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Ranking the Best Quarterback Recruiting Classes of the last 10 Years

Athlon ranks the last 10 classes of quarterback recruits.
<p> Ranking the Best Quarterback Recruiting Classes of the last 10 Years</p>

Recruiting is reaching a fever pitch as the college football machine churns toward National Signing Day 2013. The first Wednesday in February is the NCAA’s version of Christmas morning for fans and coaches alike. Great coaching is the key to winning, but so are great players. If your team has better athletes, generally speaking, it will win the game more often than not.

That doesn’t mean that every five-star is an All-American or every two-star is a Sun Belt third stringer.

College Football's Top 15 Two-Star Recruits Since 2003

Who are the best two-star recruits in the modern recruiting era?
<p> Top 15 Two-Star Recruits of the Modern Recruiting Era</p>

Recruiting rankings are an inexact science, and even the experts will admit that. It is virtually impossible to measure heart, work ethic, mental focus and self-awareness in 17- and 18-year-old kids. Especially, in the face of the most important decision they will ever make.

10 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in College Football in 2013

Max Wittek is one of 10 players replacing college football's biggest names.
<p> 10 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in College Football in 2013</p>

The start of spring practice is still over a month away, but college football coaches have already turned the page from 2012 to 2013. With the passing of the NFL Draft deadline and new recruits coming in after Signing Day, coaches have a good idea about their roster and some of the holes facing their team.

Looking Back at College Football's Top 40 Recruits from 2007

USC claimed many of the top prospects, but the Trojans' future stars were anything but
<p> Looking back at the top recruits of 2007</p>

The top prospects of the 2007 signing class was a cautionary tale of sorts.

USC was the big winner on National Signing Day that year as the Trojans claiming four of the top 10 prospects in one of the final classes of Pete Carroll’s tenure. The top prospects, though, didn’t pan out. Of Everson Griffen, Joe McKnight, Chris Galippo and Marc Tyler, none of USC’s top four prospects made first-team all-conference.

Recruiting: Ranking the Most Talented States in the Country

Athlon Sports analyzes where the best high school football players in the nation are coming from
<p> Recruiting: Rankings the Most Talented States in the Country</p>

The phrase “SEC Speed” instantly conjures images of glory, victory and pride for one region in the country and thoughts of depression, agony and exasperation for every other part of the nation. But after claiming their seventh national championship in a row, the SEC has a right to claim the best programs, players and coaches.

But why is that?

College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers

LSU was a big loser from the NFL Draft's early entry deadline.
<p> College Football's NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers</p>

The early entry deadline to the NFL Draft is always a nervous time for many coaches in college football. Even though most coaches have an idea of which players will be back for the next season, there’s always a few surprises. And of course, it’s never easy to replace a potential first-round pick with an unproven player.

Early Big East Football Predictions for 2013

Louisville is the Big East's clear favorite for 2013.
<p> Early Big East Football Predictions for 2013</p>

With college football’s 2012 season in the books, it’s never too early to start thinking about 2013.

The Big East has gone through a lot of changes since 2011 and more shuffling is expected in the next year.

College Football's Top 5 Teams on the Decline for 2013

Kansas State, Florida State and LSU will have trouble matching its 2012 win total.
<p> College Football's Top 5 Teams on the Decline for 2013</p>

The 2012 college football season ended with another SEC Championship. And the SEC’s run of dominance probably won’t end in 2013, as Alabama returns most of its core and is a heavy favorite to win the national title.

While the Crimson Tide isn’t likely to see a drop in its win total, there are a few teams poised to see a decrease in victories in 2013.

Grading College Football's First-Year Coaching Hires for 2012

Ohio State's Urban Meyer ranks as the top new coach from 2012.
<p> Ranking College Football's First-Year Coaches from 2012</p>

With college football’s 2012 season completed, it’s time to take a look back at the season that was and review the performance of all 124 teams before 2013 kicks off.

Twenty-eight coaches made their debut at a new program in 2012 and produced a mix bag of results.