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How Super Bowl 50 players ranked as recruits

Some were already stars as teenagers, and some had to fight their way to the big stage. Looking back at the recruitment of several in Super Bowl 50.

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What recruiting classes aced signing day?

How did each team fare on signing day? ESPN Recruiting hands out grades for the 2016 classes for each team in the Power 5 conferences, as well as a few of the Group of 5 notables.

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Class rankings: Where did the top teams land?

With a huge signing day finish, Florida State locked up 2016's No. 1 overall class. Alabama also closed strong to land at No. 2, but nobody shot up the top-75 rankings like Texas did.

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Crabtree: Ranking the recruiters

Having signed off on signing day, we look at the college football recruiters who came away from the 2016 cycle as the biggest winners.

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Desmond King: I'm staying at Iowa (4:19)
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Ole Miss among hottest programs after NSD

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze continues to be one of top recruiters in the country. Other schools like LSU, Michigan and Texas are trending up as well.

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Dabbing, dancing, dominating: How Nick Saban stays on top

After winning a fifth national title, Alabama's coach went right to work on another top recruiting class. And that's bad news for the rest of college football, because the 64-year-old isn't slowing down.

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Infographic: 10 Years of ESPN No. 1s (2006-16)

ESPN began its evaluations of high school players in 2006. A look back at the top players of the first 10 years, including how they fared when their collegiate careers were complete.

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Haney: Five teams reeling after signing day

Kevin Sumlin's "Swagcopter" became a symbol of Texas A&M's influence on the recruiting trail. But there are signs that the Aggies are losing momentum.

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NCAA could let replay officials call targeting

The NCAA football rules committee will consider giving replay officials more flexibility in how they review targeting penalties and allowing them to call fouls that are not called on the field.

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

BREAKING: Bad news for those who had the over on Gaga's National Anthem. Bet ends on the "first brave," which came around 2 minutes.

espn @espn

Nailed it. Lady Gaga with the red hot national anthem rendition. #SB50 [Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images]

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Waiting for official word on Lady Gaga National Anthem time. Appears like her added "The Brave" at the end pushed it to the over (2:20)

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas A&M announced Sunday that offensive line coach/run game coordinator Dave Christensen will not return for the 2016 season. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin hired Christensen last offseason. The Aggies next offensive line coach will be their third in as many seasons. The O-line had its fair share of issues in the 2015 season which was a part of Texas A&M's worst offensive output statistically since joining the SEC.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Dana Altman deserves serious consideration for National Coach of the Year. Has done one heck of a job with this Oregon team.