College Football News April 23: Florida State-Miami Recruiting

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The Florida State-Miami rivalry has been rather one-sided on the field in recent years, but the Sunshine State’s series has plenty of sizzle early into the 2016 recruiting season.

247Sports.com released an updated Top 10 of its best 2016 classes on Wednesday, and it’s Florida State-Miami at 1 and 2. Of course, much can and will change in the next nine-plus months until national signing day 2016, but the Seminoles and Hurricanes jockeying for top prospects now will translate to competitive action between these longtime rivals.

The gem of Florida State’s current commits is quarterback Malik Henry.

For Miami, it’s wide receiver Sam Bruce.

The big surprise of the new 247Sports Top 10 isn’t the Florida State-Miami competition, but rather, the appearance of Kentucky. Has Mark Stoops turned recruiting duties for the Kentucky football program over to John Calipari?

In other college football news for Thursday, April 23:

USC QB Max Browne Using 2015 to Shine in 2016

Athlon Sports

Max Browne arrived at USC in 2013 amid much fanfare, ranked the nation’s No. 1 quarterback prospect. He finished his third spring practice season as a Trojan earlier this month, and looked the best he has yet.

Browne talks gaining more confidence in Steve Sarkisian’s system and clicking with a talented wide-receiving corps. It’s a good read penned by a handsome writer. Actually, it was written by me. But you should still read it.

Q&A with Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen

Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

Gary Andersen made one of the more surprising coaching moves this past offseason, leaving perennial Big Ten contender for an Oregon State program that hasn’t won a conference title in 51 years.

Andersen faces a massive undertaking turning Oregon State into a Pac-12 power, particularly while trying to keep up with the Joneses that are the Oregon Ducks. ESPN.com’s Kevin Gemmell talks with Andersen about transitioning into his new job and what to look for from the Beavers in 2015.

RB Kelsey Young Transfers from Stanford to Boise State


Chadd Cripe, The Idaho Statesman

Kelsey Young was sporadically used in Stanford’s crowded, albeit somewhat ineffective backfield last season. With his degree at Stanford completed, Young is transferring to finish his final season alongside his brother, Cory.

Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin is tasked with replacing star Jay Ajayi, and the Idaho Statesman‘s Chadd Cripe describes the race as “wide open.”

Check out the publication’s detailed preview of the Broncos’ running back situation before Young’s transfer.