Michigan Wolverines: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets



The state of Florida has always been known for producing some of the top athletes in the country. The term "athlete" is sometimes looked at as a negative term, but it really means our scouts believe these talented prospects could play more than one position in college. Here is a closer look at some of the top athletes from the Sunshine State in the 2015 class.

ESPN 300 athletes from Florida

No. 8 Torrance Gibson: Gibson is a skilled athlete who can make plays on offense. The five-star athlete led his high school, Plantation American Heritage, to the state championship game. In the game, he had a touchdown run of 80 yards and also a long touchdown pass that was among the "SportsCenter" Top 10 plays. He wants to play quarterback on the next level, but he’s the most talented wide receiver on his South Florida Express 7-on-7 team. Whatever position he chooses, Gibson has a bright future ahead of him.

3-point stance: SMU heading to Michigan

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1. SMU announced Wednesday that it would play at Michigan in 2018, its first visit to Ann Arbor since opening the 1963 season with a 27-16 loss in the Big House. The SMU release recounted the legend that Ford exec Lee Iacocca was so taken with the spirit of the visitors that he decided to name the new Ford sports car the Mustang. Legend? Fact? Look at it this way: Michigan only beat two other teams that year, Northwestern and Illinois. Buick already had a Wildcat. And I just don’t think Wilson Pickett would have sung “Illini Sally.”

2. Playing a team with a unique offense such as Georgia Tech’s option for the first time is difficult enough. Syracuse tried to do so with a new 3-4 defense. But the thing a defense needs most against the option is discipline. That’s hard when playing a scheme for the first time. The Yellow Jackets won, 56-0. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said it wasn’t the scheme, it was the fact that the Orange couldn’t get off blocks. He also said this: “You know, as a coach you fight the 20/20 hindsight, but you also learn from it. You know, difficult lesson because we didn't do a good job.”

3. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, on the ESPNU College Football Podcast, on what it’s like depending on true freshman quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb: “I’m not very patient by nature, but I force myself to be, and I just keep going back to when I was their age and what I was doing. I was redshirting and I was going home to see my girlfriend every weekend. I just try to think back at how I wasn’t mentally prepared to do the things they are doing. It’s really impressive to watch them on a daily basis at that age prepare and attack and just try to get better. That’s where I find my patience coaching these young guys.”

Michigan visit impresses ESPN 300 duo 

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Michigan certainly didn’t hurt itself in its recruitment of ESPN 300 standouts Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland/Glenville) and teammate Erick Smith.

The two headed up to Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend on an unofficial visit for the Notre Dame game and were impressed.


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Baker cooking up something great 

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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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RN Top 10: D.C. NFTC 

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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect ranking.

ASHBURN, Va. – The East Coast and mid-Atlantic states represented well on Sunday as eight players earned invites to The Opening at the Nike Football Training Camp outside of Washington, D.C. Defense ruled the day, led by two five-star prospects from Virginia.

10. Nick Scott
Fairfax (Va.) Fairfax |RB| 5-11, 180

Scott stood out among a field of backs who were overshadowed by the prospects at nearly every other position. He earned the attention of coaches for his strong play and versatility but missed the MVP award, which went to Vincent Lowe (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield), who also posted the top SPARQ score.

Scott committed to Penn State in February over an offer from Boston College.

ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert’s take: “He’s got a great frame, and what I like about him as a Penn State verbal, he’s a versatile player. He may not run by you, but he does a good job in route-running.”


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#BlueChipBattles: ESPN 150 release edition

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Speedy Noil, Adoree Jackson, Da'Shawn HandStudent Sports, ESPN, ESPNSpeedy Noil, Adoree Jackson and Da'Shawn Hand are three of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2014.
#BlueChipBattles Insider: RecruitingNation summoned its writers from around the country to outline the recruiting battles for the ESPN 150's top 10 prospects.

Plus, rank the battles in SportsNation.

#TopFBMixtapes: Athlete mixtapes are all the rage in this highlight-crazed era of sports. We reached out to our Twitter followers to find out which 2014 football stars had the best highlight reels on YouTube, then had our staff rank and comment on the top submissions.

Tom Luginbill writes Insider: After talking to many coaches across the country and hearing their frustrations, here are their five biggest complaints about homemade highlight videos.
When recruiting a skill player from outside the Southeast, SEC coaches are going to want to know one thing: “Does he have SEC speed?”

Manalapan (N.J.) High School receiver Saeed Blacknall has it.


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When offer No. 31 came in for Washington (Pa.) running back Shai McKenzie last week, he figured it was time to start cutting his list. It sounds simple, but McKenzie had a harder time when it came to putting pen to paper.

“He struggled to make a list,” Washington coach Mike Bosnic said. “He’s really unsure.”


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Taking a look at no-visit policies

February, 12, 2013
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Texas is joining the likes of Michigan, Oregon and Georgia Tech in instituting a no-visit policy for its commits. Is this hard-line stance a good idea for elite programs? RecruitingNation writer Mitch Sherman takes a look the trend.

Read the story here.

On The Trail TV

February, 12, 2013
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Join ESPN RecruitingNation's Jeremy Crabtree, Brandon Oliver, Mitch Sherman, William Wilkerson and Tom VanHaaren at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday for a special edition of "On The Trail TV."

We'll discuss the no-visits for commits policies of Michigan, Oregon and Georgia Tech and the new stance to mirror that approach by Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns. Tweet questions to @RecruitingESPN or tune in for the live discussion.

UA Combine Notebook: South Carolina 

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More than 150 of the top underclassmen prospects in the country were in attendance for the Under Armour All-America Combine, several of which are from South Carolina.

Top LB hopes to earn UGA offer

ESPN 2014 Watch List linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), the son of former NFL linebacker and Gamecocks standout Corey Miller, had a monster season as a junior.


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Vanderdoes names his top 15 

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Monday was a busy day for commitments in the West region, but defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) isn't exactly ready to jump into the commitment scene. More than half of the top 30 players in the West have already made verbal commitments, but Vanderdoes is taking things slowly. On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman took to Twitter to release a list of his top 15 schools.

Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and Washington all made the cut. Vanderdoes included in his tweet that he will be cutting that down to a top 10 group soon.

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