NCF Nation: Football Recruiting

Adam McLean picked Penn State in April, but Ole Miss, Tennessee and others haven't stop recruiting him, and his high school coach knows exactly why. DeMatha Catholic's 2016 class is shaping up to be one of the best ever in school history, and that's saying a lot.

On The Trail Show (Noon ET)

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Join RecruitingNation's panel of experts as they breakdown the big visitors from Week 8 and what lies ahead in the coming week.

A lot of talent has already come off the board, but there’s still quality at the top of the ESPN 300 that could give at least 10 teams a shot at the second-best class. Plus, Penn State's James Franklin continues to be the most talked about coach in the Washington D.C. metro area.

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The Big 12 was turned upside down by West Virginia and Kansas State, and both are being led by former juco recruits. Plus, it was no surprise that many of the nation's best recruits walked away impressed with Florida State following Saturday's victory over Notre Dame.


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Randy Edsall knows recruiting is the lifeblood of his program, and he is really impressing local coaches with his effort. Plus, don’t be surprised if you see NC State finish with a flurry.

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Michigan commit Garrett Taylor will visit Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech, but keep a close eye on the Buckeyes. Plus, LSU’s elite running back class is starting to fall apart.

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Class Rankings Oct. 15 update

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National recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert breaks down Micah Abernathy's addition to Tennessee's class and compares the Notre Dame and Florida State classes ahead of their matchup.

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On The Trail Show

October, 14, 2014
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RecruitingNation's panel of experts is breaking down the latest recruiting news and looking ahead to a weekend of huge matchups and official visits.

Blue Chip Battles -- Oct. edition

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These aren't necessarily the 10 best remaining uncommitted recruits. Instead, these are the 10 battles we project as being the fiercest between now and signing day. As visits are picking up, some battles have turned more interesting than others and we've added five new names to the board.

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Mississippi State's fast rise to No. 1 in the country will open even more doors for the Bulldogs in recruiting. Plus, even with all of Kentucky's success in Ohio, it couldn't stop the Buckeyes from taking away one of its commitments this weekend.

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Tim Beckman is 1-17 in Big Ten games and questions about his future has hindered the Illini's recruiting efforts. Plus, Georgia Tech has surprised both on the field and on the recruiting trial.


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No Todd Gurley. No problem?

Gurley, Georgia’s Heisman Trophy candidate running back, was indefinitely suspended Thursday pending an investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules. And while it will be impossible to completely replace him, there is no program better equipped than Georgia to handle the loss of a key player such as Gurley.

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David Goldman/Associated PressNick Chubb has given the Bulldogs a lift as a true freshman and will be expecting to do more with Todd Gurley out.
Thanks to triumphs on the recruiting trail in the past three recruiting classes, the Bulldogs are stacked at the position and might just be able to weather the storm as they travel to Missouri Saturday for a critical SEC East matchup.

Two of those running back recruiting victories came just last February, when the Dawgs were able to lure two top-10 running backs to Athens.

Nick Chubb didn’t garner as many headlines nationally as some other 2014 Georgia recruits, but he’s turned into the biggest impact signee from the class. Ranked as the No. 7 running back, the Cedartown (Georgia) product could have gone anywhere he wanted in the SEC and to a number of other national programs. But he was drawn to Georgia’s strong running back tradition and picked the Dawgs over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and numerous others.

“It’s amazing to be going in behind guys like Herschel Walker and Todd Gurley, two of the best running backs ever,” Chubb said after signing with the Dawgs. “I’m going to make a name for myself, and I’m going to do my best.”

His best has been more than good enough so far, as Chubb is the Dawgs’ second-leading rusher with 224 yards, a very good 7.2-yard average and two touchdowns. He likely will be called upon to carry a bigger load Saturday, and while you never expect a true freshman to excel in this type of situation, Chubb came into Georgia ready to deal with the spotlight and pressure.

“There’s always going to be pressure, and people are going to be watching to see if we can live up to it,” Chubb said. “I’ve been doing this since I was young, and I’m going to continue doing it. I’m going to do my best.”

Georgia also got another big running back pickup in February Sony Michel committed early to Georgia, picking the Dawgs over a host of nationally respected programs like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and others. Despite repeated pushes from local schools, namely Miami, Michel stuck with the Dawgs because of UGA’s deep running back tradition. Unfortunately Michel and a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/530937/keith-marshall" target="_new">Keith Marshall, the No. 2 running back in the 2012 class who came to Georgia with Gurley, are injured and out on Saturday, leaving Chubb to take the majority of the carries.
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With Brandon Wimbush switching to Notre Dame, where does Penn State turn to fill its need at quarterback? Plus, why should Washington State feel like it has a shot with an ESPN 300 prospect from Washington, D.C.?


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Video: Class rankings Oct. 8 update

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National recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert breaks down updates to the 2015 ESPN Class Rankings as well as darkhorse classes that could make a run at the top.

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Want to impress a star recruit? Make an entrance at his game like Kevin Sumlin does in the Swagcopter or James Franklin in The Flyin' Lion. Plus, this year’s Red River Rivalry has lost some of its luster with recruits.


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