Monday, November 11, 2013
Early Offer: Big week for top five
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: With the newest edition of the BCS rankings released, we take a look at the biggest headlines of the top five teams from the recruiting trail.
No. 1 Alabama
With LSU in town, it was Alabama’s chance to wow some of the nation’s best recruits, including No. 1-ranked Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine). The five-star running back tweeted a picture of himself hanging out with Alabama five-star offensive tackle commit Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe). Also in town was ESPN 300 receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer), the No. 39-ranked player in the country, who said he was blown away with the setting in T-Town. Florida defensive back commit Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie Co.) took an official visit and it looks like the Tide have given him something to think about.
No. 2 Florida State
The Seminoles remain in the hunt for the national championship but slid one spot in the RecruitingNation class rankings to No. 3. It wasn’t anything the Noles did and more what Tennessee did to move into the No. 2 spot. The Noles did host a large group of star prospects for the Miami game, but one of the most important recruits was Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau C.C. offensive tackle Chad Mavety. He raved about the trip, and offensive tackle remains one of the biggest priority positions for FSU to fill.
No. 3 Ohio State
Ohio State remained in the No. 9 spot, and the Buckeyes are primed for a run in recruiting’s final stretch. While Mavety loved FSU, he will visit Ohio State on Nov. 22, and also is a key recruit for the Bucks. His recruitment could be key in Ohio State’s efforts to become the top class in the Big Ten. Rival Michigan is currently two spots ahead.
No. 4 Stanford
The Cardinal made a huge impression a national stage by dominating Oregon. "I think this opens up Stanford to a lot of recruits that would normally shy away from the academically focused Stanford," Cardinal commit Bobby Okereke (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) told Pac 12 recruiting writer Erik McKinney. "This game proved to a lot of recruits that Stanford is a national contender." The Cardinal has the nation’s No. 24 class, and the victory over Oregon should certainly help Stanford out on the recruiting trail.
No. 5 Baylor
The Bears joined the BCS top five after whipping Oklahoma, and the Bears have had almost as much success with its 2014 class. With star playmakers such as No. 5 receiver K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) already on board, the Bears have the 16th best class in the nation. The victory over OU could help down the stretch, as the Sooners and Bears lock horns quite a bit for top prospects in the Lone Star State.