NCF On The Trail: Missouri Tigers

A few weeks ago, Adam McLean was asked what it would take to back away from his Penn State pledge, and he said “nothing can change my mind.” Well, something happened and the ESPN 300 prospect is back on the market. Plus, Zach Gentry has been committed to Texas since May, but rumors sprouted Tuesday he was considering taking other official visits.

ESPN Jr. 300: What to know in the SEC 

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The SEC already has five commitments from players ranked in the top 25 of the ESPN Junior 300. That list includes Greg Little, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016 and a Texas A&M commit. As a whole, the SEC has 27 commitments in the updated ESPN Junior 300. Here’s a closer look at the updated rankings.


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There have been some interesting names linked to the Florida opening, but several coaches believe Marshall's Doc Holliday could be a good recruiting fit in Gainesville. Plus, many expected ESPN 300 OT Chuma Edoga to flip from USC to Georgia, but it looks like the Trojans have won the battle in the end.


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Elite receiver prospects Daylon Charlot and Mykel Jones are teammates and lifelong friends, but will they end up at the same college? Plus, what team is the dark horse to land the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Terry Beckner Jr.?

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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference this weekend. There was a big commitment, there were key visits, new offers and an ESPN 300 offensive lineman is almost set to announce his decision. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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Star 2016 DT Edwin Alexander backed away from an early pledge to LSU, but expect his next pledge to stick this time around. The battle for ESPN 300 offensive guard Joshua Wariboko will come down to two schools.


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"College GameDay" will be at Michigan State this weekend, and so will a lot of high-profile recruits such as Ricky DeBerry and Quarte Sapp. Plus, Michigan running back commit Mike Weber is getting closer to lining up his official visits, including trips to the Wolverines' biggest rivals.

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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the SEC. There were a few big commitments, key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here is a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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About this time of year coaches scour junior college ranks for offensive line talent, and thathas helped Tyler Howell become one of hottest targets around. Plus, is Clemson in danger of losing ESPN 300 commitment Juwuan Briscoe?

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Terry Beckner Jr., the No. 1 ranked prospect in the country, likes to play his recruitment close to the vest. He doesn’t share too much when it comes to what he’s thinking, but Beckner is ready to release the schools where he will make official visits.


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Duke now has the ability to sell a winning program and new facilities to recruits, and prospects like what they're seeing. Plus, the nation's top 2016 quarterback was slated to be at Florida State for the Notre Dame game, but he wasn't able to make it and now is looking for a return date.

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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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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.

Help is on the way: SEC 

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Almost midway through the season and teams such as Arkansas and Texas A&M have shown the obvious strengths of their teams with their running backs and wide receivers, respectively. But in most cases every team has an apparent weakness, too. Here’s a closer look at how each team in the SEC will address its needs through recruiting.


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