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Outrageous National Signing Day Headlines We're Rooting For

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 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, 1 month 3 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, 1 month 4 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, 1 month 4 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...

Recruiting Analysis: What was the Best QB Class Since 2002?

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 hour ago
Not every recruiting class is created equal. Depending on the state, region or position, each recruiting cycle offers different areas of strengths or weaknesses. A quick examination of the most important position on the field during the modern era of football recruiting (2002) makes this painfully obvious. Every team needs a quality signal-caller to compete for championships but not...

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2010 Re-Ranked

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 hours 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...

5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Pac-12 for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day 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...

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2011 Re-Ranked

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 day ago
Recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is the lifeblood of the sport. But recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is an inexact science. Five-star prospects have a significantly better shot at landing on All-America 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 re...

Recruiting Analysis: Where do the best football players come from?

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 days ago
Don’t listen to the old guard. Recruiting rankings matter. Landing an elite class isn’t a guarantee of future success, as coaching, development and plenty of luck are all needed to win a national title. But having the best players is the best way to start. A huge reason why Ohio State rolled through the Big Ten and then Oregon was superior talent. The Buckeyes had...

Where Did College Football Find its Starting Quarterbacks for 2015?

By Braden Gall, 2 months 3 days ago
Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Jameis Winston are gone, leaving massive voids at three power programs. With another year of turnover under center comes another year of new faces in new places.So Athlon Sports takes its best shot at projecting each of the Power 5 programs starting quarterback for 2015, and most importantly, where they came from. As National Signing Day approaches,...