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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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Butch Davis: USC great first test for Bama next season (0:46)
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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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Harbaugh: Recruiting is about building relationships (2:33)
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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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Royce Young @royceyoung

Random thought I had last night: Where's the national obsession over coming up with nickname for Steph Curry like there was for KD?

Phil Steele @philsteele042

Finished all of my Offensive Line writeups for the 1st write thru of the 2016 magazine. Now I can start to look at my prespring team ratings

Harbaugh: Recruiting is about relationships

Jim Harbaugh tells Hannah Storm it helps him to build a connection with recruits' families.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Hank Hughes is out as Nebraska's defensive line coach. Without direct ties to Mike Riley, he was a bit of an odd fit from the start. And the inability to retain DTs Collins and Valentine for their senior years did not bode well.