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Big 12 Football: Best Players at Every Position

It's mid-June. With no practice or anything else to speak of, college fans are left to their own devices. That usually means debating never-ending circles of subjectivity like which players are the best.

The Big 12 might not be the most heralded conference at the moment, but it has its fair share of talent. From TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin to Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine and Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman, there's a lot of quality talent on the field.

But who is the best at each position? 

We took 2014 stats into consideration, as well as preseason/postseason accolades, but players listed don't necessarily have to be stat leaders. Injuries, for example, can affect a player's numbers. 

And so, let us go forth with the best players at every position in the Big 12—a list that surely will not start a single debate or incite angry responses. Nope, none at all. 

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Insider Buzz: Under-the-Radar Prospects Who Will Shoot Up Recruiting Boards

The Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit, Michigan, offered some of the best young talent in the country, as players came together to meet some big-time coaches and play some football. 

Bleacher Report national recruiting analyst Sanjay Kirpalani joined Stephen Nelson to discuss some under-the-radar recruits to watch out for. 

Which of these recruits will have a big impact at the next level? Check out the video, and let us know!

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Rapid-Fire Predictions for Top Uncommitted Recruits from Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has produced some of the best players in college football. There are a ton of uncommitted players out there who have yet to sign on the dotted line. 

Bleacher Report's Stephen Nelson was joined by National Recruiting Analyst Sanjay Kirpalani as they discussed all the top players from Louisiana.  

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Ohio State QB Commit Shows off His Buckeyes Tattoo

Danny Clark, 4-star pro-style QB, per 247Sports, and future Ohio State Buckeye is so committed to his future school that he decided to get a tattoo to prove it.

Watch as the youngster explains the loyal ink in the video above.  

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Which 2016 Recruits Does Tennessee Need to Land to Continue Incredible Momentum?

Tennessee has an incredible amount of talent heading into next season. The Volunteers pulled in one of the most dynamic classes in 2015, but can they repeat the success?

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder gives his surprises and disappointments from the Volunteers recruiting class.

How good can Tennessee be next season? Check out the video and let us know!

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Who Are the Top 5 NFL Prospects on the Georgia Bulldogs?

The Georgia Bulldogs are used to sending their players to the next level. 

Who on their current roster is most likely to reach the NFL? 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder answers that question in the video above. 

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SEC Football: Best Players at Every Position

There's no shortage of talent in the SEC, and the conference this year boasts some of the best players in college football.

From Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott to Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland to Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the conference is loaded with surefire studs and potential high NFL draft picks. 

Who is the best player at each position in the SEC? Our list based on talent and experience is in this slideshow.

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Surprises and Disappointments for Clemson's 2016 Recruiting Class

The Clemson Tigers are hitting the recruiting trail with a vengeance. But they still have more work to do as the 2016 class enters the summer. 

Bleacher Report's Michael Felder breaks down what the Tigers have done well and what they still need on the recruiting trail. 

What else does Clemson need to do? Check out the video and let us know!

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Ohio State's Urban Meyer Shows Fan That Michigan Rivalry Never Sleeps

In Columbus, Ohio, there are a couple of rules one must follow at all times—even when it's not football season.

For starters, "Michigan" is considered a bad word. Ohio State Buckeyes fans would rather hear profanities than hear somebody mutter the name of "That State/Team Up North."

Also, nobody should wear the color blue on Ohio State's campus unless it's absolutely necessary. Don't even think about wearing blue on a fall Saturday, however.

Somebody at the Ohio State Football Women's Clinic on Sunday apparently didn't know those rules, so Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer let her know—in his own way.

Lesson learned. The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never sleeps.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Michigan Football: What We Learned from Jim Harbaugh's 'Swarm Tour'

Summer "Swarm Tour"? It was more like the "Pounce Tour" for Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, who just picked up five commits for his 2016 class while satellite-camping in the backyards of NCAA giants. 

He's had seven commits since June 2, with 3-star tight end Sean McKeon being the most recent. 

It's probably worth mentioning that the "Swarm Tour" was Harbaugh's first official parade as patriarch of the maize and blue. He's only been on the job for six months, yet he's gallivanting around the country as if his Wolverines are perched firmly above the rest of college football.

It seems as if, in his mind, he's recruiting to defend a title.

Some love it. Some hate it. But Harbaugh, a results-driven man, is getting what he wants, which is great for Michigan. His charisma, knowledge of the game and attitude toward winning will continue to rake in talent for the 2016 class—which sits at No. 16 in the country at the moment—and further replenish classes down the road.

His "Swarm Tour" was just the beginning.

If even just for the meantime, Michigan is back on the map and on the minds of everyone. Instead of harping on this past season's 5-7 finish, the media at large seem to be focusing on what the new regime plans to develop in Ann Arbor.

If nothing else, the "Swarm Tour" just taught us that Harbaugh's relentless pursuit of perfection knows no bounds. His vision cannot be contained by state lines, nor can it be hindered by the Big Ten, which, contrary to other conferences, has no rules against satellite camps.  

The absence of a radius around Ann Arbor meant "game on" for Harbaugh, who took full advantage of being bubble-less and capitalized on the ability to roam where he pleased. Actually, that may be an understatement.


Opportunities, Not Harbaugh vs. the SEC/World

Despite criticism from certain factions within the SEC and other corners of college football, Harbaugh's "Swarm Tour" was well-received by athletes and coaches, especially those in Florida—a state that recently produced two commits for Michigan's upcoming class.

More talent from Florida is likely on the way.

According to Eric Rutter of Today's U, Charles W. Flanagan High School coach Devin Bush Sr. enjoyed his time with Michigan's staff during a recent camp in the Tampa area. In fact, his son, Devin Bush Jr., is one of Harbaugh's top targets. As the ninth-ranked inside linebacker of 2016 and the son of a coach, Bush Jr. has certain advantages that others don't. He has the option to play at Florida State like his father, or at another nationally known powerhouse. 

That's not the case for everyone, though. 

Because of Harbaugh's satellite camps, recruits were given a chance they may have missed under different circumstances. The SEC versus Harbaugh argument shouldn't exist. It's all about opportunities for young athletes, not a coach attempting to gouge the most prominent conference in all of college football.

Bush Sr. had this to say, per Rutter:

Well here's my take on the SEC. The SEC is rich with schools and traditions, and those schools are part of a powerful conference. I think those schools' own rules prohibited them from going to camps. The schools have the resources to find a way to get this done. These kids don't. They don't have that type of resources, so I'm on the side of the kids. They should get as much experience and exposure as possible.

Stops in Florida were productive. Following a camp in the Tampa area, Harbaugh offered 2-star safety Josh Metellus of Flanagan, who had just decommitted from Georgia Southern. Furthermore, Harbaugh picked up a pair of up-and-coming prospects in Cooper City High School's Rashad Weaver, a 2-star tight end/defensive end, and Atlantic High School's Antwaine Richardson, a 3-star cornerback—each committed to Michigan, sight unseen, this past weekend.

During a phone call Sunday night, Weaver said that he was confident about Michigan and that a visit wasn't needed in order for him to pledge to its 2016 class. A pre-med student in waiting, he can't wait to hit campus and develop his mind at one of the country's finest public institutions. Plus, he wanted to save his mother's time and money. He plans to visit this fall, so taking an extra trip for the sake of taking it (and just to commit) didn't seem logical to Weaver, who was also offered by Columbia.

As for Richardson, Michigan "came at the right time." During a phone call Sunday night, he expressed previous interest in Wisconsin, which was one of his favorites, but explained that he just couldn't say no to an offer from the Wolverines.

Per the usual, both are eager to arrive next year and compete for starting positions. But here's the kicker: Prior to the camps, Michigan wasn't heavy on the minds of Weaver, Richardson or even Metellus, who continues to weigh his options.

The "Swarm Tour" could potentially change their lives and athletic careers for the better.

Talk about an instant impact—recruits everywhere are taking notice of the new-look, Harbaugh-led Michigan, and the program is looking at them too. This past week, Metellus said that many of his teammates are "waiting" and "hoping" to get offers from Harbaugh. That's a popular theme around the circuit, he added.


Points for Perspective

Due to his raging success, writers and media members everywhere are crowning Harbaugh as the undisputed champion of the offseason. Well, Matt Hayes of Sporting News seems to feel that way. In a recent piece, Hayes wrote, "Michigan is relevant again; Michigan is hot and all kinds of hip because Jim Harbaugh is infectious."

He went on to to describe an outlaw-ish demeanor that's led Harbaugh to an instant payoff.

Some would disagree, especially Mike Sullivan of 97.1 The Ticket (CBS Detroit), but there is something about Hayes' words that rings so true, and recent discussions with recruits seem to reinforce Hayes' "hip" labeling of Harbaugh.

But go one step further and apply that to Michigan's staff, as tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive line coach Greg Mattison are making strong impressions at every turn.

"It's an exciting staff," Weaver said. Richardson and Metellus echoed similar thoughts.

Proof of what Harbaugh described during his introduction on Dec. 30, the "Swarm Tour" has taught us that Michigan's new head coach can certainly back up talk with swift, decisive and aggressive actions. He's out for the best talent, sure, but he's equally determined to give kids a chance at being part of something truly historic—the turnaround at Michigan.

He's been on the job for six months. He scooped eight commits during a four-week period prior to national signing day—one of the best salvage jobs seen in some time—and followed by getting six in the past three weeks. While everyone was busy dishing on satellite camps, Harbaugh was broadcasting the strongest of signals.

Those signals were received loud and clear.


Follow Bleacher Report's Michigan Wolverines football writer Adam Biggers on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.

Unless otherwise noted, all quotes and references were obtained firsthand by the writer via press conference, press release or other media availability. Recruiting information was obtained from 247Sports.

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Biggest College Football Locks of the Year for 2015

It's never too early to talk about the matchups that will make up the 2015 season. And when we talk matchups, we talk point spreads.

According to ESPN's David Purdum, the massive list of point spreads on the college football games of the year from Golden Nugget casino won't be released until late July. However, 5Dimes has already posted spreads for many early-season games and a large portion of the big games that dominate the upcoming schedule.

A lot can change between now and the time all of these games are played, especially the ones that aren't until late November.

However, since these lines are out there, it's a good time to go ahead and get some of our favorite picks out there. Even though kickoffs are still weeks and weeks away, here are 10 "locks" for 2015, listed from the opening Thursday night of the season all the way until rivalry weekend.

Sound off on these early point spreads, and submit your own "locks" in the comments below. 

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Big Ten Football: Best Players at Every Position

The college football season is more than two months away, but hype for the 2015 campaign is already building with the releases of annual preseason watch lists and rankings. That holds especially true in the Big Ten, which is not only home of the defending national champions, but a cast of formidable foes who will be vying for a spot in the second College Football Playoff.

After spending a stretch of years as an afterthought to the SEC, it's the Big Ten that finds itself with a sudden abundance of talent and some of the country's top players. With that in mind, let's take a look at the top player at each position in the league heading into the 2015 season.

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Can Jeff Lockie Really Start for Oregon over Vernon Adams?

With Marcus Mariota a member of the Tennessee Titans, the Oregon Ducks have an opening at the quarterback position. Jeff Lockie and transfer Vernon Adams are the two men competing for the job.

Bleacher Report's Stephen Nelson was joined by Andrew Greif, Ducks beat reporter for the Oregonian, as they discussed Oregon's quarterback position. 

Who will be Oregon's QB in 2015? Check out the video and let us know! 

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Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer Shows What Happens When Someone Parks in His Spot

If you take Urban Meyer's parking spot, be prepared to deal with the consequences.

Ohio State running back Warren Ball Jr. tweeted out a picture Monday that shows what happens when somebody parks in the Buckeyes head coach's spot. To put it simply, the thief gets blocked in.

Meyer parked directly behind the perpetrator, making it impossible for him or her to get out of the spot. Sure, there were other available places to park. But Meyer is a man of principle. That's his spot—it belongs to a three-time champion. Unless the coach punishes the driver, he or she will never learn.

If Meyer really wanted to stick it to the driver, he should work late and keep the other person there for hours.

[Warren Ball Jr., h/t SB Nation]

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Meet Amen Ogbongbemiga, Nigerian-Born Athlete Finding Football Success in Canada

Adapting to change isn't anything new to Amen Ogbongbemiga.

Born in Nigeria, Ogbongbemiga moved to the United States in 2003. He lived in the Houston area from 2003-11 before his family packed up and moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

"At first, I was like, 'Canada? Out of all places?'" said Ogbongbemiga, a rising 2016 linebacker.

Since 2011, Calgary has been his home, and since 2011, he's built a reputation north of the states as one of the premier football players of Canada's provinces and territories. Ogbongbemiga led Calgary's Notre Dame High School to a third straight Provincial Tier 1 Championship last fall, and he was named a Calgary Division 1 All-Star.

His reputation has leaked to the states, as he picked up his second offer—and first Power Five offer—from Oklahoma State during a camp visit to Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ogbongbemiga, who measured in at 6'1" and 208 pounds over the weekend, was recruited by the Cowboys to be a "Will", or weak-side linebacker. To add, he and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year Emmanuel Ogbah are second cousins.

Ogbongbemiga's mother is a nurse, and his father is an accountant. When he was in middle school, his parents decided to open a home health business in Calgary—a place he considers home.

Ogbongbemiga said the toughest part of moving to Canada going into eighth grade was adjusting to the climate. He said the chill of the Canadian air caught him off guard, considering he was expecting warm temperatures during the summer. He was someone who, living in Houston, didn't experience cool temperatures for the majority of the year.

"My first reaction: It was cold," he said. "People are people; the main difference was the weather. I stepped off the plane and was wearing a short-sleeved shirt. I mean, it was summer time. But it hit me."

As for adjusting to the new football lifestyle, that wasn't as tough as expected. Canadian rules feature a three-down series in which second down often times is a passing down. From sideline to sideline, Canadian defenders have to guard 65 yards of turf, versus the 53.33 yards on an American turf.

If anything, that gives Ogbongbemiga an advantage, because he's shown he can be reliable from a lateral perspective. His junior year at Notre Dame included 104 tackles (13 of those for loss), four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three sacks.

"To me, football is football," Ogbongbemiga said. "Where I'm from, we have some of the better football, but you don't hear about it too much [in the states]. There are some good players around here. There may not be a bunch of 5-star recruits, but there are good players here."

Along with the Oklahoma State offer, Ogbongbemiga earned his first offer from Nevada while playing community-league ball in the Calgary Area Midget Football Association (CAMFA), a spring league for players his age. He was selected as a CAMFA All-Star.

Additionally, Ogbongbemiga has received budding interest from Rice, Ohio University and Western Kentucky. Keep in mind that his process is still considered fledgling, as he got a late start with contacting coaches.

Ogbongbemiga's resume slowly began to leak with the help of his highlight tape and his overall testing. He bench presses 315 pounds and has benched 225 pounds 12 times. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds at Oklahoma State. At the Dallas Nike SPARQ Combine in March, Ogbongbemiga threw the power ball 36 feet and vertical jumped 34.3 inches.

"I feel like I'm just getting started," he said.

Ogbongbemiga was supposed to be in Eugene, Oregon, over the weekend for the last circuit of The Opening regional round. Instead, he ventured to Stillwater for the Oklahoma State camp, where he had a chance to chat with both head coach Mike Gundy and his recruiting contact, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.

"It [the trip] was pretty good; I like campus there," Ogbongbemiga said. "It has really good facilities. I liked it; I liked it a lot.

"When I talked to Coach Gundy, the first thing he said to me was that he wanted to let me know he had an offer for me. He let me know he really wants me at Oklahoma State. Coach Spence was the one who originally started recruiting me, and he made me feel at home there."

Ogbongbemiga was expected to leave Stillwater to return to Canada on Monday. Having a Big 12 offer could be the first step in watching his recruiting process skyrocket.

Wherever he ends up—whether it's at Oklahoma State or someplace else—Ogbongbemiga said he's looking for a place that has treated him just as well as the greater Houston and Calgary areas have.

In turn, he said he'll give the best linebacker, student-athlete and overall person that he can.

"I'm a hard worker, and I'm going to try and do whatever I can to help a team win," he said. "I like to encourage the team when it's down. I'll keep playing, win or lose.

"I just want to be at a place that makes me feel like I'm home, that's it. Every athlete wants to win, but some are not comfortable with where they live. That's not helping yourself. I want to be at a place where I feel I can stay four years."


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


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