Here's a look at how the independents are faring on the recruiting trail.
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Army has one commitment in Sean McBryde (Kileen, Texas/Ellison) who committed last month after being offered a scholarship on his birthday. He committed to Army over Air Force and Rice. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is a hard-hitting safety who could potentially grow into a linebacker at the next level.
Who they still want: Army has offered safeties Vince Hunsicker (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon), Okezie Alozie (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) and Tyler Jackman (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington). The Black Knights are also after defensive linemen Brad Horton (Denton, Texas/Liberty Christian School), Steve Michaelsen (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Nikolas Padilla (Dallas/Parish Espiscopal) and linebackers Bennett Moore (Wichita, Kan./Wichita Collegiate), Tristin Freeman (Philadelphia/West Catholic), and Blake McCown (Texarkana, Texas/Texars). On the other side of the ball, the Black Knights are battling Navy for quarterback Nate Long (San Diego/Mission Bay). Army is also recruiting running back Jordan Visarraga (Eugene, Ore./Willamette), athletes Jordan Marshall (Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove) and Justin Bolus (Charleston, S.C./James Island), guard Carl Hulick (Anaheim, Calif./Esperanza) and center Brandon Greene (Redlands, Calif./East Valley).
ESPNU 150 commitments: 1
Who they have: Has anyone noticed how well BYU has recruited? The Cougars are putting together a very solid class led by four-star signal-caller Tanner Mangum (Eagle, Id./ Eagle), who was one of the stars at the Elite 11 quarterback camp last month. BYU has another committed quarterback in three-star Taysom Hill (Pocatello, Id./Highland). Wide receiver Josh Weeks (Show Low, Ariz./Show Low) is a big target and a very highly regarded recruit from the state of Arizona, while Austin Hoyt (Jackson, Calif./Argonaut) is one of the top tight end prospects from California. Two four-star prospects will bolster the Cougars' front seven in defensive end Troy Hinds (Kaysville, Utah/Davis) and linebacker Butch Pauu (Anaheim, Calif./Servite). Three-star linebackers Bobby Wolford (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) and Sawyer Powell (Richland, Wash./Richland) are also in the fold as well.
Who they still want: BYU would love to get some running back help and are hot after Jamaal Williams (Fontana, Calif./Summit) and Jalen Richard (Alexandria, La./Peabody). Offensive tackle Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove) and defensive end Moana Ofahengaue (Salt Lake City, Utah/West) are two in-state recruits the Cougars would also like to land. Defensive end Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou), linebackers Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) and Adam Ah Ching (Greer, S.C./Greer) and athlete John Ursua (Saratoga Springs, Utah/Westlake) are others the Cougars covet.
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they still want: It's an Navy/Army battle right now for Long, as they have both offered. Navy is also after quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Madison, Tenn./Goodpasture Christian School) and running back Adam Davenport (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Riverdale) from the state of Tennessee. The Midshipmen are also on wide receivers Mitchell Dawkins (Winter Park, Fla./Lake Howell) and Chris Garner (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) and offensive linemen Mike Phillips (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) and Jamie Bradshaw (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy). On defense, Navy has offered ends David Harris (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) and Randy Frost (St. John's, Fla./Creekside), linebackers Tristin Freeman (Philadelphia/West Catholic), Dominic Spencer (Dallas/Skyline) and Blake McCown (Texarkana, Texas/Texas), safeties Okezie Alozie (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) and Alton Eliphar (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) and athletes Jordan Marshall (Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove) and David Dudeck (Princeton, N.J./The Hun School).
ESPNU 150 commitments: 5
Who they have: The Fighting Irish won a huge recruiting battle for athlete Ronald Darby (Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac), one of the country's fastest players. Defensive back help is on its way with the addition of Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Central) and safeties C.J. Prosise (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest) and John Turner (Indianapolis/Cathedral). Shepard's cousin, Deontay Greenberry (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union), could star on either side of the ball at receiver or defensive back. Defensive tackle Sheldon Day (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) and defensive end Romeo Okwara (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) are both disruptive and should help bolster things up front. On the other side of the ball, Notre Dame landed two good ones in offensive tackles Mark Harrell (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Taylor Decker (Vandalia, Ohio/Butler). Justin Ferguson (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Flanagan) is one of the top wide receiver prospects from the Sunshine State.
Who they still want: Notre Dame will get an official visit from running back William Mahone (Austintown, Ohio/Austintown Finch) next month and one from Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) in October. The Irish are also in the hunt for West Coast backs KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wa./Mariner) and Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian). They are also looking for more wide receiver help and love recruits like Chris Brown (Hanahan, S.C./Hanahan), Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling), and Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkley Prep). Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) has also set up an official visit to Notre Dame while the Fighting Irish made the final seven for defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt), the nation's No. 4 overall prospect. The Irish are also in the mix for defensive linemen Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute).
Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at email@example.com.