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College Football's Top 15 Impact True Freshmen for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season. With spring practice just around the corner, the focus around the nation now shifts to the 2017 season. Some of the...

How College Football's New Coaches Recruited in 2017

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits and misses in the team and player projections each season, but there’s plenty of accuracy and meaning behind the final rankings.  ...

College Football 2017 Team Recruiting Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 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...

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

By Matt Fortuna, 4 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, 4 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, 4 months 4 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...

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

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 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...

What Went Wrong for Notre Dame in 2016 and How to Fix the Fighting Irish

By Matt Fortuna, 5 months 13 hours ago
There are surprise teams every college football season, on both the good and the bad end of things. The 2016 season seemed particularly heavy on the bad end, with a number of highly-touted teams in the preseason — or teams that were coming off strong ‘15 campaigns — falling flat on their faces and missing out on bowl games.   We’ll be taking a look at some of...

College Football's Early Top 50 Players for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 day 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...

10 College Football Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

By Matt Fortuna, 5 months 2 days ago
In case you missed it: A number of high-profile college football stars declared early for the NFL Draft. Several even skipped their bowl games, which caused hysterics in some corners. In any event, it is now time for a new crop of talented reserves to step into the spotlight and fill some pretty big shoes for their respective programs.   Related: College Football's NFL Draft...