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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Early Offer: Juco hits, misses

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: We take a look back at how the nation’s top three junior college players from the Class of 2013 have transitioned into their roles at Ole Miss, Nebraska and Kansas.

Hooks working hard for Rebels
With all of the success Ole Miss has had with its freshmen recruits, Lavon Hooks, the mid-term transfer from Northeast Mississippi Community College, has yet to make the type of impact you would expect from the nation’s No. 1 juco prospect. Hooks has played in two games and recorded just one assist from defensive tackle. One thing to keep in mind is that he’s playing behind Bryon Bennett, who was highly-recruited in the 2010 class. Hooks has still earned positive reviews from coaches and could get more playing time once he gets used to the speed of the SEC.

Gregory an instant impact for Huskers
Brett Hundley
Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory (44) had his best game on Saturday with eight tackles, including two tackles for loss. He leads the Husker defense with five quarterback hurries this season.
Randy Gregory was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 juco player in 2013 coming out of Arizona Western College, and so far he’s lived up to the rather lofty expectations of Husker Nation. Gregory signed with Nebraska over offers from more than 20 other schools and captured a starting defensive end spot by the second game of the season. This past week against UCLA, he played with his hair on fire, racking up eight tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. “I think Randy has a tremendous amount of ability,” Husker coach Bo Pelini said. “We’re not real big into the juco front, as far as bringing in the junior college guys, so we really do our homework and really find the ones we feel are right for us. We’re pretty selective in that area and we’ve been pretty fortunate in doing that with Randy.”

Combs MIA for Kansas
Defensive tackle Marquel Combs had lofty dreams coming into Kansas as the nation’s No. 3 juco prospect from Los Angeles Pierce College, but so far those dreams have been deferred. Combs turned down more than 50 offers to select the Jayhawks last December and talked openly on Twitter about turning the Kansas program around with the #dreamteam hashtag. However, Combs has yet to step on the field for KU. Combs sat out of Kansas’ week one victory over South Dakota and did not make the trip to Houston for Saturday’s 23-14 loss to Rice. He is currently listed second string nose guard.