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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Nineteen of the nation's top quarterbacks landed in northwest Oregon on Saturday afternoon, a day before the annual Elite 11 quarterback competition begins. While eyes will be focused on several storylines during the event -- including having the top six dual-threat quarterbacks in the country on hand -- attention on Saturday turned to the few uncommitted quarterbacks in attendance, including Sam Darnold, Torrance Gibson and Deondre Francois.

Underclassmen shine at IMG event 

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
BRADENTON, Fla. -- There were more than 30 prospects ranked in the ESPN 300 in attendance at the IMG National Championship at IMG Academy over the weekend. With so much talent on hand, it would be easy to overlook some of the underclassmen who stood out over the course of the two-day event. Here is a list of several younger players who did enough with their performances to stand out.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- It was just two years ago that current Ohio State star freshman Joey Bosa was a top national prospect coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale.

Now there is another budding star at the high school that produced three 2014 NFL draft picks, and the last name remains the same.

Class of 2016 defensive lineman Nick Bosa has been a standout the past two years for the Raiders, and like many who have come before him at the talent-rich school, he will be a national recruit with a quickly growing offer list.

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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.

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The state of Georgia is loaded in both the 2015 and 2016 classes.

In the 2015 class, the linebacker position is one of strength, as a number of rangy, athletic prospects -- highlighted by ESPN 300 prospects Adonis Thomas and Roquan Smith -- are available.

Five schools made the final cut on Thursday night for Thomas, one of the nation's top prospects.

Thomas' top five includes Alabama, Notre Dame

Following the Central Gwinnett spring game on Thursday, the No. 55-ranked Thomas released his top five of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame.

More than 30 offers came in fast in recent months, but dissecting verbal offers from programs that are making the most effort was key for Thomas.

“I’ve got a lot of offers, but not every team was showing a lot of interest in me even though they offered me,” he said. “The teams that offered me that I talked to the head coach, talked to the defensive coordinator and got to know the linebackers coach were seriously considered.”

At the end of the day, that led Thomas, an Under Armour All-America selection, to an SEC-heavy top five. Here were his thoughts on each of his five finalists:

Alabama: "[Defensive coordinator] Coach [Kirby] Smart and I have a good relationship now. They see me as a great fit in the defense. They see me playing 3-4 inside linebacker and a 4-3 SAM linebacker."

Florida: "Florida still sees me as a hybrid linebacker [who] can play any position. I like the coaching staff."

Georgia: "[Defensive coordinator] Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt sees me as one of those linebackers [who] he had at Florida State last year because I’m athletic and long."

LSU: "LSU likes me as a 4-3 multiple linebacker [who] can play anywhere."

Notre Dame: "[Defensive coordinator] Coach [Brian] VanGorder and I have a good relationship now, too. He sees me as a ‘SAM’ in his scheme."

The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Thomas still wants to take a closer look at the five schools remaining on his list, as a final decision is just 10 weeks away.

“I’m going to ND June 20, Florida and Georgia again. [I'll visit] LSU sometime in July and Alabama again in June. I’m going to announce my decision August 1. I want to get it out of the way before my season starts," Thomas said.

UCLA, Oregon and Oklahoma were on the list that just missed the cut. Thomas said the Sooners staff was very impressive.

Georgia all in on ESPN 300 Smith

Since last September, Smith has quickly ascended to the cream of the crop in the Class of 2015 and is now ranked No. 32 in the ESPN 300.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound playmaker with strong instincts and athleticism has more than 30 offers to date, but he is still trying to slow down a fast-moving process.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Smith said. “I’m not letting [recruiting] get overwhelming."

A major key in Smith’s recruitment will happen this summer. The Under Armour All-America selection has designs on trimming his list by July, but he wants to step foot on several campuses to make sure about his final list.

“I’ll definitely be taking a few visits to places this summer," Smith said. "I know I’m going to be taking a visit to UCLA, hopefully USC, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida and Clemson. I’m probably going to get over to Auburn on [May] 31st. Alabama is trying to get over June 1. After I see every school I’m interested in, I plan on narrowing it down to six, if not five, around the first of July. I’m looking for a place I can feel at home at, a place I feel like I can be developed, great academics of course and a great family atmosphere."

One thing Smith is sure of is that two programs are recruiting him harder than anyone else.

“Georgia, man. They are coming after me hard," Smith said. "[Linebackers] Coach [Mike] Ekeler is a great guy, man. I love his spirit, his energy and he attacks the day. They want me to come in to come in and compete. They lose two senior linebackers, so whoever comes in and competes and wins the job will get on the field.

“With Florida, Coach [D.J.] Durkin is a great guy. Coach [Will] Muschamp is a defensive head coach. They have had a top-10 defense since Coach Muschamp has been there, so I know they will play great defense."

Smith plans to major in sports management and minor in business.

Auburn leads for fast-rising 2016 DT

Defensive tackle prospect David Marshall hasn’t received the early fanfare of other 2016 prospects in Georgia, but that is about to change.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman and tight end has made Upson-Lee High a popular spring stop for college coaches, with a handful of offers in the books.

“I have five offers: Ole Miss, Auburn, North Carolina, Louisville and Mississippi State,” Marshall said.

While it’s early in the recruiting process for the soon-to-be junior, the SEC champion Tigers have quickly jumped to the front of the pack.

“Auburn, they have a big lead," Marshall said. "They show love. I love the campus, and it feels like home. I went there for the spring game and another time. I talk to coach Rodney Garner almost every day. He likes me because I run to the ball and use my hands."

For in-state program Georgia, the chance to close the gap will come in June.

“I’m going to be going to Georgia soon (for a June 12 camp)," he said. "I’m probably going to Auburn in a couple of weeks (Big Cat Weekend), too."

Marshall lists Georgia, Clemson and Georgia Tech as schools close to offering and Alabama as the one school he hopes offers. Auburn and Alabama are the programs he has followed the most in recent seasons.

On the field, Marshall finished his sophomore season with 57 tackles and 20 sacks, earning all-region honors. He also found success on the hardwood, averaging nearly 20 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Price becoming one of the nation's best in 2016

E.J. Price is quickly becoming one of the top prospects nationally in the 2016 class.

While the 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle has only played one season of high school football, his high-ceiling potential has led to more than 20 schools verbally offering.

In May alone, the Grand Rapids, Michigan, native, who now lives outside Atlanta, has been offered by SEC powers Florida, Texas A&M and Alabama. Clemson threw its hat in the ring on the last day of April.

“It’s been a great spring,” Price said. “A lot of coaches have been out to see us this spring. We are looking good this year, and I’m just working hard in the weight room. Of course, I have had some big-time schools come offer me like Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida State and a lot of others. I’m appreciative for all my offers and am keeping my options open."

This summer will be a big one for Price as he sees a number of universities for the first time.

“Our whole O-line will be going to Georgia for camp (June 12)," Price said. "I plan on going to Auburn this summer, maybe Florida and some of the schools that are closer to the area. I may try to get up to Ohio State or Michigan because I have family back home in Michigan. I want to see schools for the first time."

While Price now lives more than 700 miles from Ann Arbor, the home state's influence is still strong.

“I grew up a big Michigan fan, and I’m still a big Michigan fan and root for the Maize and Blue," Price said. "But as far as my college options, I’m keeping them open. Of course, Michigan is up there for me."

When it comes to running backs, the state of Texas is loaded. Ten running backs represent the Lone Star State in the ESPN 300. Of those 10, five are committed. A total of seven running backs in the state have reported FBS commitments.

ESPN 300 RBs from the state:

No. 50 Ronald Jones II: Ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back, Jones is an explosive, game-changing back who -- as scary as it might sound -- will only get better. Jones committed to Oklahoma State on April 6 and finished his junior season with more than 2,400 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns.

No. 70 Soso Jamabo: At 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, Jamabo is a smooth runner in a bruiser’s body. Jamabo uses his size and athleticism to cause problems for defenders. He also has used the traits to garner more than a dozen offers. Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, UCLA and Oregon are among the schools showing high interest in the nation’s No. 4 running back.

No. 155 Chris Warren III: Fully recovered from an ACL injury, Warren is expecting to play his senior year with a chip on his shoulder -- which is bad for opposing players. Warren already is a load at 6-2 and 235 pounds, and when he’s going at full speed, the nation’s No. 14 running back, the son of the former NFL back with the same name, is one of the best downhill runners around.

No. 208 Tristian Houston: At 5-10 and 203 pounds, Houston doesn’t waste much time getting to the hole or getting past it. Texas found something special in Houston, the nation’s 19th-ranked running back, and he committed to the Longhorns on April 14. Houston is a good back, but it’s his upside that really fascinates Charlie Strong & Co.

No. 220 Tyreik Gray: There’s “speed” and there’s “football speed.” Gray isn’t the fastest running back, but when he’s on the field, he has a nice second gear that epitomizes “football speed.” At 5-11 and 185 pounds, Gray, a top-20 running back, is a powerful runner who has offers from Baylor, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Cal and Houston.

No. 263 Rodney Anderson: Arguably one of the most important grabs of the Texas running backs, Anderson is the type of back who can serve a program in the backfield and as a wide receiver. Anderson decommitted from Texas A&M in April, and Oklahoma, LSU and Baylor are in the hunt as possible replacement spots. His speed, vision and agility will be greatly appreciated wherever he goes.

No. 274 Ja'Mycal Hasty: Baylor scored a gem in Hasty, a player who overcomes his lack of size (5-8, 185) with blazing speed, quickness, elusiveness and an overall hunger to improve daily. Hasty, who committed to the Bears on March 29, is a pure athlete. He vertical-jumped 39 inches last summer and has completed sub-4-second pro agility runs. In short, Hasty plays way larger than he is.

No. 277 Jay Bradford: A running back with legit sprinter’s speed, Bradford ended his recruiting process in August, verbally committing to Texas A&M. As fast as he is, Bradford has a knack for being a physical, downhill runner. Bradford could be a track guy at Texas A&M, as he competed in three events at the Texas state meet and earned a silver medal in the 100-meter dash.

No. 289 Patrick Carr -- Since his sophomore year, Carr has been a name to watch. He’s not the biggest back at 5-9 and 180 pounds, but defenders will tell you that he’s a slippery athlete to tackle and a tough athlete to catch in the open field. TCU, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Oregon State and Colorado are among the schools interested in having Carr suit up for them.

No. 296 Jordan Stevenson -- The Texas Longhorns love their speedy backs, and Stevenson fits that description perfectly. An athlete who has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in less than 4.4 seconds, Stevenson poses a problem to defenders with his shiftiness and explosiveness. Additionally, Stevenson is a lot stronger than assumed. He committed to the Longhorns in October 2013 -- before the Strong era started.

Other RBs to know:

Aca'Cedric Ware: Few running backs have seen an ascension in the recruiting process like Ware. Florida, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Ole Miss are among the schools to offer so far. Ware runs instinctively, and he usually makes the right decisions when he cuts. For someone who is 5-10 and 175 pounds, Ware runs very aggressively. His determination attracts college coaches.

Rawleigh Williams III: Williams is a good-looking back who seems to get even better when he runs with a chip on his shoulder. The 5-10, 203-pound running back comes off as a north-south runner -- until you watch him make lateral movements effectively. Williams’ game was recognized early by Ole Miss, and he verbally committed to the Rebels in April 2013.

Nick Ralston: Fresh off winning a state championship, Ralston is one of those backs who can flourish as a running back or a fullback. He’s strong and versatile at 6-foot and 225 pounds. Ralston committed to Arizona State on Feb. 1, but he has schools such as TCU and Texas Tech keeping a close eye on him through the summer. Ralston is as good catching the ball as he is running with it.

Devine Ozigbo: Physically, Ozigbo looks like a college running back. He’s a burly 5-11 and 230 pounds, but he has respectable speed as a power runner. Iowa, Wisconsin, Miami, Boise State and Colorado State are among the schools that have offered so far. Programs will be monitoring his progress throughout the summer, and he could have 20-plus offers before the start of his senior year.

Jess Anders: Anders was once dubbed as “the next Johnathan Gray,” as the two were teammates at Aledo High School before Gray went on to Texas. It’s tough to fill Gray’s shoes, but Anders has been impressive. He’s committed to UTSA, and he has another offer from Colorado State and growing interest from schools left and right.

Jatory Sparks-Brown: As a sophomore, Sparks-Brown played behind Dontre Wilson, who is now at Ohio State. It’s now Sparks-Brown’s turn to show himself worthy in recruiting. The 6-0, 195-pound running back has early offers from San Diego State, Toledo and Illinois State, and he’s expected to blow up during the summer.

Key recruiting battles: The battle for Jamabo tends to be an intriguing one. Rarely do we get to talk about a battle between Baylor and Oklahoma, but both programs are high on Jamabo, and both believe they are in the lead for him. For Warren, the battle might be more Big 12 versus SEC. Texas, Baylor, Auburn and Alabama all have offered, and Warren has interest in all four programs.

School that needs a 2015 RB: TCU is still looking for its first running back commitment, and there are several candidates to choose from. Carr has an offer from the Horned Frogs, and fast-rising players such as Ware and Taylor Martin are area stars who wouldn’t mind playing their college ball minutes from home.

2016 name to know: Kameron Martin still has two years left of high school football, and he already has more than 20 offers. Akron first offered Martin around this time last year, and his list has been growing ever since. Among the schools to offer are Florida State, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Ole Miss, as well as in-state schools Baylor, Texas Tech and Houston.

States of strength: Georgia OL 

May, 14, 2014
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The state of Georgia has quickly risen to be considered the fourth most-talented state in the country in terms of producing high school football talent behind Florida, California and Texas. While the state has churned out several big-time defensive linemen and skill players in the last two classes, there were only three Georgia offensive linemen in the ESPN 300 in the 2013 and 2014 combined.

In the Class of 2015, the offensive line has become the position of strength in the Peach State, with 10 big uglies among the top 300 prospects in the country:

No. 7 Mitch Hyatt: The five-star Hyatt was a "must get" for Clemson in the 2015 class with family ties strong in the Tigers' favor, along with proximity to home. Clemson wrapped up its highest-ranked offensive line commit in recent memory on Feb. 5, holding off Ohio State, Auburn and Georgia. While Hyatt has some maturing to do physically, he is blessed with every athletic quality that can’t be coached.

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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.

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Getting to know Jauan Jennings 

April, 1, 2014
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HOOVER, Ala. -- When ESPN Junior 300 star Jauan Jennings visited Auburn this past weekend, he had the opportunity to take in the Tigers’ first scrimmage of the spring and watch quarterback Nick Marshall, a player not so different from himself.

Marshall played quarterback in high school but signed with Georgia as a defensive back. After committing a violation of team rules, he was dismissed from the team and ended up in junior college. One positive that came from the incident was that it gave Marshall an opportunity to return to the position he loves, and now he’s one of the top returning signal-callers in the SEC.

“He came from not playing quarterback at first,” Jennings said. “He was a defensive back. He did a lot of things I want to be able to do. A lot of coaches don’t feel I can play quarterback. A lot of fans don’t feel I can play quarterback. I want to say, ‘I told you so.’”

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Birmingham NFTC notebook 

March, 30, 2014
Mar 30
HOOVER, Ala. -- The state of Alabama is home to four of the last five national championships, and there was no shortage of talent on hand Sunday as the Nike Football Training Camp made a stop in the Yellowhammer State. By the end of the day, seven players from four different states earned their invite to The Opening.

New offers pique Payne’s interest

The top-ranked player at the event was defensive tackle Daron Payne, a local product, ranked No. 23 overall in the ESPN 300. He didn’t make the list of players invited to The Opening, but based on the media coverage, he was still the center of attention, both on and off the field.

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Getting to know Kevin Toliver II 

March, 25, 2014
Mar 25
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ROSWELL, Ga. -- One of the top juniors in the nation, Kevin Toliver II, made the trip from his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., to Atlanta to compete against some of the best athletes in the country at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp this past Sunday.

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Atlanta NFTC notebook

March, 23, 2014
Mar 23
ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp is generally one of the most impressive groups of high school football players you will find in the country. This year’s camp didn’t disappoint. Eight invites were handed out to The Opening, a prestigious invite-only camp held in Beaverton, Ore., in July.

The list of invitees included cornerback Kevin Toliver II, the No. 3-ranked prospect in the country, and ESPN Junior 300 prospects Roquan Smith, Dallas Warmack, Taj Griffin, Preston Williams, Terry Godwin, Quarte Sapp and Chuma Edoga. Godwin and Edoga also earned MVP honors at their respective positions.

Toliver will take visits

Toliver was one of the best cornerbacks on hand Sunday. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete has been committed to LSU since 2012 but still plans to take all five official visits.

“I will take officials to LSU, UCLA, Ohio State, Auburn and Virginia Tech,” Toliver said. “Those are schools I felt like I had a connection with from the first time I met the coaches. I could just see myself playing at those five schools.”

But LSU fans can rest easy, Toliver remains adamant that he is still a solid commitment to the Tigers. Though the Jacksonville native continues to hear from the in-state schools Florida, Florida State and Miami, he said he wants to leave the state.

"I just can’t see myself playing at any Florida schools,” he said. "I just want to get out of the state, explore the world and see other places. I’m 110 percent committed to LSU. I don’t even know. Other schools are going to have to pull something out of the hat for me to switch.”

Williams committed but still looking

Receivers Godwin and Williams were arguably the two best pass-catchers to participate on Sunday. Williams has been committed to Tennessee since September but he recently visited Florida, Auburn and Georgia. Of the three, Georgia and Auburn made an impression on him.

“I liked those visits,” Williams said. "Georgia is recruiting me the hardest. They talk to me every day. Every day on Twitter, they send me mail. I can say they’re recruiting me the hardest. It was my first time going to Auburn. I like Auburn a lot. I can see myself there but then I can’t. Like the way they throw the ball I like that, I watch that, but I just can’t see myself being a War Eagle.”

Williams, who is planning to visit Knoxville for the Tennessee spring game, also said he would like to visit UCLA, USC and Syracuse at some point before his senior season. Much like LSU with Toliver, Tennessee fans can rest easy about Williams’ commitment.

"Tennessee is home,” he said. "That’s just my house. My Day 1 school. They were my first offer before everyone else came. They stuck with me and I’m sticking with them. If I could sign now I would."

Abernathy ready for busy spring

Micah Abernathy, a 6-0, 195-pound cornerback, wasn’t able to participate on Sunday because of a sore hamstring, but he still showed up to pick up some pointers and also talk recruiting with the other top prospects at the event.

“It’s funny how well all of us Atlanta guys all know each other pretty well,” Abernathy said. “We see each other at other events like this or at track meets. We’ve all gotten to know each other pretty well, and we’re always talking smack about how many offers we got. It’s pretty funny actually.”

Abernathy plans on getting serious about the recruiting process this spring. He has scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech, among many others.

“I want to get out to some schools,” Abernathy said. “I want to see the campuses I’ve not seen before and see how their coaching staffs are. I haven’t been down to Florida yet, but I want to get down there. There’s a couple of other schools, but I’m not sure yet. I just have to plan my schedule.”

Abernathy isn’t tied to staying in state and said he’s definitely open to looking hard at the out-of-state schools that have offered him. But when he looks at them, he will have an idea of what he wants in the perfect school.

“Distance isn’t a factor for me at all,” he said. “I’ve not narrowed any schools down at all. I’m open to everybody, but definitely distance isn’t a factor for me. I’m looking for a great education and a great environment. I’m thinking about majoring in physical therapy, so the school will have to have a good program in that. Maybe sports management. I like the process of helping people get back to the way they were. That’s really cool.”

Edoga to decide in May

Edoga, the No. 55-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, not only put together a dominant day on the field earning offensive line MVP Sunday following a terrific SPARQ performance Saturday, but he also dropped some news on his recruitment.

The 6-4, 276-pound tackle not only reported a top four in order of Tennessee, USC, Georgia and Stanford, but he also knows when he will make decision.

“It’s pretty much set,” Said Edoga. “I’m going to announce my decision on my birthday, May 25.”

Before Edoga’s commitment day, the nation’s No. 3-ranked offensive tackle will make unofficial visits to three schools.

“Before I decide, I’m going to USC and Stanford the first week in April and Tennessee for their spring game.”

Edoga said he will be accompanied on the West Coast by his mother, who favors Stanford and Georgia. He is unsure if his mom will travel with him to Knoxville for the Volunteers’ spring game.

Griffin keeping it close to the vest

Much of the recruiting talk around Griffin, the No. 19 overall prospect, centers around Oregon, Clemson and Ohio State trying to pull the speedy prospect away from the Georgia Bulldogs. While the quartet of schools are certainly in the mix for the speedy and versatile playmaker, Griffin said he remains in evaluation mode.

“Really visiting a lot schools right now and learning about a lot of schools,” Griffin said. “That’s where I’m at.”

For Griffin, the decision remains a long way away because he plans on taking a few official visits.

“I don’t know when I will make a decision,” he said. “I have thought about signing day, but I’m not sure. It’s kind of whenever it happens, but I plan to make official visits though. I’m definitely taking one to Oregon. I’m definitely taking one to Clemson, and I will also take one to UGA.”

When it comes down to deciding factors, Griffin knows exactly what he is looking for in a university and football program.

“Education is important, and where I feel can play early and be most effective.”

Patrick down to five

Natrez Patrick, ranked No. 8 overall, continues to be one of the most highly sought after prospects in the Southeast. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound edge-rushing end has been offered by more than 20 programs since bursting onto the scene, but has trimmed his list to workable number.

“I think I have narrowed it down to a top five right now,” Patrick said. “It’s Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Clemson.”

Prior to finishing up a busy weekend on Sunday at the NFTC, he was on campus to take another look at one his five favorites.

“I just came from Georgia,” Patrick said. “I was there yesterday. They were one of my first offers, and I have a good relationship there. I like the coaching staff a lot.”

The latest unofficial visit to Athens will not be the last for Patrick.

“Next up for me, I think I want to hit a couple of spring games. I want to hit Georgia, and maybe Alabama or Auburn’s,” he said.

Every program is recruiting Patrick as a third-down, hand-on-the-ground rusher with the ability to play end or outside linebacker depending on scheme. He plans to make his decision during his senior season.

Colbert picks up dream offer

Under Armour All-America outside linebacker and safety Jordan Colbert has become one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Peach State. The 6-2, 205-pound defender has been adding offers weekly, and on Friday, picked up the biggest to date.

“I just recently received an offer from Florida State on Friday,” Colbert said. “That was the offer I’ve been waiting on, or one of the offers I’ve been waiting on. I was offered by coach [Tim] Brewster -- the tight ends coach.”

While the Seminoles offer fulfills a childhood dream, Colbert’s recruitment is far from over.

“Right now, my top three is still Auburn, Florida State and Clemson,” he said. “I don’t think I will commit until the week of the Under Armour Game. I want to go see my top three, and more schools before I make a decision. I’m going to get down to Florida State, but I’m not sure when.”

Swinney has top five

The No. 122-ranked player in the country is starting to narrow things down.

“My top five is Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Auburn in no particular order,” Eric Swinney said. "They are just wonderful schools that are trying to build their programs. They started recruiting me early and they have been recruiting me the hardest.”

The 5-9, 179-pound back is planning to visit Ole Miss in the spring and would like to make a decision before his senior season.

Though Swinney claims to be wide open at this time, the home-state Bulldogs might have a slight advantage early on.

“Athens is amazing,” Swinney said of his recent unofficial visit to Georgia. "I grew up as a Bulldogs fans so my first time in Athens was amazing. It was pretty nice."

Getting to know Tarvarus McFadden 

March, 21, 2014
Mar 21
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MIAMI -- South Florida has always been a recruiting hot bed and this year is no different. Out-of-state schools will flock to the talent-rich area to try and land some of the top prospects in the country. Prospects like ESPN Junior 300 defensive back Tarvarus McFadden and his teammate Torrance Gibson are two of the highly-ranked recruits that are getting that attention in this class.

McFadden, the No. 58-ranked player in the country, is considering the big in-state schools -- Florida, Florida State and Miami -- and handful of out-of-state schools like Ohio State, USC, LSU, Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee.

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No. 1 2015 dual-threat QB names top 10 

February, 6, 2014
Feb 6
The nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015 has a top 10.

ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) announced his early list via Twitter and confirmed the list via phone. Stidham’s list includes Texas A&M, Auburn, Alabama, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Big 12 schools Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Ranked No. 24 in the ESPN Junior 300 and the No. 3 player in the state of Texas, Stidham said all 10 of the schools have a lot in common, but he is hoping to make spring visits to separate them.

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Early Offer: Signing day is here 

February, 5, 2014
Feb 5
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: The Class of 2014 will go down as one of the wildest recruiting rides in recent memory. With so many players switching commitments and some elite prospects still left on the board, here are five things to keep an eye on heading into recruiting’s biggest day.

Does Bama have the best class ever?

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Meyer Depressed At Florida
Adam Rittenberg discusses Urban Meyer's comments about being depressed while coaching at Florida in 2009.