National Signing Day has passed and a sense of optimism is contagious; as programs across the country believe players in the most recent recruiting class will bring wins and championships to their schools. Regardless if you have the #1 class in the country or the #50 class in the country; fans & coaches will tell you that every player has the potential to be the next college football superstar.

Now whether that player has the potential or was completely overrated by analysts; the truth remains that most players will not win the heisman, but these players will lay the foundation of your program for 3-4 years into the future. You could have the next 3-star turned Heisman winner (Johnny Manziel) or you could have totally whiffed on a 5-star that had no real potential (Ryan Perrilloux).

Even the best programs in the country have recruited one of the best prospects in the current recruiting class and that player end up transferring and never playing a down in that uniform. We aim to cover some of these players here and highlight some of the most notorious busts in college football recruiting since 2010. As college football fans we all hope our team is not featured on this list in another 10 years, but the odds are not in our favor. 

It is only February, which leaves about 6 months until the first snap of the 2020 season, but it is never too early for season previews. This will be the first installment of The Bluebloods’ Top Players for all Power 5 conferences (Plus the AAC). These players can be freshmen, but a majority are returning stars from last season and are projected to make a serious impact on college football. 

We start with the American Athletic Conference (AAC), which is home to twelve different programs and has boasted multiple New Year’s Six Bowl appearances in recent years. UCF appeared in the Peach Bowl (2018) & Fiesta Bowl (2019) going 1-1 against Auburn and LSU. Houston had a huge victory in the Peach Bowl (2015) over Florida State, while this past season Memphis represented the conference in the Cotton Bowl and lost a tough game to Penn State. This conference has superb athletes that seem to stay under the radar due to their programs lack of national prominence, but I hope to shed some light on these players with this article. 

The 2019 college football season is coming to an end, but with the early signing day being introduced last year recruiting ramps up early. The “Early Signing Period” ranges from December 20-22 and allows recruits to shut their recruitment down early and enroll early in their school of choice. Other recruits can continue their recruitment and sign on National Signing Day on February 5th, 2020. Here we analyze what teams are leading the all-important recruiting race and which teams have compiled the best classes as of today.

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The race to New York has taken many turns this year, between injuries and huge performances, many different players have emerged as favorites. Going into an important Week 12, the time has come to make a statement in some of the biggest games of the year. Who is the favorite to take home the trophy in New York City come December 14th at 8pm ET/7pm CT? This will serve as the official Bluebloods’ Heisman Poll, so who do we think has a lead and who do we think may be on the outside looking in?

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The past two weeks of college football madness has ruined many dreams and gave other teams much promise as the season enters the last few weeks of the season. We have seen teams like LSU make a statement against Alabama and others like Minnesota watch their dreams of an undefeated season be spoiled by Iowa. The new playoff rankings will be released Tuesday night at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT and it will all be irrelevant for the teams outside the Top 15. Which teams have all but booked their ticket to New Orleans and what teams need some help to get there? 

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On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Florida State Athletic Director, David Coburn, made the decision to fire head coach Willie Taggart. This decision comes just two and a half weeks after Coburn stated, seemingly out of the blue and unprovoked, that he would not hire Urban Meyer or Steve Spurrier even if Willie Taggart was hit by a bus. Well, this really made me take a step back and think about who Florida State WOULD decide to hire following this news about Taggart. 

Obviously, this statement by Coburn was absurd. I don’t believe that Meyer or Spurrier were ever really eyeing this position in the first place. So I don’t really know why Coburn had to throw Taggart under the bus, literally. 

With the news of Taggart getting the boot in Tallahassee, everyone in sports media has their opinions on who will be the next coach for the Florida State. I like to hold myself to a higher standard normally, but I couldn’t resist this opportunity. So here it is folks: my list of coaches that Florida State should target in their coaching search.

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