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Biggest Freaks from The Opening SPARQ Combine, Training Camp

The Opening SPARQ combine and training camp has come to an end in Oregon. These 2015 recruits make up the top athletes in the country. Five of these studs stood out from the rest as the biggest freaks of the combine and training camp. Who do you think is the No. 1 freak athlete of the 2015 class?

Watch Bleacher Report's college football analyst Michael Felder break down why these five monsters made the cut.

Rankings from 247Sports Composite.

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Hidden Gem Ohio State Commit Who Burst on the Scene at the Opening

The top athletes are out in Oregon at The Opening to prove that they are the best of the best. The Ohio State Buckeyes have a hidden gem commit out in Beaverton showing that he can be a huge asset at the next level. How well do you think this stud will do in Columbus?

Watch Bleacher Report’s College Football Analyst Michael Felder discuss the latest on this Buckeye commit out at The Opening.

 

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The Opening 2014: Top 10 40-Yard Dash Times from the Sparq National Championship

The SPARQ National Championship, a scaled-down scouting combine for the best high school prospects in the country, took place during Nike's The Opening on Tuesday, and the speed of the 2015 class did not disappoint.

Only the 10 players with the highest total scores in the prelims advanced the nationally televised final round, but counting what happened in the afternoon session, seven players ran a sub-4.4 in the 40-yard dash…and one of those players was a linebacker!

The fastest runner on the day clocked in with a time of 4.30 seconds, which would have beaten Brandin Cooks for the second-fastest time at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and been just behind Dri Archer.

Here's a quick look at the full top 10.

 

10. DE Josh Sweat (Uncommitted), 4.46 seconds*

You don't get compared to Jadeveon Clowney for nothing.

Josh Sweat made that plain and clear during his 40-yard dash on Tuesday, clocking in at 4.46 seconds—an obscene time for a lineman.

Sweat (6'5", 237 lbs) doesn't have the same thick build as Clowney (6'5", 266 lbs), but it does bear mentioning that Clowney's 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine—a score people rightfully went crazy over—was seven-tenths of a second slower (4.53) than that of Sweat.

Sweat is the No. 2 overall prospect and No. 1 defensive end in the country, and a performance such as this, which included a second place finish in SPARQ rating, will do nothing to threaten that standing.

In-state Virginia Tech is the slight favorite to land his services, per the 247Sports Crystal Ball, with Florida State, Ohio State and Tennessee all garnering at least 10 percent of the votes as well.

*Finished 2nd in SPARQ National Championship

 

9. WR Kirk Merritt (Uncommitted), 4.43 seconds*

Kirk Merritt finished ninth in the battle but first in the war, riding his solid 40-yard dash score and the rest of his dominant measurables to a first-place finish in the SPARQ national championship:

Winning this hardware will surely help the recruiting status of Merritt, a 4-star prospect and the No. 145 overall player in the nation. At 5'11", he projects as a hybrid between an all-purpose back and a receiver, and he showed on Tuesday that he has enough speed to play both.

Last year's SPARQ national champion, wide receiver Speedy Noil, finished the cycle as the No. 8 overall prospect. Like Merritt, he stood 5'11" and played his high school ball in Louisiana, but Noil spurned in-state LSU to play for Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M.

Merritt's 247Sports Crystal Ball currently has him as a 50-50 split between…well…LSU and Texas A&M. Deja vu, perhaps?

*Finished 1st in SPARQ National Championship

 

8. WR Derrick Dillon (Florida), 4.41 seconds

Derrick Dillon is lauded for his versatility—according to 247Sports, he can play quarterback and cornerback along with wide receiver—and will bring rarified speed to whatever position holds his future.

Florida could use such a skill at a number of different spots.

At 5'11", 180 pounds, Dillon is roughly the same height as Duke QB Anthony Boone (6'0"), who thrived under new Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper in 2013. Still, he is participating as a wide receiver at The Opening and projects most realistically to that spot.

He is the No. 148 overall prospect in the country. 

 

7. LB Malik Jefferson (Uncommitted), 4.39 seconds*

Yes, you read that right.

Malik Jefferson is a linebacker. He is 6'2" and weighs 225 pounds. And he just posted a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash.

Which is ridiculous.

For context, the fastest linebacker at this year's NFL Scouting Combine was Tahj Jones, who clocked in at 4.48 seconds.

Jefferson's time would have shattered that, and it also would have placed fourth overall behind Trey Marshall, Tony Brown and Curtis Samuel—three lighter, shiftier, skill-position guys—among current college freshmen from The Opening in 2013.

Jefferson was already the No. 11 overall prospect and No. 1 outside linebacker in the country, and this score should only boost his ratings.

Texas A&M, Texas and Baylor are the three leaders to land him, per the 247Sports Crystal Ball, although Alabama is also in pursuit.

*Finished 6th in SPARQ National Championship

 

6. DB Stephen Johnson (UCLA), 4.37 seconds

Like the No. 1 player on this list, Stephen Johnson jam-packed his day with a stellar run in the afternoon and a commitment in the evening. 

Mike Farrell of Rivals announced that he would be the newest member of the UCLA Bruins. He posted a sizzling time of 4.37 seconds during his 40-yard dash, validating the belief that he is one of the fastest prospects in the 2016 class. Oregon, which was his second finalist before committing, must be kicking itself for letting him go.

Alas, Johnson will be playing in Westwood next season, and the Bruins will be happy to have him. He is only the No. 460 overall prospect in the country, but after showing well on Tuesday, there's a chance that might go up as the recruiting services update their rankings.

His speed and versatility are big assets.

 

5. WR George Campbell (Uncommitted), 4.36 seconds

George Campbell did not disappoint in his encore.

After participating in The Opening as a junior in 2013 and finishing with the fourth-lowest time in the 40-yard dash (4.36), he validated that speed—as if he really needed to—with a 4.36 Tuesday afternoon.

Here, take a look:

Campbell is the No. 25 overall prospect and No. 2 receiver in the country. He is 6'3" and knows how to put his speed to good use.

He committed to Michigan around this time last summer but pulled out of the agreement in December. Now, the Florida native is looking primarily at Clemson and his home-state Gators as potential schools.

Whoever lands him will have gotten a good one.

 

4. DB Mark Fields (South Carolina), 4.33 seconds

Mark Fields (not the Ford CEO) gave South Carolina fans something to get excited about with his showing on Tuesday, outrunning defenders in pursuit drills and clocking a 40-yard dash time of 4.33 seconds.

At 5'11", Fields has the size to defend taller receivers—if he has to—at the next level, but he will probably be a bigger asset against downfield burners. He proved he has the speed to stick with anyone.

subjective rankings actually had him a little higher than the composite did, ranking him No. 83 overall and No. 7 among cornerbacks.

He'll provide some much-needed secondary depth in Columbia.

 

3. WR C.J. Sanders (Notre Dame), 4.32 seconds*

Technically, C.J. Sanders is one of the less-heralded players at  The Opening—or at least he is for now. He is only a 3-star prospect and the No. 364 recruit in the country, there are questions about his height (5'9") and he is barely ranked among the top 50 wide receivers.

But that should start to change after the blazing 4.32 Sanders posted in the 40-yard dash Tuesday afternoon—a time that was nearly three-tenths of a second better than the 4.57 he used to qualify.

The result of Sanders' dash was a SPARQ score that pumped up from 121.98 to 139.26, which was enough to get him into the overall top 10.

He might not be a 3-star prospect for long.

*Finished 8th in SPARQ National Championship

 

2. RB Taj Griffin (Oregon), 4.31 seconds*

Sometimes, the rich get richer.

Or I guess, in this case, the fast get faster.

Oregon commit Taj Griffin looked great during his 40-yard dash on Tuesday, clocking in with a time of 4.31 seconds—a full-second improvement on his previous 4.41.

Griffin is 5'10", 175 pounds and current ranks as the No. 49 overall prospect and No. 1 all-purpose back in the country. The 247Sports subjective rankings already had him a little higher than the composite did, calling him the No. 28 player in the class.

There's a reason Mark Helfrich, Scott Frost and the rest of Oregon's staff reached all the way across the country into Georgia to land this kid. He could be a blur in the Ducks' unique, wide-open system.

*Finished 4th in SPARQ National Championship

 

1. RB Jordan Scarlett (Miami), 4.30 seconds

Jordan Scarlett had a big day on Tuesday, clocking in with the best 40-yard dash (4.30) of the event during the afternoon and announcing his decision to attend Miami during the evening.

Scarlett is the No. 97 overall prospect and No. 10 running back in the country, but even that is probably selling him short. At 5'10", 210 pounds, he has a unique blend of speed and power for a player.

Until recently, Scarlett was pledged to play at Florida Atlantic—of all places—where his former high school coach, Roger Harriott, will be the running backs coach next year. But he decommitted at the end of June before opening his recruitment and choosing the 'Canes.

With the addition of Scarlett, the four top rated players in Miami's 2015 class—a group that also includes Dexter Williams, Mark Walton and Jordan Cronkite—are capable of playing running back. Miami also landed a good ball-carrier in Joseph Yearby last cycle.

Whenever Duke Johnson leaves for the NFL, there will be no shortage of capable in-house replacements on the roster.

 

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information refers to the 247Sports composite rankings. All 40 times courtesy of StudentSports.com. 

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Texas' 5-Star Target Malik Jefferson Loves Charlie Strong and New Staff

The top recruits in the country are out in Oregon for The Opening. The Texas Longhorns have some huge targets who are putting on a show in Beaverton. If the Longhorns can reel in these monster recruits, it will be huge for new head coach Charlie Strong.

Bleacher Report's College Football Analyst Michael Felder and 247Sports' Ryan Bartow are out in Oregon with the latest on the Longhorns' targets. Do you think Texas will land these studs?

Watch the video and let us know.

Rankings from 247Sports Composite

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Sam Bruce Commits to Miami: What 4-Star WR Brings to 'Canes

Miami added another big commitment to its 2016 recruiting class Tuesday night, securing a pledge from speedy wide receiver Sam Bruce, who plays his high school ball at nearby St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Bruce announced his decision on the AutoNation Sports Report radio show on 560 WQAM, according to J.T. Wilcox of South Florida High School Sports—the co-host of the show where Bruce made his announcement.

"It made sense in a lot of areas," said Bruce. "Its close to home, so my family can come watch me play every game."

Bruce is a 4-star prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings, but he skews closer to a 5-star than he does to his technical designation. He checks in as the No. 48 overall player, No. 6 overall receiver in the country, and the No. 5 overall prospect in the state of Florida.

Standing at only 5'8" and weighing just 160 pounds, Bruce projects logically to the slot at the next level. He has neither the size nor the physical doggedness (a la NFL superstar Steve Smith) to line up on the outside consistently.

But in the slot, Bruce is a menace. He is a Tavon Austin-like burner with speed and agility to spare. Let him free in space, and you're flirting with disaster. He can find even the smallest pocket in the defense, and he can turn that pocket into six points from anywhere.

Oh, and he's also the nephew of former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce—a lock for the NFL Hall of Fame if there ever was one.

No wonder he makes defenders look so silly:

As recently as June 26, Bruce was considered a near-lock to sign with Florida State, which had 100 percent of the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball. After an unofficial visit to Miami, however, the tide began to turn, and his recruitment become more of a coin flip.

Now he has officially declared his intentions to play for the 'Canes, which is great news for Al Golden's program. Miami's 2016 class also includes 4-star receiver Dionte Mullins from Guliver Prep, the No. 85 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings. Together, he and Bruce should combine to form a dangerous pair.

Bruce also gives the Hurricanes a valuable recruiter in the South Florida area for the rest of this cycle. His teammate at St. Thomas Aquinas, 2015 running back Jordan Scarlett, committed to Miami during Nike's "The Opening" Tuesday evening, and Bruce thinks a Fort Lauderdale exodus to Coral Gables could mean big things.

Per Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post:

Bruce plays the same relative position as incoming freshman Braxton Berrios, who, despite being only a 3-star recruit on the composite rankings, is one of the most explosive players in the incoming class.

If Berrios does well in his first two years with the Hurricanes, it means Bruce will have a solid, experienced mentor at the college level. If Berrios doesn't do so well in his first two seasons, it means Bruce will serve as an insurance option and have a chance to play right away.

At the very least, this signing gives Miami a buffer at the slot receiver. Idealistically, it gives Miami so much more than that. Either way, the addition of Bruce pumped the 'Canes up to No. 1 in the country on the 247Sports team rankings for 2016. 

It's early, sure, but doesn't that have a nice ring to it?

 

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Nebraska Football: 5 Freshmen Who Must Shine in Fall Practice

Nebraska football fans are anxiously awaiting the beginning of fall practice where they will start to see which freshmen may shine. While the established stars are known, fall practice is the first real opportunity for the freshmen on the roster to claim a spot on the field.

So which freshmen will shine? Who will be the new stars for Nebraska? Here are five candidates.

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10 2015 College Football Recruits Who Could Start This Season

Almost all recruits come into college thinking they're ready to start. However, only some do, and even fewer are really ready.

Within the 2015 class, several prospects appear physically prepared to start or contribute in a key role—if they were eligible this season. These recruits not only have the size or strength to help right now, but they're also smart enough to figure out the nuances of the college game.

A 5-star quarterback simply has "it," while a pair of 5-star defensive tackles are men among boys at the high school level. Also, a trio of defensive backs have what it takes to hold their own versus college receivers right now.

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Insider Buzz: USC or UCLA, Who Leads for Snoop Dogg's 4-Star Son?

The top recruits in the 2015 class have made their way out to Oregon for The Opening. These potential stars are battling against each other to prove they are elite players. 

Bleacher Report's College Football Analyst Michael Felder and 247Sports' Ryan Bartow are out in Oregon at The Opening with the inside scoop on some of the top uncommitted recruits. Where do you think these big-time athletes will land?

Watch the video and let us know.

 

Rankings from 247Sports Composite

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Monster CB Isaiah Langley Officially Commits to USC Trojans

Isaiah Langley is the No. 7 CB in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports. This California native has chosen to keep his talents in-state and play football for the USC Trojans at the next level...

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Monster CB Isaiah Langley Officially Commits to USC Trojans

Isaiah Langley is the No. 7 CB in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports. This California native has chosen to keep his talents in-state and play football for the USC Trojans at the next level. This is a huge commit for Steve Sarkisian and his coaching staff that will add even more talent to the secondary.

College Football Analyst Michael Felder breaks down exactly what Langley means for the Trojans. How well do you think he will do at the next level?

Check out the video and let us know.

 

Rankings from 247Sports Composite

Highlights courtesy of XOS Digital

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Isaiah Langley to USC: Trojans Land 4-Star CB Prospect

After months of speculation, 4-star cornerback Isaiah Langley has committed to USC to play his college football for the Trojans as part of the 2015 class.

Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports broke the news about the Foothill High School (Pleasanton, California) player's decision:

Langley announced his decision to join the Trojans over several other notable programs in the PAC-12. He received offers from teams like California, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State, but ultimately decided his skill set fit with USC.

Hopkins noted early on in the process that Langley was a special prospect:

 

Though he won't be ready for this coming season as part of the 2015 haul, Langley might just be an early enrollee with USC. He referenced his decision to potentially graduate early from Foothill, via Trenise Ferreira of Bleacher Report.

"I’m looking to graduate early in January," he said. "So I have to take a couple college courses here [at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif.] and just get that knocked out early."

Ranked as the No. 7 cornerback and No. 86 overall prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings, Langley possesses great footwork and speed that could end up projecting him as a wide receiver in college. Blair Angulo of ESPN.com provides a look at the athlete's skill set:

At 5'11", 170 pounds, Langley has the frame of a corner. But with the rise of undersized receivers at both the college and NFL level, he might just wind up as another great receiver in the Trojans system.

Earlier in the recruiting process, Rivals Camp also passed along video of the potential corner jumping a route:

Langley clearly has the athleticism and hands to break out at either position with the Trojans. What the future holds will be interesting to watch as he vies for a starting role during his freshman campaign, but early indications are he'll be used on defense.

For a program on the rise in the PAC-12, Langley will make an instant impact with his skills at either position. If he does enroll early and get a chance to compete during the spring, he has a chance to get a leg up on every other high school player coming in.

Regardless of where he plays during his freshman season, expect Langley to make a splash in the USC recruiting class.

 

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Stephen Johnson to UCLA: Bruins Land 3-Star ATH Prospect

Stephen Johnson is heading to UCLA after the Bruins coaching staff was able to win a pretty crowded battle for the athlete's signature.

Mike Farrell of Rivals provided word of Johnson's college choice:

Johnson is rated as a 3-star prospect with an overall ranking just inside the top 500 for the class of 2015, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. The outlet listed more than a dozen programs that offered him a scholarship, including several BCS schools.

Unsurprisingly, he wasn't a big fan of his rating:

Based purely on his raw tools, Johnson is an outstanding athlete with plenty of speed and a very quick first step. 247Sports' Pac-12 coverage page passed along some of his athletic testing numbers from January:

The reason he didn't receive more widespread acclaim is the fact he doesn't have a defined position. He shone as a quarterback in high school at San Leandro in California but projects more as a wide receiver or cornerback moving forward.  

He has the talent to make the transition to either of those positions, but it's going to take some time for him to complete the move. That, more than his dynamic skill set, is the reason his star rating is average and he didn't receive even more high-profile offers.

In turn, fans shouldn't expect a major impact from him right away. It wouldn't be a surprise if his biggest contributions early on come as part of the special teams units, where he can utilize that speed and agility to make plays while he becomes more comfortable at his new position.

It will be interesting to see if he continues to do at least some quarterback work as well. He doesn't have prototypical size (5'11", 180 pounds), which is why he's been listed as an athlete, but he did show enough skill to serve as an emergency option so the team doesn't have to burn a redshirt at some point in the future.

When you put it all together, Johnson is a very intriguing prospect because of the raw ability. Whether it all pans out over the next handful of years is very much a mystery, but getting him to commit now is a wise early addition.

All told, Johnson is far from a sure thing, but he sounds determined to outplay that 3-star label, and he certainly possesses the natural talent to make it happen.

 

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Josh Smith to Vanderbilt: Commodores Land 4-Star LB Prospect

One of the nation's top linebacker recruits is officially off the market, as Josh Smith committed to Vanderbilt, according to VandySports.com's Twitter account:

Per 247Sports' composite rankings, Smith is a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 9 overall inside linebacker for the class of 2015. The Oakland High School product from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has enjoyed an excellent prep career and will look to carry it over to the collegiate ranks.

Smith garnered interest from top schools across the country, and it is easy to see why. At 6'3.5" and 218 pounds, Smith is easily one of the most athletic linebackers in the entire class. As seen in this Vine featuring Smith running a 40-yard dash, courtesy of Volquest.com's Paul Fortenberry, Smith moves with great speed and fluidity:

With that said, he still has to grow into his frame in order to compete with top college players. Smith has a full year of high school to prepare in that regard, and it is exciting to think about how good he could potentially be if he adds some muscle while maintaining his quickness.

There was a lot of intrigue surrounding Smith's college choice since he had so many options. Vanderbilt emerged as an early favorite since his brother, Emmanuel Smith, will play for the Commodores during the upcoming season.

According to Tom Kreager of The Daily News Journal, the status of Josh's brother had no bearing on his college choice.

"I know my brother is there," Josh said. "He made his decision based on how he liked Vanderbilt. But I'm going to make my own decision. They don't have a leg up because he is there. I'm going to make my own decision based on if it's the right place for me."

Vandy certainly wasn't the only program that came calling, as Smith was a fast-rising prospect in terms of overall recruitment, per Barton Simmons of 247Sports:

Smith is coming off a season in which he racked up 81 tackles, and it is quite apparent that he is improving rapidly. He is oozing with raw talent, and it will be interesting to see if that potential is converted into something more once his college career starts.

Speed kills in major college football and the NFL, for that matter. Smith is a new-age linebacker who is capable of keeping up with and even outrunning many tight ends, running backs and wide receivers. That type of skill set will make him a versatile asset in the coming years.

Smith definitely seems like a bit of a project despite how highly touted he is. He may not receive much playing time as a freshman, but that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. He relies heavily on pure athleticism to make plays in high school, but there is more to the craft than that at the collegiate level.

Between now and his college debut, he will have to get a feel for schemes and techniques while also developing his linebacker instincts. All of that comes with time, which is something that Smith must be afforded plenty of by fans in particular.

There is always pressure for top recruits to come in and dominate right away, but it isn't that easy. Smith should be an excellent player down the line, but patience must be exercised to ensure that he reaches his ceiling.

 

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Xavier Lewis Commits to LSU Tigers, 'Next Great LSU Corner'

Xavier Lewis is one of the top cornerbacks in the 2015 class, and he recently committed to the LSU Tigers. This Louisiana native chose to keep his talents in-state with hopes of adding his name to a long list of monster corners in Baton Rouge. 

His raw athleticism will allow him to come in and make an impact for the Tigers secondary from the start. How well do you think this stud will do at the next level?

Watch College Football Analyst Michael Felder talk about what Lewis will do in the future.

 

Rankings from 247Sports Composite

Highlights courtesy of XOSDigital

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Xavier Lewis to LSU: Tigers Land 4-Star CB Prospect

Xavier Lewis, a 4-star cornerback prospect in the class of 2015, announced his commitment to the LSU Tigers at The Opening.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman provided the news from Lewis:

Lewis previously agreed to play for LSU, but he rescinded that commitment in February to look over his options again. He held offers from Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Florida, among others, but ultimately made his decision to play with the Tigers.

After committing initially, Lewis spoke about why he wanted to play for LSU, per James Smith of The Times-Picayune:

Coach Miles got on the phone and I told him I wanted to be a Tiger. He said that was awesome and that they were just talking about it. Afterwards, Nick (Brossette) told me that he (Les Miles) was so excited after I told him. He said that he turned his hat to the side and everything.

As a quarterback at East St. John High School in Reserve, Louisiana, Lewis was a star on both sides of the ball. His athleticism shone through offensively, but it was ultimately plays like this that made him one of the most coveted defensive backs in the class:

James Smith provided analysis on the corner prospect:

Lewis measured in at 5-foot-11 during a visit to Florida State this spring and 6-foot at LSU later in the summer. He has a great skill set that is matched by his competitive nature and aggressive approach. There aren't many flaws to his game and his relationship with a lot of the 2015 prospects from around the state that he developed during the 7-on-7 all-star circuit could help LSU with other prospects in the class.

Ranked as the No. 18 corner in the 2015 class according to 247Sports' composite rankings, Lewis joins what appears to be another good class for LSU 

Along with Lewis, the Tigers already have 5-star talent Kevin Toliver II, completing one of the best defensive back tandems in the class. With Toliver as the No. 1 corner and Lewis' athleticism, LSU might have its secondary of the future set for the coming years.

While they will have to wait another season before Lewis joins the team, he can be an immediate difference-maker when he arrives. His hard-hitting mentality and ball-hawking skills will translate well in the SEC.

For a program looking to regain its footing in the conference in the coming seasons, Lewis has the ability to create more offensive opportunities for LSU. Regardless of where he plays during his freshman season, expect Lewis to make a splash in the Tigers recruiting class.

 

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Jordan Scarlett to Miami: Hurricanes Land 4-Star RB Prospect

Following a decommitment from Florida Atlantic earlier in the process, 4-star running back Jordan Scarlett has announced he plans to attend the University of Miami as a member of the 2015 class.

Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee reported the decision after he committed on ESPNU:

His decision was made at Nike's The Opening, a recruiting event where several other players will also announce their intentions for college. Coming into the competition, Scarlett was the No. 10 tailback on the 247Sports composite rankings.

Scarlett also had an impressive day on the field at The Opening, per Jeremy Birmingham of ElevenWarriors.com:

The initial plan for Scarlett was to be a sensational running back for the FAU program. But Scarlett decided to go to a program where he might have an NFL future, via Ryan S. Clark of the Sun Sentinel.

"I felt like FAU wasn't the best decision for me academically and out on the football field," Scarlett said. "At my position, you need your body and at FAU, I would need to carry the team and I'm trying to get my body ready for the NFL."

After decommitting from FAU, Scarlett had been heavily recruited by several notable programs such as Ohio State and Florida State. Prior to Scarlett's decision, Josh Newberg of 247Sports noted where the prospect was leaning on Monday:

Scarlett's commitment gives the Hurricanes more depth in the backfield for the 2015 class and will be huge for the future of the program. With his speed and bruising power on the field, Scarlettshould dominate the ACC when he arrives.

While Scarlett's commitment makes for a loaded backfield already, another top tailback plans to keep his commitment to Miami. Fellow 2015 commit Mark Walton spoke about the possible situation, per Safid Deen of the Miami Herald:

It doesn't matter how many running backs are committed to the University of Miami. That's where I'm committed to.

If Jordan [Scarlett] decides to commit to us, too — if all four of us go in — at the end of the day I'm still going to be a hard worker when we're all out there.

The 5'11", 210-pound running back from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will join a long line of former players to play at the Division I level. With notable alumni such as Michael Irvin and Leonard Hankerson, Scarlett has a great tradition to uphold.

After a strong season last year, the Hurricanes continue to bring in another strong haul with Scarlett making his commitment. The star running back has a chance to take over for Miami in the next few years and will add even more speed to an already-athletic roster.

 

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1 Thing Top 25 Recruits in Class of 2015 Must Improve on

All top-tier recruits have incredible talent. Their skill sets got them to where they are now, but each has at least one thing in his game he needs to improve upon.

Looking at the top 25 recruits in the 247Sports composite rankings, a weakness can be found in every prospect's game. A 5-star quarterback needs to improve his mobility, while a 5-star offensive tackle must get stronger.

Strength is also a concern with a 5-star defensive end, while a few cornerbacks need to work on their tackling techniques.

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Alabama Stud WR Commit Calvin Ridley Makes Sick 1-Handed Catch at The Opening

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley is making a name for himself at Nike's The Opening in Oregon. The Alabama commit has shown that he can make unbelievable catches on any given play. How many more highlight-reel grabs will we see from this stud?

Check out the video to see Ridley snag a one-handed reception with ease.

 

Rankings from 247Sports' composite ratings.

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Miami Football: 5 Toughest Players Hurricanes Will Face in 2014

Throughout the 2014 college football season, the Miami Hurricanes will face some of the nation's toughest individual talents.

The Atlantic Coast Conference may not be an elite league overall, but Jameis Winston and a few other athletes are elite players.

A few honorable mentions are also discussed because it was not fair to exclude every second-tier opponent. The remainder of the list is organized chronologically, not necessarily by merit.

Additionally, Bleacher Report's Brian Pedersen tabbed the 50 best college football players for the 2014 season, and his rankings will be referenced when applicable.

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SPARQ National Championship 2014: Live Results, Ratings and Analysis

Ten of the nation’s most talented recruits competed in the SPARQ Rating National Championship Tuesday night. 

Kirk Merritt, the 4-star all-purpose back from Destrehan, Louisiana, came out on top.

Merritt entered the competition as the leader, registering the best cumulative score from the preliminary drills early Tuesday morning. His overall athleticism was on full display during the vertical jump, agility shuffle and power ball throw, and his impressive 40-yard dash clinched the championship over 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat.

We watched the competition and provided live analysis throughout.

 

All recruiting information per 247Sports.

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