NCF On The Trail: Football recruiting

Video: ESPN 300 rank motivates Cowart

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After a recent rise into the top 10 overall, defensive end Byron Cowart joins ESPN's Matt Schick to discuss recruiting and the new ESPN 300.

Video: New ESPN 300 top 10 revealed

April, 16, 2014
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National recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert count down the top 10 recruits in the latest ESPN 300 player rankings update.

Updated 2015 ESPN 300 released

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On Wednesday, the new 2015 ESPN 300 player rankings were released, with defensive tackle and Georgia native Trenton Thompson taking the top spot. But the actual rankings are just the start. To dig even deeper, check out RecruitingNation's complete analysis of the updated ESPN 300:

Video: 2015 class rankings debut

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With the release of the updated 2015 ESPN 300, national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert joins Phil Murphy to discuss the first ESPN class rankings for 2015 football recruiting.

ESPN 300: Top Pac-12 targets 

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This recruiting cycle represents a huge year for talent in California, which means the Pac-12 should be able to put together some very healthy recruiting classes. In looking at the top five targets for the conference in the 2015 ESPN 300, it's no surprise that three come from Southern California. But if the Pac-12 wants to have a better overall finish in the recruiting rankings next year -- USC at No. 14 overall was the highest finish in 2014 -- the conference will need to reel in several out-of-area standouts, which is why the first two names on the list are here.


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ESPN 300: Top Big Ten targets 

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The top-ranked prospects tend to wait out the process, so there are still some huge names at the top of Big Ten recruiting boards. The top targets will be fought over by most teams within the conference, which will make for some interesting recruiting battles.

Here is a look at the top five targets within the Big Ten in the 2015 ESPN 300.

DE Jashon Cornell
6-4, 270 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: No. 16



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ESPN 300: Top ACC targets 

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With Wednesday’s release of the 2015 ESPN 300, here’s a look at five top ACC targets in the 2015 class.


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ESPN 300: Top SEC targets 

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With Wednesday’s release of the 2015 ESPN 300, here is a look at five top targets for the top conference in college football.


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ESPN 300: Top Big 12 targets 

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The spring evaluation period is upon us, and coaches are traveling and hosting spring games in an effort to evaluate and attract the nation’s elite prospects. Fortunately for coaches, roughly two-thirds of the players making up the 2015 ESPN 300 are still uncommitted. A large majority of those players are considering playing in the Big 12.

Here are five ESPN 300 players heavily targeted by Big 12 schools:


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The spring evaluation period kicked off Tuesday, and the USC Trojans didn’t have to leave campus to recruit two of their top 2015 targets.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Wednesday's offerings: The spring evaluation period is officially here. Coaches hit the road Tuesday, fanning out all over the country to make in-person evaluations of prospects, but some coaches believe the importance of the next seven weeks isn't the same as it used to be.


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video Kerryon Johnson, the No. 26 player in the ESPN Junior 300, committed to the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday over Florida State and Alabama. Here’s what his pledge means:


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Some of the recruiting relationships the current USC coaching staff developed while at Washington proved beneficial following the move to Los Angeles. The Trojans signed Rahshead Johnson, Claudeson Pelon, Jonathan Lockett, John Plattenburg and Don Hill in 2014, all of whom had prior connections to the Huskies.

The rewards might continue with the Class of 2015.


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Charlie Strong called one in-state running back's coach with good news on Monday, so the tailback called back with better news.


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The word “family” gets thrown around a lot in recruiting. Coaches like to sell recruits on how tight-knit their programs are and how they can serve as surrogate parental figures for prospects venturing away from mom and dad for the first time. But for the Fehoko family, their ties to Texas Tech run deeper than a recruiting pitch. For them, the Red Raiders program has been a part of their family for almost a decade.


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