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Insider ICYMI: Eight must-read stories from this week

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It was a turbulent 2015 season for LSU coach Les Miles. But with just a few days left before national signing day, Miles' clout on the recruiting trail appears to be as strong as ever.

The Tigers reclaimed the No. 1 spot in ESPN's class rankings recently and have stayed there as the clock ticks down to next Wednesday.

That's just one of many recruiting pieces you may have missed this week on Insider. And for those of you who are more interested in getting revved for the 2016 season than finding out which blue chips are going where, don't worry, we have you covered.


Top 10 remaining recruiting showdowns

What are the 10 hottest recruiting battles still going with just over a week to signing day? Like everything in this class, it starts with Rashan Gary.


2016's highest-risk, highest-reward recruits

Some recruits' talent comes with a certain amount of risk, but that doesn't necessarily mean the rewards won't be there for Florida State's Malik Henry, Louisville's Jawon Pass and these other prospects.


The increasing one-upmanship of official visits

The arms race to grab blue-chip commitments is getting more and more outrageous when it comes to official visits.


The five most irreplaceable stars for 2016

Losing a star player is never easy for any program, but these five players are simply impossible to replace. Derrick Henry is an obvious one, but a certain kicker makes the list, too.


CFB's five easiest stars to replace (Yes, Christian Hackenberg is on the list)

These players were big names, but their teams have available roster options who are capable of replicating their 2015 performances. Included on that list: Penn State's Christian Hackenberg and Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche.


Haney: CFB coaches with biggest 2016 upside

Wondering which names will heat up during next season's coaching cycle? An early list begins with Notre Dame's sought-after offensive coordinator.


Phil Steele: Complete breakdown of every CFB team's returning starters

It's not a 100 percent lock, but a strong predictor of a team's success is the number of starters who are returning. That bodes well for LSU and Louisville. Ohio State? Not so much.