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College Football 2017 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks 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...

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

By Ryan Wright, 3 months 3 weeks 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...

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

By Matt Fortuna, 3 months 3 weeks 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, 3 months 3 weeks 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...

Recruiting a Championship Team vs. a 4-8 Squad: A Closer Look at Clemson’s and Notre Dame’s Recent Classes

By Jon Kinne, 3 months 3 weeks ago
National Signing Day in college football is fast approaching and the current national champions, the Clemson Tigers, are ready to do what they do best: sign a boatload of four- and five-star players. Conversely, Notre Dame stumbled to a 4-8 record this past season. Their problem, obviously, was that they have not recruited enough top-level players.   Right?   It is true that...

NFL Scouting Combine Watch: Devonte Fields

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Great pass rushers are few and far between in the NFL. With the game having shifted to mainly pass-centric schemes over the last decade or so, the ability of a defense to get to a quarterback and disrupt his timing is paramount. As a result, we've been seeing plenty of pass rushers go early and often in recent drafts.   One of the most talented edge rushers eligible for the 2017 NFL...

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

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks 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...

6 Junior College Transfers to Watch in the ACC for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is less than 10 days away, but some freshman and junior college prospects have already arrived on campus. The ACC has its share of talent through the freshmen ranks on the way and a small junior college crop of six players is set to arrive this offseason. While only six incoming junior college prospects are slated to join the ACC as of late...

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the ACC in 2017

By Jon Kinne, 3 months 4 weeks ago
It was a banner football season for the ACC with a 9-3 bowl record and a national championship. One of the primary reasons for the league’s success was the number of quality quarterbacks in the conference. In 2017, many of the ACC teams that had great signal-callers will be breaking in new starters at the position.   Related: 10 ACC Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 4 weeks 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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