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Don't deny climate change: Recruiting rankings matter

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Don’t be that guy. Don’t be the old, stodgy curmudgeon who refuses to acknowledge that society moves forward. Don’t ignore facts, research and statistical data because of some longing for the days of the Wing-T and leather helmets. Don’t let an anecdotal stat about the Super Bowl starting lineups, lazy reporting on the NFL Draft or an undefeated season from...

College Football's Top 10 Impact True Freshmen for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
College football’s 2015 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Prospects from across the nation and for all 128 FBS programs inked a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which should provide all coaches with a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season. There will be several impact performers from the 2015 class this season, and it’s impossible...

How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. And recruiting isn’t just a one-month exercise, as coaches are essentially on the trail all year for multiple classes. New coaches are often placed into a difficult position, as it takes a year or two to build relationships for a signing class. Most new coaches only have a couple of months (if that) to target their...

College Football 2015 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 1 day ago
It's starting to get boring — although, the 2015 recruiting national championship race was closer than it has been in years.  Steve Sarkisian and USC made a valiant push, landing big name after big name over the final 48 hours of the '15 cycle. When the last fax came through, however, it wasn't enough to overcome Saban. In fact, both Rivals and Scout actually...

National Signing Day 2015 Winners and Losers

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 1 day ago
National Signing Day 2015 is (mostly) over and Alabama is once again the champion of the recruiting trail, according to ESPN and 247Sports. In fact, it's almost boring how good Nick Saban and Alabama has been at luring talent to Tuscaloosa, landing their fifth consecutive recruiting championship. Programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Clemson all signed elite top 10...

Recruit Chris Warren Uses Coin Flip to Decide Between Washington and Texas

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 hours ago
Running back recruit Chris Warren had a hard time deciding between Washington and Texas on National Signing Day. So the high school senior used a coin flip to decide where he would spend the next four years of his collegiate career. Here’s video of Warren’s coin flip:  Chris Warren's choice came down to a coin flip RT @WVWilkerson: Chris Warren Has Committed To The #...

National Signing Day 2015 Announcement Watchlist

By Braden Gall, 1 month 9 hours ago
Athlon Sports keeps college football fans updated throughout National Signing Day with every important announcement — with a little Crystal Ball help from the good folks at 247Sports.com. Below is the list of every four- or five-star recruit set to announce, where they are projected to go and when it will take place on NSD (based on 247Sports Composite rankings). ...

Remembering National Signing Day's Wildest Recruiting Tales

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 day ago
Teenagers are complicated, fickle, naive creatures who seldom have any perspective on the trappings of adult life or that every action carries a consequence. Few 16-year-old kids in this country know what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Hell, many adults still struggle with this question. It’s why uniforms, shoes, weather, license plates and even a coin flip have...

Outrageous National Signing Day Headlines We're Rooting For

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 days ago
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. Don’t confuse me with a stodgy old man whose crotchety, antiquated beliefs...

Ranking the 10 Best Recruiting Classes Since 2001

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 days ago
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...