Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Early Offer: Dylan Moses rocks recruiting
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is a RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Dylan Moses' commitment to LSU sent shockwaves throughout the college football recruiting world; you have to tip your hat to Mark Stoops and Kentucky once again for another creative recruiting mailer; and Oregon, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee are battling down the stretch for a four-star WR.
The story of Moses
Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) deciding to end his recruitment before he even was halfway through his freshman year of high school football sent a tidal wave of response throughout the college football world late Sunday and throughout the day on Monday. As expected the news was well received by LSU fans, but fans in general and even several college coaches were highly critical the Tigers’ decision to accept the commitment. “I can’t be critical of the kid himself, because he’s jumping on an opportunity placed in front of him,” one ACC recruiting coordinator said. “But schools offering a scholarship to a 14-year-old and then actually accepting it is everything that’s wrong with recruiting today. It’s hard enough to project the future of seniors accurately, but it’s impossible to do it with freshmen.” My colleague Tom Luginbill was right on the money when he said it’s a high risk, high reward scheme for coaches. The more it happens the more we’re going to see calls for even more regulation from the NCAA, because there’s just too much gray area for coaches to maneuver in.
He’s a PTPer
You have to give Mark Stoops and the Kentucky coaches credit for some of the most creative recruiting mailings in the game today. The latest successful campaign came in a mailing to Wildcats four-star ESPN 300 quarterback commit Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) that included a picture of Barker spliced on the front of ESPN.com’s College Football page and “banner ads” for Wildcat football. Recruits dream of someday making it on the front of ESPN, but UK’s is making it happen while they’re still in high school.
Decision coming soon for Berrios
Four-star receiver Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) will announce his decision at noon on Oct. 12 at a ceremony at his high school. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Berrios ranks as the nation’s No. 55 receiver and No. 14 player in North Carolina. He is slated to graduate early and has already taken visits to Oregon, Miami and most recently to South Carolina. He'll take what is expected to be a final visit to Tennessee on Oct. 4 for the Vols' game against Georgia.