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Schlabach: Michigan makes most noise, but FSU wins signing day

Jim Harbaugh redefined the limits of a signing day extravaganza. But it was the Seminoles who closed strong to finish with the top class. Here's the best and worst from national signing day.

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Butch Davis: USC great first test for Bama next season (0:46)
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Crabtree: Ranking the recruiters

Having signed off on signing day, we look at the college football recruiters who came away from the 2016 cycle as the biggest winners.

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What recruiting classes aced signing day?

How did each team fare on signing day? ESPN Recruiting hands out grades for the 2016 classes for each team in the Power 5 conferences, as well as a few of the Group of 5 notables.

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Ole Miss among hottest programs after NSD

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze continues to be one of top recruiters in the country. Other schools like LSU, Michigan and Texas are trending up as well.

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Dabbing, dancing, dominating: How Nick Saban stays on top

After winning a fifth national title, Alabama's coach went right to work on another top recruiting class. And that's bad news for the rest of college football, because the 64-year-old isn't slowing down.

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Class rankings: Where did the top teams land?

With a huge signing day finish, Florida State locked up 2016's No. 1 overall class. Alabama also closed strong to land at No. 2, but nobody shot up the top-75 rankings like Texas did.

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Infographic: 10 Years of ESPN No. 1s (2006-16)

ESPN began its evaluations of high school players in 2006. A look back at the top players of the first 10 years, including how they fared when their collegiate careers were complete.

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Haney: Five teams reeling after signing day

Kevin Sumlin's "Swagcopter" became a symbol of Texas A&M's influence on the recruiting trail. But there are signs that the Aggies are losing momentum.

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NCAA could let replay officials call targeting

The NCAA football rules committee will consider giving replay officials more flexibility in how they review targeting penalties and allowing them to call fouls that are not called on the field.

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Harbaugh: Recruiting is about relationships

Jim Harbaugh tells Hannah Storm it helps him to build a connection with recruits' families.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Hank Hughes is out as Nebraska's defensive line coach. Without direct ties to Mike Riley, he was a bit of an odd fit from the start. And the inability to retain DTs Collins and Valentine for their senior years did not bode well.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

K-State president Kirk Schulz acknowledged the topic of expansion did come up during Friday's Big 12 presidents meeting, but commissioner Bob Bowlsby added that specific potential candidates were not discussed.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Following Friday's Big 12 presidents meeting, Kansas State president Kirk Schulz said "there's a unanimity" among the 10 schools that wasn't always there before in putting the interests of the conference over the interests of the individual schools. Schulz added the Big 12 will look to come to a 10-0 consensus moving forward on any major decisions, including possible expansion or implementation of a conference championship game.

Ball arrested for allegedly pushing girlfriend

Former Wisconsin RB Montee Ball faces a tentative charge of substantial battery after allegedly pushing his girlfriend into a table at a hotel Friday morning, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Story

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USC's Pat Haden resigning

The Trojans athletic director will step down at the end of June. Haden has been in his current position for over 5 years. USC president Max Nikias said Haden will guide the renovation of the Coliseum for a year after he retires.

All access with Ole Miss on signing day

Chris Low spent the craziness of signing day inside the Ole Miss war room, giving him a front-row seat to the highs of landing five-star signatures -- as well as the lows of seeing a key target choose Mississippi State. All access

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Khan: Houston's recruiting upset of year

It began with #HtownTakeover and ended with a five-star signing and a historic recruiting class. Houston pulled the upset of the recruiting year -- and the Cougars might just be getting started. Engineering an upset

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitt RB James Conner is "really doing well," coach Pat Narduzzi said. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on Thanksgiving and just had his fifth round of treatment. The former ACC player of the year has kept working out with the team and Narduzzi said it doesn't look as if Conner's lost weight. "He will [beat cancer]. He'll be playing for the Panthers next fall. I can guarantee that."

Watch: Jim Harbaugh on Mike & Mike

After a star-studded signing day earlier this week that included Tom Brady and Derek Jeter, the Michigan head coach joins the Mikes. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Oregon State QB Seth Collins will transfer to Northern Illinois, Huskies coach Rod Carey announced on Twitter. Collins threw for 936 yards as a true freshman, but was not expected to reclaim his starting job next year. The Beavers had plans to permanently move him to receiver.

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A Signing Day takeaway: #BigTen cleaned up in 2 "expansion" states. 15 of the 18 recruits in Top300 from NJ, MD went to B1G. (none to RUT)

Rovell: The 2016 recruiting All-Name Team

Joe Smith need not apply: This is all about Pookie, Lil'Jordan, Brodarious, as well as a Messiah. Can we get an Amen? All-Name Team

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Obama, Henry get their Heisman on

President of the United States or not, if you're taking a picture with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, you've got to strike the pose.

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Richt is pleased with Miami's 18 commitments and points to his first class at Georgia as proof he's able to identify and sign future NFL players on short notice. His 2001 class at Georgia included Thomas Davis and Odell Thurman, rated as two-star recruits. David Pollack was listed as a three-star athlete. Miami signed the No. 19-ranked class with 10 ESPN 300 recruits.

No Top 6 Class, No National Title

If you haven't had a top-6 recruiting class in the last three years, odds are you wont be capturing the 2016 title. Every national champion going back to Florida in 2006 had a top-6 recruiting class in the three signing periods prior to winning the national title.

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas athletic director Mike Perrin on the possibility of playing Texas A&M again in football. "I'm not going to rule it out."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said despite analyzing data presented by consultants, the league's athletic directors took no action today on a conference championship game.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Big 12 athletic directors are meeting in this room at the conference office in Irving, Texas. The league presidents will congregate here Friday. The merits of implementing a conference championship figure to be among the topics discussed.

Ostendorf: The Cam effect at Auburn

Cam Newton's current season, one that could end with a Super Bowl ring, is not all that different from his lone season at Auburn (51 combined TDs, Heisman Trophy, national title). And Auburn is taking full advantage. Another top-10 recruiting class

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich has approached coach Bobby Petrino about a contract extension. During a news conference to announce plans to expand Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to 65,000 seats, Jurich said he has been impressed with what Petrino has done in two years back with the Cards. Petrino has gone 17-9 over the last two seasons in his second stint with the team.

Henry, Obama strike the pose

You never saw Derrick Henry break out the Heisman Trophy pose while he was playing for Alabama, but then again, maybe he never had the right person asking him to do it. See the picture

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