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College Football's Top 10 Impact True Freshmen for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks 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, 2 months 2 weeks 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, 2 months 2 weeks 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, 2 months 2 weeks 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...

National Signing Day 2015 Announcement Watchlist

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks 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, 2 months 2 weeks 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, 2 months 2 weeks 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, 2 months 2 weeks 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...

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2009 Re-Ranked

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is the lifeblood of the sport. But recruiting, just like the NFL Draft, is an inexact science. Five-star prospects have a significantly better shot at landing on All-American teams or getting drafted than two-star prospects. But busts and overlooked talents are a natural and inherent part of the process — just like the NFL Draft. So Athlon Sports...

10 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in College Football for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college ranks for a quick fix, or they may feel comfortable with a replacement that’s been on the roster waiting for his turn to step into the starting lineup. Regardless of how the player is replaced, all-conference and All-America talent departs every...