How to spot early-round college football players


In college football, the first round is a bit like a lottery.

If you’re not picking the right team, you’re still likely to land on the right college.

The question is, where do you start?

The first two years of the 2017 class have proven to be a boon for both prospects and schools.

The list has Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Clemson ranked No. 1, with Ohio State and Clemson in the mix for second, third and fourth.

This list is the most complete of the four recruiting sites, according to the 247Sports Composite, and is based on a composite of each school’s recruiting rankings from, ESPN and ESPN3.

The rankings are based on data from the ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPNU platforms, which combine data from 247Sports, and

In total, 247Sports says the site has 1,817,000 unique visitors from the past 12 months.

This year’s recruiting class is led by two of the top prospects in the country: Michigan State’s Deshaun Watson and Texas A.&M’s Myles Garrett.

Both of those players have made major contributions to the Spartans’ football program this year.

Watson is the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect and a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, while Garrett is ranked No 5 nationally.

Both quarterbacks have also become major contributors for the Aggies.

Watson, who was named to the All-Big Ten first team, threw for 3,933 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016.

The sophomore also rushed for 1,099 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

The junior was the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation and was a key part of the Aggie defense in 2016, leading the conference with 11 sacks.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Garrett, who transferred from Mississippi State, rushed for 4,913 yards and 18 touchdowns last year, while throwing for 2,908 yards and 21 touchdowns.

He was also a member, along with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, of the team’s Most Valuable Player.

In terms of recruiting powerhouses, Texas is in the lead.

The Longhorns have four quarterbacks who have been ranked in the top 20 nationally, including Watson, the No 1 overall recruit in the 2017 ESPN 300, while Texas A & M has Garrett, the 6-2, 205-pound senior who led the Aggian defense with 11.5 sacks last year.

The four-star recruit is the No 8 overall prospect overall.

The four other prospects on this list are Michigan State running back D’Onta Foreman, Oklahoma quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Texas Tech defensive tackle Eric Striker and Ohio State cornerback Jalen Mills.

Foreman led the Big 12 in rushing with 1,914 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Taylor is the Big 10’s No 2 running back and is the top prospect nationally.

Striker, a four-year starter for the Longhorns, led the league with 11 pass breakups last season, and Mills is the 6,065-yard receiver for Ohio State.

The final three spots are split between the Buckeyes, who have the No 6 overall prospect, and Ohio state, which has a No. 7 overall prospect.

The Buckeyes are led by Ohio State running backs coach/offensive coordinator Josh Adams and quarterback Tyron Smith, who were named the nation ‘Defensive Player of the Year’.

Ohio State also has two offensive linemen: tight end Travis Rudolph and running back Braxton Miller.

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