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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrofins View Post
    Understood about the 5 star guy going G5. If i'm a 5 star recruit, i'm going to a "bigger" school as well. The best way a G5 school to get a top guy is that if that player transfers from a big school or it that 5 star player had to go JUCO b/c of grades.

    I always like to look at the espn 300 many years later and see where those players end up. I've seen in many cases the #1 overall high school guy get drafted into the NFL even though he was just "ok" in college (RIP Joe McKnight)
    i wasn't exaggerating when i said ESPN have as many people covering the nation as Rivals has covering one school. it's pathetic

    i believe they do allocated a lot of resources to hoops recruiting but not to football

    i should go take a peek at their ratings...but i won't. is a waste of time

    can't get em all right....Rivals had Jimmy Clausen #1 that year
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    RT, Alabama can't seem to get a quarterback to commit in this class. Last I heard, Saban
    had offered an Ivy League commit a scholarship. Tide only has 3 scholarship quarterbacks
    on the team right now.
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    Did they land any of the 5* dbs that were in town. I read prospect Surtain was leaning LSU
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    Quote Originally Posted by pathologist View Post
    Did they land any of the 5* dbs that were in town. I read prospect Surtain was leaning LSU
    Not that I know of Path. Signing day is Feb. 7 i believe. Saban has signed three CBs all 4star (Davis, Smith and Jobe)
    I haven't heard anything on the three 5star DBs who Bama is recruiting.
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    I know Surtain Sr met with Saban last week about a possible job. He didn’t take the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrofins View Post
    I know Surtain Sr met with Saban last week about a possible job. He didn’t take the job.
    OR...he was never offered the job.

    Jesus, you don't Nick Saban and never will and your post is being a CNN clown!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    RT, Alabama can't seem to get a quarterback to commit in this class. Last I heard, Saban
    had offered an Ivy League commit a scholarship. Tide only has 3 scholarship quarterbacks
    on the team right now.
    Alabama is throwing darts right now trying to find a QB. I'm glad Mullen got Jones to sign early or I fear he would have gotten the full court press from Saban and Co.

    Alabama's latest QB offers are two 3-star kids, the one committed to Princeton and a kid from Arizona. The Arizona kid has huge numbers, was the Gatorade POY in Arizona, but his best offer is Boise. It's got to be flattering for a kid to be recruited by Alabama, but these two kids have got to know they are Plan Z's (way, way, way, way, way down the list). Which means they likely get washed out in 2 or 3 years (i.e. asked to transfer, which Alabama is known to do w/ non-contributors).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    OR...he was never offered the job.

    Jesus, you don't Nick Saban and never will and your post is being a CNN clown!
    I don’t recall saying that he was “offered a job” but thx for putting words in my mouth. Correct, I don’t know Nick Saban but I don’t recall ever saying I did. Good luck on on alabama’s Recruiting class this season!! Imagine how much better it would be to be a Bama fan if u were actually smart enough to be accepted to that school!!
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    Will college football ever consider installing a draft similar to the NFL......I doubt if the "Heavy Weight" programs would stand still for it....
    Some school do have an advantage but the bottom line is an education......right ?
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    Won’t happen as it’s the student athlete’s choice where he wants to attend college. What if “School A” drafted you and they don’t offer what you want to major in.

    I think the only way it could happen is if that player agrees to get paid and would go anywhere as he doesn’t care so much about his education
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrofins View Post
    I don’t recall saying that he was “offered a job” but thx for putting words in my mouth. Correct, I don’t know Nick Saban but I don’t recall ever saying I did. Good luck on on alabama’s Recruiting class this season!! Imagine how much better it would be to be a Bama fan if u were actually smart enough to be accepted to that school!!
    Smart enough but not good enough to play for Bear. Got a 4 year free ride at a smaller school and grateful for the GIFT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Smart enough but not good enough to play for Bear. Got a 4 year free ride at a smaller school and grateful for the GIFT!
    If that’s the case where your college days were during the Bear Bryant era, then aren’t you a little bit too old to be an internet troll? I seriously thought you were in your early to mid 20’s with your maturity level. Wow, just wow!!

    i’m done arguing with you as it’s obvious that CTE has gotten to u from your college football days.

    Be well my friend and take care of yourself!!
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    10-4 Bud....I'm an old timer

    Maybe its just experience but when I recognize we have a STUD like you here at RX.

    We all bow down and say just another in a long line................
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    I don’t recall ever stating I was a legend or trying to achieve legendary status. Too many studs on this site that I respect who have forgotten more than I will ever know.

    Just seems like any time I mention something that is “anti Alabama”, you have crazy thin skin and troll me until there is no end. All I said on this thread that pat Surtain sr didn’t take the Bama job when meeting with Saban and u jump all over me saying things I never said.

    This is a gambling message board in the college football section. We talk college football in this section. If u want to talk about Bama and Bama only, then start a Bama thread or post on a Bama message board. This is a signing day thread. Relax. Bama isn’t gonna get every 5 Star stud out there. I’m sure they’ll be fine next year. Maybe they could beat auburn?

    Roll tide, my apologies for hijacking the thread
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    pretty cool list here. The head rivals writer took all the 5-stars and created a "bust factor" ... his #1, cannot miss, no chance of a bust, guy is Xavier Thomas btw.... (he did a separate story on Thomas)

    thought it worth sharing even if it doesn't post all that well. I would rate Ross at least a MEDIUM for bust factor whether or not he ends up in Ttown. and tough to think that both UGA 5-star RB will become superstars...


    1. QB
    Trevor Lawrence
    LOW – As stated above, he’s the best quarterback I’ve ever seen at the high school level.2. QB
    Justin Fields
    MEDIUM – The situation at Georgia is an iffy one and he’s a superior talent, but needs some refining in the passing game.3. WR
    Amon-Ra St. Brown
    LOW – He’s going to be a great receiver, there is no doubt about it. He’s one of the most sure things on the list.4. QB
    JT Daniels
    MEDIUM – The early jump and a lack of great height and length has him on the medium list, but he’s a special talent.5. DE
    Xavier Thomas
    LOW – Worth ethic and the ability to play defensive end or grow into a tackle makes him a can’t-miss.6. DE
    Micah Parsons
    MEDIUM – The only question marks I have are maturity and the move to inside linebacker here. He’s a freak, though.7. DE
    Eyabi Anoma
    MEDIUM – Maturity is the big question mark, because otherwise he’s a freaky talent.8. CB
    Patrick Surtain
    LOW – Corners are usually at least medium risk, but Surtain has the size and skill to dominate at either corner or safety.9. OL
    Jamaree Salyer
    LOW – He’ll be a road grader and likely three-year starter. He could play tackle if needed.10. RB
    Zamir White
    LOW – Running backs are usually always medium, but if he returns healthy, there’s no way he can miss.11. OT
    Nick Petit-Frere
    LOW – A freaky athlete, he could play defense if needed and will be successful at either left or right tackle. He’s just starting to scratch the surface.12. DE
    Adam Anderson
    MEDIUM – A great pass rusher, the only question I have is about his frame.13. RB
    Lorenzo Lingard
    MEDIUM – The running back factor is here for him as that position seems to have a high bust factor.14. S
    Tyreke Johnson
    MEDIUM – He’s a big hitter who could play corner or safety, but there are some questions about his consistency as a cover man.15. WR
    Justyn Ross
    LOW – A tall, angular receiver with great body control, it’s hard to see him busting out.16. OT
    Jackson Carman
    MEDIUM – Will he be a guard and can he lose some bad weight in college? He has the skill but does he have the dedication.17. CB
    Brendan Radley-Hiles
    LOW – Despite his lack of great size, he’s a sure thing to be a terrific player.18. WR
    Justin Shorter
    LOW – His size and speed combination will allow him to dominate at the next level and beyond.19. OT
    Cade Mays
    MEDIUM – He could be a right tackle or move to guard, but I worry a bit about his footwork.20. LB
    Teradja Mitchell
    LOW – His tackling ability and instincts should make him a star at the college level.21. LB
    Palaie Gaoteote
    LOW – Linebackers bust out often but Gaoteote has the range and smarts to be a low risk in this area.22. RB
    James Cook
    MEDIUM – He has the talent, but could he get caught up in the wash of the depth chart as Georgia continues to add elite running backs?23. CB
    Olaijah Griffin
    MEDIUM – Does he love football and will he be physical enough and grow out his frame enough to be key in run support?24. S
    Caden Sterns
    LOW – He’s a hitter, he’s excellent in run support and he is a ball hawk.25. CB
    Tyson Campbell
    LOW – He takes some risks but he’s too tall and athletic to now be a star at corner or safety.26. DE
    K.J. Henry
    LOW – High character, great work ethic and a frame to build on with athletic skill, he won’t miss.27. WR
    Terrace Marshall Jr.
    MEDIUM – He has talent but will he dominate and take over games like he should?28. WR
    Mark Pope
    MEDIUM – My main question is a lack of great size and that he probably has to be a slot receiver.29. S
    Jaiden Woodbey
    LOW – Others question his focus and concentration but he’s too much of a freaky athlete to fail.30. WR
    Derion Kendrick
    LOW – He reminds me of Percy Harvin
    , he’s that fast around the corner and that will make him dominant.31. WR
    Jaylen Waddle
    MEDIUM – Like Pope, I worry a bit about his size despite the way smaller receivers are dominating these days.32. CB
    Isaac Taylor-Stuart
    MEDIUM – He has all the talent and physical skills in the world, but I question his “want to” at times.33. DE
    Brenton Cox
    MEDIUM – He’s a gamer but the knock against him is the work he puts in during the week so I’ll put him at medium.This is how I handicapped the bust factor for 2017's five-stars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    his #1, cannot miss, no chance of a bust, guy is Xavier Thomas btw.... (he did a separate story on Thomas).
    The safest five-star prospect, the one that simply will not be a bust, is not Trevor Lawrence. For all the gushing I have done over his skill level and high school performance, the quarterback position comes with a high bust factor.
    The safest 2018 five-star, who just won't bust, has to be Clemson defensive end signee
    Xavier Thomas
    because of his work ethic, power and internal drive for greatness. If he doesn't work out at defensive end, the Tigers can move him inside and he can kill it at tackle.
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    hmm despite having last year's #1 kicker, Joseph Bulovas, on board the Tide signed a grad kicker out of temple today. He went 33/40 in 2015 and 2016 and was injured in 2017.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    I would rate Ross at least a MEDIUM for bust factor whether or not he ends up in Ttown.
    I kinda, sorta agree RT. I don't think he will be a bust but I don't believe he will dominate at the college level. ESPN and 247 have dropped him to a four star but for some reason Rivals continue to sing his praises.

    His visit to AU last weekend didn't improved their chances with him. They remain a distant third in a 3 horse race. I'm sure they would find room if he wanted to commit but after getting a commitment from Schwartz they don't really have room in this class for a fifth receiver.

    Ross's grandmother is probably the most important person in his recruitment and she is in love with bama. His mother likes Dabo. I think he will go with his grandmother and end up at bama but a Clemson commit wouldn't shock me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadLast View Post
    I kinda, sorta agree RT. I don't think he will be a bust but I don't believe he will dominate at the college level. ESPN and 247 have dropped him to a four star but for some reason Rivals continue to sing his praises.

    His visit to AU last weekend didn't improved their chances with him. They remain a distant third in a 3 horse race. I'm sure they would find room if he wanted to commit but after getting a commitment from Schwartz they don't really have room in this class for a fifth receiver.

    Ross's grandmother is probably the most important person in his recruitment and she is in love with bama. His mother likes Dabo. I think he will go with his grandmother and end up at bama but a Clemson commit wouldn't shock me.
    discussion on him today

    MAKING THE CASE
    With National Signing Day right around the corner, several of the nation’s top prospects are nearing final decisions in advance of officially signing their letters-of-intent next Wednesday.
    Today, experts from the Rivals.com network examine where five-star Phenix City (Ala.) Central wide receiver
    Justyn Ross
    will end up playing his college football. The candidates are Auburn, Alabama and Clemson.



    15 NATIONAL

    1 STATE

    2 POSITION

    ASS OF 2018

    The Situation: Ross has been one of the nation’s most highly sought-after players at any position but has been locked in on his final trio since the summer. Early on it looked like a battle between Auburn and Clemson, and at times both of the Tigers felt confident about their chances. But Alabama has made a recent push and seems to be picking up steam, even after Ross officially visited Auburn over the weekend. With official visits to all three schools in the books, Ross could make a decision any day. So where will he end up? We asked our team experts to state the case for their respective programs and let National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell issue a verdict.

    ALABAMA

    “Alabama has recruited Ross for more than two years. It has been a very close battle between the Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers the last few months. He took an official visit to Alabama two weekends ago. He has a very close relationship with the Crimson Tide coaching staff. It seems like Alabama is slightly ahead of the Tigers heading into his decision next week.” – Andrew Bone, BamaInsider.com




    AUBURN

    “Ross took an official visit to Auburn and has the Tigers in his final three, but that's probably as close to the top as they will get. Ross might stay in the state to attend college, but it won't be at Auburn.” – Jeffrey Lee, AuburnSports.com




    CLEMSON

    “Clemson has been a leading contender for many months because of reasons that haven’t changed. Its NFL receiver pedigree resonates, and five-star quarterback
    Trevor Lawrence
    ’s arrival offers strong promise to feed their pass-catching prowess. Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott and area recruiter Todd Bates have longstanding relationships here and are among the best recruiters on Clemson’s staff, while Dabo Swinney still has his in-home visit this week to make their case why the Tigers would be the superior fit once the perception of validation in playing for the Tide is removed. It’s predictably tough to beat Alabama for an in-state five-star it wants, and it would be foolhardy to ignore the momentum the Tide feel they have with Ross going down the stretch. But it would also probably be premature to discount Clemson’s chances in light of those circumstances.” – Paul Strelow, TigerIllustrated.com




    THE VERDICT

    “After months and months of thinking this would be Clemson I’m going to go with Alabama here. They have the momentum it seems after a great official visit and in-home, he has certain members of his family who would really like to see him stay home and this one is trending towards the Tide. Clemson would still not surprise me and it seems Auburn is on the outside looking in.” – Farrell
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    pretty normal number for a #1 class. Bama was #1 for last 5 years and signed 27 5-stars from 2013-2017 so just a bit more than 5/class

    the ridiculous Bama 2017 class had 7 5-stars and 2016 class had 5 as well ... 2014 class had 6

    right now UGA has 7 on rivals (which is the only true recruiting source) ... if they add an 8th like Campbell that will probably be the new record assuming all 8 commits keep their 5-star status. Absolutely ridiculous recruiting that Kirby and crew have going right now.
    Take Two: Is UGA's 2018 class the best in Rivals era?


    Zamir WhiteRivals.com

    Adam Gorney • Rivals.com@adamgorney





    Take Two returns with a daily offering tackling a handful of issues in the college football landscape. Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney lays out the situation and receives takes from Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and a local expert from the Rivals.com network of team sites.
    MORE TAKE TWO: Can Kyler Murray get OU back to playoffs? | Early-entry debate


    THE STORYLINE

    The only recruiting class to sign eight five-star prospects was USC in 2004, making it arguably the top group in the Rivals.com era dating back to 2002, although Alabama’s best classes certainly could debate that it had some outstanding classes as well.
    Either way that shakes out, Georgia is on track to sign eight this recruiting cycle if five-star DB
    Tyson Campbell
    from Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage picks the Bulldogs over Miami and others in the coming weeks. A surprise five-star pledge (hey, anything can happen with the way coach Kirby Smart is recruiting) would make this Georgia class on paper the best ever without question.Whether Georgia closes with seven, eight or possibly more five-stars in this class matters greatly but however it shakes out, the Bulldogs have done phenomenally well.
    The No. 1 class in the country that almost definitely cannot be caught; The Bulldogs have locked up four of the top five players in the state - all five-stars - in QB
    Justin Fields
    , OG Jamaree Salyer
    , WDE Adam Anderson
    and SDE Brenton Cox
    .On and on, Georgia has done almost as good as can be. Does this class rate among the best ever? If Campbell joins the Bulldogs, would it be No. 1 of all time?

    FIRST TAKE - JAKE REUSE, UGASPORTS.COM

    “Let me start by saying, yes, Georgia gets an eighth five-star signee in this class. I’m not sure it would have always been the case, but we’ve been predicting defensive back
    Tyson Campbell
    to be a part of the Bulldogs’ class since before he attained the mark. That prediction hasn’t changed, so here we are.
    "As for the level of surprise, for anyone to say otherwise would be disingenuous. Did I think Kirby Smart was an ace recruiter who surrounded himself with some strong personalities upon being hired? Sure, but when you start mentioning ‘best class ever’, that’s different. Georgia fans already have plenty to look forward to coming off last season and seeing the strides the team made, but an influx of talent that significant added to the mix could truly lead to some special times down the road.”




    SECOND TAKE - MIKE FARRELL, RIVALS.COM

    “On paper, Georgia’s class could be the best ever. It depends on how it closes. The best class on paper that I ever saw was the 2004 USC class. That was loaded with top guys from so many different states.
    “They got the No. 1 player in Florida. They got the No. 1 player in Ohio. They locked down California. They got the No. 1 player in Colorado. They got the No. 1 player in New Jersey. It was so national of a class and there were so many guys that were highly-rated so it was the best one on paper I saw.

    "The Georgia class this year could certainly beat that when you look at where they’re getting their guys and the importance of positions and how they’re closing on guys. There is a lot of Southeast there, but Luke Ford is from Illinois, they got a JUCO kid from Kansas, Jordan Davis is from North Carolina.
    “It’s tough. The No. 1 class ever? It’s usually something we figure out three or four years after they sign. On paper, this could certainly be the best class ever.”

    Georgia's five-stars in 2018 class
    Position Name Hometown Rivals250 rank
    QB Justin Fields
    Kennesaw, Ga.
    2
    OG Jamaree Salyer
    Atlanta, Ga.
    9
    RB Zamir White
    Laurinburg, NC
    10
    DE Adam Anderson
    Rome, Ga.
    12
    OT Cade Mays
    Knoxville, Tenn.
    19
    RB James Cook
    Miami, Fla.
    22
    DE Brenton Cox
    Stockbridge, Ga.
    33


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    • ESPN.com




    Last season, Jake Fromm was a classic example of a freshman who made an instant impact, replacing Georgia's injured starting quarterback and leading the Bulldogs to the national championship game.
    This season? Fromm finds the Georgia depth chart includes quarterback Justin Fields, the top-ranked player in the ESPN 300. And Fields isn't the only first-year player who could make a difference right away.
    Here are the sudden-impact freshmen for the programs in Mark Schlabach's Way-Too-Early Top 25.

    1. Clemson: QB Trevor Lawrence

    Kelly Bryant is the incumbent at quarterback, and he just led the Tigers to an ACC championship. Hunter Johnson, the top QB recruit of 2017, is on the roster too. But ask any Clemson fan and there's no freshman -- perhaps no player, period -- garnering more offseason excitement than Lawrence, the No. 2 overall recruit in 2018 (per ESPN) and a signal-caller that Dabo Swinney said is more ready, at least physically, than Deshaun Watson was upon arrival. Lawrence has all the tools, and if he hits the ground running, many Clemson fans will be upset if he isn't the guy running the show sooner than later. - David M. Hale

    2. Alabama: DL Christian Barmore and Stephon Wynn

    The Crimson Tide are losing several defensive linemen (Joshua Frazier, Da'Ron Payne, Da'Shawn Hand) so that opens things up for incoming freshmen such as Barmore and Wynn. Both are in the top 100 in the ESPN 300, and they each have the kind of size (Barmore is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds; Wynn is 6-foot-4, 308) that the Tide look for to plug in up front. -- Sam Khan Jr.

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    3. Ohio State: DT Taron Vincent

    The Buckeyes played 14 freshmen this past season, which tied a high for coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State. The team has a lot of youth returning, so there likely won't be many spots with opportunities to get significant playing time. Vincent is a five-star and could work his way into the rotation along the defensive line. With defensive ends Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewisleaving, ESPN 300 defensive end Tyreke Smith might be able to see the field, as well. On offense, tight end Jeremy Ruckert is the No. 1 ranked tight end in the class and could give the Buckeyes another pass-catcher early in the season. -- Tom VanHaaren

    4. Oklahoma: DE Ron Tatum III

    Tatum, out of Oklahoma City, signed early to stay home after toying with Texas. He was, in fact, committed to the Longhorns until shortly after Sooners coach Lincoln Riley was promoted from offensive coordinator in June. The Sooners lose D.J. Ward up front and top pass-rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo at the second level of defense. Tatum, the No. 1-rated prospect in Oklahoma and 48th overall, has the size at 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds to step in right away at a physically demanding position. -- Mitch Sherman

    5. Georgia: QB Justin Fields

    Last season taught us not to automatically assume that just because a quarterback played well as a true freshman at Georgia that he can't be unseated the next season. That's not to say Fields, the No. 1 player in the ESPN 300, will automatically overtake Jake Fromm at QB next season, but with Jacob Eason transferring out and Fields enrolling early, Fields will have the opportunity to compete with Fromm and probably see the field, even if it's in a reserve role early on. (Fields and Fromm are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.) This will be one to watch. -- Khan
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    6. Wisconsin: Wide receivers

    The Badgers were looking to add more speed to their roster with this recruiting class, and they accomplished that goal. Wide receiver was a main priority because of what they are losing after this season and next. That could give A.J. Abbott II, Taj Mustapha, Isaac Guerendo or Aron Cruickshank an opportunity to make an early impact, even with Danny Davis IIIand A.J. Taylor returning. Defensive back Donte Burton could help in the secondary, as could defensive tackle Bryson Williams along the line. Wisconsin only had five prospects from its previous recruiting class play this past season, so it's not likely to have many playing from the 2018 class, either. -- VanHaaren

    7. Washington: WR Marquis Spiker

    Outside of Dante Pettis, the Huskies didn't get much production at receiver in 2017, and now that he's gone, there is an obvious void. Spiker, ranked No. 131 in the ESPN 300, should have the opportunity to work his way into the rotation from Day 1. -- Kyle Bonagura

    8. Miami: RB Lorenzo Lingard

    With depth a concern for the Hurricanes, Mark Richt isn't hiding anything. The freshmen will play, and they'll likely play a lot, the coach said. The question is: Who'll be ready to make the biggest impact quickly? There are plenty of options, especially in the secondary, where Miami will need some immediate help. But the name that continues to stick out for Canes fans is running back Lingard -- the No. 4 back in the country, according to ESPN's recruiting rankings, and potentially the most dynamic runner to arrive at Miami since Duke Johnson. -- Hale

    9. Michigan State: TE Trenton Gillison

    The Spartans were one of the youngest teams in the country last season. They also typically don't play a ton of true freshmen. Despite having some higher-ranked defensive backs in the class, the secondary is loaded with youth. Gillison might be able to provide a boost on offense to go along with current tight end Matt Sokol. And the versatility of Xavier Henderson could get him on the field early in his career. -- VanHaaren

    10. West Virginia: DE Dante Stills

    Who doesn't need a big man to rush the passer? Stills, at 6-foot-4 and 284 pounds, signed with the Mountaineers in December over offers from Florida, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma and others. Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson noted that West Virginia could have used Stills against Utah in the postseason, so apparently, he's ready to contribute immediately. Stills knows what to expect, as his father, Gary, played linebacker at the school and brother Darius already is a defensive lineman in Morgantown. -- Sherman

    11. Penn State: LB Micah Parsons

    The Nittany Lions are losing quite a bit on defense, including at the middle linebacker spot. ESPN 300 defensive lineman Parsons is a five-star player with enough athleticism to fill in at that spot. James Franklin said it's likely Parsons could start in the middle, which would provide some immediate help. Losing receivers DaeSean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknallalso will give some opportunity to five-star wide receiver Justin Shorter and ESPN 300 receivers Jahan Dotson and Daniel George. With running back Saquon Barkley headed to the NFL, running back signee Ricky Slade could see some reps with current running back Miles Sanders. The Nittany Lions also are losing quite a bit at tight end, which opens the door for Patrick Freiermuth or Zack Kuntz to help out. -- VanHaaren

    12. Stanford: DE Andres Fox

    At one time it could have seemed possible for defensive linemen Harrison Phillips and Solomon Thomas to be on the Cardinal's roster in 2018. That, of course, isn't going to happen, with Phillips off early to the NFL draft, joining Thomas, who declared last season with two years of eligibility remaining. Is four-star defensive end Fox, who turned down Alabama, headed for the same type of career? -- Bonagura

    13. Auburn: S Quindarious Monday

    The Tigers are losing quite a bit of depth at safety, where 2017 starters Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts are gone, as are their backups. Enter Monday, the eighth-ranked safety in the country and No. 118 player in the ESPN 300. He signed and enrolled early and will have a chance to get on the field quickly. -- Khan

    14. Michigan: TE Mustapha Muhammad

    Michigan played a lot of second-year players last season, so there isn't a ton of opportunity. ESPN 300 tight end Muhammad could play his way onto the field with Zach Gentry and Sean McKeon, as Michigan searches for more offensive weapons. If ESPN 300 linebacker Otis Reese sticks with his Michigan pledge, as he didn't sign in the early signing period, it would be tough to keep him off the field. He's an athletic, aggressive linebacker who could add a lot to the defense. Athlete Michael Barrett is an interesting prospect because he plays quarterback for his high school team, but he could be a running back for Michigan. Barrett has enough versatility that he could see himself in a key special-teams role. -- VanHaaren

    15. Virginia Tech: WR Tre Turner

    The Hokies' young receivers flashed potential last season, but none developed into a consistent weapon. There's still time, of course, but the arrival of four-star recruit Turner certainly adds an interesting wrinkle. At 6-foot-4, Turner brings the size to rival that of former Hokies great Isaiah Ford, and while Turner needs to add some weight to play more physically, he figures to be in the mix for playing time right away. Combine Turner with an improved Eric Kumah (6-foot-2) and Sean Savoy in the slot and the Hokies have the makings for a dangerous receiving corps in 2018. -- Hale

    16. TCU: RB Fabian Franklin

    Others in the Horned Frogs' class of signees came with higher rankings and more impressive numbers, but TCU needed no recruit more than Franklin out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He flipped from hometown Mississippi State in December after the departure of coach Dan Mullen to Florida. Darius Anderson returns as TCU's leading rusher, but Kyle Hicks is gone, leaving the 5-foot-11, 207-pound Franklin to compete with less-experienced backs Sewo Olonilua and Kenedy Snell for immediate playing time. -- Sherman

    17. Boise State: WR Khalil Shakir

    Shakir had offers from Arizona, Boston College, Colorado, Illinois, UCLA and Washington State, among others, but he decided to head to the Mountain West. Shakir's offensive versatility -- he can play slot, outside, running back, returner -- should allow him to carve out a niche for the Broncos early on. -- Bonagura

    18. USC: QB J.T. Daniels

    With QB Sam Darnold off to the NFL as the possible No. 1 overall pick, the Trojans only have two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. That will change this summer when Daniels arrives from nearby Mater Dei High School, where he was the Gatorade National Player of the Year this past season -- as a junior. Daniels reclassified from the Class of 2019 and will compete with Matt Fink and Jack Sears for the job. -- Bonagura

    19. Mississippi State: WRs Malik Heath and Devonta Jason

    With the arrival of new coach Joe Moorhead, the Bulldogs are likely to throw the ball more than they have in the past, and that's good news for the receivers. That position accounts for the top three recruits in the Bulldogs' 2018 class, including freshman duo Heath and Jason. Both standing at 6-foot-3 and 210-plus pounds, the ESPN 300 prospects each have a chance to contribute early. Jason enrolled early, which will give him a leg up. -- Khan

    20. Notre Dame: S Derrik Allen

    The Irish figure to have some big holes to fill on the defense, so expect a number of freshmen to see action early. Allen could be at the top of that list due to his playmaking skills and ability to hold up in man coverage. At 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds, he's a matchup problem for opposing receivers, and he could be a big help for a Notre Dame secondary that coughed up 23 touchdown passes last season, tied for 94th nationally. -- Hale

    21. UCF: LB Eriq Gilyard

    It would be nearly impossible to replace the veteran leadership and on-field impact of the Knights' departing seniors at linebacker. Chequan Burkett and Shaquem Griffin anchored UCF's defense last season, and while there's some young talent already on the roster that could step up, true freshman Gilyard makes for an interesting option. At 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds, Gilyard is already a stout run defender, and if he can refine his efforts in coverage, he could see a big role in the early going for UCF. -- Hale

    22. Florida State: CB Asante Samuel Jr.

    Just two months into the job, Willie Taggert is still hoping to add to his 2018 class, but the bulk of the big names he has signed so far are in the secondary, with four of Florida State's top six recruits. With the departures of Tarvarus McFadden, Nate Andrews and Trey Marshall, that's big, and we could see Samuel step in right away to fill the void in the back end. Samuel is the No. 3 cornerback recruit in the country, according to ESPN, and he would pair nicely alongside last year's standout addition, Stanford Samuels III. -- Hale

    23. LSU: WR Terrace Marshall Jr.

    The Tigers bring in a bona fide five-star receiver where they need one in Marshall, the No. 10 player in the ESPN 300. Ed Orgeron said last month he thinks Marshall will be a tremendous receiver at LSU "right away." With leading receiver D.J. Chark gone, and Russell Gage too, there's opportunity to step in immediately. -- Khan

    24. Texas: S B.J. Foster



    The Longhorns signed the top three safeties nationally in a bid to replace DeShon Elliott, who is gone early to the NFL, and Jason Hall. We'll go with the headliner Foster, a five-star prospect and the 12th-ranked prospect nationally who picked Texas in June. He follows a star-studded path from Angleton, Texas, that previously sent fellow DBs Quentin Jammer and Quandre Diggs to Austin. Despite the stiff competition from classmates and the return of Josh Thompson in the secondary, Foster might soon start alongside Brandon Jones at safety. -- Sherman

    25. South Carolina: CB Jaycee Horn

    With three starting seniors gone from the secondary, there's plenty of room for freshman defensive backs to play quickly -- something that's a common occurrence under Will Muschamp. Horn, the 18th-ranked cornerback in the nation, figures to be in the mix to get on the field early. He's got NFL bloodlines too; his father is former New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn. -- Khan
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    some real noise about Quay Walker flipping from Bama to tenn .... Pruitt already snagged JJ Petersen so a Petersen/Walker duo from under Bama's nose would be a punk move

    (just kidding, it's what they hired him for)

    We are one week away from National Signing Day. Recruiting over this next week will be wild, with players flipping their commitments seemingly every day.

    Tennessee is zeroing in on a couple of prospects, but one stands out above the rest. Linebacker Quay Walker is the prize for the Vols next week.
    I believe things are looking better and better for Walker, too.

    The 4-star linebacker is an Alabama commit right now, but that doesn’t appear to hold much weight. He has continually flirted with other schools the past few months.
    Alabama offered linebacker Jaylen Moody last night, the same night coach Nick Saban went in-home with Walker in Cordele, Ga. This would seemingly mean The Crimson Tide believe Walker will go elsewhere on Signing Day.

    Tennessee’s other competition comes from Georgia. Walker takes an official visit to Athens, Ga., this weekend.

    It’s the final hurdle for the Vols to get past to end up with the 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker. Tennessee will offer a better chance at early playing time, which is important.

    Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will go in-home with Walker this week as he will try to seal the deal. Walker has said he looked forward to being coached by Pruitt while he was the defensive coordinator at Alabama.

    Tennessee is also aided by Walker’s friendship with Vol commit JJ Peterson.
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    Bama NSD update


    QB - looks like they will add a QB and it won't be James Foster. I believe it will be Purdy but Brevin White has really been gaining steam.


    WR - I want Waddle #1 and then Ross #2 but on Bama board Ross is their top target. Would like to add 2 WR next week and Waddle/Ross would be ideal


    OL - Wanted Sewell and Petit-Frere but Cristobal getting that Ducks HC job pretty much locks up Sewell. Bama no better than 50/50 to get Petit-Frere so could get shutout at Oline adds


    DL - Many guys still in play here and in the secondary which are two biggest areas of need. I expect they sign Brown and Langham


    LB - Quay Walker now becoming a real threat to flip to Tenn but, ideally, Bama would keep Walker and flip JJ Peterson. CNS just offered two new kids this week which tells me he's expecting Walker to flip to Knoxville and is creating a backup plan


    DB - Same names as on first page...Surtain, Campbell, Smith, Taylor-Stuart and now add in Griffin and O'Neal. Bama wants 3 of them with Surtain, Campbell, and ITS the top 3 on the board. Bama must get two of their main 4 targets (surtain/campbell/smith/its) or it will be a disappointing year for the defense


    keep an eye on Texas A&M with Bobby Brown and Waddle. If Jimbo doesn't hit that pair this will go down as a disaster recruiting year for the Aggies and potentially the worst since ratings services started keeping track. Only once in L9 years did they finish outside the top 22 and there's a real shot they don't crack the top 40 without Brown and Waddle. The 2019 class is looking very good though....
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    confirmed times so far...more to be added.

    ESPNU 10am to noon
    ESPN2 noon to 3PM


    10 a.m. Hour Patrick Surtain Jr. #5 CB Plantation, Fla. Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Miami
    10 a.m. Hour Tyson Campbell #9 CB Plantation, Fla. Alabama, Georgia, Miami
    10 a.m. Hour Andrew Chatfield #159 DE Plantation, Fla. Florida, Florida State, Miami
    10 a.m. Hour Nick Petit-Frere #13 OT Tampa, Fla. Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State,
    11 a.m. Hour Tanner McKee #76 QB Corona, Calif. Alabama, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington
    Noon Hour Solomon Tuliaupupu #197 ILB Santa Ana, Calif. Notre Dame, UCLA, USC
    Noon Hour Tommy Bush #71 WR Schertz, Texas Georgia, Baylor, Michigan State, Ole Miss
    1 p.m. Hour Justyn Ross #74 WR Phenix City, Ala. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson
    1 p.m. Hour Olaijah Griffin #72 CB Mission Viejo, Calif. Alabama, Oregon, USC, Tennessee
    2 p.m. Hour Devon Williams #16 ATH Lancaster, Calif. Oregon, USC
    2 p.m. Hour Jacob Copeland #40 WR Pensacola, Fla. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Texas A&M
    2 p.m. Hour Maurice Washington #93 RB Cedar Hill, Texas Arizona State, Nebraska
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    There was an article in the newspaper that said its likely that ESPN will have cameras on signing day at Surtain's and Campbell's and Chatfields' school so they'll most likely wait until signing day.

    There have been plenty of good football players out of that school (american heritage) but i dont recall Saban ever getting any of them (he was done well in broward county).

    Mike Rumph was their former hs football coach and he is now an assistant with the hurricanes. Lets see what happens
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