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College Football: The Recruit Each Top 50 Program Is Pursuing

Alex CallosCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2017

College Football: The Recruit Each Top 50 Program Is Pursuing

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    Everyone know recruiting is critical to success in college football. It is much easier to coach talent.

    While a lot of the top recruits have already committed, there are plenty who have not made their decision.

    There is a reason the big-time programs are near the top of the rankings almost every year. It is usually because they are able to sign the players they want.

    Here is a list of the top-50 programs and the top remaining recruit that each hopes will commit to them today.

USC: Leon McQuay

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    USC already has one of the nation's best recruiting classes. But adding a player like Leon McQuay would only make it that much better.

    The safety from Florida has offers from many of the biggest-name schools in the country. A commitment from him would help solidify the USC class.

LSU: DeSean Smith

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    DeSean Smith is one of the nation's best tight ends. The 6'4" 222-pounder also may have the skills to play wide receiver. He is one of the top 70 players overall, according to, and is from Lake Charles, La.

    Letting him leave his home state would be costly for LSU.

Alabama: Derrick Henry

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    Derrick Henry was committed to Georgia , but has backed off that commitment.

    The running back has put up some gigantic stats in Yulee, Fla., and can play a number of positions.

    If the Crimson Tide can steal him from their SEC rival, that would be huge.

Oregon: Max Redfield

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    Oregon has done an excellent job in recent years taking talent from the state of California. Now they have a chance to get one of the nation's top safeties.

    Max Redfield is rated the No. 4 safety and No. 37 player overall in the nation, according to

    While he is still considering five or six schools, the Ducks are at the top of that list. However, USC may be right on their heels.

Georgia: Laremy Tunil

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    There are not many players as talented as offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. He is considered one of the nation's best offensive linemen. He recently narrowed his choices to Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

    The Bulldogs would benefit greatly from being able to land this guy, especially considering the schools they would be stealing him from.

Oklahoma: Torrodney Prevot

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    Defensive end Torrodney Prevot  has a few schools on his list, but near the top are the Oklahoma Sooners. At 6'4" and 210 pounds, he has the athletic ability to play multiple positions at the college level.

    The Sooners may not be No. 1 on his list, but if they could steal him from Texas, his home state, that would be big.

West Virginia: Khaliel Rodgers

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    At 6'3" and 320 pounds, Khaliel Rodgers is one of nation's top guards and has many schools on his short list.

    While West Virginia may not be anywhere near the top of the list, they are close to home. He is from Maryland. The Mountaineers would love to have this four-star recruit commit today.

Florida State: Stacy Coley

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    There is never a shortage of talent in the state of Florida. This year is no different.

    Wide receiver Stacy Coley is rated the No. 6 wide receiver in the country, according to, and Florida State is at the top of his list.

    If the Seminoles can get him, that would not only help them, but also keep him away from the other rivals in the state.

Arkansas: Tim Williams

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    Tim Williams is as good as it gets at defensive end. He is from Baton Rouge, La., the home of LSU, but is willing to go out of state.

    If he chooses to do so, he could end up at Arkansas.

South Carolina: Michael Hill

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    Michael Hill is a local kid who the Gamecocks do not want to see leave their state.

    If they do, chances are he could end up at an SEC rival.

    The 6'3" 315-pound defensive tackle could clog up the middle for Steve Spurrier's team.

Michigan: Kendall Fuller

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    All signs point to Kendall Fuller heading to Michigan, who already might have the nation's best recruiting class.

    He is one of nation's top cornerbacks and is considered by some to be the nation's best non-committed player.

    It may not be long before he is a Wolverine.

Michigan State: Shelton Gibson

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    Michigan State does not many top-notch recruits on its  radar like a lot of other schools on the list, but it looks like wide receiver Shelton Gibson may be the Spartans for the taking.

    He is rated the No. 14 receiver and No. 122 overall in the country, according to

    If the Spartans make a move on this guy, he could be theirs.

TCU: Justin Manning

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    Justin Manning is from Texas and has all of the big-name Texas programs on his list.

    The 6'2" 275-pound Manning is a highly regarded defensive tackle who is considered to be among the nation's top players.

    He has a lot of schools on the list, but TCU has as good a shot as anybody.

Kansas State: Montell Cozart

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    Even though this dual-threat quarterback has already committed to the Jayhawks, the recruiting process is not over.

    Kansas State still has a chance to steal a guy who could remind Wildcat fans of current quarterback Collin Klein.

    He is 6'2" and 180 pounds, meaning he has the size to play at the college level and could excel in the Kansas State offense.

Stanford: Peter Kalambayi

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    This outside linebacker is from North Carolina, but could be traveling across the country to Stanford if the Cardinal have anything to say about it.

    Kalambayi has big-time size at 6'3" and 229 pounds and could dominate the Pac-12 defensively.

Wisconsin: MacKensie Alexander

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    MacKensie Alexander is another of the talented cornerbacks from Florida who has a lot of teams still on his list.

    One choice that may surprise a lot of people would be Wisconsin. The Badgers are certainly in the running for the cornerback. He could certainly play right away.

    There are still some teams the Badgers need to out-recruit, but this could be a big steal for Wisconsin.

Nebraska: Joe Mathis

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    Defensive end Joe Mathis has three teams that are high on his list. Nebraska is one of those schools.

    Washington and Michigan are also in the running.

    He is a California kid who at 6'4" and 254 pounds has the size to rush the passer effectively.

Clemson: Taquan Mizzell

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    A lot of school are high on the list of this running back from Virginia Beach, Va. Clemson could be one of them.

    Mizzell would fit perfectly in the Tigers offense. He is one of the nation's most explosive players.

    Getting him to commit would be huge for Clemson.

Virginia Tech: Brandon Facyson

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    Brandon Facyson is a cornerback who is not as highly recruited as a lot of the players on this list, but is still one of the top at his position in the country.

    There are a lot of schools that are high on this kid. Virginia Tech is one of those in contention.

    Facyson is a player who could surprise some people at the next level. He would be a huge get for the Hokies.

Ohio State: Derrick Green

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    When it is all said and done, Ohio State is likely to have one of the best recruiting classes in the country, and Derrick Green could help them get there.

    The Richmond, Va., native is the nation's No. 1 running back and No. 12 overall player, according to

    He has a few schools on his list, but the Buckeyes are near the top. Getting him away from Michigan would be even bigger.

Oklahoma State: Laquon Treadwell

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    Laquon Treadwell has narrowed his college choices to seven schools. One of those is Oklahoma State. 

    The Cowboys lost Dez Bryant, making his wide receiver an attractive option.

    The other schools in contention for Treadwell are big names, including Illinois from his home state. But the Cowboys just may be able to steal this guy.

Texas: Mike Mitchell

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    Mike Mitchell is an outside linebacker from Plano, Texas, who is on the radar of the Longhorns.

    He's 6'4" and 215 pounds and is considering other Big 12 schools along with some in-state rivals as well. But  the Longhorns may be in the driver's seat for this guy.

Boise State: Tahaan Goodman

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    Tahaan Goodman is one of the nation's top safeties. He is from California and is attracting interest from a lot of schools. But Boise State may be able to steal him from some of the bigger names.

Notre Dame: Alex Anzalone

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    The recruitment of Alex Anzalone has been interesting. He recently backed out of his commitment to Ohio State and opened his recruiting back up. A few schools are at the top of his list, but perhaps No. 1 is Notre Dame.

    The outside linebacker from Pennsylvania would be huge for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.

Florida: Marcell Harris

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    Florida is in the running for a lot of talented recruits from in-state. One of those is Marcell Harris.

    He is from nearby Orlando. There are still several schools on his list, but Harris could stay close to home and play for the Gators.

    At 6'1" and 213 pounds, he has the size to be a talented safety in the SEC.

Louisville: Jaynard Bostwick

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    Louisville is not afraid to recruit from the state of Florida. Defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick hails from Port St. Lucie.

    While he is not as highly regarded as a few other players on this list, at 6'4" and 291 pounds he could be a force in the middle.

    Miami and Oregon are high on his list, but a lot could happen over the next few months. Don't count the Cardinals out.

North Carolina State: Larenz Bryant

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    North Carolina State is not usually a school that has top-10 recruiting classes. And while 2013 figures to be no different, inside linebacker Larenz Bryant would be huge for them to get.

    He is from Charlotte, so he does not have to go far to play for the Wolfpack.

    Stealing him from teams like Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Alabama would be huge.

Washington: Michael Hutchings

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    Washington is on the list for a few big-name players. One of them is Michael Hutchings.

    Hutchings is an outside linebacker from California, a state the Huskies love to purge of talent.

    There are a lot of names on his list, but Washington is certainly in the top five.

Missouri: Jay Woods

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    Jay Woods is a big defensive tackle from Jackson, Ga., who is being recruited by a few SEC schools.

    Getting him from the other SEC schools would be huge for Missouri.

North Carolina: Jalen Ramsey

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    Jalen Ramsey is a cornerback from Nashville, Tenn. North Carolina would love to get him to leave the state.

    He has offers from nearly everybody While the Tar Heels may not be on the top of his list, they have a chance to steal him from the SEC schools.

Penn State: Eddie Vanderdoes

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    Penn State is never short on defensive stars. Defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes could be the next in line.

    Vanderdoes has offers from everywhere, but this California native could be headed to Penn State.

UCLA: Pries Willis

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    Cornerback Priest Willis is still considering a lot of schools, including Utah, Notre Dame and West Virginia.

    A local from Tempe, Ariz., Willis is the type of recruit who could have an immediate impact for the Bruins and help put them back on the college football map.

Ole Miss: Demorea Stringfellow

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    Ole Miss is not a school that consistently gets top-notch recruits, but wide receiver Demorea Stringfellow could be one of them.

    The California native could surprise a few people and commit to Ole Miss.

    That would be a big steal for the Rebels.

Auburn: Montravius Adams

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    Defensive tackle Montravius Adams looks like he will stay in the South and play for an SEC school. But which one will it be?

    The decision could come down to Alabama or Auburn. The Tigers may hold the edge. Stealing him from their biggest rival would be a big deal.

Purdue: Jordan Sherit

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    Strongside defensive end Jordan Sherit is being recruited by most major programs, and like many other players, Michigan is near the top of his list.

    Sherit is from Tampa, Fla., but Purdue would love to bring him north.

    The Boilermakers have a strong defensive line. He could fit in quite nicely. Plus, they may be stealing him from the Wolverines.

Texas A&M: Antonio Conner

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    Safety Antonio Conner is another high-end recruit likely headed to the SEC.

    He is Mississippi and there is a chance he could stay in-state.

    If he decides to leave the state, one of the schools at the top of his list is Texas A&M. He would be huge for the Aggies, especially now that they are in the SEC.

Miami (Fla.): Matthew Thomas

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    Outside linebacker Matthew Thomas is a local kid from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. The Hurricanes would be well-advised not to let him slip out of their grasp.

    There are five teams high on his list. Miami is one of them. Losing him would be detrimental to the Hurricanes program.

Utah: Reeve Koehler

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    Utah is not known for reeling in the biggest names, but one of the best players from the state of Hawaii may be headed their way.

    Guard Reeve Koehler is fast rising up the recruiting rankings and would be huge for the Utes.

    Koehler has most of the Pac-12 schools high on him, but Utah is near the top of that list.

Baylor: Ricky Seals-Jones

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    While Baylor may not be first on his list, wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones is a target the Bears have a chance to snag.

    He hails from Texas and is certainly considering all of the other schools in Texas. 

    There are only a few schools at the top of his list. Baylor may be able to steal them, particularly with the success the Bears have had at that position in recent years.

Mississippi State: Kendell Beckwith

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    Kendel Beckwith is one of the best athletes in the country. He has offers from all of the major SEC schools. One team that is high on his list is Mississippi State.

    The Bulldogs have a chance to steal him from some of the bigger-name SEC schools.

Virginia: Wyatt Teller

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    Wyatt Teller hails from Virginia and is one of the best strongside defensive ends in the country. Virginia could be his destination.

    Losing him to a team from out of state, particularly one from the ACC, would be costly to the Virginia program.

    While it is not certain which way he is leaning, Teller would be a good fit with the Cavaliers.

South Florida: Vernon Hargreaves

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    South Florida Bulls has an in with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who is from Tampa, Fla.

    What may lure him to South Florida is that his dad is an assistant with the Bulls. How big would that be for the Bulls?

Tennessee: Marquez North

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    Wide receiver Marquez North is from Charlotte, N.C., and is on the radar of the Tennessee Volunteers.

    The Vols have produced a number of talented receivers over the years. He could be the next in a long line.

    There are a few other schools on his list, but Tennessee could have the inside edge.

Pittsburgh: Robert Foster

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    The Pittsburgh Panthers could use a top recruit like wide receiver Robert Foster, and he is right in their own backyard.

    Foster is from Monaca, Pa., and has every big-name school recruiting him.

    If the Panthers can somehow get a commitment from him, he could help to revive the program.

California: Scott Pagano

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    Scott Pagano is a highly regarded defensive tackle from Hawaii. The Cal Bears are at the top of his list.

    He has been rising in the rankings and Cal is not that far from Hawaii, giving the Bears an advantage over a lot of the other schools.

Vanderbilt: Hunter Henry

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    Hunter Henry is one of the nation's top tight ends. There are a lot of schools after him, including Notre Dame, which has been known to produce its fair share of tight ends.

    Vanderbilt is also on his radar and would be a perfect fit for Henry.

Arizona State: Nico Falah

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    Nico Falah is a large offensive tackle from California. Most of the Pac-12 schools are after him, but Arizona State may have the inside edge.

    He is 6'5" and 270 pounds, giving him the size to compete in the Pac-12.

    The Sun Devils have a long way to go to rebuild the program. This kid could be a good start.

Southern Miss: Rickey Jefferson

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    Ricky Jefferson is an athlete who is talented enough to go almost anywhere, but there are some Conference USA schools in the mix.

    One of those is Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles are one of about eight schools with a chance to land him. It would be huge to steal him away from the big boys.

Cincinnati: Jordan Wilkins

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    Running back Jordan Wilkins is from Memphis, Tenn., but has family in Ohio, which could prove beneficial to Cincinnati.

    While he is waiting on an offer from Ohio State, Cincinnati would love to steal him from the Buckeyes and the  SEC schools on his tail.

    However, that is easier said than done.

Arizona: Sebastian Larue

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    Wide receiver Sebastian Larue would fit in quite nicely at Arizona, which has some talented receivers and a decent recruiting class.

    Other schools are after him, including Arizona State. A commitment from him would be huge for the Wildcats.

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