Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Early Offer: Don't worry TCU fans
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Despite a cryptic tweet that worried TCU fans, four-star linebacker Jimmie Swain IV has good news for Horned Frog faithful; Pittsburgh scores a nice recruiting victory over Penn State; and Oregon State and Washington State commits and an ESPN Junior 300 prospect will be on display Friday on ESPNU.
Swain is sure
With only 110 characters Olathe (Kan.) North four-star linebacker and Horned Frog commit Jimmie Swain IV raised alarm bells with TCU fans two weeks ago. But after a dominating six-tackle (one tackle for loss) performance in a 26-23 victory over rival Olathe East last Friday night, Swain reassured TCU fans that there’s no need to worry about his tweet and his commitment. “Oh, I’m 100-percent committed to TCU,” Swain said. “That tweet really didn't mean anything. I went down for the LSU game last week, and saw a lot of things that impressed me. I have no doubts that TCU is the right place for me.” Despite not having doubts, recruiters -- especially from local Big 12 schools like Kansas and Kansas State -- will not stop pursuing Swain.
Panthers get big boost
Pittsburgh does have 17 solid commitments, but the lack of four-stars, struggles in their own backyard and eight other ACC teams in the RecruitingNation top 40, have given some Panther fans reason to be concerned. Yes, it’s frustrating to see Pennsylvania talent heading to places like Ohio State, Rutgers, West Virginia and even in-state rival Penn State, but Pitt received good news on Monday when running back Qadree Ollison (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) committed. Don’t let Ollison’s three-star ranking fool you, he is a very productive back who has racked up 2,900 yards and 37 touchdowns in his high school career. But more importantly, Ollison was a head-to-head recruiting victory against the Nittany Lions. Many people thought he’d end up in Happy Valley, but a visit to Pitt for the Florida State game made a difference.
Pac 12 recruits on display
This week’s Geico ESPN High School Football Showcase features Concord (Calif.) De La Salle vs. Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary’s in a Friday night game (10 p.m. ET, ESPNU) full of Division I talent. De La Salle, one of the top programs in high school football every year, features three-star OG Larry Allen Jr. with offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon State and Washington State, Washington State CB commit Kevin Griffin and Oregon State DE pledge Sumner Houston. It will also be a chance for the nation to see highly regarded junior DT Kahlil McKenzie, the nation’s No. 215 player in the ESPN Junior 300. Through two games, McKenzie has 12 tackles and two tackles for a loss.