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Texas Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Longhorns

Five former Texas Longhorns will have the chance to display their skills to all 32 NFL teams during the 2015 NFL combine. 

The 2014 NFL draft went by without any former Texas players selected, and those in attendance at the combine will do everything possible to not continue the draftless streak.

The positive news for the Longhorns is there's a very good possibility history will not repeat itself in 2015, mainly because of headliner Malcom Brown, who is projected as a first-round draft pick in various mock drafts.

But Brown is only one of the former Longhorns who will be able to increase his draft stock at the NFL combine.

Here's a closer look at the Longhorns' performances and results in the 2015 NFL combine, and make sure to check back as the week continues to track the progress of the Texas players.

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USC Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Trojans Stars

The road between USC's Los Angeles campus and Chicago, home of this spring's NFL draft, takes a detour to Indianapolis. 

Seven former USC football stars converge on Indianapolis for this week's NFL combine. For defensive lineman Leonard Williams, the combine is an opportunity to solidify his place as potential top-five pick. 

For a sleeper like running back Javorius "Buck" Allen, this week is a chance to turn the heads of team scouts and general managers. 

Keep tabs here on the progress of USC's combine participants throughout the week. 

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Florida Gators 2016 Dream Recruiting Class

The Florida Gators were able to crack into the top 25 recruiting classes after CeCe Jefferson and Martez Ivey signed on the dotted line. But what is Jim McElwain doing for the 2016 cycle? 

Bleacher Report's Stephen Nelson was joined by Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Barrett Sallee to discuss Florida's 2016 dream recruiting class. 

Can McElwain lock up these studs for 2016? Check out the video and let us know! 

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How Jim Harbaugh's NFL Influence Will Change Michigan's Offense

Jim Harbaugh knows what his strengths are.

And like any good coach, Michigan's new head coach certainly isn't shying away from them.

Addressing the media following his first national signing day in Ann Arbor—as a coach—Harbaugh noted that both he and several of his assistants possess experience in the NFL. But rather than distancing himself from the perception that he's a "pro coach," the former San Francisco 49ers head man is embracing it.

"A lot of our players, that's one of their goals, to make it to the NFL," Harbaugh said. "We don't discourage that. In fact, we try to teach it."

The recruiting impact of Harbaugh's NFL experience is obvious, with even potential No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston admitting to MGoBlue.com that he wishes he could have played for the Wolverines' new coach. But while Harbaugh's NFL influence will boost Michigan's efforts on the recruiting trail, it will also be apparent on the field this fall.

Although the spread offense is prominent at the college level—just look at Harbaugh's new archrival, Ohio State—Harbaugh understandably opts for a pro-style system. At first glance, that's the same style of offense Brady Hoke tried to run during his time in Ann Arbor, but make no mistake, Harbaugh's will look different from his predecessor's.

First and foremost, Harbaugh will have the opportunity to play with his preferred type of quarterback much sooner than Hoke did, as the former Wolverines coach was stuck trying to mesh spread signal-callers Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner into his pro-style system. The de facto front-runner in the race to be Harbaugh's first quarterback in Ann Arbor appears to be Shane Morris, who was the nation's third-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2013 class.

But should Morris not take the reins as expected this spring, Harbaugh will have no shortage of pro-style passers to turn to. Redshirt freshman Wilton Speight remains on option, as do true freshmen Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry, each of whom fits their head coach's pro-style preference.

Harbaugh—who spent 14 years playing quarterback in the NFL, including a Pro Bowl season in 1995—has a track record of developing football's most important position that speaks for itself. As the head coach at Stanford he helped develop No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, and with the 49ers he turned Colin Kaepernick from backup to Super Bowl starter.

In fact, Harbaugh's work with the Kaepernick may be what's most telling when it comes to projecting how the Wolverines offense will change. In order to best incorporate Kaepernick's dual-threat ability, San Francisco implemented both elements of pro-style and spread systems into its offense.

The progression of Kaepernick—who primarily ran a pistol offense during his college career at Nevada—even caught the eye of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who was looking for wrinkles to add to his own offense at the end of the 2012 season.

"The San Francisco team was the one that really—I mean I just sat there," Meyer said during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show in 2013. "They actually do something we donʼt do. I can assure you weʼre going to do it next year. That's how good they were. I just give credit to guys like Coach Harbaugh."

Eventually, Meyer revealed that it was the 49ers' diamond formation that intrigued him so much, with running backs lining up on each side and behind a dual-threat quarterback. And while quarterbacks create the headlines—especially when Harbaugh's involved—it was San Francisco's run game that truly defined his time in the Bay Area.

Behind the power-running style of Frank Gore, the 49ers ranked in the top four in team rushing in each of Harbaugh's final three seasons in San Francisco. That bodes well for the running backs already on Michigan's roster, whom Hoke recruited with a power run game in mind.

Between USC transfer Ty Isaac (6'3", 225 lbs), Derrick Green (5'11", 220 lbs), De'Veon Smith (5'11", 220 lbs) and Drake Johnson (6'0", 211 lbs), Harbaugh shouldn't have much trouble finding running backs who play with a style similar to Gore's. Of course, the play of Michigan's offensive line will determine its success on the ground, an area where the Wolverines are admittedly lacking at the moment.

But perhaps what's most important for Michigan at this pivotal point in program history is Harbaugh's willingness to adapt. He certainly did it in the NFL, bringing spread elements to a pro scheme, and he may not even have to do it as much this year, thanks to a roster already possessing plenty of pro-style pieces.

 

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

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Biggest Sleepers in Power 5 Conferences in 2015

Sleepers contend for power-conference titles every season.

It sounds crazy to pick a team with a losing record to win the Big 12 or SEC, but TCU (4-8 in 2013) won the former in 2014, and Auburn (3-9 in 2012) won the latter in 2013.

The following aren't teams we're picking to win each power conference, but they're at least worth considering. Obviously they're long shots, but so were TCU and Auburn. Why write them off so soon?

Picking each team required looking at precedent. TCU, for example, fixed its biggest weakness (offense) by hiring Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie last offseason. Once it paired a working offense with its always strong defense, it morphed into a Big 12 contender.

Building off that, we looked for teams that do at least one thing well and worked to fix their major problem areas. We also looked for teams with X-factors that give them a higher ceiling. Lastly, we avoided teams with so much hype that calling them "sleepers" felt wrong (major examples: Michigan, Tennessee and Arkansas).

Sound off below, and let us know what you think.

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College Football Coaches Who Aren't Living Up to Their Schools' Expectations

It was all smiles, hope and optimism at the beginning. Now doubt, skepticism and uncertainty have become the more prevalent emotions.

Are we describing a bad marriage? Sort of. But not the kind with rings and vows, but instead one involving lucrative contracts and introductory press conferences.

Every college football coaching hire is lauded by the school as the perfect choice for its program, yet we know this isn't really the case. Thirty FBS coaches have been fired or forced to resign in the past three years, and each of them began his tenure with endless praise and compliments.

"Ellis Johnson emerged as the absolute best candidate to lead Southern Miss football at this time," then-school president Martha Saunders said in December 2011, via USA Today, less than 12 months before Johnson was fired for going 0-12 in his one and only season with the Golden Eagles.

The expectations that schools had when choosing their coach often aren't met, which often ends in termination or resignation before the ax can be dropped.

Whatever the case, these coaches have one thing in common: They haven't lived up to the hype.

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How UCLA Can out-Recruit USC on 2016 Recruiting Trail

A valid question: Of USC and UCLA, who had the better national signing day showing?

Signing day. Not signing class.

There was plenty of discussion on Feb. 5, the day after signing day, supporting the argument that UCLA had one of the strongest—if not the strongest—finishes in the country. If UCLA's finish was any indication of what to expect with the 2016 class, the recruiting battle against USC will be fun to watch for all.

One glance at USC's 2015 signing class gives one direct message: When it comes to recruiting, head coach Steve Sarkisian meant business. The Trojans finished with the nation's No. 2 class and had 25 scholarship players sign overall.

Of the 25, four were 5-star players and 14 were 4-star players. And while UCLA finished strong on signing day, USC challenged Alabama for the overall top spot with an impressive finish, getting commitments from 5-star cornerback Iman Marshall, 5-star defensive tackle Rasheem Green and 4-star linebacker John Houston.

However, if the Trojans want to contend for the top spot of the upcoming class, they'll have to be better than their determined, crosstown rivals. UCLA head coach Jim Mora and his crew will look to have an even stronger class in 2016—and recruiting already is in full swing.

Coaches will tell you that the one of the best ways to earn a quality recruiting class is to win games. Showing a great product on the football field—particularly in front of a huge national audience—is one of the simplest ways to attract the elite talent.

Selling that product during the offseason also is key. Mora has two of the nation's top recruiters in Adrian Klemm and Demetrice Martin, in addition to others on staff whom recruits have built great relationships with.

To outduel USC, UCLA will have to win recruiting battles in and out of California—and while it's still early in the game, it's possible for the Bruins to pass the Trojans. Currently, USC is ranked No. 19, while UCLA is No. 29 in the 2016 team rankings.

UCLA's 2015 class had 19 signees, including three 5-star and 10 4-star players. The Bruins had four commit on signing day in 5-star running back Soso Jamabo, 4-star tight end Chris Clark, 4-star offensive lineman Josh Wariboko and 4-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus.

UCLA's 2016 class already has a 5-star commit in defensive end Breland Brandt and a 4-star receiver commit in Michael Pittman. Player recruiting will be huge in UCLA's attempt to surpass USC. Brandt and Pittman will be asked to put the Bruins in a positive light every opportunity they can.

In-state battles will be vital. Per the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, USC is the leader for 4-star safety Brandon Burton, 4-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku and 4-star receiver Dylan Crawford.

Look for Mora and his staff to recruit heavily in and out of California. Recruiting out-of-state players could be the X-factor. The Bruins signed two players from Texas for 2015 and nearly had a third, but 4-star receiver Ryan Newsome flipped to Texas on signing day. UCLA also signed a player from each of Utah, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Connecticut.

You can bet that USC will do all it can to make sure it remains the go-to Los Angeles option for recruits. But don't be surprised if UCLA makes a major play in the recruiting battle between rivals.

 

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

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Way-Too-Early Preview of Georgia Bulldogs 2016 Recruiting Class

The Georgia Bulldogs have grabbed tremendous momentum on the recruiting trail, bagging two 5-star recruits already for the class of 2016.

Bleacher Reports' Stephen Nelson was joined by 247Sports Georgia Beat Writer Rusty Mansell to discuss the Bulldogs' 2016 commits.

What do you think of Georgia's 2016 class so far?

Watch the video and let us know!

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3 Reasons 5-Star QB Commit Shea Patterson Will Bring Ole Miss an SEC Title

When a top-flight quarterback spurns LSU and USC for another school, unless his name is "Eli Manning," you wouldn't expect that school to be Ole Miss.

Times apparently have changed.

Shea Patterson, a 5-star pro-style quarterback from Shreveport, Louisiana, in the 2016 class, committed to the Rebels over the Trojans and Tigers on Tuesday.

The 6'2", 195-pounder from Calvary Baptist Academy threw for 2,428 yards and 38 touchdowns and only tossed three picks in 2014 while adding 134 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Head coach Hugh Freeze seemed to take the news well.

He's a transformational quarterback who will not only keep Ole Miss in the SEC West title discussion but lead it to its first conference title since 1963. Here's why:

 

A Perfect Fit

Below are some of Patterson's highlights from the 2014 season. I'll wait for you to remove your jaw from the floor.

Now that you're prepared and have seen what Patterson brings to the table, it's hard not to understand just how good he can be in Freeze's offense.

From arm strength to accuracy to the ability to create behind the line of scrimmage, Patterson has everything Freeze wants from a quarterback. He can push the ball from sideline to sideline, stretch the field and doesn't lose touch on short and intermediate throws that don't require a ton of velocity.

As B/R national video analyst Michael Felder points out, he's the future at Ole Miss.

Freeze was successful over the last three years with Bo Wallace at quarterback, and Patterson has better arm strength, better accuracy, better decision-making and is still mobile enough behind the line of scrimmage to buy himself some time and let his receivers get open.

Freeze's offense is based on tempo, timing and creating big plays downfield when matchups are favorable—basically, everything Patterson does well.

Look out, SEC.

 

A Solid Foundation

Patterson will have plenty of weapons around him to work with once he wins the job as either a true freshman in 2016 or redshirt freshman/true sophomore in 2017.

Ole Miss signed a dynamic duo of wide receivers in the 2015 class in 4-star prospects Damarkus Lodge and Van Jefferson. Those two will make an immediate impact alongside Laquon Treadwell and Cody Core and evolve into more prominent roles once Ole Miss' veteran receivers move on.

Those two studs, plus Patterson, will keep the Rebels' lethal passing attack intact for years to come.

What's more, the problems on Ole Miss' offense appear to be getting fixed.

Javon Patterson enrolled early to help solidify the offensive line in the short term and long term, and 5'10", 188-pound all-purpose running back Eric Swinney should fix Ole Miss' biggest lingering problem—running between the tackles.

Freeze did a tremendous job this year signing players who can help continue the success that helped the Rebels make three straight bowl games and addressed areas of specific concern. Patterson should be the beneficiary once he arrives on campus.

 

Recruiting Momentum 

Ole Miss finished 17th in the final 2015 247Sports team recruiting rankings, and nobody even batted an eye. That's quite a departure from the last two seasons when Freeze and Co. reeled in the the No. 8 and No. 15 classes, respectively, and became the talk of the college football recruiting world.

The ability for Ole Miss to reel in its third straight top-20 recruiting class and not be a major recruiting story is a massive compliment to Freeze, his staff and their recruiting efforts.

The best is yet to come.

Patterson told B/R national recruiting writer Damon Sayles that his goal, now that he is committed to Ole Miss, is to lure more top-end talent to Oxford:

[Committing] is just the start of my recruiting process. I'm going to do the best I can to help bring the best class there. [4-star wide receiver] Mykel [Jones]'s one of my best friends. We've definitely talked about going to school together. [4-star running back] Devin [White]'s a Bo Jackson-type, and [4-star defensive tackle] Rashard [Lawrence]'s been on my radar.

This is major news for Ole Miss because as Freeze knows all too well, players are the best recruiters.

The presence of linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche on Ole Miss' roster was a big factor for his brother, Robert, the nation's No. 1 overall player in 2013, to sign on the dotted line and become a star defensive tackle. That opened the eyes of wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, safety Tony Conner and other top-flight prospects to all that Ole Miss has to offer.

With Patterson on board now, history could repeat itself.

Is the SEC West stacked?

Yes, and Ole Miss—a program that has never won the SEC West—has its work cut out for it to finally break through that glass ceiling. But it was in the national picture this season with Wallace at the helm and offensive problems abound, particularly running between the tackles and along the offensive line.

Patterson's ability to stretch the field and make all of the throws, when combined with Freeze and his staff's ability to consistently attract talented players to Oxford, should help Ole Miss do just that sometime between 2016 and 2020.

 

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.

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Dwayne Haskins Sets Decision Plans: Which Team Has Best Shot to Land 4-Star QB?

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins appears to be entering the final stretch toward a collegiate commitment.

The 4-star Maryland prospect shared potential announcement plans Tuesday during a discussion with Todderick Hunt of NJ.com.

"Hopefully, it'll be early April, around that time, probably around the time of Elite 11 camp," Haskins said.

He is expected to compete at the Washington D.C. Regional Elite 11 showcase on April 19. There's also a strong chance Haskins will be invited to participate in national Elite 11 finals, held this summer at Nike's world headquarters in Eugene, Oregon.

Rated fifth nationally among pro-style passers in 247Sports' composite rankings, Haskins is considered one of the premier Mid-Atlantic prospects in this 2016 recruiting cycle. College interest extends far beyond the region.

He collected scholarship offers from Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Miami before the end of his sophomore year. Texas, Ole Miss, UCLA, Penn State, LSU and Alabama are among the programs that have extended offers since.

The 2014 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year now has nearly 40 FBS options to consider.

“Years ago you dream about signing, and thinking about it being so close, it’s crazy," Haskins told Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post earlier this month.

The 6'3", 185-pound passer spent the past two seasons picking apart opponents at The Bullis School. He's thrown for 3,066 yards and 36 touchdowns since 2013, per MaxPreps.

Haskins headed north for his past two campus visits, traveling to Rutgers twice since January. His most recent trip took place Feb. 16, though he anticipates an expanded travel itinerary as the clock ticks toward a decision. 

"I haven't been able to visit any schools other than Rutgers lately because my mom has business up there, so she's always traveling back and forth," Haskins told Hunt. "But now that it's getting closer and closer to commitment day, I'm gonna be taking some more visits."

He shared an expansive list of possible upcoming destinations Tuesday on Twitter:

For those who may not be fluent in hashtag terminology, Haskins aims to check out Alabama, Auburn, Arizona State, Michigan, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCLA and Arizona. 

That agenda is certainly a tall task considering his timeline and would probably require an epic spring break. 

"I'm gonna try to if my schedule permits me to," he told Hunt. "I mean, it's a lot of traveling and a lot of money, so I'll see if I can make it to some of those schools, but probably can't make all of them."

You can be sure each coaching staff would welcome him to campus with open arms, especially with the anticipation that he's nearing a decision. Big Ten newcomers Rutgers and Maryland likely hope his collegiate exploration is limited in the coming months.

Both programs have put themselves in excellent position to land a playmaker who could become a catalyst for either class.

He spent this past Saturday in New York City, hanging out with Rutgers product Mohamed Sanu, who is now a Cincinnati Bengals receiver, and 2016 Scarlet Knights commit Mohamed Jabbie (Sanu's nephew).

Haskins grew up near Rutgers and became familiar with both players through youth football.

"We enjoyed each other's company because I haven't been able to hang out with Little Mo since Pop Warner days," Haskins told Hunt. "He's not pushing me too much, but he'll have little tidbits here and there about why I should go."

Maryland, meanwhile, has made Haskins a top priority as the crown jewel of its in-state recruiting efforts. The Terrapins are a viewed as a slight favorite to sign Haskins among the 39 experts who've contributed predictions to his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

He will attend Junior Day in College Park this weekend.

Fellow Terps target Keith Simms, an in-state linebacker, believes Haskins could lead the way toward a big-time class at Maryland.

"Dwayne is definitely trying to get everyone to go to one school, and he's been advocating Maryland a lot, especially as of late," Simms told Marco Knudsen of SB Nation last month.

His travel schedule could shake things up immensely as spring approaches, but for now, things seem to be setting up nicely for Maryland and Rutgers. In advance of his Junior Day visit, we'll give a slight edge to the Terps. 

Expect plenty of developments in this recruitment as Haskins makes his final push toward a pledge. Today's top contenders could quickly fade as he further investigates alternative opportunities on the recruiting trail.

 

Recruit ratings and info courtesy of 247Sports.

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Ohio State Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Buckeyes Stars

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite capturing the first-ever College Football Playoff championship, Ohio State only had four players invited to this year's NFL Scouting Combine. And although that's a scary thought for future opponents of the Buckeyes—who will return 14 combined starters on offense and defense next season—Urban Meyer's squad will still provide the NFL with its annual supply of talent.

It may not be quite like last year, when Ohio State put an unprecedented seven rookie starters in the NFL, but this year's crop of pro Buckeyes could include as many as two first-round picks. In fact, all four OSU alums at the combine could be instant impact players and off the draft board by the end of this spring's third round.

Of course, a lot can change between now and the actual draft, starting with this week's combine in Indianapolis. After helping lead Ohio State to an unlikely run to a national title, these four senior starters will now attempt to solidify their respective draft stocks at the annual draft showcase.

With that in mind, here's a look at how the Buckeyes have been faring in Indianapolis.

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Alabama Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Tide Stars

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — While Nick Saban and Alabama are finishing up some recruiting before they gear up for spring practice, some of the Crimson Tide’s former stars are beginning the next step of their football careers.

Eleven former Alabama players will be in Indianapolis at some point this week for the NFL Scouting Combine, where they will work out for NFL personnel in one of the major landmarks in the buildup to the NFL draft.

It’s shaping up to be another big year for the Crimson Tide in the NFL.

Follow along with all of the action in this post, which will be updated throughout the week as players go through interviews and workouts.

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What LSU Must Pitch to Win over No. 1 CB Saivion Smith During Visit

LSU will get a huge opportunity to woo 5-star corner Saivion Smith when the nation's top-rated player at the position visits Baton Rouge this weekend for the Tigers' junior day, according to Shea Dixon of Geaux247.

Smith is a lockdown corner prospect from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, who already has more than 20 offers under his belt.

The Tigers jumped in the race for Smith after offering him last month. 

But what can they pitch to him on his trip this weekend that will place in them in good position to land him in the end?

For starters, the trip will be a benchmark in Smith's recruitment.

"Saivion is looking forward to this trip," Anthony Smith, Saivion's father, told Bleacher Report. "When he gets back from this visit, we plan on narrowing his list."

There are a few things going in LSU's favor with Smith, but there are also a few questions that must be answered.

The best thing it can do is to sell its recent tradition of sending corners to the NFL.

With former corners such as Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Tharold Simon being drafted in recent years, LSU's history has to appeal to any corner of Smith's caliber.

However, the Tigers lost the architect of their suffocating defenses in recent years when former defensive coordinator John Chavis moved on to Texas A&M in the offseason. A plus in negating the loss of Chavis is the fact that secondary coach Corey Raymond is still on Les Miles' staff.

Still, it's up to the Tigers' new defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, to convince Smith that the Tigers' tradition of playing their corners on an island is going to remain the same.

As Smith told Josh Newberg of Noles247 last month, he prefers a scheme that lets him operate as a true lockdown cover man.

"I want to be pressed-up by myself on the outside," Smith said. "That's my island."

Even though the Tigers brought in a pair of touted corners in the 2015 class, including fellow 5-star Floridian Kevin Toliver II, the depth chart isn't a huge negative with the Tigers, as illustrated by Ourlads.

In fact, LSU could pitch Smith on the idea of pairing him with Toliver to form the Tigers' corner duo of the future.

Ironically, Smith's coming-out party during his junior season came during a monster performance against Toliver's Trinity Christian Academy squad in a nationally televised game.

While the Tigers will have a chance to roll out the red carpet for Smith, it will still be tough to pull him away from the Sunshine State.

Programs such as Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Miami are among the schools actively recruiting the nation's No. 6 overall prospect in the 2016 cycle.

Still, given LSU's history with landing elite corners and Smith's willingness to visit them early in his recruitment, the Tigers have a huge opportunity to make a lasting impression on one of the biggest difference-makers in the 2016 class.

 

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

 

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Notre Dame Football: Position-by-Position Grades for 2015 Recruiting Class

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With the start of spring practice less than two weeks away, let’s take a final look at Notre Dame football’s recruiting class of 2015.

We’ll go position by position and grade Notre Dame’s haul, assessing the class and the players added for quality, quantity and need.

In total, the Irish inked 24 signees, a class that ranks 13th in the nation. Our analysis here will not include the addition of graduate transfer Avery Sebastian, which was made official Wednesday morning.

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