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Outrageous National Signing Day Headlines We're Rooting For

Bizarre and strange stories are a big part of the National Signing Day fun.
Outrageous National Signing Day Headlines We're Rooting For

Many believe National Signing Day to be the end of a long, arduous process after months of evaluations, official visits and message-boarding. To me, Signing Day is just the beginning of the process as thousands of new star athletes take the first steps in their collegiate careers by officially picking a school.

 

Ranking the 10 Best Recruiting Classes Since 2001

Athlon ranks the best overall recruiting classes of the last decade.
Ranking the 10 Best Recruiting Class of the Modern Era

The "modern" recruiting era is tied directly to the online recruiting websites.

 

Rivals and Scout began the explosion around 2001 and ESPN and 247Sports have powerfully entered the market since. The rankings databases only go back 10 or 11 years, so it is difficult to evaluate historic recruiting classes. But since the turn of the millennium, fans and analysts alike have a tremendous amount of data to evaluate recruiting rankings, talent development and scouting evaluations.

 

Here are the top 10 recruiting classes of the modern era:

Recruiting Analysis: What was the Best Running Back Class Since 2002?

Rivals' Mike Farrell joins us for a look back at the 10 best RB classes of the last 13 years
Recruiting Analysis: What was the Best Running Back Class Since 2002?

The era of the superstar running back is coming to a close.

 

Or is it about to be re-started?

 

In the last two NFL drafts, no team felt it necessary to take a running back with a first-round pick. The 2008 draft class that included five first-round running backs seems to be ages ago.

 

NFL teams have learned that effective runners can be found just as much in the later rounds or outside of the draft entirely.

 

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott Shows Off CFB Championship Tattoo

Check out Elliott's new championship tattoo.
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott Shows Off CFB Championship Tattoo

Running back Ezekiel Elliott was one of the key performers in Ohio State’s run to the college football national championship in 2014. The sophomore rushed for at least 220 yards in each of his final three games and is one of the early favorites to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

And Elliott isn’t going to forget the Buckeyes’ title anytime soon, as the St. Louis native recently had a tattoo added to his left arm that showcases the college football playoff trophy.

Duke is Great Again. Virginia is Still Great, Too: The College Basketball Weekly 10

Rounding up an eventful weekend in the ACC and more
Duke's Magnificent Finish, Wisconsin's Rout: The College Basketball Weekly 10

As the calendar turns to February, Kentucky stands alone.

 

The Wildcats are the only undefeated team remaining after Virginia’s 69-63 loss to Duke on Saturday, allowing Kentucky to enter rare territory.

 

In the last 10 seasons, only five teams have been undefeated for the first AP poll in February. They are: 2015 Kentucky, 2014 Wichita State and Syracuse, 2011 Ohio State and 2008 Memphis.

 

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell Helps us Celebrate the Day of Dunk

Nigel Hayes, Alex Murphy and Dorian Finney-Smith get us warmed up
Louisville's Montrezl Harrell Helps us Celebrate the Day of Dunk

The college basketball Saturday has turned into the Day of Dunksand that’s before the primetime slate has started.

 

Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell gave us perhaps the alley oop of the season, but all good things have to wait.

 

Let’s walk through the Day of Dunk so far:

 

• From the morning session, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes sprints from off screen to the rim to get the put back against Iowa.

 

Iowa WR Breaks Odell Beckham's Record With 41 One-Handed Catches

Tevaun Smith caught 41 in one minute.
Iowa WR Tevaun Smith Breaks Odell Beckham Jr.'s One-Handed Catch Record

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made some spectacular one-handed receptions as a rookie, and the LSU product recently grabbed 33 one-handed catches in 60 seconds to set a new record. The previous mark in the Guinness World Records was just 10.

After Beckham’s 33 catches in a minute, you can bet other receivers started to plot on how to break the new record.

Iowa’s Tevaun Smith (43 catches with the Hawkeyes in 2014) went after Beckham’s record on Friday and broke the mark with 41 in 60 minutes.

Ranking the Repeat Super Bowl Champions

Seattle looking to join exclusive club
Ranking the Repeat Super Bowl Champions

Seattle can join a rather exclusive club with a win over New England in Super Bowl XLIX. It would mark the ninth time in the Super Bowl era that a team was able to repeat as champion.

 

Where would the Seahawks rank among past repeat champs? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, they need to win first; but Super Bowl victories over slam-dunk Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady would be a strong start for any argument.

 

Who Will End the Season as Player of the Year in Each Major Conference?

We're sizing up the favorites and the contenders for college basketball conference honors
Who Will End the Season as Player of the Year in Each Major Conference?

Great college basketball teams can only go as far as their star players take them.

 

Where would UConn be last March without Shabazz Napier’s constant heroics? As the calendar flips to February and conference play intensifies, coaches are looking for their stars to separate themselves from the rest of the conference crowd and lead their teams deep into March. 

 

Here is our list of top Conference Players of the Year contenders with a little more than a month left in the season. 

 

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