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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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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...

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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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Insider Buzz: Can 'USC Brand' Still Lure Top Talent from Rest of Country?

USC is returning one of the most intimidating teams in all of college football this season, but the Trojans also added one of the top recruiting classes in the country in 2015 as well. 

Adam Lefkoe is joined by Los Angeles Times USC Insider Lindsey Thiry to discuss the buzz around the USC program.

What kind of season will the Trojans have in 2015? Check out the video and let us know!

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Insider Buzz: Can 'USC Brand' Still Lure Top Talent from Rest of Country?

USC is returning one of the most intimidating teams in all of college football this season, but the Trojans also added one of the top recruiting classes in the country in 2015 as well...

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College Football's Most Important Offers of the Week

LSU has quietly assembled a top-five recruiting class.

Last week, Les Miles and his staff turned their attention to the defensive line after offering a pair of 3-stars in defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and defensive endCaleb Roddy

Their efforts proved fruitful as the 6’5”, 241-pound Roddy committed on the same day he received the offer.

“It’s where I’ve always wanted to go,” Roddy told Geaux247’s Sonny Shipp. “I knew that as soon as they offered me that I was going to commit. It’s best for me and my family.”

The news was pleasing to new Tigers defensive line coach and ace recruiter Ed Orgeron.

“Coach [Orgeron] and coach Miles said they loved the way I played and how fired up I get,” Roddy told Shipp. “They said they know I am going to fight for the Tigers.”

Roddy chose the Tigers over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M, among others.

Meanwhile, the 6’3”, 326-pound Blacklock earned his offer after performing well in front of the staff at LSU’s camp last week.

The Tigers join Texas A&M as the second SEC West school to offer the Lone Star State standout.

With defensive line being a priority for the Tigers in this cycle, Miles and his staff are casting a wide net in hopes of meeting their needs by signing day.


USC Offers 2017 OL

USC is poised to make a run at another top-five class in the 2016 cycle, but Steve Sarkisian and his staff are already scouting prospects who are entering their junior years this fall. 

Last week, the Trojans offered 4-star offensive lineman Henry Bainivalu.

The 6’4”, 270-pound tackle prospect rates as the No. 2 prospect from the state of Washington in the 2017 cycle.

Bainvalu holds early offers from schools such as Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington, among others.


ND After Brother of 2015 Signee

Brian Kelly scored a major coup when he landed 4-star receiver Equanimeous St. Brown in the 2015 class. 

Kelly has already offered one of his younger brothers, 2017 5-star receiver Osiris St. Brown

Last week, he pulled off the trifecta when he offered 2018 receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.

The youngest St. Brown holds early offers from Boise State, Utah and Washington State.


FSU Offers Pair of 2019 Prospects

As we’ve seen in recent times, the recruiting calendar has seen kids get offers at an accelerated pace.

Last week, Florida State—the school that currently occupies the nation’s top-rated 2016 class—offered a pair of prospects who will be eighth-graders this fall.

Jimbo Fisher and the ‘Noles tendered a pair of 2019 prospects from the state of Georgia in defensive tackle Tru Thompson and linebacker Owen Pappoe.

The ‘Noles offer represents the first for Thompson, while Pappoe is nearing double digits, as schools such as Auburn, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee have already offered the 6’1”, 194-pounder.


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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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Sorry Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban Isn't Giving Up His Recruiting Crown Anytime Soon

Is there a new sheriff in town? 

First-year Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is trying to take the office.

In his first offseason as the head coach of the Wolverines, Harbaugh has taken the recruiting world by storm, embarking on a trek across fertile recruiting grounds via satellite camps in an effort to raise the awareness of the new-look Michigan program.

That noise you hear is Alabama head coach Nick Saban yawning at Harbaugh's advances.

Sure, there has been some highly, or exaggerated, dust-ups, like Saban going off at SEC spring meetings last month on the different rules across conferences on events like satellite camps.

"We need to have the same rules in the big five in all leagues," Saban said. "If we're going to compete for the championship and everybody is going to play in the playoff system, then we need to get our rules in alignment so that we are all on a level playing field.

"These things need to be global; otherwise we are going to become a farm system for all of the other leagues."

Does that sound like Saban is whining? USA Today's Dan Wolken thinks so, and the Indianapolis Star's Gregg Doyel has gone so far as to say that Saban is possibly scared of Harbaugh.

"I think Alabama football coach Nick Saban is all about Nick Saban," Doyel wrote. "I think he's possibly scared of Michigan's Jim Harbaugh."


Saban—and all SEC coaches who voted unanimously against satellite camps—aren't scared, they're mad that other coaches are out recruiting when they can't. That's very reasonable.

In fact, all Saban has done in the face of Harbaugh's roving satellite camps/recruiting tour is reel in six commitments in the month of June, including 4-star offensive tackle Charles Baldwin, 4-star linebacker Jaquan Yulee and 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The run of commitments have launched Alabama seven spots up the class of 2016 team rankings to the fifth spot, one spot ahead of another school in Michigan—Michigan State. The Wolverines chime in at No. 16.

What's more, as Drew Champlin of AL.com notes, Saban even picked up three class of 2017 commitments this month in 4-star wide receiver D.D. Bowie, 4-star guard Netori Johnson and 4-star tackle Alex Leatherwood.

Harbaugh's commitments from the SEC footprint in the class of 2016?

He has pledges from 3-star cornerback Antwaine Richardson and 3-star defensive tackle Rashad Weaver from Florida, as well as 3-star fullback Kingston Davis and 3-star linebacker Dytarious Johnson from Prattville, Alabama.

Is that impressive? Sure.

Dipping down into the sunshine state for a couple of prospects, as well as raiding Saban's backyard for two more is nice, but as Matt Scalici of AL.com notes, it's not like Harbaugh is landing southern superstars.

That tweet was sent before Weaver committed to the Wolverines over the weekend.

Michigan was relevant on the recruiting trail under Brady Hoke too, and look what it got for it—three straight mediocre seasons and two straight sub-.500 records in the Big Ten.

Is Harbaugh's trek through the south making an impact? It's opening up the eyes of players and getting the maize and blue out there, which will help.

Will it help Harbaugh unseat Saban as the king of college football recruiting? Not a chance.

Saban has reeled in five straight top-ranked recruiting classes in the 247Sports Composite, and a sixth (and perhaps seventh) don't look too far-fetched. 

Maybe first, Harbaugh should worry about being the best recruiter in his own state.


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.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and college football video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93, XM 208.

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2015 SEC Football Media Days Schedule Officially Released

Before South Carolina hits the field for its Thursday night opener on Sept. 3, the SEC season will unofficially kick off next month with the annual offseason circus known as SEC media days.

On Monday morning, the conference released the lineup for the four-day event, which will take place in Hoover, Alabama, July 13-16.

This will be the first year media days will open with an address from Greg Sankey, who took over for former commissioner Mike Slive on June 1.

Auburn's Gus Malzahn and selected players will join Sankey in the opening session on Monday, followed by Florida's Jim McElwain and Vanderbilt's Derek Mason in the afternoon.

Here is the full media days schedule of times for Sankey and the SEC's 14 football programs:

A list of players attending media days will be released in early July, one week before the start of the event.

The SEC also released its logo for media days Monday morning:

Among the things to watch for in this year's media days—the event will have live coverage for fans on the SEC Network—will be the head coaches' takes on the growing satellite camp debate and new rules that were approved at SEC spring meetings last month.

The conference will also announce the media's All-SEC selections and predictions for the upcoming season during the four-day extravaganza.

Of course, fans shouldn't miss the times when LSU's Les Miles and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier take the podium for questions. Both head coaches are known to steal the show as the most entertaining parts of "Talkin' season," as Spurrier called it last year.

Other highlights from 2014 media days included Mississippi State's Dan Mullen talking European soccer, Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones stopping his press conference to dance and an Australian man who flew to Hoover just to meet Nick Saban.

Basically, you never know what to expect from SEC media days, and this year should be no different.


Justin Ferguson is an on-call college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.

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B/R 5th Down: Old School Urban Meyer Photo, FSU Offered 300-Pound 14-Year-Old

Editor's Note: The 5th Down captures the top social college football stories of the week. Because the long, grueling offseason is underway, we'll focus on things that make us laugh, think or maybe cry, but mostly laugh. 


1) Old School Urban Meyer Had a Killer Mustache

Here's a photo of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer circa 1987 when he was an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. It's probably the best photo you'll see today. Or this week. 

Let's all recognize that Meyer used to have a strong mustache game. (Sup, ladies?) Because 5th Down is a fan of facial hair—looking right at you, Paul Rhoads—we're putting in a formal request that Meyer re-grow his 'stache. Similar to a playoff beard, Meyer can't shave it until the Buckeyes lose a game.

That could be a while. 


2) What Are They Feeding Eighth-Graders These Days?

Over the weekend, eighth-grader Tru Thompson received a scholarship offer from Florida State. The days of being surprised by someone receiving an offer at such a young age are over. Rivals.com, after all, has set up profiles for middle schoolers. 

But here's the thing about Thompson, a defensive tackle prospect: He's already 6'0" and weighs in at about 300 pounds. Just re-read that sentence again. Now, one more time. 

I don't know what schools are putting in their french bread pizzas, but it's doing something. Thompson's still a kid, but at that size, that's a big man. What's more, Thompson drew raves for his strength and athleticism, according to Michael Langston of Warchant.com

Tru Thompson from Griffin (Ga) stands 6-foot tall and weighs in at 300-pounds. But considering he wears size 18 shoes you can bet that he'll grow a few inches, and probably add a few more pounds, by the time he enrolls in college in 2019.

Considering his youth, Thompson is still in the early learning stages of his position. However, his amazing athleticism and strength caught everyone's attention at the camp. Turning in a 40-time of 5.1 seconds on Thursday also impressed onlookers. 

Everybody hits their growth spurt at different times, but there's no way Thompson is done growing. That's almost unthinkable. 


3) Speaking of FSU, Here's Derwin James Jumping Over a Person

Florida State freshman safety Derwin James has been the talk of Tallahassee since enrolling early this year. Hyped from the beginning, James justified the chatter by recording a pick-six against leading quarterback Sean Maguire just a few snaps into the spring game.

Now, he's staying busy during the summer months of the offseason by jumping over people because that's totally normal and something anyone can just do

It doesn't matter so much that the person was crouching ever so slightly. James had, what, several inches of clearance there? Has anyone tested his DNA to make sure he's not, you know, a terminator or something?

The whole backflip-pass-catch thing is so last week. The box jump may as well be the Macarena. It's all about leaping over standing human beings now. Your move, Internet. 


4) Your Awesome College Football Troll of the Week

Former Ohio State offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley had some fun recently at Oregon's expense while in Eugene. Check out the photo below. It's top-notch as far as trolling goes. 

Ohio State, of course, beat Oregon in the College Football Playoff in January. What really sets this apart is that Bentley included the Oregon "O" in the "O-H-I-O" formation. It was a nice touch.  


5) Mark Dantonio Served as the Grand Marshal for a Sprint Cup Race

The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway took place Sunday, and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio served as the grand marshal for the event. As part of his duties, Dantonio got to shout: "Drivers, start your engines!" 

Look, we know Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh—with or without a shirt—has been all the talk lately. But only one coach had the silky smooth voice worthy of starting up dozens upon dozens of modified engines made of pure horsepower and muscle. 

That's not nothing. 


6) Here's Bret Bielema Calling the Hogs, Because that Never Gets Old

Arkansas' baseball team made it to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Since Hogs head coach Bret Bielema is pretty big into school spirit, he traveled up to Omaha to help cheer on the team. Along the way, he led a sizable group of Razorback fans in calling the hogs: 

Watching Bielema do this will never not be fun.   


7) LaQuan McGowan Throws out First Pitch at Rangers Game

Baylor tight end LaQuan McGowan, all 400 pounds of him, is a personal favorite here at 5th Down. Why? Because there's nothing we love more than watching large men achieve great things. 

McGowan, who has some folklore going for him ever since he caught a touchdown pass in the Cotton Bowl in January, recently threw out a first pitch for a Texas Rangers baseball game: 

Not bad. Pretty good form and all that. Really, though, the peak McGowan moment would have been if he had hit an inside-the-park home run. That would require him to actually, you know, play professional baseball—we understand the technicality there. Still, that's about as close to a LARGE MAN TOUCHDOWN equivalent in baseball as you're going to get. 


8) You Want More College Football Cakes? You Got More College Football Cakes

June is officially wedding season, which means you're going to see a lot of college football-inspired baked goods. Remember, these are couples who likely don't believe in fall weddings. 

The three cakes below all have some great craftsmanship, but the Toomer's Corner one is especially well done. You also can't go wrong with the Clemson cake, which has a ton of detail. 

Still waiting on the college football cake that replicates Western Kentucky's Big Red.

It would have to be red velvet, right? 


Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football. He's growing a terrible mustache on Twitter @BenKercheval

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FSU Stat Projections: Is Jalen Ramsey Best Defensive Player in College Football?

Jalen Ramsey is one of the top defensive players in the country. He leads a fairly young Florida State defense into a 2015 season that promises to be a good one. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Adam Kramer gives his stat projections for the FSU DB next year. 

What kind of season will Jalen Ramsey have in 2015? Check out the video and let us know!

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting Offers of the Week

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With Notre Dame football’s incoming freshmen arriving over the weekend, classes starting Monday and a slew of visitors lined up, the Irish coaching staff continued to dish out offers during the past week, extending another 11 across the country.

Each week we’ll be keeping tabs on the new scholarship offers sent out by the Notre Dame coaches, tracking the recruiting process as the Irish focus their attention toward the classes of 2016, 2017 and maybe even 2018.


Melquise Stovall

A commitment to USC didn’t stop Notre Dame from offering class-of-2016 running back and cornerback Melquise Stovall on Thursday.

The 5’8”, 180-pounder is the No. 3 all-purpose back and No. 156 overall prospect in the country. Stovall, who hails from Lancaster, California, pledged to the Trojans in mid-April. He rushed for 1,603 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2014 as a junior.

“I was talking to the running back coach [Tony Alford] before he left [for a job at Ohio State],” Stovall told Irish247’s Tom Loy in May. “We talked a lot. Now, I started talking to the wide receivers coach [Mike Denbrock].” … I do love the tradition of Notre Dame and the school itself. It’s great.”


Carlo Kemp

Notre Dame jumped into the mix with an offer for class-of-2016 strong-side defensive end Carlo Kemp on Tuesday.

The No. 17 strong-side end and No. 291 overall player, Kemp hails from Boulder, Colorado. The 6’3”, 255-pounder also has offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Colorado State and Wisconsin, among others, according to Loy.

“It means a lot to me,” Kemp told Loy. “It’s awesome to finally pick up an offer from a school that I’ve wanted for a very long time.”

“I’m talking with my mom right now to figure out a good date to visit Notre Dame,” Kemp told Loy. “I’ll get up there again later this summer.”


Dontavious Jackson

Class-of-2016 linebacker Dontavious Jackson’s fruitful week began with an offer from Notre Dame and ended with an offer from Alabama.

At 6’2”, 239 pounds, Jackson is the No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 122 prospect in the country. The Houston product boasts an extensive offer list that includes LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, UCLA and others.

As a junior, Jackson piled up 165 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and six sacks.

“I’m thinking of taking an official visit,” Jackson told Loy. “It feels amazing, and I’m thankful.”


Jeffrey McCulloch

The Irish didn’t stop at just one Houston-area class-of-2016 linebacker, as they extended an offer to outside linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch on Friday.

The 6’2.5”, 230-pound McCulloch is the No. 9 outside linebacker and No. 103 overall recruit in his class. Notre Dame joined Florida State, Stanford, Florida, USC, Oregon, Alabama and others with the offer.


Koby Quansah

Class-of-2016 inside linebacker Koby Quansah received an Irish offer Wednesday.

Quansah is listed as 6’1”, 212 pounds and checks in as a 3-star linebacker—29th at his position and No. 407 in the country. The West Hartford, Connecticut, native also holds offers from Nebraska, Arizona State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, in addition to others.

“Man, this offers means so much,” Quansah told Loy. “It’s great. I was talking to [Irish assistant] coach [Mike] Elston and then I talked to [Irish defensive coordinator Brian] VanGorder. That’s when I found out about the offer, from Coach VanGorder. He told me he didn’t need to see me in person and that based on my tape and Coach Elston’s recommendation, he said that he wanted to offer me. It meant a lot that he liked me and I didn’t even have to visit just to get it.”

Quansah said while he hasn’t completely narrowed down his recruitment yet, Notre Dame is in his top group, along with Michigan and Duke.

“I was talking to my coach recently about visits to Michigan and Notre Dame,” Quansah said. “I’m gonna try to visit both on the same trip. If not, I’ll definitely see both on official visits.”


Donte Vaughn

Class-of-2016 cornerback Donte Vaughn took a midweek visit to Notre Dame and came away with an offer Wednesday.

At 6’3”, 192 pounds, the 4-star Vaughn is the No. 27 cornerback and No. 302 recruit in the country. The Memphis, Tennessee, product also claims offers from Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee.


Ty Chandler

Nashville, Tennessee, product Ty Chandler became the third class-of-2017 running back to haul in an Irish offer when Notre Dame touched base Monday.

The 5’11”, 180-pounder is the No. 7 running back and No. 66 overall prospect in his class. Chandler attends Montgomery Bell Academy, the same Nashville school that produced Irish redshirt freshman offensive lineman Alex Bars. LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others, have also offered Chandler.

The Irish have also offered 2017 running backs Najee Harris, an Alabama commit, and Maleik Gray.


Wyatt Davis

Notre Dame’s lone class-of-2017 commitment, Dillan Gibbons, is an offensive lineman, and the Irish have offered as many offensive linemen in the class as any other position.

They targeted another Wednesday by extending an offer to class-of-2017 tackle Wyatt Davis.

David is the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 33 player in the country. Currently pegged as a 5-star recruit, Davis is listed at 6’5”, 290 pounds and has offers from Michigan, Miami, Florida, UCLA, USC and Oklahoma, among others.

“I was very excited,” Davis told Loy. “I’ve always wanted to check out Notre Dame and see what they were all about. I was really excited about this offer.”

“Coach Denbrock wants me to come out for a visit and check them out,” Davis said. “He wants me to stay in contact with [offensive line] coach [Harry] Hiestand.”


Tyrell Ajian

Class-of-2017 athlete Tyrell Ajian landed a Notre Dame offer Saturday.

Ajian is the No. 3 athlete and No. 43 overall player in the country. The Mansfield, Ohio, product has visited Ohio State multiple times this spring and is scheduled to be on campus at Notre Dame this weekend for the Irish Invasion camp.

“Everything excites me about the Irish,” Ajian told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. “Such a strong, physical team with a great tradition. I’ve always loved watching them.”


JaCoby Stevens

Class-of-2017 wide receiver and safety JaCoby Stevens received an offer from the Irish on Wednesday, per 247Sports’ Barton Simmons.

The 6’2", 200-pound Tennessee native is the No. 4 athlete and No. 44 prospect. Stevens’ other offers include Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, LSU and Tennessee, in addition to others.


Amon-Ra St. Brown

A familiar surname popped back onto the Notre Dame recruiting radar Friday when class-of-2018 wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown landed an offer from the Irish.

The Anaheim, California, native is the brother of Irish incoming freshman wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and class-of-2017 wide receiver Osiris St. Brown, who also holds an offer from Notre Dame. Amon-Ra St. Brown is just the second class-of-2018 prospect to receive an offer from the Irish. He joins fellow California wide receiver Jalen Hall, who heard from the Irish in mid-April.

“It’s amazing that Equanimeous, Osiris and I can all go to the same school,” Amon-Ra told Loy. “It’s great. We’ll see what happens next, but it’s great that Notre Dame made sure that we all had an offer. It’s incredible. I mean, I’m almost speechless and still in shock.”

Notre Dame is the fourth school to offer St. Brown, following the lead of Boise State, Washington State and Utah.

“My dad called coach Brian Kelly and coach let him know that I had an offer from Notre Dame,” St. Brown said. “I was amazed. It’s truly a blessing. This is by far the biggest offer I’ve gotten yet. I’m shocked and amazed.”


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

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

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A slump happens. Maybe it isn’t their fault (a new coaching staff arrives, or the talent around them dips), but the concept remains the same, and their production falls off from the highs they reached as freshmen. Here is a group of players who could be facing sophomore slumps in 2015.

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Georgia Football: 5 Most Consistent Players on the Bulldogs

Consistency is the key to any aspect of life. Being consistent at work, school and even in the gym can really take a person places.

The same holds true in college football, because the most consistent teams will always be in the running for the national title. And in order for the Georgia Bulldogs to get where they want to go in 2015, they will need to be more consistent on offense, defense and special teams.

The talent on the Bulldogs roster is evident, and they will have a chance to win the SEC if things bounce their way. But they can’t be inconsistent like they were last season, which cost them three loses.

So here’s a look at the five most consistent players on the roster.

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Evidence of Tennessee's prolific ability to churn out talented players can be seen in the culmination of a recent down cycle of the program. The 2015 NFL draft marked the first time in 51 years that no Vol was selected by a pro team.

Though it was sad to see such a long streak end, that's still a pretty remarkable run of success that spanned more than half a century.

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Even after the forgettable final seasons of legendary coach Phillip Fulmer, the one year of Lane Kiffin and the failed hiring (and subsequent firing) of Derek Dooley, UT still ranks among college football's greats.

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This list doesn't include Vols greats who weren't standout players. If so, Neyland would have made it, as would Fulmer. The list took into account playing careers mostly with at least some emphasis on their careers beyond. Also, any lasting legacy impact was taken into consideration.

So, picking an all-time UT top-10 list is tough. But where's the fun in not trying?

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This is just the state of the program as it reloads with young talent. 

Fortunately, there are some less talented guys who always seem to impact the game by playing smart, sound football. It's up to their more gifted teammates to follow the example these guys set.

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