National Signing Day is two weeks away. It's a holiday for college football fans (or just about anyone in the South).
The Dan Wetzel Football Podcast gets its fix by bringing in Mike Farrell, national recruiting director for Rivals.com to discuss the best classes, the big topics and make a series of predictions on where some of the best players are headed.
If you're addicted to recruiting, this is your opium. Topics include:
• The secret to Nick Saban's success at Alabama.
• Urban Meyer's ability to bring southern kids up to Ohio State.
• Just how much will James Franklin change the dynamic at Penn State in the next few years, and how fun will it be to watch him battle Meyer?
• With the rise of Michigan State, can Mark Dantonio get higher-rated players (he gets some), does it matter and can the Spartans land top instate defensive lineman Malik McDowell?
• Notre Dame will begin playing an ACC-loaded schedule. How much will it help recruiting efforts in the Southeast? And why do so many California kids – Fresno especially – decommit from the Irish?
• Will the Charlie Strong-Kevin Sumlin recruiting scraps in the state of Texas the next few years be as intense as expected?
• Is Oklahoma on the upswing again following the verbal commitment of Joe Mixon?
• Is Kentucky this year's Ole Miss?
• And what's up with last year's Ole Miss – Ole Miss?
• Why is Oregon set for a down year?
• How much pressure is there at Michigan?
• Is it Clemson's job to save the ACC from becoming just Florida State and the rest?
• Which top 100 prospects are on "flip alert"?
• What are Mike's predictions for the uncommitted prospect? Each one is discussed
• Is there are a difference – in recruiting at least -- between a Southern Catholic high school and a Northern Catholic high school?
• UCLA seems like it's everywhere … is Florida about to close big … can Stanford stay strong … which coach needs a big score most … is Boise State actually recruiting better … who will have the No. 1 class in 2015 (a bet is placed over Bama/USC) …
This goes on and on, including an explanation on what goes into the rankings and how you even become a national director in such a field.
Two weeks to go and here's your primer. It's also on iTunes. And as always, it's free.