NCF On The Trail: ESPN 300

Video: Grading No. 1 ATH Gibson

April, 17, 2014
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National recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert and Gerry Hamilton break down the good and the bad for every ranked prospect. Go behind the scenes as they grade Torrance Gibson, the No. 1 ATH in the newly updated 2015 ESPN 300, who wants to play quarterback in college.

Video: Toliver climbs new ESPN 300

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Under Armour All-American and LSU commit Kevin Toliver II, the nation's top cornerback, joins ESPN's Matt Schick to discuss the new ESPN 300, keys to managing success and the rising senior's plan to visit other colleges.

Video: ESPN 300 rank motivates Cowart

April, 16, 2014
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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.
Three programs remain in the hunt for one of the nation's top senior risers, ESPN 300 wide receiver and returner Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage).

The nation's No. 286-ranked prospect took an official visit to Florida last weekend, and this weekend visited Oxford, Miss., to take in Ole Miss.


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One of the biggest highlights for athletes who take official visits to Arkansas is Catfish Hole, a nationally known restaurant with the reputation of showing the utmost level of hospitality to recruits.

For ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), the experience could be described with one word.


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ESPN 300: July 30 update

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Tom Luginbill breaks down the significant movers in the ESPN 300 rankings, including a new player in the top three, players who made massive jumps further down in the rankings and new positional No. 1s at wide receiver and outside linebacker.

2015 ESPN 300 release chat

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If you’re looking for the elite football prospects in the Class of 2015, there’s no need to wait until next year, RecruitingNation has you covered.

We unveiled the ESPN 300 player rankings for the rising junior class earlier today, marking the first time we have compiled a top-300 list for underclassmen. There’s still much for fans to digest with the release, so we’ve recruited our scouts and reporters for a Tuesday chat (beginning at 2 p.m. ET) to shed some light on the list and to make sure fans are familiar with this talented cast of stars.

In addition to participating here, you can follow along on Facebook or tweet us your questions using #ESPNJr300.

Three Penn State commits are currently ranked in the ESPN 300 -- WR De'Andre Thompkins (No. 54), QB Michael O'Connor (No. 125), WR Chris Godwin (No. 153) -- so NittanyNation wanted to find out a little bit more about the headlining trio.

The same five questions were posed to each commit and ranged from the top reason they picked PSU to their thoughts on their ESPN rankings and what other PSU commit should've made the ESPN 300. Here's what they had to say:


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The ESPN 300 was released Monday, and it is evident Ohio State has to make up some ground.

Last year, Ohio State debuted at No. 7 when the first 300 was released behind a core group of six ESPN 150 selections and five other top pledges.

This year, the Buckeyes have just one ESPN 150 senior in cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) and two other 300 selections in outside linebackers Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius), though it should be noted that Booker is just six spots out of the 150.


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ESPN 300 debut chat

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By now, you’ve probably seen the debut of the ESPN 300 rankings for the Class of 2014. If not, check it out right here.

And we know you will have questions about the ranking process and why some players rose or fell after the initial rising seniors rankings was released a few weeks ago. To address your concerns, we’ve recruited our scouts and regional writers for a two-hour chat between 1-3 p.m. today.

You can also participate via twitter using #ESPN300 and your response will be tweeted out from the @RecruitingESPN account or on Facebook.

Are you ready to jump into some football recruiting talk?


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators finished with the No. 2 overall recruiting class in the country last year and are again off to a hot start for the 2014 cycle. Six of Florida's 10 verbal commitments are in the new ESPN 300 rankings.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsWorkhorse running back Dalvin Cook remains the Gators highest-ranked 2014 commit.
Running back Dalvin Cook (No. 22), who rushed for 1,501 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, continues to lead the way for Florida commits. Cook was previously committed to Clemson before making the switch to UF in early April.

Record-setting quarterback Will Grier dropped eight slots from No. 45 to No. 53, but will have a chance to improve his ranking with a strong performance at the Elite 11 camp at the end of the month.

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Helfrich taking the reins in recruiting 

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Every program has one or two coaches who will close the top prospects. The Oregon Ducks have a number of assistants who have been relied upon greatly over the years. The staff has some new faces who will make an impact on the recruiting trail, but the new man at the top was very influential in gaining 19 new signees in the Class of 2013.


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