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Huge recruiting haul for Alabama

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07:40 AM ET 04.21 | While perhaps the on-the-field action didn't measure up, Alabama's A-Day weekend proved successful off it. [The Crimson Tide] enjoyed one of the most successful recruiting weekends of Nick Saban's tenure in Tuscaloosa. Alabama landed commitments from four of the nation's top prospects on Saturday following the A-Day spring game, including two players rated five-star prospects by the 247Composite rankings. The Tide's big day began with a commitment from New Jersey cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. ... Next on board for the Tide were a pair of teammates from Pompano Beach, Florida when athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker and wide receiver Calvin Ridley both committed. ... Alabama next added a verbal pledge from one of the nation's top linebacker prospects, Brookhaven, Miss. star Leo Lewis.

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'Canes preparing to lose Duke Johnson?

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07:39 AM ET 04.21 | The offensive backfield of the future appears to be taking some shape at Miami. Last weekend, four-star running back Dexter Williams verbally committed to Miami. Sunday, Jordan Cronkrite made public his pledge to UM on his Twitter account. If star Duke Johnson decides to leave for the NFL Draft after this year -- he has not stated an intention to do so, but a productive junior season could make him an upper-round draft pick -- UM in 2015 would be relying on Joseph Yearby, Gus Edwards and Walter Tucker. Yearby (5-9, 180) is a small, shifty back, while Edwards (6-2, 235) and Tucker (6-0, 218) bring a power game. Cronkrite, rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, is a versatile back listed at 5-foot-11 and 199 pounds.

Palm Beach Post

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Missouri's AD can't be trusted

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07:38 AM ET 04.21 | Mizzou fans hoping to land Wichita State's Gregg Marshall, VCU's Shaka Smart or even Dayton's Archie Miller may wind up terribly disappointed. This isn't a bad job, but it's a job with certain, shall we say, difficulties. The biggest difficulty of them all is current AD Mike Alden. Over the past few weeks, I've talked to a lot of folks in college coaching circles, and Alden ought to worry that he's building a reputation as a man who can't be entirely trusted. We already know that Mike Anderson didn't trust him. Now it's rather obvious that Haith didn't either, and apparently with good reason. Alden has mastered the fine art of shaping his facts. He doesn't lie. He just prefers to tell you his truth with certain convenient omissions.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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WR corps too young in Norman?

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07:37 AM ET 04.21 | Back on Jan. 2, Oklahoma wide receiver Derrick Woods stood on the Sugar Bowl sideline and prayed for an opportunity to make an impact. A few plays later, on third-and-12, quarterback Trevor Knight threw toward Woods, who jumped into the air, caught the ball and held on despite being upended from behind by an Alabama defender. The 20-yard gain helped set up a second-quarter field goal in the Sooners' 45-31 upset victory. "When it's your time, it's your time," Woods said. ... The 2014 season will be filled with similar opportunities for all of the Sooners' talented, yet inexperienced wideouts. The only receiver back with any significant game experience is junior Sterling Shepard. "We're just trying to see who's gonna be the playmaking guys and see who's gonna be dependable on the field," Shepard said.

The Oklahoman

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Can anyone challenge Armstrong at Nebraska?

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07:37 AM ET 04.21 | As with his fellow Nebraska quarterbacks, it wasn't all sunshine for Ryker Fyfe this spring. But all things considered, the sophomore from Grand Island probably couldn't have made a much better case at this point in his career, ending spring as co-No. 2 with Johnny Stanton. Last week in the Spring Game, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Fyfe showed a crowd that included its share of skeptics that the talk about him wasn't just spring fluff. Perhaps the biggest surprise to most was how Fyfe operated the run game, having some success working the zone-read against the No. 1 defense various times this spring. ... He doesn't shy from contact. He also clearly doesn't shy from competition. The improvement of Fyfe and Stanton will be a hot subject come August. The more they can push Tommy Armstrong, the better for the team.

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