Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Early Offer: Weather causes woes
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Parts of the country that are normally known for their beaches and warm winters are going to get hit by a winter storm Tuesday, which could create for some hassles on the recruiting trail; sometimes it’s best to let coaches know you plan on looking around; and Nebraska fans have complained loudly about some of their recruiting misses, but the Huskers are on a nice roll.
Leon ruining visit schedules The biggest headline of the last week of recruiting might not be decommitments after all. Winter Storm Leon is wreaking havoc to parts of the Southeast, stretching all the way from Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Ala., Atlanta, Tallahassee, Fla., and even as far East as Charlotte, N.C. That’s some of the most prime recruiting real estate in the country, and with schools already canceled it’s going to make the last round of in-home visits extremely difficult for coaches on the road. “We’ve already had two flights canceled on us, and we’re about to hop in a rental car and try to get to Louisiana before the storm hits,” an SEC assistant said. According to the Weather Channel, the storm will do most of its damage on Tuesday into Wednesday, leaving coaches only four days to complete in-home visits.
Honesty is best policy Many coaches say they will pull scholarship offers if committed players take other official visits, but some coaches are OK with it. One such coach is UCF’s George O’Leary. One thing he does hate, however, is when recruits don’t tell him about visits to other schools. Take the case of Tucker (Ga.) High School athlete Dominick Sanders. The three-star prospect took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend, but numerous sources close to the situation indicated Sanders wasn’t as up front about the visit as he should have been. That caused UCF to pull the scholarship from the longtime Knights commitment. Sanders said he does not have a committable offer from Auburn at this point, and he plans to visit Georgia this upcoming weekend. UCF did receive good news on Monday when three-star linebacker Erroll Clarke II (Miami/Garden City C.C.) turned down an invitation from Kansas State for an official visit. Also, keep a close eye on the Knights with ESPN 300 safety Kyle Gibson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), a longtime Vanderbilt commitment.
Here come the Huskers Nebraska fans will tell you this class has been full of misses, especially at the defensive line spot, after missing out on a few prospects in mid-January. But in case you haven’t been paying attention, Nebraska is on a nice little run over the last seven days. The Huskers have added five commits over the last week, including the latest from three-star defensive end Sederick King (Plant City, Fla./Plant City). King took an official visit this past weekend that went under the radar, and he fell in love with Lincoln, Neb.