Alabama and Ohio State hold Rivals' No. 1 and No. 2 recruiting classes for 2017, respectively.
"It’s hard to blame anybody that has lost count of how many times Alabama has won the team rankings title (five times since 2010 for those keeping track)," wrote Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman, "and the Crimson Tide is in great position to do it again this year." Alabama has reeled in commitments from four five-star recruits and 13 of the four-star species. As for Ohio State, they hold pledges from four five-star prospects and 11 four-stars. Friedman notes that if HC Urban Meyer's collection of baby Buckeyes nets him a No. 1 recruiting class on Rivals after National Signing Day, it would mark the first time he has ever secured that belt.
South Carolina HC Will Muschamp indicated that he has decided upon a starting quarterback for the season-opener against Vanderbilt.
"I’ve got a very good idea of where we are headed with this and excited about where we are as much as anything as we move forward," Muschamp said. He noted that he does not want to give Vanderbilt defensive wizard/head coach Derek Mason a chance to lock in his game plan by announcing early. "Maybe the night before the game or something like that," he explained. "Sometimes, when you don’t know, it’s good. You’ve just gotta go out and play." Muschamp expressed confidence in all three of his valiant competitors. That trio consists of freshmen gunslingers Brandon McIlwain and Jake Bentley, plus senior Perry Orth.
Tennessee HC Butch Jones indicated that his team will not overlook Appalachian State in their season-opening showdown.
"I’ve been so consumed with video, getting our team ready to play mentally and physically, and App State with everything they do," Jones said. "You know, they do some things schematically that really challenge your systems, so all of our effort and energy has been in that." It's one of the more sneaky-interesting Week 1 matchups. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranked them at No. 51 in this month's ongoing countdown of all 128 FBS squads, writing that the Mountaineers' rushing attack -- led by RB Marcux Cox -- is "explosive" and that they possess "a defense that remains one of the best in the Group of 5." Stay tuned.
Due to academic issues, Miami freshman WR Dionte Mullins has yet to gain admission to the university.
"[Mullins is] still working. He's not out of it," said HC Mark Richt. He also indicated that he expects the 5-foot-11, 179-pounder to be with the team this year, though. Mullins might be nearing the light at the end of the academic tunnel. That would be a nice beat for the Hurricanes, as he ranked as ESPN 300's No. 92 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle.
Texas redshirt freshman Kai Locksley has shifted from quarterback to wide receiver.
Locksley was a four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect for the 2015 cycle. He took a redshirt last season. With freshman Shane Buechele digging in the heels of his cowboy boots to start this season and possibly beyond, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Locksley will join Jerrod Heard as a quarterback-turned-wideout for the 2016 incarnation of Texas. He actually played wideout just two years ago in the Under Armour All-America Game, so this won't be his first taste of the position. Neither Heard nor Locksley makes for a fantasy target in the majority of formats, simply because they are unknown quantities at the position heading into next weekend's date with Notre Dame.
Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury and staff have set up fake social media accounts depicting "cute girls" in order to keep tabs on their players.
This didn't come out merely from a sourced report -- it came right from Kingsbury, himself. Speaking on The Hawkcast with A.J. Hawk, Texas Tech's head honcho said, "We have fake accounts with cute girls that they add right now, so we can see what’s going on and who’s tweeting what. Those are heavily monitored, for sure." Hawk then asked Kingsbury whether the players knew about the no-longer-covert accounts. "I think they do, but they can’t resist that. A friend request from a cute girl is an automatic follow," Kingsbury said. He truly has his finger on the pulse of college football in the modern day.
Western Michigan freshman WR Bryson White and freshman LB Ron George have been indefinitely suspended after allegedly sticking up a woman at gunpoint and knifepoint.
White and George were arrested early on Saturday morning. Weapons and money were reportedly found in their vehicle. According to WMMT News 3's report, the pair "held up a woman [using] a semi-automatic weapon and a knife in an area off campus." HC P.J. Fleck has reacted in swift fashion, issuing indefinite suspensions to both players. In a statement, he said, "I'm extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university."
Oregon senior DE Torrodney Prevot has been suspended indefinitely due to his being investigated for a criminal offense.
According to The Emerald -- Oregon's student newspaper -- a former student has filed a complaint with the police alleging that she was assaulted twice by Prevot this year. This case would explain why the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder was not listed on the depth chart released on Friday. Last season, he recorded 48 tackles (7.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.