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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Early Offer: Stanford, ASU battle for Irwin

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news across the country.

Today’s offerings: Four-star receiver Trent Irwin’s offer list isn’t going to blow you away like some other elite receivers, but his ability to flat-out catch the football has him in the middle of one of the most intense recruiting battles in the Pac-12. Plus, has Oklahoma made up ground in the battle to land in-state four-star offensive guard Joshua Wariboko? And we continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.

1. Trent Irwin isn’t going to wow you with his blazing speed or physical strength. But the 6-foot-2, 193-pound ESPN 300 receiver does catch everything that’s thrown his direction. Irwin, the nation’s No. 20 receiver, has racked up more than 3,200 yards receiving in his career at Newhall (California) Hart and has become the center of one of the most interesting recruiting battles in the West. Irwin takes his first official visit this weekend to Stanford, and the Cardinal are locked in a battle with Arizona State to land him. Normally these are the types of battles Stanford wins, especially since Irwin says academics are the biggest factor in his decision. But what makes his recruitment even more intriguing is that teammate and ESPN 300 quarterback Brady White†has committed to the Sun Devils. So will Stanford’s success and academics win out? Or will ASU’s wide-open offense and the bond with White lead him to Tempe? We’ll probably have better answers to those questions after this weekend.

Seth Green
ESPN Junior 300 QB Seth Green already is a top target for a handful of Big Ten schools.
2. I was asked earlier this week via email if Oklahoma has moved back into the driver’s seat for ESPN 300 offensive guard and key in-state target Joshua Wariboko. The answer is both yes and no. The Sooners have definitely made up a lot of ground in the battle to keep Wariboko, the No. 4 player in Oklahoma, at home, but he seems really enamored with the idea of playing in California. That’s why both UCLA and USC are high on his list. In fact, we’ve got him projected as signing with UCLA on the Recruiting Nation Hot Board. But don’t discount the Sooners. Wariboko was once a Sooner commitment and what’s helping OU here is that his parents would love to see him stay closer to home.

3. Michigan State has gotten aggressive in its pursuit of top quarterbacks in the 2016 class. On Monday the Spartans offered Woodbury (Minnesota) East Ridge junior Seth Green and also offered Rochester (New York) Aquinas Institute junior Jake Zembiec. Green, who already had offers from Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Wisconsin, is a member of the ESPN Junior 300. Zembiec is quickly rising up the charts after landing offers earlier from Boston College, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Syracuse. The Spartans have been very good at their evaluations at the quarterback spot over the years, so don’t be surprised to see both become household names.


— jake zembiec (@jakezembiec) September 1, 2014
Recruits in the 2016 and 2017 classes looking for an advantage to help them become more appealing to college coaches should seriously focus hard on becoming eligible to graduate at midterm of their senior year. With the financial aid agreement now a major part of recruiting, more schools are looking for prospects who†can be there for spring practices. “All things being equal and we have only one scholarship to give out between a guy that graduates early or one that won’t get here until fall, we’re going to lean more toward the mid-term guy,” TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said. “You do because you can get in there and work with him a little bit sooner. So if I could offer advice to younger recruits, get focused on getting those grades in line to graduate early.”

Social Studies

One of the most critical recruits for USC in the class of 2015 is five-star cornerback Iman Marshall, and from the looks of things it sounds like Trojans' defensive backs coach Keith Heyward is making a big impression.

Good talk with Coach Heyward last night

— Biggie (@iman_marshall8) September 2, 2014
While creative designs sent to prospects via social media are all the rage, some recruits still like things done the old fashioned way. ESPN Junior 300 tight end Naseir Upshur is one of them based on his comments after he received a big bundle of mail from Rutgers.

Rutgers showed love on another level!

— Pop (@NaseirUpshur) September 2, 2014
Now that the contact period is here, schools are wasting little time reaching out to prospects with their one weekly phone call. ESPN 300 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South tweeted about the schools he's already†talked with.

Just got off the phone with Oregon and yesterday Oklahoma and Michigan called =L

— Keisean South1„6„ (@KLSouth16) September 2, 2014