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College Football 2017 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the seventh consecutive season with a clean sweep at the top of the four scouting services. Nick Saban reeled in six five-star prospects and 18 four-star recruits to claim another title on...

How Have the Top Five 5-Star College Football Recruits from 2010-14 Performed?

By Ryan Wright, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Despite all the time, money and energy put into scouting high school football players across the nation, the art of picking the best of the best is less science and more theory, leading to some misses here and there. Recruiting analysts can be influenced by scholarship offers, size and speed, and camp performances without factoring in determination and love for the game. Another factor that...

National Signing Day 2017 Predictions: Where Will the Top Recruits Sign?

By Ryan Wright, 2 weeks 5 days ago
National Signing Day is the most anticipated day of the year for high school and college football fans who track the recruiting process. All are eager to see which school earned their favorite player’s commitment and how respective collegiate programs may have set a path for future success. Each year brings a different level of anticipation with players making a last-minute flip from one...

SEC's Top 35 Impact Junior College Transfers for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
National Signing Day is always a busy time in the SEC, but the first wave of early enrollees from the freshmen and junior college ranks have already hit campus in preparation for the 2017 season. Even though coaches plan out their recruiting board in advance, some positions thin out or don’t develop as expected. The junior college ranks present a good stop-gap solution or fill the need for...

Where Did College Football Teams Find Their Starting Quarterbacks for 2017?

By Matt Fortuna, 2 weeks 6 days ago
As college football programs sign new future star quarterbacks while faces we became familiar with move on to the NFL, it is time to figure out just where all of this talent comes from.   For the third year in a row, Athlon Sports has tracked the roots of every projected starting quarterback for the upcoming season in the Power Five conferences, along with BYU and Notre Dame.  ...

College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days ago
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard work and long hours put in by the coaching staffs will finally bear fruit as high school seniors and a handful of junior college prospects will make...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the SEC in 2017

By Cody McClure, 3 weeks 2 days ago
In fairness, the SEC as a whole was not as good as the conference usually is in 2016. Alabama was great. But after that, you had a huge pile of mediocrity, with every team in the conference having at least four losses.   However, the lack of dominance certainly didn’t happen because of a shortage of talented players. The SEC had some of the nation’s best players, and that will...

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2016

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
College football’s coaching carousel was active prior to the 2016 season, as 28 programs hired a new full-time coach. It’s no secret coaching changes can have an instant impact on a problem, but some hires need a couple of years to rebuild a mess inherited from the previous staff. Winning right away as a new coach doesn’t necessarily guarantee long-term success, but it’s...

NFL Scouting Combine Watch: Evan Engram

By J.P. Scott, 3 weeks 5 days ago
When it comes to NFL 53-man rosters, versatility is invaluable. And at the tight end position there is not a prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft more versatile than Ole Miss' Evan Engram.   Related: 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0   Engram quite simply looks different than some of his big-bodied, lumbering peers at the position. At 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, he's basically a just a big wide...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The 2017 college football season is still seven months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players left for the NFL, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. That...
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