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Monday, December 16, 2013
Early Offer: All eyes on Austin

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Texas doesn’t need to rush to make a hire, but it also can’t take forever; five-star running back Dalvin Cook says he’s 100 percent committed to Florida but will make a final decision in little more than two weeks; and Kansas State and Texas Tech added several big pieces this weekend from the junior college ranks.

Texas doesn’t have to rush

Reaction to Mack Brown’s departure was met with a mix of anger, sadness and plenty of questions from recruits committed to the Longhorns and prospects giving them a long look. Most players committed to Texas indicated they plan to stick with the program, no matter who the coach is. But some like top defensive back target Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) said Texas is no longer under consideration. With no more official visit weekends left in December, there isn’t an opportunity for face-to-face contact with prospects until January, so it’s not vital for Texas to rush to make a hire. But if things drag out past the start of the new year, it could certainly cause some commitments to have some second thoughts.

Cook cuts it short

Just days after his coach said he would take one more official visit, Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) decided to shut down the process and announce his final decision between Florida, Florida State, Miami, Texas and LSU on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-America Game.

"They have been recruiting me heavy these last two weeks,” Cook told ESPN’s Derek Tyson after rushing for 223 yards and four touchdowns in Central’s 52-7 victory in the Florida Class 6A state championship game. "I’m going to go ahead and shut my recruiting down until I announce my decision. You keep hearing the same thing from all the coaches. Sometimes you've got to recognize what’s real and what’s fake."

Though he said he remains committed to Florida, Cook has continued to show signs that Florida State and Miami are right at the top of his list along with the Gators. His friend and teammate, Joseph Yearby, is committed to Miami and the two have discussed playing together on the next level.

Juco dominoes continue to fall

With midterm junior college signing period starting Wednesday, more highly regarded juco prospects came off the board over the weekend. Kansas State added its second top 50 junior college prospect with the addition of three-star cornerback Danzel McDaniel (Dodge City, Kan./Dodge City C.C.). Texas Tech also got a boost of good news from the juco ranks, landing a commitment from three-star safety Josh Keys (Seminary, Miss./Gulf Coast C.C.) and defensive tackle Marcus Smith (Highland, Kan./Highland C.C.), giving Kliff Kingsbury's program some much-needed help at key positions.