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How college football is impacted by the recruiting dead period

College football recruiting hasn't stopped amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it has impacted the sport significantly.

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Is it easier or tougher for coaches to flip prospects amid the recruiting dead period?

College football recruits can't take visits during the dead period. What does that mean for coaches trying to flip players' commitments?

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RECRUITING RANKINGS

Ranking the No. 1 college football recruits in the ESPN era

Leonard Fournette, Matt Barkley and Myron Rolle were all No. 1 recruits, but which top-ranked college football prospect is the real No. 1?

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The best recruits ever based on their ESPN 300 ranking

Leonard Fournette and Trevor Lawrence were Nos. 1 and 2 in their respective recruiting classes, but they weren't the best prospects to hold those rankings.

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Which recruiting class had the best group of five-star prospects?

The Class of 2015 had 20 five-star prospects, including Kyler Murray and Derwin James, but it comes down to quality over quantity.

2019's top recruits

  • Kayvon Thibodeaux/@kayvonT8
  • Top 300 players in the Class of 2019

    In the first ESPN 300 rankings for the 2019 class, DE Kayvon Thibodeaux tops the rankings and is one of nine linemen in the top 10.

Where do top players come from?

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  • College football recruiting's true battlegrounds

    Where do college football's best players come from? Like in an election, winning in the battleground counties can produce classes full of recruits that make the difference in winning it all.

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