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Ranking the Top 10 2015 Pro-Style QB Recruits Heading into the Summer

While dual-threat passing prospects are trendy these days, top pro-style quarterback recruits are still in demand. Pro-style quarterbacks are not known for their mobility, but they still must possess terrific arm talent and vision to make plays.

The 2015 class features a solid crop of quarterbacks who choose to beat defenses mainly from the pocket. The State of California has a quartet of passers on this list, while Missouri convinced a strong-armed quarterback to stay home.

Plus, there's a few sleepers who are emerging as summer approaches.

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Michigan Football Recruiting: Position-by-Position Preview for the Class of 2015

Michigan's 2015 recruiting class has taken a few hits. 

Three, to be exact.

However, despite losing cornerback Shaun Crawford, wide receiver George Campbell and running back Damien Harris, the Wolverines enter June with a strong, healthy six-man class—one which should balloon to the 15-to-17 range, depending on circumstances—that's looking to sign on the dotted line on national signing day in February. 

This slideshow will highlight those who are committed to next year's class on a position-by-position basis.

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2015 4-Star QB Blake Barnett Announces He Has Decommitted from Notre Dame

Highly touted 4-star quarterback recruit Blake Barnett, who is ranked as the class of 2015's No. 65 prospect and No. 3 dual-threat signal-caller in the country by 247 Sports, decommitted from Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Barnett posted a statement on his Twitter account:

Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports reported the news, along with comments Barnett made regarding his decision.

"I'm no longer committed to Notre Dame and I have opened up my recruitment," Barnett told Hopkins. "I'm not committed to Oregon or anywhere and I've decided to explore my options."

The reason Barnett mentions Oregon is because he took a visit there on Tuesday, per Hopkins. Barnett hails from Santiago High School in Corona, California, and should have plenty of offers rolling in. 

Jake Brown of Rivals.com feels this loss is devastating for the Fighting Irish:

It is a bit surprising that Barnett opted out of his deal with Notre Dame, where he could have learned in coach Brian Kelly's spread offense. Barnett's skill set is tailored to thrive in such a system, but given the upside he has, he should fare well as part of just about any top-tier program fortunate enough to land him.

Barnett is listed at 6'3.5" and 195 pounds on 247 Sports profile, and his highlights show a player who has legitimate speed in the open field and the arm to beat opponents from the pocket. Oregon may be a great destination for him, as the Ducks also deploy a spread, uptempo style of play.

Although his delivery is a bit elongated and his mechanics leave something to be desired, few prospects have the ceiling Barnett has. There is room for Barnett to add bulk to his ideal frame, and his natural arm talent and athleticism give him the look of a future star at the collegiate level. His skill set and look on the gridiron bring to mind a prominent quarterback playing in Barnett's home state—San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick.

A long road awaits for Barnett to fulfill that type of promise, but he has all the tools to shine as a quarterback in a similar mold. The position is evolving to accommodate players who can make plays with their legs. Barnett is the prototype for the quarterbacks of the future, and he could prove that in due time by putting together an excellent college career.

While it stands to reason that Oregon is a strong candidate to land Barnett, he has indicated that any school is fair game. All the best programs should be fighting for Barnett's services, because he has all the makings of a strong field general.

As for the Irish, senior Everett Golson is likely to lead Notre Dame in 2014, but the Irish's quarterback situation looks rather tenuous beyond this upcoming season. Landing Barnett would have helped secure the position for the foreseeable future, but now Kelly has more work ahead of him on the recruiting front.

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9 Committed Prospects Who Are Great Recruiters

It's one thing for a prospect to shut down his recruitment after committing to a school. However, the most loyal recruits turn into great recruiters after pledging to a program.

In this day and age, recruits can easily connect and stay in touch with one another through phone, email and social media. While college coaches must adhere to NCAA recruiting rules and restrictions, committed recruits can talk to uncommitted prospects as much as they want.

For 2015 recruiting, several committed players have shown they will play a big role in the shaping of their school's recruiting class.

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Texas A&M Football: Dismissals Are Least of Aggies' Defensive Problems

Darian Claiborne and Isaiah Golden were dismissed from the Texas A&M football team this week. While not superstars on the defense, their absence will be felt by the Aggies. 

Texas A&M allowed 475.8 yards per game on defense in 2013 and is not expected to improve in 2014. How will Claiborne and Golden's dismissals affect the Aggies this season?

Check out Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder break down the latest on Texas A&M's defense. 

 

Highlights courtesy XOS Digital

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10 College Football Players Under Unrealistic Pressure in 2014

American college football might satisfy the literal requirement of "amateur" athletics, but the players who make up the sport are subject to a degree of scrutiny, pressure and lack of anonymity that most professional athletes would feel sorry for.

This holds doubly, triply and in some cases 10 times more true for the stars of college football, who do not get coddled with the same gentle hand a typical adult reporter would use with a typical student-athlete.

For proof of this, look no further than the Johnny Manziel circus at SEC media days last season. Can you imagine the pressure he was playing under—as an unpaid athlete, no less—knowing that that many people were paying attention to his every waking move?

Manziel is gone to the NFL, but there are still plenty of college football players facing unrealistic expectations in 2014. This can happen for myriad reasons, but the main ones include being counted on for team success, being counted on for individual success, being compared to previous superstars and (for young players) pedigree as a prospect.

Each case is different in its own way, but they are all the same in that the players involved have preposterous things to live up to.

 

Note: This piece is best read with Billy Joel on loop in the background.

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Florida State Football: How Fisher's 2010 Class Helped Win 2013 National Title

Florida State's struggles in the second half of the 2000s was clearly linked to its recruiting misses.

Between the 2005 ACC title and Jimbo Fisher taking over as head coach in January 2010, FSU was losing many of the state's top recruits. The state’s top players were committing to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators, who won national titles in 2006 and '08.

The Seminoles were struggling to compete. And it showed up in the win-loss totals, as FSU went 7-6 in 2006, '07 and '09.

Jimbo Fisher rebuilt the program quickly in the days after coaching legend Bobby Bowden was dismissed into retirement in December 2009. Two of Fisher's priorities were prospects in South Florida: linebacker Jeff Luc and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner.

Fisher convinced both to sign with FSU, and they were part of what Scout.com considered the No. 8 class and Rivals.com ranked 10th.

Joyner and Luc were the headline-grabbing signees, but Fisher's class also included defensive end Bjoern Werner, wide receiver Kenny Shaw, linebackers Christian Jones and Telvin Smith and defensive back Terrence Brooks. The class even included two players that would flourish after a move from defense to offense, left tackle Cameron Erving and fullback Chad Abram.

While Werner left for the NFL a year early and Luc transferred, the 2010 class gave Fisher and FSU immediate credibility and won plenty of games. That class included leaders on both offense and defense and also had seven starters in the BCS championship game in January.

Here's a look at FSU's class of 2010: 

S Chad Abram

In high school: A three-star prospect, Abram had 30 tackles and two interceptions as a senior and five interceptions as a junior at Lakeland (Florida) Kathleen.

At FSU: Abram played mostly on special teams in 2010 and '11. He made the switch to fullback before the 2011 season and backed up Lonnie Pryor. Abram had just 13 carries for 54 yards in his career, but he had three receiving touchdowns and helped pave the way for an FSU ground game that had 2,844 rushing yards in 2013.

 

CB Terrence Brooks

In high school: Played running back, receiver and defensive back at Dunnellon (Florida) High. A three-star prospect, Brooks had six interceptions as a junior.

At FSU: Brooks began his career as a corner, playing mostly in nickel or dime situations. He started as a junior and senior at safety, recording 52 tackles in 2012 and then 56 tackles in 2013.

 

DL Darious Cummings

In high school: The four-star prospect had 159 tackles and 15 sacks in his senior season at Titusville (Florida) Astronaut.
At FSU: Cummings spent a few years in Tallahassee but struggled to earn playing time and missed most of 2011 with a knee injury. He transferred to East Mississippi Community College and then signed with Florida, where he had 15 tackles and a sack as a junior in 2013.

 

WR Greg Dent

In high school: Had 54 receptions for 1,387 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Belle Glade (Florida) Glades Central.
At FSU: Dent broke through with 27 catches for 355 yards as a junior in 2012. However, in June 2013, he was arrested on sexual assault charges and is awaiting trial in Tallahassee.

 

DT Cameron Erving

In high school: A Rivals.com three-star prospect, Erving had 98 tackles as a senior at Moultrie (Georgia) Colquitt County.
At FSU: Erving was a backup defensive tackle who made 20 tackles in 2011. He moved to left tackle in the spring of 2012 and started 14 games. Erving won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (top offensive linemen) in 2013 and was named a first-team All-American by Sporting News, USA Today and SI.com.

 

OL Dan Foose

In high school: The Paramus (New Jersey) Catholic lineman was considered the No. 49 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.
At FSU: Foose would never see the field. He missed most of 2012 with a hip injury and was medically disqualified (ending his college career) before the 2013 season.

 

WR Christian Green

In high school: A Scout.com five-star prospect, Green had 777 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 11 passing touchdowns as a senior at Tampa (Florida) Catholic.
At FSU: Oddly, Green's best year was in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, when he had 26 catches for 450 yards. He had just three catches in 2012 and 13 in 2013. Green is in the mix for playing time as a senior this fall but is still looking for his first college touchdown.

 

WR Scooter Haggins

In high school: A three-star prospect, Haggins threw for 1,512 yards and 17 touchdowns and had 525 rushing yards and seven TDs as a senior for Lakeland (Florida).
At FSU: Haggins has missed playing time with wrist, shoulder and knee injuries. He has 20 career catches for 206 yards and is pushing for playing time as a senior.

 

CB Mike Harris

In high school/junior college: Harris was a dual-threat quarterback who spent two years at El Camino (California) Community College. A Rivals.com four-star, Harris had 40 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore.
At FSU: An instinctual corner, Harris often saw playing time in FSU's nickel sets. Harris had 41 tackles as a junior in 2010, despite not starting. He had 58 tackles as a senior in 2011.

 

DT Damien Jacobs

In high school: A three-star prospect, Jacobs had 91 tackles as a senior at Houma (Louisiana) Bourgeois.
At FSU: He signed but never enrolled at FSU. Jacobs landed at East Mississippi Community College and then signed with Florida. He made 34 tackles in two seasons (2012-13) with the Gators.

 

WR De'Joshua Johnson

In high school: A four-star prospect, Johnson had 13 career touchdowns at Pahokee (Florida) High.
At FSU: Johnson was declared academically ineligible and didn't enroll. He attended East Mississippi Community College and New Mexico Highlands University.

 

LB Christian Jones

In high school: A Rivals.com five-star prospect, Jones had 126 tackles and four sacks as a senior at Winter Park (Florida) Lake Howell.
At FSU: Jones played in 54 games and had 225 tackles. He led the team in tackles (95) in 2012. During the 2013 season, he moved into a hybrid linebacker/defensive end role and had 56 tackles and an interception.

 

CB Lamarcus Joyner

In high school: A five-star prospect that USA Today named as its defensive player of the year. He had four rushing TDs, four receiving TDs and three return TDs as a senior.
At FSU: Joyner was a unanimous All-American as a senior in 2013 after recording 69 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He played corner, safety and then returned to corner to finish his FSU career. Joyner had 197 career tackles and eight interceptions in 55 career games.

 

LB Jeff Luc

In high school: A five-star prospect, Luc had 228 tackles in his last two seasons at Port St. Lucie (Treasure Coast) High.
At FSU: Luc had 23 tackles in 19 games at FSU before transferring to Cincinnati in the summer of 2012. After sitting out a season, he had 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Bearcats last fall.

 

DT Anthony McCloud

In high school/junior college: McCloud signed with FSU in 2008 out of high school. He opted to attend Itawamba (Mississippi) Community College instead and had 24 tackles and four sacks as a freshman.
At FSU: A physical presence on the interior, McCloud had 35 tackles in 2010 and 25 tackles and two sacks as a junior in 2011. He finished with 24 tackles as a senior in 2012.

 

LB Holmes Onwukaife

In high school: A three-star prospect, Onwukaife had 85 tackles and 13 sacks as a sophomore and junior at Cedar Park (Texas).
At FSU: Onwukaife battled injuries and was medically disqualified before the 2012 season.

 

TE Tank Sessions

In high school: A three-star prospect, Sessions was considered the No. 30 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com.
At FSU: Sessions struggled to find playing time and knee injuries forced him to be medically disqualified.

 

WR Kenny Shaw

In high school: A four-star prospect, Shaw had 122 receptions in his career at Orlando (Florida) Dr. Phillips. He had 46 receptions for 732 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.
At FSU: Shaw had a career year as a senior, grabbing 54 passes for 933 yards and six touchdowns. In four seasons, he had 124 catches for 1,919 yards and 14 touchdowns.

 

RB Debrale Smiley

In high school/junior college: Smiley had 2,028 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior at Thomasville (Georgia) Thomas County Central. He played at Itawamba Community College for a season, rushing for 569 yards and two touchdowns.
At FSU: Smiley was a backup throughout his three-year career. The fullback had 191 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

 

LB Telvin Smith

In high school: A Rivals.com four-star prospect, Smith had 84 tackles and two interceptions at Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes County.
At FSU: Smith didn't start in 2012 but still made 64 tackles, an indication that he would have a strong senior year and he did. Smith lead the linebacking corps and made a team-leading 90 tackles. He finished his career with 214 tackles in 54 games.

 

LB Nigel Terrell

In high school: A three-star prospect, Terrell had 101 tackles as a senior at Pelham (Ala.) High.
At FSU: Terrell has not played much, seeing time in just eight games as a linebacker in 2011-12 before moving to fullback. He played in 11 games as a reserve fullback in 2013 and is expected to back up Freddie Stevenson this fall.

 

QB Clint Trickett

In high school: A three-star prospect, Trickett threw for 1,67 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a senior at Tallahassee (Florida) North Florida Christian.
At FSU: Trickett backed up EJ Manuel for two seasons (2011-12) and threw for 947 yards and seven touchdowns. He graduated from FSU in May 2013 and played at West Virginia last season, throwing for 1,605 yards and seven touchdowns.

 

TE Will Tye

In high school: A three-star prospect, Tye had 44 catches for 587 yards and six touchdowns as a senior at Salisbury (Conn.) School.
At FSU: Tye had just one catch for seven yards in 2011 and transferred to Stony Brook before the 2013 season. Tye had 45 catches for 520 yards and four touchdowns as a junior last year.

 

DE Bjoern Werner

In high school: A Scout.com four-star prospect, Werner had 57 tackles as a senior.
At FSU: A unanimous All-American as a junior in 2012, Werner had 42 tackles and 13 sacks. One of the best pass rushers in school history, Werner had 23 career sacks and 99 career tackles.

Bob Ferrante is the Florida State Lead Writer for Bleacher Report, all quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted. Follow Bob on Twitter

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SEC Football: Power Ranking the Conference's 5 Most Intense Fan Bases

Identifying a “most intense fanbase” is akin to declaring a Game of Thrones death “most gruesome.”

Sure, some are uglier than others, but none are particularly pretty. Nor are any SEC fanbases, to turn a phrase from Jules Winnfield, cool like a bunch of Fonzies.

SEC fans are many things—passionate, excitable, optimistic, and ambitious, among the more positive traits.

Of course, there are times “passion” devolves into things not quite as positive.

Evidence of the passion of SEC fans is ample, from airport turnouts for newly hired coaches to Saturday tailgates.

Today we do our best to determine the fanbases that regularly display the greatest intensity.

Spoiler alert: The comments below will show narrowing this list down to five programs is far from an exact science.

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Is Mark Richt the Moral Compass of College Football?

Death, taxes and Georgia players getting in trouble. These seem to be the rites of the college football offseason.

More bad news hit the Georgia program Tuesday when the school announced the dismissal of projected starting safety Tray Matthews.  Matthews was one of four Bulldogs arrested in March for double-dipping school-issued scholarship checks, according to Michael Carvell and Tim Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, although his dismissal was not a direct result of that event.

“We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right,” Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said in a unusually candid release.

College kids will make mistakes. They don't always double-dip checks issued by the school that's giving them a free education, but they make mistakes. In part, that's what college is for, learning what to do and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do.

It's no secret that star players leaving the program and missing games has become part of the process at Georgia, and Richt's unusually uncompromising stance on discipline is a big reason why.  

"He's kicking kids off the team where other coaches, many times, are keeping things in house," said former quarterback David Greene (2001-04). "It's a tough balance, because as college coaches, they're paid to win games. Some of the coaches treat it like the NFL and don't care about the kids. Coach Richt really, genuinely cares." 

Georgia's drug policy is the strictest in the SEC, with players losing 10 percent of their season on the first offense, 30 percent on the second offense and being dismissed on the third.

There's a joke that persists on the Internet that Richt "has lost control" of pretty much everything, mostly because it became convenient to point the finger at the head coach as players continued to get in trouble.

"The perception outside the program is that people think Coach Richt is such a good guy that the players take advantage of him," said Greene, who co-hosts The David Greene College Show on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta every Thursday night. "The reality is the opposite. He holds his kids to a standard, and once you cross a line, he says, 'We have a policy here. You're not going to do this.'"

Richt explained his philosophy on discipline to B/R last month, and it can be summed up rather succinctly. He is going to "hit 'em where it hurts."

"We're going to hold them accountable," Richt told B/R in May. "Sometimes, in doing so, if you use playing time as a way to discipline, then it becomes a very public thing."

The defense has been hit particularly hard by dismissals in recent years, as safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who started alongside Matthews last season, was dismissed from the program in February, according to Seth Emerson of Macon.com, following several violations of the substance-abuse policy. Former safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree were also suspended four games at the start of the 2012 season for positive drug tests, according to Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated.

Richt's hard line on discipline often times puts his team in jeopardy, and that's OK, because that's not the point.

"Coaching is a mission," Richt said in May. "Coaching is a way to influence young people in a positive way. It helps people grow into becoming good husbands and fathers and leaders. It's a tremendous honor and opportunity, and I think we have a responsibility as coaches to make a difference in the lives of these guys." 

This spiel has been spouted countless times by countless coaches, but they hit much harder coming from Richt. The Georgia coach has proven that, when push comes to shove, he is willing to sacrifice production on the field for his rules, a rarity in a profession with a 24 percent turnover rate.

"He sticks to his guns," former quarterback D.J. Shockley (2002-05) said of Richt. "You look through all these years, he never wavered regardless of wins or losses. He actually cares about his players and wants the best for them."

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier famously jabbed at the Bulldogs prior to the 2012 season, which featured the Georgia vs. South Carolina game being played much later in the season than usual.

Spurrier told Chris Low of ESPN.com that he "always liked playing them [Georgia] that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.” 

True to the trend, Rambo (four games), Ogletree (four games) and Sanders Commings (two games) were all suspended to start the 2012 season, which forced then-sophomore wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell—fresh off a stellar rookie campaign—to spend the first month of the season playing cornerback.

Some players who get into Richt's dog house never find their way out. Former running back Isaiah Crowell and Washaun Ealey were each suspended twice before ultimately leaving the program—Crowell following an arrest on weapons charges and Ealey following a mutual decision with Richt.

A hard stance on discipline shouldn't come as a shock to players. In fact, it's something players know up front when they sign on the dotted line at the University of Georgia.

"When you first come to the University of Georgia, he says 'Yeah, I want you to be a great football player and go on to the National Football League. But at the end of the day, I want you to be a better man, a better brother and hopefully a good husband,'" Shockley said. "He wants to create an atmosphere that will better you as a man once you leave."

Sometimes, what's best for Richt's mission is a clean break, which is something Crowell discussed in his pre-draft feature with B/R's Andrew Hall.

“At Georgia I was kind of childish," Crowell said. "I feel like if I’d stayed there and got to the NFL I wouldn’t be as mature as I am now. I think the arrest and everything grounded me and made me humble.”

For Richt, seeing his players realize their football dreams is all part of the process.

"I believe in stories of redemption and stories of guys coming back from making mistakes," he said in September 2013. "What I've learned over the years is that I'd kind of like for it to happen here at Georgia, but sometimes it happens at another school. That's fine with me. I realize that those kind of comeback stories can happen. I want all the guys we sign to realize their dreams."

 

* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted, and all stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com.

 


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Clelin Ferrell to Clemson: Tigers Land 4-Star DE Prospect

The rage in football these days is finding the long, athletic hybrid athletes on defense that can play either as a 4-3 defensive end or as a 3-4 outside linebacker. It might be apt to describe this new role simply as an "edge-rusher," and Clemson just landed one of the best edge-rushers in the nation in Clelin Ferrell. JC Shurburtt of 247 Sports reported the news. 

A 6'5", 225-pound weak-side defensive end from Benedictine high school, Ferrell is a 4-star recruit and is considered the No. 5 prospect from the state of Virginia, the No. 8 weak-side defensive end in the country and the No. 86 overall prospect in America, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

He was named a VISAA Second-Team selection at defensive end for his junior season. He's become a hot name in recruiting circles after a sophomore campaign that saw him accumulate 60 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. 

ESPN Insider (subscription required) offered the following scouting report on Ferrell:

Displays good long speed, range and overall playing strength. Has a lengthy, long arm frame. Does a nice job of finding the ball in heavy traffic and adjusting on fly. Flashes a quick first step with good redirect ability. A tough player who takes proper angles and shows good drive through ability as a tackler. Very effective player versus the pass who can get after the quarterback.

Hand usage and overall technique requires some improvement versus the run. Will benefit from work in the weight room and continued physical development.

Ferrell is a high-motored, physical player at the end position and just a good overall football player. Shows some versatility and projects to have very good physical and athletic upside.

That last sentence can be expounded upon. 

Ferrell ran a 4.70 40-yard dash according to his 247Sports profile, plays tight end on offense and is also is a contributor on Benedictine's basketball team. One measure of athleticism is being talented enough to adapt to the skills required to play an entirely different sport. Ferrell passes that test. 

But his future will be on the edge defensively at the next level. One look at his junior tape and it's not hard to see that he rushes the quarterback well, is a willing participant setting the edge against the run and seems to have a strong feel for the game.

He'll need to tweak his technique and bulk up, yes, but that's true for most high school athletes. The important thing is that Ferrell possesses a good frame and the right physical qualities to provide a solid foundation for more growth as a prospect.

As football continues to blaze toward the future and hybrid athletes continue to become the norm, stockpiling such talents is vital. Clemson landed such a player, and it shouldn't be long before Ferrell is making a name for himself in college football.

 

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4-Star WR Juwan Johnson Reveals How James Franklin Sold Him on Penn State

Wide receiver Juwan Johnson jumped on the Penn State bandwagon midway through a momentous recruiting stretch that defined early stages of head coach James Franklin's tenure. Nearly three months later, the 4-star prospect continues to exude confidence about his commitment and where the Nittany Lions are headed.

Johnson, a 6'4", 200-pound playmaker from Glassboro, New Jersey, didn't necessarily see himself headed to Happy Valley when the year began. Except, perhaps, as a member of the visiting team.

"Michigan and Ohio State were definitely my top two coming into 2014," he said. 

Instead, he anticipates spending the next chapter of his football career making life miserable for the Wolverines and Buckeyes. It isn't personal. In fact, Johnson laughs when looking back at the irony of those early favorites, but his loyalties are clearly with the Nittany Lions.

"A lot of teams are still knocking at my door," Johnson said. "But when I commit, I commit. I remember that I committed to Penn State for a reason and I'm going to stick with that decision."

Johnson, rated No. 17 nationally among receivers in 247Sports' composite rankings, pledged to the Nittany Lions on March 16 during a campus visit with his father. He became commitment No. 8 in a class that now includes 15 recruits and is third overall in 247Sports' composite team rankings.

"We were talking in Coach Franklin's office and he was just being honest," Johnson recalled. "He said 'We need you here and we want you to be a part of this team.' I liked everything about it and committed on the spot."

Along with Ohio State and Michigan, the likes of Alabama, Boston College, Rutgers and South Carolina were left looking elsewhere.

"That time period was hectic," Johnson said. "There were a lot of people coming after me, day after day. I just had a great connection with Penn State. I realized that was the place for me."

Aside from the Nittany Lions coaching staff, Johnson explained there's one man on campus whose presence provided particular motivation to commit.

Rising sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg was a freshman All-American last fall. He is already warranting interest as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, which he could ultimately avoid by staying in school through the following season.

"When you have a quarterback like that, it's a pleasure to play with him," Johnson said. "He's going to be one of the greats and potentially a Hall of Famer in the NFL. To have the opportunity to play with him is just incredible."

Along with the inhabitants of Happy Valley, Johnson has lofty expectations for the young star passer. He'll spend at least one season on campus with Hackenberg, but there's another reason he's looking forward to his future in Penn State's aerial attack.

"Brandon Wimbush's game is smooth," Johnson said.

Wimbush, a fellow 4-star New Jersey native, joined the Nittany Lions class on May 6. The coveted dual-threat quarterback chose Penn State over Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Miami.

Johnson envisions the Garden State standouts growing up together in the offensive scheme and becoming a formidable force. The two already share some familiarity when it comes to connecting on downfield targets.

"I caught a couple passes from him at a Nike camp and we can be a duo," Johnson said. "There was instant chemistry there. He has a strong arm and great football IQ. I would love to play with him."

Johnson looks forward to developing in a potentially explosive vertical offense at the next level. During the past two seasons, he caught 55 total passes for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns in a run-oriented attack that recently featured Big Ten running backs Paul James (Rutgers) and Corey Clement (Wisconsin).

Before he even met Franklin, Johnson admired his offensive philosophy from afar.

"One thing I really liked about Vanderbilt was the way they got their receivers the ball," he said. "I watched Jordan Matthews a lot when he was at Vanderbilt, without even knowing about James Franklin. I have some similarities to Matthews."

Matthews, also a tall pass target, set the SEC record for career receptions and was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft by Philadelphia.

Penn State continues to put pieces in place for a successful future under Franklin. Four-star Virginia receiver Brandon Polk committed nine days after Johnson, giving the team another dynamic downfield threat.

Johnson credits the coaching staff for assembling a stellar 2015 class to this point, but he believes the pledges deserve a pat on the back too.

"The thing about our recruits is that we recruit other people," he said. "We help out each other and see what we can do as a group so we can go into college united. All the commits talk every day and focus on how we can get better."

Johnson is presently playing the role of recruiter for Penn State. Eventually, he aims to emerge as a go-to guy for talented quarterbacks like Hackenberg and Wimbush as they lead the revitalized program into a new era.

 

Recruit information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

All quotes obtained firsthand by B/R recruiting columnist Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted.

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How Can Georgia Replace Top Playmakers Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons?

Safety Tray Matthews was recently dismissed from the Georgia Bulldogs, and according to his Twitter account he will end up at Auburn or Louisville. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was also dismissed from the team.

How can Georgia replace these two huge playmakers in defense?

Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder discuss who will step up on the Georgia Bulldogs' defense in the video above.

Highlights courtesy of XOS Digital.

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Dear College Football, It's Finally Time to Bring Back Our Classic Rivalries

It was as though Texas and Texas A&M never stopped playing one another. 

The rivalry between the Longhorns and Aggies has been defunct across the three major sports—football, baseball and men's basketball—since A&M moved to the SEC. Although A&M initially brought the "anytime, anywhere" challenge, that talk has since quieted down. 

And, for the 1,000th time, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson reaffirmed to every reporter who asked that he wasn't interested in rekindling anything with the Aggies. 

But the hatred was reignited last weekend when the two programs met in the Houston Regional of the College World Series. When Texas took the first game on Friday, 8-1, it was hardly business as usual. 

Afterward, Patterson emerged from the press box with the first swing:

That's all it took. If baseball was the lighter fluid, Patterson was the match. 

When A&M staved off double elimination by beating Texas on Sunday, pitcher Taylor Stubblefield gave the signature "Horns down" sign. And when Texas prevailed 4-1 over A&M on Monday to advance to the Super Regionals, players in burnt orange turned those horns right-side up for A&M to see. 

And, then, as it so often does, the Internet exploded. 

A&M fans were sniping at Texas beat writers:  

Geoff Ketchum of Orangebloods.com and Good Bull Hunting of SB Nation got into it, too. The whole exchange, which lasted from Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, was then beautifully documented to enjoy all over again. 

But this was just another series, right?

As David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest perfectly explains—with a heap of sarcasm—"You should definitely believe what fans and administrators in Austin and College Station tell you on the days Texas and Texas A&M don't play: This isn't a rivalry."

Maybe not in the sense that the two meet on a regular basis, but there's no denying the bitterness toward one another is real and goes beyond the playing field. It's fun for the rest of us to watch, and too much fun to limit to a long weekend once in long while. 

To be clear, this isn't a request for Patterson to call up Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman and ask if he wants to resume a series in football. This is a request for Patterson to call Hyman and ask him how many more times he wants to lose to Texas in football so he can make note of it in the quarterly newsletter. This is a request for Hyman to tell Patterson it would be a shame to embarrass the Longhorns in front of all the 4- and 5-star recruits they're not going to get. 

This is a request for Texas and Texas A&M to be honest with themselves—and each other. 

The call isn't limited to the state lines of Texas. Pitt and West Virginia: We're looking your way. You too, Kansas and Missouri. 

Enough time has passed. Acting like that other team doesn't matter anymore is tired and no longer remotely believable. Remember when lowly Pitt stunned West Virginia in the 2007 Backyard Brawl by keeping the Mountaineers from playing in the BCS championship? Or when Kansas and Missouri combined for 28 points in the final seven minutes of their 2008 edition of the Border War?

Or, even, remember when all hatred was put aside during a moment of humanity?

There's a lot of history that was quickly undone when programs went their separate ways. That doesn't mean, though, that the history is easy to forget. Of all the things that are supposedly awful for college football—paying players, unionization, expanded playoffs and the like—nothing has been worse for the passion of the sport than conference realignment. 

Of course, other defunct rivalries are getting new life. Pitt has upcoming games against Penn State; West Virginia has future games scheduled against Virginia Tech. This is progress in a post-realignment world. 

But with the SEC and ACC staying at eight conference games, there's no reason for there not to be room on the schedules of A&M, Missouri and Pitt for non-conference rivalries on, at least, a semi-regular basis. 

Even though the Big 12 plays a nine-game conference schedule, there's almost always room for one key out-of-conference game. If Texas is committed to scheduling big names like USC, Notre Dame and Ohio State, it can be committed to scheduling A&M. 

It's a two-way street. That makes scheduling more difficult, but not impossible. If two sides want to get it done, they will. 

After watching the drama unfold between Texas and A&M this past weekend, it's harder to believe the charade is legit. 

 

Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All quotes cited unless obtained firsthand. 

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3 Reasons 5-Star Malik Jefferson Could Sign with Texas

Football recruiting is heating up.

Whether you are following state 7-on-7 tournaments, the Rivals Five Star Challenge, the Nike Opening or who is attending various school's camps, late spring and summer are times when football recruiting coverage kicks into overdrive. 

The Texas Longhorns have undergone a massive makeover in the football program, with first-year head coach Charlie Strong and his new staff leading the charge. According to the Mike Giglio, the director of player personnel for football, the Texas coaches finished the first spring evaluation period by visiting 944 schools. 

One of the schools was Mesquite (Texas) Poteet high school, the home of consensus five-star prospect Malik Jefferson.

The 6'2", 220-pound linebacker was first offered by the Longhorns in March 2013. At the time, Texas was one of three schools that extended scholarship offers, but that number quickly expanded.

Now, more than 25 schools want him.

Texas initially appeared to be near the top of Jefferson's list. The slow start to the 2013 season and the firing of then defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Manny Diaz opened the door for other schools, including in-state rival Texas A&M. One could speculate the Longhorns lost even more ground—which consequently was picked up by the Aggies—after Texas replaced almost the entire staff following the 2013 season.

But Strong and his assistants have made up for lost time since arriving in Austin in January.

How much ground is yet to be determined but here are three reasons why the Longhorns could land Jefferson to the 2015 recruiting class.

 

1. Longhorns Need of Linebackers

To say the Texas linebackers have struggled over the last few seasons would be a massive understatement. The current group was partially responsible for Texas' worst statistical defense in school history in 2012 and is on its third position coach in less than a year. 

However, Texas linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary has a track record of developing athletes into future NFL players. Two of the four Louisville football players drafted in 2014 were linebackers, including first-round selection Marcus Smith.

The Longhorns will lose five current roster linebackers to graduation following the 2014 season and will have a group of fairly inexperienced players fighting for starting roles in 2015. The idea of potentially nabbing one of the starting roles as a freshman may be something that could be a deciding factor for Jefferson.

 

2. New Staff, Changing Culture and Developing Talent

Jefferson's relationship with the former staff made an impact on his willingness to head to Austin. So it was not a surprise that when the former staff was let go, Jefferson's intrigue with Texas may have dwindled.

Strong's staff has made it a priority to make up ground on Jefferson's recruitment, and he has taken notice.

"They're recruiting me pretty hard. They seem like they're going to be a good staff, a strong staff," Jefferson told Orangebloods.com. "Now you have to see what's going to happen, but I have faith that they're going to do something great this year and it's not going to be like last year."

Texas was able to get Jefferson to attend a spring practice in March, which appeared to have helped get Texas back in the mix. The new staff showed a lot of intensity and a change of culture was apparent during his visit.

"The intensity at practice was through the roof," Jefferson told Orangebloods.com. "I was really impressed."

A lot of his remarks were directly related to the change in culture under Strong. Jefferson told SB Nation the notable changes were, "Harder hitting. More intense. Better coaching."

Many people piled on Texas football after the Longhorns did not have a single player drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. But the draft absence did not seem to impact Jefferson.

"Some people are taking it over the top," Jefferson said to ESPN. "Those weren't Charlie's people; he didn't develop any of those kids. Why would people want to change their minds off going to a great school like Texas because of something they couldn't control?"

One question he asks himself is if he can develop at a program. Following his visit, Jefferson told SB Nation that he can see himself developing at Texas, which is an important factor in his recruitment.

 

3. Close to Home and Friends

Many people believe Jefferson's recruitment is an in-state battle between Texas and Texas A&M. Jefferson is from Mesquite, Texas, which is roughly a three hour drive to Austin and College Station.

A recent development could help the Longhorns in landing the five-star prospect.

Texas extended a scholarship offer to Jefferson's friend and teammate DeAndre McNeal last Wednesday, following Poteet's spring game.

The two have previously stated they would like to play for the same team in college. Once Texas offered McNeal, he told Orangebloods.com that it helps the Longhorns' chances of landing the duo.

The decision will ultimately be made by each individual, but the fact that Texas has offered both players does not hurt the Longhorns' chances. 

It would not be wise to definitively say Jefferson will go to Texas, Texas A&M or any other school at this point. He has repeatedly said he plans to make his decision in December or January and that not one school is his leader. 

If Texas shows progress on the field in 2014, there is a good chance the Longhorns could land the five-star for the 2015 recruiting class.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

Taylor Gaspar is Bleacher Report's featured columnist covering the Texas Longhorns. Follow Taylor on Twitter: @Taylor_Gaspar.

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Nebraska's Bo Pelini Believes There Shouldn't Be a National Signing Day

In an interview with ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg released Wednesday afternoon, Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini suggested that putting an end to national signing day would lead to a slower and more-efficient recruiting process.

In Pelini's mind, a high school prospect should be able to sign an offer as soon as it is given to him by a college program. This would eliminate the problem of over-extension, whereby programs offer a scholarships to more players than they could realistically sign and dilute the process for teams that are genuinely pursuing someone.

Here are Pelini's direct quotes from the story:

If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it's over. That will stop some of the things that are happening—people just throwing out offers, some of them with really no intention of taking a kid.

Make [the offer] mean something. People will be like, 'Whoa, I've got to take this kid now.' It will slow things down for the kids, for the institutions. There will be less mistakes...Why does there have to be one specific day? And it will get rid of some of the stuff that goes on, kids pulling the hats and so forth.

Things would slow down dramatically. Some of these kids get 60 offers. Some of these people don't even know who a kid is. The whole thing gets watered down. There's no way some [team] can take that many guys.

Pelini's suggestions are actually quite sound.

Recruiting has taken on a life of its own this past half-decade or so, and things like national signing day—things that have become less substance and more spectacle—only add to the system's problems.

It's unfair for a school such as Alabama—hypothetically—to offer 300 scholarships at the start of a cycle. Because most prospects are enamored with the Crimson Tide and want to play for a program with such a storied tradition, they might hold off on their recruitment from other schools and plan on signing with the Tide on national signing day.

This is a problem because Alabama, like every other school, can only hand out a fixed number of scholarships each year. And because they have the power to rescind the scholarship whenever they please—as Tennessee recently did to 4-star defensive end Sterling Johnson—they could pull the rug out from under recruits in the final weeks and screw them out of an available scholarship elsewhere.

Pelini's proposal would eliminate the potential for such an ordeal. It would force schools to be more earnest in their scholarship offers, as any recruit could sign on the spot and be locked in to play for a program. It is better for both the recruits and the non-blue-blood schools that are chasing them.

This explains why college football fans took to Twitter to support Pelini's comments after they were published:

However, Bleacher Report's Michael Felder was also there to remind us how unlikely we are to see such a system. He doesn't think the big-school coaches will ever go for it, since it would mean extra work on their part to scout a player in depth before sending him an offer:

National signing day is important to the iconography of college football, and the iconography of college football is important to ensuring the sport stays profitable.

A cynical mind might say the NCAA cares more about money than it does about making the system more fair.

But isn't it still fun to dream?

 

Follow Brian Leigh on Twitter: @BLeighDAT

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5 Reasons Albert Huggins Will Sign with Clemson Tigers

The Clemson Tigers have been recruiting very well in the 2015 cycle, but there's one prospect in particular they haven't received a commitment from yet: Albert Huggins.

Huggins is one of the top recruits in America, and he has many schools calling for his commitment. Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Georgia are among some of the schools from which Huggins holds an offer.

He is rated by Scout.com as the No. 10 overall defensive tackle and is a 4-star prospect.

I have put together five reasons why Huggins will stay in-state and sign with the Tigers.

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Will Oregon Flip Notre Dame's Next Legendary QB Blake Barnett?

4-Star Dual Threat QB Blake Barnett has been committed to Notre Dame for quite some time now. However, he recently took a surprise visit to Oregon and the rumors are swirling that the Ducks might have a chance at stealing the star QB from the Irish.

Bleacher Report caught up with 247sports.com's National Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt who discussed the latest on Barnett and his college situation. Do the Ducks have a legit shot at flipping the star QB?

Watch the video and find out.

Highlights courtesy of xosdigital.com

Rankings courtesy of 247sports.com

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After Surprise Oregon Visit, Will ND Hold onto Their Future QB Blake Barnett?

Four-star dual-threat quarterback Blake Barnett has been committed to Notre Dame for quite some time now. However, he recently took a surprise visit to Oregon and rumors are swirling that the Ducks might have a chance at stealing the star QB from the Irish.

Bleacher Report caught up with 247sports.com National Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt, who discussed the latest on Barnett and his college situation. Is there a real chance the Ducks can flip Barnett?

Watch the video and find out.

 

Highlights courtesy of xosdigital.com

Rankings courtesy of 247sports.com

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Nick Saban Is a Bargain for Alabama at Almost Any Price

At $5.5 million a season, he was underpaid. At nearly $7 million a year, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is still a tremendous bargain in a world that does not abide by conventional financial rules and guidelines.

Let’s address that point out of the gate. This is not the world we operate in, nor should his compensation be viewed as such. This is a lucrative business built on an unusual business model involving a sport with more money than it knows what to do with.

Thus all reasonable attempts to compute his “value”  can get complicated, and it usually does. This is not about how much more Saban makes than the average Alabama professor (spoiler: a lot more). This is the best football CEO in the country realizing his immense value.

It’s why Texas would have loved to see Saban switch zip codes following Mack Brown’s departure. And despite the Internet’s best attempt to orchestrate a Saban-Texas romantic dinner for two, the UA system Board of Trustees compensation committee officially approved their coach’s latest contract on Tuesday.

It pays to have leverage, certainly; and it did here.

After receiving a bump in pay in April of 2013, Saban’s contract was reworked just a shade over a year later. The details, as outlined by Al.com, are noteworthy and yet somehow not all that surprising. Even for a man that accustomed to taking home a fortune each year.

For starters, Saban’s contract was extended two years. The 62-year-old’s deal will now run through January 22, 2022 rather than 2020. His salary will also receive a dramatic bump throughout this time, increasing from $5.5 million to $6.9 million a year.

His yearly compensation will now be broken up into two parts: $6.5 million will come in annual payments while another $400,000 will be paid in a completion bonus. This isn’t related to wins or SEC Championships, it’s basically a “thanks for being there.”

When we complete something, we can only hope for a flurry of thumbs ups, Facebook likes and a swarm of positive emails. When Saban does the same—assuming he does it at Alabama—he will essentially be given what equates to a four-bedroom, three-bath home.

His bonuses will remain intact, providing him the possibility to earn as much as $700,000 more per season if he hits all of his triggers. And if somehow Saban falls behind on the SEC payment totem pole, he could be due as much as the market is willing to give.

If his pay becomes less than the average of the three best-compensated coaches in the country (or he falls out of the top five), the university will increase his salary to the higher of the two averages. You know, just in case.

It is unlikely this will ever happen, of course, but there’s a clause in place in case teams like Auburn, Texas A&M or LSU exhaust their team-colored piggy banks.

Essentially, this locks Saban up for the remainder of his career. It won’t stop the NFL rumors from poisoning your Twitter feed, but this is feeling more and more like a final destination rather than a big chunk of his resume.

In a statement released by the school, Saban had the following to say on his new deal:

We are honored by the commitment the University of Alabama has made to us with this new contract. It is certainly a mutual agreement in terms of our commitment to the University of Alabama. We will continue to work hard to keep our football program among the nation's elite. My passion has always been to develop young men to their full potential as student-athletes. We've had great success in that area at Alabama and I'm appreciative of all the support and the resources we receive from the administration in order to make that happen.

Altogether, if the deal is completed, Saban will take home more than $55 million with his new contract. It is an unfathomable amount of money regardless of profession, although it seems slightly more unfathomable given what he does for a living.

And yet, given what he’s meant for the university—and the revenue he’s generated in his tenure—this conversation over whether he deserves this marvelous sum of money should be brief. Alabama could pay its current head coach $10 million plus, and it still would be a favorable relationship for the school. How about $12 million?

Where do we sign?

In November of last year, I wrote a similar piece on Saban, touting college football’s then highest-paid coach at a different salary underpaid.

It explored all the financial riches that have blossomed under Saban’s watch, a whopping $143.4 million in athletic revenue in 2012-2013 alone. It also touched on the fact that revenue at the school was up 112 percent since 2006, a staggering number that would floor most econ professors.

It hit on the facility upgrades that have made possible with the meteoric rise of the program, like the waterfall in the locker room and a weight room the size of a missile silo. Both are products of winning games and wooing 5-star recruits, and both should help further this assembly line in place.

Other figures have come out since then, like Forbes’ assessment of the nation’s most valuable teams. Alabama is moving up this list like a freight train, jumping from sixth to third on the list, behind only Texas and Notre Dame. More startling than the $110 million figure given by the program is the fact that it jumped 15 percent last year alone.

The plan is quite simple, and it's more obvious when you dive into the books. Make more, spend more and continue on this path until it's no longer functional for all parties involved.

Given Alabama's profit and spending over the past decade, this strategy has worked thanks in large part to the head coach.

Alabama is in a position where it can (and should) pay nearly $7 million for its football coach because the risk associated with doing so is minimal. More so than the risk is the steady stream of calculable revenue that is now pouring into the school, a stream still trending upward.

Then there are the matters that won’t have a direct correlation with the program—things like enrollment and marketing opportunities gained. You can't simply connect the dots when it comes to these items and the success of the football program, although the influence is undeniable.

Alabama isn't just paying a head coach. It's paying the "best financial investment this university has ever made," a statement that was made by Alabama chancellor Dr. Robert Witt on 60 Minutes last year.

A larger salary won’t equate to more, at least in terms of on-field success. In fact, it will be difficult for Saban to approach the success his teams have experienced in the past five years over the remainder of his deal.

That’s not a knock on the current state of the program or where it's headed; it's simply a realistic approach of how dominant this team has been and how difficult such success will be to duplicate.

Even with that outlook, the $55 million Alabama is investing in its coach is a no-brainer. While the wins, trophies and immense football accolades are an integral part of all this, it is only a portion of the process.

This is, in its purest form, a business. And for the foreseeable future—as long as Saban is capitalizing on his yearly completion bonus—business should continue to boom.

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Why Les Miles Is Going All In On Dual-Threat Quarterbacks

LSU head coach Les Miles hired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron prior to the 2013 season with one goal in mind—fix the offense.

Mission: Accomplished.

All LSU's offense did in Year 1 with Cameron was produce the third 3,000-yard passer in program history (Zach Mettenberger, 3,082 yards), two 1,000-yard receivers (Jarvis Landy and Odell Beckham, Jr.) and a 1,000-yard running back (Jeremy Hill).

Not bad, for a debut.

What will he do for an encore? Change up his philosophy, a little bit.

Sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris—two dual-threat quarterbacks—emerged as the two top contenders to take over for Mettenberger during spring practice, while Stephen Rivers and Hayden Rettig—two pro-style signal-callers—left the program.

On top of that, LSU's two offers out to quarterbacks in the class of 2015 are to dual-threat quarterbacks, including 5-star prospect Torrance Gibson from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Is LSU switching up its offense?

Not really.

"Cameron is a smart coach—knows the game and isn't blind to how beneficial it is for teams to have that extra element in the college game, especially in the SEC, where you better either have great protection or a quarterback that can escape or you are toast," said JC Shurburtt, national recruiting director for 247Sports.com.

Jennings and Harris can both run, but are pass-first quarterbacks who keep their eyes downfield when scrambling behind the line. Jennings perhaps does that a little too much and takes too many sacks as a result, and Harris has more home run ability with his legs. 

"I believe that Miles prefers a quarterback with the ability to run," said former LSU center T-Bob Hebert. "In my time at LSU he was a big fan of zone read plays (shotgun single back QB has choice whether to hand it or pull it) and option plays (we had multiple styles of option plays out of multiple formations)."

The ability of Jennings and Harris as passers allows Cameron and Miles to essentially run the same system as they did with Mettenberger, but allows them the freedom and ability to make plays with their legs when appropriate.

"Miles really likes when a quarterback has the ability to move because the QB can better avoid pass rushes and blitzes and make positive plays out of what would have otherwise been sacks," said Hebert, who co-hosts Double Coverage on 3WL 1350 AM in New Orleans. "It almost as if a running QB is an added level of insurance when it comes to the passing game and gives the defense another threat to deal with."

Having the luxury of options is a huge benefit for any offensive coordinator, and that's where LSU is headed at the quarterback position.

"I don't think Anthony Jennings is a dual-threat per se," Shurburtt said. "He's got a very good arm, but is more of a passer. Brandon Harris can do plenty with his legs and I know that they love Torrance Gibson and feel they could adjust the offense to suit him."

Gibson is a slightly different story. He's more of a runner with raw passing skills. If he lands in Baton Rouge, Cameron will have to work on his accuracy a bit, but what he lacks in polish in the passing game he more than makes up for in athleticism. 

It isn't a full-scale change for Cameron and Miles, it's a tweak. An adjustment. An evolution.

"With Cam Cameron at the helm, I believe the future of LSU quarterbacks are in the best hands possible," Hebert said. "He can combine with Miles to form the best of both worlds. Cameron will teach Jennings and Harris to be quarterbacks first relying on their arms, while Miles can still take advantage of their athleticism."

With the caliber of athletes that exist on the roster, the creativity and experience of Miles and Cameron and new-found flexibility thanks to mobile quarterbacks, this Tiger offense is going to be tough to stop.

 

* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.com.

 


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