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  • Video: Go inside a recruiting meeting at Miami

    Miami v Georgia Tech

    The off season is always filled with hype video, and season ticket promotions, but up until this point, nobody has provided access behind closed doors quite like Miami does in this video.

    Here, Miami takes you inside one of their recruiting meeting where the staff is evaluating a safety prospect. Each coach goes down the line and critiques the kid while also talking about what they like about his skill set while offering their opinion on whether they’re someone the Hurricanes should offer or not. The assistant touch on everything from technique, to football IQ, to how well the kid is coached by his high school staff.

    Things get a little heated towards the end, but no one is sold on the kid more than defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio who knows first hand how hard instinctual safeties are to come by.

    “I’ve been doing this for too long. Everyone wants to make safety a dumping ground. ‘I’m not sure he can play wide out, but he can play safety, or I’m not sure he can play corner, but he can play safety.'”

    “Everyone wants to make it a dumping ground, but if you’ve never seen the kid play safety, safety is a different deal. Watch this kid play safety. The best safeties I’ve ever had played safety in high school and their tape is good in high school and their tape is good in college.”

    A lot of programs advertise “All-Access,” but this is the real deal.

  • Video of the Day – LA Tech 2015 season ticket commercial

    Video of the Day

    Friday May 22, 2015

    LA Tech 2015 season ticket commercial

  • Now THIS is how you celebrate a commitment on Twitter

    On Thursday night Houston landed a commitment from Spring (Texas) Westfield defensive tackle Ed Oliver. He’s rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Class of 2016 by ESPN and the first consensus five-star prospect in the history of the program. Simply put, landing Oliver – and holding on to him for these next eight months and change – could be a defining moment for the Tom Herman era at Houston, a sign he’s capable of tapping the potential that so many see in the namesake university of the nation’s fourth-most populous city.

    It’s a major moment, obviously, and yet the program has to officially act as if it didn’t happen. Of course, coaches regularly toe the line of what is allowable by NCAA rules, and perhaps no one has ever tap danced that line quite as joyously as the Cougars did on Thursday evening.

    Are the Cougars writing an awfully big check their play will have to cash in the coming years? Sure. But for now it’s fun to watch them add a few zeros to that check.

  • Graphic: Stanford makes a compelling case

    A head coach’s responsibilities are endless, but in the end he three tasks that have to get done. He needs to win games, he needs to graduate players, and he needs to prepare his players for life after college football – whether that be in the NFL or in the workforce.

    A graphic tweeted out by Stanford’s football account makes a strong case David Shaw is acing all three of his crucial tasks.

    Winning on the field? See: two Pac-12 titles and a Rose Bowl victory.
    Graduating players? Preparing players for life after football? See below.

    Stanford graphic

  • Ole Miss has an powerful new recruiting chip for NFL hopefuls


    According to a report from Sporting Intelligence, Ole Miss is the nation’s top program when it comes to their alums and their earning status in the NFL.

    ESPN points out that Ole Miss has 18 of its former players in the The League, and they bring home an average of $4.1 million annually. The list is lead by names like Eli Manning (who made $19.8 million in 2014) and Greg Hardy ($13.1 million last season).

    You can bet the farm that you’ll see that one on the next round of recruiting material that comes out of Oxford. That’s a pitch that can carry some weight with high school kids who have had dreams of playing in the NFL and making a really good living.

    Surprisingly (at least to me), second on the list was Virginia, followed by Oklahoma, Texas and Michigan rounding out the top five.

    Overall, nine SEC programs (Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina) made the top 25 list, followed by six Pac-12 teams (Utah, Cal, USC, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA), five Big Ten programs (Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State), three ACC programs (Virginia, Miami, Virginia Tech), and two Big 12 programs (Oklahoma and Texas) – both of which made the top five.

    See (and download) the full report from Sporting Intelligence here, and take a closer look at the top 25 below.