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Friday, September 27, 2013
Early Offer: UGA starts weekend off right

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Georgia scored a major recruiting victory on Thursday when it landed an ESPN 300 defensive end; Ohio State is hosting more than just the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend in Columbus; and Oregon hosts a ESPN 300 speedster who would be a great fit for the Ducks’ offense.

Dawgs land key defensive commitment
With a monster SEC matchup against LSU on Saturday, Georgia received some positive recruiting news on Thursday when ESPN 300 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) committed to the Dawgs.

The 6-foot-3, 243-pound defensive end, who is being recruited to play outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, said he picked the Dawgs over Florida State and Miami mainly because of the way he would be used in their defense. His commitment solidifies a top-five class for the Dawgs and sets the table for what could be a memorable run down the stretch. Georgia will host five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) this weekend, and the Dawgs still remain in the hunt for five-star outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), No. 15 overall David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence), No. 99 Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp), No. 115 Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) and others.

Big weekend in store Buckeyes
Ohio State hosts Wisconsin in an early-season Big Ten matchup on Saturday, but the Buckeyes will also host around 50 visitors this weekend. At least six prospects will make an official visit to Columbus -- John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly),  Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints), Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and Deandre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby). Knox is already committed to the Buckeyes, and the RecruitingNation Hot Board has Smith projected to end up at USC, Dixon at Miami and Rudolph at Florida. The Buckeyes have some work to do heading into this weekend’s visits with those guys, but OSU is in good shape with Gesicki.

More speed please
You have to give Oregon credit for not relying on what already is on campus at running back. The Ducks continue to be ultra-aggressive recruiting the position, which makes ESPN 300 running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) a target to keep an eye on. The 5-9, 175-pound James will take an official visit to Eugene this weekend and based on his scouting report and 10.56-second 100-meter speed would be a great fit in the Ducks’ offense.