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The five recruits who could help the state’s three football powers

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The freshman year is no longer for a football player to learn his way around campus. There is no more time for growth, no more time for learning. There is no more apprenticeship. These days, the best players play as freshmen, or redshirt freshman. They start as sophomores, and they star as juniors. These days, a player learns how to say hello. Given that, who are each team’s five players most likely to make a first-year impression. According to 247sports.com,…

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Successful football recruiting intensifies FAU, FIU rivarly

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The coaches are new. The programs are refreshed. Soon, FAU and FIU will fight it out the way they did in this year’s football recruiting. Both teams did well in the Conference USA recruiting, with FAU finishing first and FIU third in the conference competition. FAU was 70th overall in the country and FIU was 75th. It could signal a new day for both programs. FAU is now led by former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, and FIU is led…

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Impact wide receiver Marlon Williams heads UCF’s recruits

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Marlon Williams, a one-time commitment to Southern Cal, highlighted a good recruiting class for the UCF Knights. Williams, whose 47 catches included 22 touchdowns, should help with the aerial attack of coach Scott Frost. He is from Mobile, Ala. The Knights added 21 names to their recruiting list, which ranked 60th in the country according to 247sports.com. “I know he’s a good, offensive-minded coach and I really look forward to playing for (Frost),” Williams told the Orlando Sentinel. He also…

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USF climbs the national recruiting rankings with strong finish

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The USF Bulls are closing strong on signing day. Maybe, just maybe, that’s because of new coach Charlie Strong. The Bulls, No. 119 in the country a day earlier, surged to No. 77 in the 247sports.com rankings Thursday with more work to do. Perhaps it was surprise signings, like Armwood defensive end Jabreel Stephens, and perhaps the website was skeptical if the Bulls could get all of their commits to sign. Can USF move further up the rankings? With another…

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Gators hope signee Jake Allen can join the quarterback scramble

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Add another name to the quarterback derby of the University of Florida Gators. The Gators landed Jake Allen, who will join Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask as coach Jim McElwain continues to search for just the right quarterback. Allen, of course, will be a year behind in the derby and might need time to adjust, but he has potential. He was the 23rd ranked pro-style quarterback. Florida moved up to No. 18 in 247sports.com’s rankings. The Gators boosted their class…

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Miami coach Mark Richt makes an impression in recruiting

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The Evidence is in. And others, too. In all, it was a solid recruiting day for the University of Miami, which rose to 11th in the 247sports.com rankings. Among the signings was Evidence Njoku, the younger brother of NFL-bound David Nkoju. He will be joined at the U by quarterback N’Kosi Perry, who might be the team’s quarterback of the future with the departure of Brad Kaaya. In his last two seasons at Ocala Vanguard High school, Perry threw for…

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FSU lands two of nation’s top 10 players in recruiting class

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The FSU Seminoles can claim a successful recruiting season after landing two of the nation’s top 10 products. FSU has already enrolled running back Cam Akers, the nation’s second-ranked prospect, and defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, a defensive end. The Seminoles had tried to bolster their class on signing day with sixth ranked Marvin Wilson, but there was no word by mid-day. Wilson is being recruited by six school. FSU did miss out on linebacker Levi Jones, who spurned both FSU…

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