MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The 2019 recruiting class is not believed to be a good one for quarterbacks. Some analysts are calling it the worst QB class they’ve ever seen. There’s not a ton of depth or elite talent at the top.The best quarterback in the class might be Graham Mertz, a four-star pro-style quarterback out of Kansas. “I’ve heard from coaches that (he) is the best QB recruit nationally and gotta say, he looks damn good at Elite 11,” says SB Nation Recruiting.Mertz is currently committed to Wisconsin. However, the commitment to the Badgers might not last…Several other major programs are pursuing Mertz hard. Despite the fact that he’s committed to Wisconsin, those programs are making him a serious priority.Both Ohio State and Notre Dame have made him their No. 1 QB target.A flipped commitment might be on the table.“Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin,” says Irish Illustrated.Good show from Irish quarterback target Graham Mertz at Elite 11. Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin. https://t.co/EzIyaStO5S— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) June 2, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, has reportedly “zeroed in” on him.Some analysts expect him to make the flip, too.This is a recruitment that will likely last through the summer. It’s unclear if Mertz will start taking visits to other schools.Stay tuned.
Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley When it comes to deciphering a future trip, the accommodation is often secondary to the destination. Alas, the De Lemos Guesthouse and winery in Passos do Silgueiros in North Portugal is a destination in itself. The space, owned by wine brand Quinta de Lemos, was designed by architectural supergroup Carvalho Araújo, the geniuses behind boundary-smashing structures including the Casas de Agua project in Brazil. Inspired by the ‘beauty of the linear rhythm of the vineyards’ the space is intended to be a haven for wine enthusiasts to sample and enjoy an array of vintages. This somewhat unusual design impetus is reflected most literally in the many Great Plains of the building, both inside and out, and the inbuilt winery and bottle storage.The sinuous design traces the rocky lines of the landscape beautifully, creating a feeling of being at one with nature. Not in a passé tree-hugging kind of way, but bending to a very modern need to be immersed in unspoilt, untouched terrain. The boundless flat roof is designed for guests to take walks upon and admire the view – a design feature that genuinely excites.More wine lover’s paradise than guesthouse, De Lemos only houses three guest bedrooms. Even inside the building, the majority of the space is given over to its great plains; the dining room, a broad swimming pool boasting far-reaching vistas over the vineyards and of course, the wine showroom. Ultimately, it is the sense of terrain-honouring expanse that makes this guesthouse-come-winery so special. For your next trip, The Manual highly recommends indulging in your favourite vintage and trading ocean views for the rocky, rugged vineyard panorama that surrounds this idiosyncratic shelter. Editors’ Recommendations 1. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal 2. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal 3. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal 4. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal 5. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal 6. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal 7. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal 8. De Lemos Guesthouse, Portugal Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms