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Insider ICYMI: Nine must-read stories from this week

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On Wednesday, all college football eyes turned to national signing day. And quite a few sets of those eyes landed on the wild scene at Michigan, where coach Jim Harbaugh welcomed everybody from Derek Jeter to Ric Flair. Oh, and Harbaugh also welcomed one of the nation's best classes to Ann Arbor.

At the very top of that class: blue-chipper Rashan Gary, ESPN's overall No. 1 recruit who should be a star for the Wolverines.

But the scouting breakdown of Gary is just one of a slew of offerings from Insider this week that will make you the smartest college football fan at your Super Bowl party this weekend.


Final class rankings: FSU wins the day, Michigan wins the headlines, Bama's back in the top three

Lots of familiar faces landed in our final class rankings. But where did Texas come from? And don't sleep on Houston, which became the first non-Power 5 school to land an ESPN five-star player. Here's how the top 75 recruiting classes shook out.


Grades, grades and more grades: A complete team-by-team assessment of the 2016 classes

Plenty of A's were handed out across the five conferences -- and plenty of C's, too.


Luginbill: Five teams that improved their 2016 CFP chances on signing day

The competition to climb ESPN's class rankings on signing day was thrilling, but how will it translate to a run to the 2016 College Football Playoff? Tennessee is one of the five teams that may have put some important pieces in place to make a march to the CFP.


Five teams who are off to hot starts for their 2017 class

Miami's hiring of Mark Richt may not have locked up a top-10 class in 2016, but the Canes' 2017 crop looks promising.


Top 2017 QB recruiting battles to watch

Who has the edge with junior blue-chip Dylan McCaffrey? And who are the front-runners with the other five top-10 quarterbacks who are still uncommitted?


What do coaches really think of recruiting stunts?

Nick Saban dabbing and Jim Harbaugh climbing a tree: How do other coaches feel about some of the trail shenanigans we've seen this year?


Super Bowl flashback: How did players rank as recruits?

An excerpt from Cam Newton's ESPN scouting evaluation: "Newton is a monster of an athlete and huge pocket passer with deceptive speed and quickness. Essentially we would describe him as a pocket passer with the ability to get out of trouble and make some plays with his legs when he has to ... He reminds us an awful lot of LSU QB JaMarcus Russell, only Newton is a better runner."


Ranking the best CFB recruiters of the 2016 cycle

Florida State's Tim Brewster was in the conversation, but the best recruiter of the year ultimately goes to USC's Tee Martin.