College Football's 10 Burning Offseason Recruiting Questions

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2014

College Football's 10 Burning Offseason Recruiting Questions

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    It's the offseason for college football, but recruiting doesn't stop. With college coaches not busy game-planning, coordinating practice plans and drilling their players to hone their technique, they have more time to focus on recruiting.

    That leads people to start asking a lot of questions. Everyone wants to know as much information as they can, but this piece is here to give you the 10 burning offseason recruiting questions. You're encouraged to answer them in the comments section.

    What will former USC head coach Lane Kiffin's recruiting impact be at Alabama? Who is the nation's true No. 1 player? Where will the top uncommitted quarterback go?


    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

How Well Will Charlie Strong and His Staff Recruit at Texas?

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    Texas hired Charlie Strong away from Louisville to replace Mack Brown as head coach, and Strong has giant shoes to fill. Not only did Brown win a national title with the Longhorns, he also became a legendary recruiter.

    Strong is a pure football coach who will need to learn the politics of Texas football. That includes getting on the good side of powerful high school football coaches, analysts and others.

    It's going to be fascinating to see how well Strong and his staff recruit with a full year under their belt.

Will 4-Star Running Back Jordan Scarlett Stick with His FAU Commitment?

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    Jordan Scarlett is a 4-star, all-purpose running back from powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida. At 5'10" and 197 pounds, Scarlett has solid size and good quickness.

    Scarlett committed to Florida Atlantic in December, but it's extremely rare for FAU to sign a player rated as high as Scarlett. Wisconsin is still in the picture, according to 247Sports.

    FAU's attempts to hold on to quite possibly its biggest recruit in history will be great to follow. 

Why Isn't 4-Star DB Tarvarus McFadden a 5-Star Recruit?

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    Tarvarus McFadden is a 6'3", 198-pound 4-star safety from Florida. He has good speed and cover skills, plus, he can play cornerback in an impressive manner.

    McFadden, who is ranked No. 40 in the 2015 247Sports composite rankings, deserves to be a 5-star prospect. The reason why he currently is not is unknown, but he'll earn his extra star soon. 

Can Ohio State Pry 5-Star RB Damien Harris Away from Michigan?

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    Although 5-star running back Damien Harris decommitted from Michigan in January, the Wolverines remain thick in the mix, according to 247Sports.

    However, Big Blue's archrival has become a major player for the Kentucky native. Yes, Michigan fans, Ohio State is now a serious threat for Harris.

    Seeing Harris sign with the Buckeyes would be huge blow to Michigan.

Is It Possible for Alabama to Top Its 2014 Class?

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    Alabama signed one of the best recruiting classes of the century in 2014. The remarkable class is simply an exceptional collection of talent on paper.

    At some point, the depth chart is going to work against the Crimson Tide's coaching staff when recruiting. However, people have been saying that for years.

    Watching Alabama go about its recruiting business after signing the class it signed last cycle will be fascinating for everyone.

Speaking of Alabama, What Will Lane Kiffin's Recruiting Impact Be?

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    Alabama head coach Nick Saban hired Kiffin to be the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide this winter.

    A polarizing figure, Kiffin is a terrific and tireless recruiter. Yet, he isn't the most well-liked guy in the business. 

    Alabama has become a recruiting machine that attracts elite prospects in its sleep. It'll be interesting to see if Kiffin helps or hurts the Crimson Tide's recruiting efforts.

How High Will USC Finish in the 2015 Recruiting Rankings?

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    USC finished No. 11 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings in 2014 after being practically left for dead in the rankings during the fall.

    Head coach Steve Sarkisian has assembled a strong staff of recruiters, and the state of California is exceptionally deep with talent this year. The Trojans have positive vibes surrounding their program once again, so USC could be poised to dominate the recruiting trail.

Is 5-Star DT Trent Thompson a Georgia Lock?

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    From Westover High School in Georgia, Trent Thompson is a talented 5-star defensive tackle who is 6'4" and 292 pounds. He has excellent quickness at the snap, but Thompson also has impressive strength.

    Florida State is one of his top schools, but Georgia is expected to sign him, according to 247Sports. Other schools may be wasting their time.

Where Will 5-Star Quarterback Josh Rosen Go?

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    The top uncommitted quarterback in the nation is 6'4", 205-pound Josh Rosen. The 5-star California native has impressive physical tools, but Rosen also excels at the required mental parts of the position.

    UCLA, Stanford, Texas and California are his top schools, according to 247Sports. It would be a little surprising if Rosen didn't become a Bruin, but stranger things have happened in recruiting.

Who Is the Nation's True 2015 No. 1 Recruit?

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    There isn't a consensus No. 1 player for 2015, as Thompson is the No. 1 recruit in the Rivals 100 and 2015 247Sports composite rankings, but 5-star quarterback Ricky Town is on top of the Top 247

    Martez Ivey, a 5-star offensive tackle, is No. 1 in the Scout 300. Cornerback Kevin Toliver II and Rosen are other 5-star prospects who belong in the discussion for No. 1 overall recruit honors.

    Chad Simmons of had this to say about Ivey:

    "Ivey is an impressive offensive tackle with good arm length, good base, and great feet. He moves well in short space, he reacts well on the edge, and he shows very good balance."


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns.