Jay Hutton

Star search: Recruiting storylines for the top 25 teams

The top 25 teams are always looking ahead. Where will 2017's No. 1 recruit, Trey Smith, land? What's Jim Harbaugh's next move at Michigan? And what about Baylor?

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9hEdward Aschoff

Who will be SEC's 3,000-yard passers for 2016?

The SEC isn't necessarily known as a passing league, but there is talent at QB there. So how many 3,000-yard passers will the SEC see this season?

Renfro: 'I don't view myself as a hero' (2:34)
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3hTed Miller

Most indispensable player: USC

At the risk of being predictable, choosing anyone else other than the Trojans' awesome receiver would simply be wide of the mark. Very wide.

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6hBrian Bennett

Must-win game: Iowa Hawkeyes

The annual Heartland Trophy game against Wisconsin always looms large for Iowa, and a victory typically propels the Hawkeyes to a big season.

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Whose throw to Jet Ski is better: Oklahoma St. QB or Texas QB? (0:40)
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4dJane McManus

Baylor hasn't gone far enough

Baylor can't move forward with old pieces in place, Jane McManus writes. Any employee who participated in the actions detailed in the report -- or knew about them -- must go.

Finebaum: Ole Miss sanctions a hit to Freeze's reputation (1:45)
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4dKevin Gemmell

Clay Helton knows USC needs more than just talent

With his team facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, Clay Helton is stressing toughness -- physical and mental -- for the Trojans.

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Youth movement: Impact freshman on each Top 25 team

Florida State lost Jalen Ramsey to the NFL; in steps another elite defensive back in Levonta Taylor. Whether they are top recruits or fill needs, the Class of 2016's best will hit the field soon.

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College football roundtable: Breakout players for 2016

Washington's Myles Gaskin could make a huge surge from his 1,000-yard 2016 season, and that's why the Huskies are a team on the rise. But Gaskin isn't the only one ready for a big season and here's one breakout star to watch in each Power 5 conference.


Youth movement: Impact freshman on each Top 25 team

Florida State lost Jalen Ramsey to the NFL; in steps another elite defensive back in Levonta Taylor. Whether they are top recruits or fill needs, the Class of 2016's best will hit the field soon.

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Big week moves LSU to No. 3 in class rankings

Ohio State remains No. 1 in the football class rankings. LSU, after a week that saw five commitments, moves to No. 3 while Mississippi State and Nebraska enter the rankings.


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SEC commissioner Greg Sankey reiterated Tuesday at the spring meetings in Sandestin, Florida that he doesn't think satellite camps are "healthy for college football" and further emphasized that they are "about recruiting." That said, Sankey said there have been conversations among SEC officials about conference-sponsored satellite camp events. One of his main concerns now about unregulated camps is the flow of money and third parties becoming too involved, which is a concern Alabama coach Nick Saban voiced earlier in the day.

Reggie Bush could not be contained

Bush's reversal of the field against the Oregon Ducks continues our GameDay 100.


Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Alabama coach Nick Saban was on top of his game Tuesday in speaking to reporters at the SEC spring meetings. He repeated his belief that college football needs a commissioner and said satellite camps are going to put football coaches in situations where they're having to deal with more third parties in recruiting similar to AAU basketball. "It's going to be the Wild, Wild West," said Saban, who also believes that if you're going to test for marijuana in college football that it should be for all teams and not just the four teams that make the College Football Playoff.

Renfro: 'I don't view myself as a hero'

Washington WR Isaiah Renfro explains why he decided to quit football in order to deal with his depression issues.


Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze isn't running from the Rebels' NCAA troubles, but told ESPN.com on Monday that to accuse him or anybody on his staff of knowingly breaking the rules would be wrong. "The first thing I would say is that I own it. That's part of it when you're the head coach. You take the good with the bad," Freeze said. "But there's a big difference between making mistakes in recruiting and going out there with the intent to cheat. I don't have any information that anybody on my staff has been involved in any illegal payments to players or offering any inducements to players, and if I did have that information, I would fire them."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Grobe statement on his hiring as Baylor's interim coach today: "It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to join the Baylor football program during this important time. I am looking forward to getting to know and working with the coaches and players in the coming days, and I have great respect for Baylor as an institution and its long-standing heritage. As a coach, winning is important. At the same time, I want to assure the Baylor family that every decision we will make in this football program will be made with Baylor University, her students and our student-athletes in mind."

Who throws to jet ski better?

Both Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph and Texas QB Shane Buechele make incredible throws to friends on jet skis. Whose throw is better? You be the judge.


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Army CB Josh Jenkins who had 23 starts at Army in '13 & '14 but missed last year will not be returning to Army this year.

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With ESPN 300 receiver Hezekiah Jones' decommitment from Baylor Saturday evening, the Bears' 2017 recruiting class is essentially down to one commitment. While both ESPN 300 quarterback Kellen Mond and three-star safety Jalen Pitre remain officially committed, Mond is actively looking at Ohio State, Auburn and other schools. Jones backing off his commitment is a big loss for the Bears, but it also isn't a major surprise. Jones, the No. 16 receiver in the country, has continued to be heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and many others even though he was a longtime Baylor commitment.

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As expected, Baylor is getting hammered by rival recruiters trying to lure away players that signed this past February as part of a top-20 class and the remaining three commits in the 2017 class. It's still not clear whether or not the signees will be given releases from their letters of intent, but many like No. 1 offensive guard Patrick Hudson don't plan to enroll in summer classes on Monday and are talking with other schools.

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Another day, another player backs out of his pledge from Baylor. Saturday evening three-star safety Donovan Stiner tweeted he was no longer pledged to the Bears. This is the third recruit that has backed off a commitment to Baylor since Art Briles was fired Thursday. The Bears now have three commitments in the 2017 class, and two of those commitments are actively looking at other schools.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor's KD Cannon, one of the Big 12's top returning wide receivers, posted the following on his Twitter account tonight to address rumors he could transfer: "BAYLOR IS MY HOME AND THATS WHERE I WILL STAY AND FINISH MY COLLEGE CAREER."