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TAMPA, Fla. -- Two of the top uncommitted quarterbacks remaining in the Class of 2015, Deondre Francois and Lamar Jackson, have many of the same college programs pursuing them.

CLIFTON, Va. -- Five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, No. 10 in the ESPN 300, will not be making an early commitment, that much has been known from the start. What is also known about Settle is that he intends to go through the entire process and take all five of his official visits.

What wasn’t known is that Settle has started to think about what schools will make the cut.

“I’m going to trim it down in August to 14,” said Settle, who earned an invitation to The Opening Saturday after a stellar performance at the Nike Football Training Camp at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va. “The reason I’m going to trim it down in August is two-a-days and getting ready for the season. I don’t want a lot of pressure on me. I just want to play and have fun my senior season.


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Baker cooking up something great 

September, 5, 2013
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A year ago, Jerome Baker Jr. (Cleveland/Benedictine) toiled in obscurity.

Now, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound junior can’t move an inch without someone asking about him.

Such is the life of an ESPN Junior 300 standout that has burst onto the scene as a can’t-miss prospect in the 2015 class.


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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Everyone calls him “Pee Wee,” but not in an ironic way that you would call a big man “Tiny.” No, defensive tackle Davonte Lambert (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College) was born to that nickname.

“I was a premature baby and my auntie came up with that name when I was little, so it just stuck with me ever since,” Lambert said. “I was under five pounds.”

Now Lambert tips the scales at 280 pounds and stands 6-foot-3 atop the wish lists of a number of major college programs.

“I have offers from Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State, Miami, Texas Tech -- I don’t know all of them off the top of my head,” Lambert said. “I get a ton of letters every day with a lot of handwritten ones.”

Not too shabby for a guy who didn’t get much attention in high school. Now in junior college, Lambert is enjoying the spotlight.


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RN Top 10: IMG SE Regional 

April, 22, 2013
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Some of the top prospects at the skill positions took to the fields at the IMG Academy over the weekend to participate in the 7-on-7 Southeast Regional. Here are 10 players who really stood out based upon their performances alone.

10. Kyle Gibson
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood | ATH | 6-foot, 180 pounds

The safety wasn't flashy over the course of the two-day event, but Gibson consistently seemed to be in good position to knock down pass attempts. The four-star prospect continually took the right angles on deep balls and came up aggressively on underneath routes. On day one, Gibson helped Team Tampa beat the South Florida Express Elite, which consisted of big-time wide receivers Ermon Lane and Florida State commit JoJo Robinson. Vanderbilt and Louisville are two schools standing out for Gibson. He has no timeframe on making a decision.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- For most high school players, the end of practice means they get a break from the incessant nagging and ceaseless instruction of their coaches. They go home, eat dinner, study and enjoy the respite until the whistles start blowing next time. For ESPN Watch List safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), that is not the case.

Wilson’s father is the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach at the University School, so Wilson jokes that he gets no respite.

“Oh no, there’s no break, there’s no break,” Wilson said. “Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yeah, I get it at practice, before practice, after practice, in the car, at the dinner table ...”

The talented junior laughed about the nonstop instruction but he also credited his father with making him the player he is today -- one of the most coveted safeties in Florida.


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OSU extends offer to Watch List DT 

February, 27, 2013
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Urban Meyer was at it again Wednesday with yet another offer to a defensive lineman.


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Juco QB McEvoy makes his commitment 

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Junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, N.J./Arizona Western College) was one of the most sought-after uncommitted recruits at his position as signing day approached. A quarterback with three years to play three seasons, capable of stepping in and pushing for early playing time, McEvoy narrowed his choices to a final four that included Florida, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

After official visits to Wisconsin and Florida last week, McEvoy announced his decision on Monday.


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SEC power in mix for juco QB McEvoy 

January, 28, 2013
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Junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, NJ/Arizona Western College) seemed to be settled on a final few schools, as Oregon and West Virginia sat atop his list after official visits to the Mountaineers on Dec. 14 and the Ducks on Jan. 11.

But the 6-foot-6, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback said previously that he might not be ready with a decision by signing day, and now that another member of college football royalty has joined the race, McEvoy's recruiting picture could be even more clouded.


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Allen-Williams picks up sacks, offers 

January, 6, 2013
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ATLANTA -- Two of the Peach State’s top outside linebackers recently met in the backfield of the Rising Seniors Bowl game and threw down the West team’s quarterback, Brooks Barden (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville). Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) came of the right end and Dante Sawyer (Flowery Branch, Ga./North Gwinnett) crashed the left side and both caught Barden before he could slip away. While it was clear Barden never had a chance, credit for the sack was a highly-contested debate.

“Oh, that was my sack.” Allen-Williams said. “Look, Dante and I had a little bet going on to see who would get the most sacks, so we ended up tying on them. So you know [when] there are two good ends on this field, you’re bound to have a good pass rush every now and then.”

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WR Johnnie Dixon has big offseason plans 

November, 17, 2012
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ESPN Watch List athlete Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) admits that he needs to start thinking about the recruiting process a little more.

But it’s hard for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior to deal with recruiting too much during the playoffs, especially when he is such a key component of Dwyer’s offense.

In Friday night’s 25-3 victory over Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast, Dixon had six catches for 101 yards.

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The Big 12's held on all season, but the SEC finally passed it for the No. 1 spot in the ESPN Stats & Info Conference Power Rankings.

The Big 12 still has the No. 1 spot in the computer polls, but the Big 12 took a hit in the human polls after just four Big 12 teams showed up in Sunday's AP rankings. The SEC took the lead by a full point after steadily creeping up on the Big 12 since the rankings debuted.

What was the biggest factor for the move? From the Stats & Info Blog:
Losses by Top-5 teams LSU and Georgia did not impact the SEC’s conference ranking because they lost to teams that were also in the Top 10.

On the other hand, losses by TCU and Texas Tech impacted the Big 12 in the rankings since they lost to teams with worse records entering the game.

The computers still favor the Big 12 over the SEC due to the depth of the conference, but the gap has narrowed. The SEC’s dominance in the polls has vaulted the conference into first place for the first time since the final conference power rankings of the 2011 season.

It's going to be a tight race all season, but for now, the SEC's pulled ahead by a nose.

ESPN Radio: Herbstreit on CFB

October, 3, 2012
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College GameDay's Kirk Herbstreit went on Mike & Mike to cover LSU-Florida, West Virginia-Texas, Geno Smith, Georgia-South Carolina, Miami-Notre Dame, Northwestern-Penn State and Michigan-Purdue. Listen here Listen

Watch List RB Haden ready to take visits 

October, 2, 2012
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Jonathan Haden is almost ready to hit the road.

The running back prospect from Washington (D.C.) Friendship said he's planning several visits after his junior season is complete. Friendship's last game is on Nov. 2.

Haden, who is on the ESPN Watch List, said he plans to visit Ohio State, Florida, West Virginia, LSU, Wisconsin, Alabama and Florida State. North Carolina and Ohio State have already offered Haden a scholarship. He said Florida, West Virginia and several ACC schools seem close to offering him a scholarship as well.

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Taking a look around Florida 

September, 18, 2012
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More thoughts from the weekend and looking ahead:

Walters shows out: With Miami Central's highly-touted 2014 running back prospects Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cooke expected to be the toughest test to date for Manatee's defensive line, it was the Hurricanes' 2014 prospect at running back that gave Central all it could handle. Trevon Walters showed that he is going to be a name to watch for the rest of this season. He had 107 yards rushing and 120 yards receiving on just 18 touches in Friday's 44-34 victory over Central. He scored on a shovel pass from 54 yards out and had a game-clinching 85-yard run late in the fourth quarter. "I feel like Trevon is going to be a major prospect and we're starting to expect games like he had (Friday)," said Manatee coach Joe Kinnan.

Central has a quarterback: After experimenting with junior Brandon Diaz, who has since moved to linebacker, and Yearby, who keyed a comeback victory over Booker T. Washington last Saturday, Miami Central seems to have found a guy who can hold down the spot for the rest of the season in 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior Keith Reed. He took over the reins from Yearby in the second quarter and threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns.

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