Thursday, November 21, 2013
Early Offer: Sharpe pushes decision back
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: No. 2 offensive tackle David Sharpe was scheduled to announce his decision Thursday, but there’s been a delay; and it’s been a wild, wild week for fans of Pac 12 schools with USC in the national recruiting spotlight and UCLA and California making recruiting waves.
Sharpe delays decision
The battle to land David Sharpe, the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence School, has had plenty of twists and turns with Florida, Georgia and Tennessee each taking turns in the leader’s spot. He was scheduled to announce his decision Thursday, with Florida being the odds-on favorite, but Sharpe canceled his announcement and likely won’t pick until after Thanksgiving now.
UCLA scores in Houston
With all the recent buzz around USC, UCLA generated some positive recruiting news of its own late Tuesday night when Houston Lamar safety John Plattenburg committed to the Bruins. Plattenburg is ranked as the No. 73 safety, but his stock had been trending up after a solid senior season. Plattenburg selected UCLA over Oregon and Wisconsin, and he also had offers from about 20 other schools. Plattenburg played his junior and sophomore seasons at Corona (Calif.) Centennial, so he’s very familiar with the Bruins program, and Bruins ace recruiter Demetrice Martin stayed on him after his move to Texas.
More Pac-12 news
It’s been a wild ride for the Cal Bears this week. After losing a commitment from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco four-star athlete Jaleel Wadood late Monday evening, the Bears received positive news from four-star receiver Erik Brown of Fontana (Calif.) Summit on Wednesday. Brown, a long-time Washington commit, flipped his pledge from the Huskies to the Bears, giving Cal a huge boost at a much-needed position. Brown ranks as the No. 24 receiver, and the Bears beat out Nebraska, Washington, Oregon State and Notre Dame for his pledge.