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Army Bowl notebook: Dec. 31 

December, 31, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- The second day of practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl -- on the last day of 2013 -- has come to a conclusion. Here is Tuesday’s notebook featuring some of the nation’s elite athletes:

LB Williams: Law and order equals '98 percent'

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The 2016 LSU-Wisconsin game at Lambeau Field could become official on Friday, when the University of Wisconsin board of regents is expected on to approve a contract for the contest.

The game has been in the works for months, and the two schools agreed to a contract for two-game series back in August. The Tigers and Badgers already officially announced that they will open the 2014 season at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

The Wisconsin regents are meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus and were expected to discuss the game contract in committee on Thursday night before voting on it Friday, a school official told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that the Green Bay Packers would pay the Badgers $3 million for its first-ever game at Lambeau Field.

Video: Take your pick: Week 5

September, 27, 2013

Robert Smith picks the winners of the biggest games in Week 5 of the college football season.
The first line of Wisconsin's news release Friday afternoon summed it up perfectly: After months of speculation, it is finally official.

Wisconsin BadgersIndeed, Badgers fans, you can finally book those tickets to Houston to watch Wisconsin kick off the 2014 season against LSU at Reliant Stadium on Aug. 31, 2014. Wisconsin's board of regents on Friday signed off on the game, the first of three blockbuster neutral-site season openers against SEC powers. The Badgers open the 2015 season against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Wisconsin-LSU matchup has been in the works for months, and we expected an official announcement a long time ago.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to open next season against one of the best programs in the country," Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said in a prepared statement. "We want to compete at the highest level and on a national stage, and this game is a great example of that."

There will be a second Wisconsin-LSU game, in 2016 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., but it has yet to become official.

Wisconsin and LSU have played only twice before, with LSU winning matchups in 1971 and 1972. The Badgers' 2014 non-league schedule also includes home matchups against Western Illinois (Sept. 6), Bowling Green (Sept. 20) and South Florida (Sept. 27).

Needless to say, these are excellent additions for Wisconsin, a very good program that wants the chance to be great and crack the field of four in the College Football Playoff. Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez understands the value that schedule strength will have for the Playoff selection committee.

After years of living in cupcake city, Wisconsin is stepping up to face the big boys. Good to see.
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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Tigers 13th in Way-Too-Early Top 25

January, 8, 2013
Alabama CheerleadersStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesAlabama, with three of the past four national titles, is No. 1 in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

There are still seven months before the start of the 2013 season, and the teams and their order figure to change frequently, but it's never too early to take a look at the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

And with three national championships in the past four years, there's no reason to change the team that's on top. With so many players leaving early for the NFL, LSU has some ground to make up at No. 13.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

November, 9, 2012
Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

You can also rank the battles this week in SportsNation.
The father of Andy Bauer (St. Louis/De Smet) told ESPN’s RecruitingNation Wednesday morning that the ESPN Watch List offensive tackle had decommitted from Missouri. The big question now: What’s next?

Craig Bauer said his son, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle, was looking to explore all options and make a decision sometime in the spring of 2013. Bauer has more than 30 offers from FBS programs, including Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. He also has looks from Oregon, USC and Wisconsin.

“Right now, he’s looking around and seeing what’s out there,” Craig Bauer said. “Missouri’s still high up there, but he’s looking at other options. Missouri’s cool with him doing this. They want him to make the right decision.”

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

November, 2, 2012
RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

The No. 1 offensive guard in the nation has put out a new top three and it has a Big Ten feel as Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin -- in no particular order -- will now be in a dogfight for the services of David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech).

The 6-foot-4, 282-pound senior -- ranked 87th overall in the ESPN 150 -- was thought to be a heavy lean toward Florida after taking an official visit on Oct. 19.

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CINCINNATI -- Even the best players in the country get a little nervous sometimes.

Jordan Scarlett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), one of the premier sophomores nationally, wasn’t sure he would even be able to run his route on the first play of the game against top Ohio program Trotwood-Madison. It was Scarlett’s first career start.

“It was kind of nerve-racking,” he said. “The first play I messed up. I caught the bubble screen and started stuttering and my legs got weak. They were about to give out on me.”

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It was a long trip to Baton Rouge, La., for 2014 cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech), but it certainly paid off.

Webb became the latest 2014 prospect to secure an offer from LSU during Day 3 of the Tigers' July camp. Webb finished up his workout for the LSU coaching staff Wednesday afternoon, and he had some time to share his thoughts on what is now his seventh scholarship offer.

"I wasn't expecting it, but I was hoping I would get an offer," Webb said. "I felt good, because LSU is a great school and they offered me -- that felt really good."

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LSU received a commitment Thursday from a Texas running back.

The pledge gives the Tigers 10 commitments for 2013 and adds an explosive offensive threat as well as their first true running back in the class.

Adam Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back from Texas powerhouse Katy High, committed to the Tigers after a junior season that was marred by a season-ending knee injury in the season's first game.

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Cam Burrows discusses finalists 

January, 16, 2012
Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) has more than a year before his 2013 class signs letters of intent, but the ESPN Watch List defensive back is ready to make a decision this week.

Burrows, who can play either cornerback or safety, will announce his college decision at 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Trotwood-Madison.

“I want to get it out of the way before my senior season,” said Burrows, who helped the Rams to a Division II state title this past season. “I kind of have an idea of where I want to go. I’ve been thinking about it this week, and I want to be able to focus on my senior season and not worry about recruiting and maybe graduate early.”

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Kevin Toliver II Climbs New ESPN 300
Under Armour All-American and LSU commit Kevin Toliver II, the nation's top cornerback, joins ESPN's Matt Schick to discuss the new ESPN 300, keys to managing success and the rising senior's plan to visit other colleges.Tags: Kevin Toliver II, Trinity Christian, LSU Tigers, ESPN 300, RecruitingNation, high school football recruiting, Matt Schick