Monday, November 25, 2013
Early Offer: Big week for Bama, Auburn
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
The storyline last week was Alabama strengthening its grip on the top spot in the RecruitingNation class rankings. It's the same again this week, as the Crimson Tide added another major prospect. ESPN 300 defensive tackle Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber) committed to Alabama Saturday night, picking the Tide over Arkansas, Texas A&M, Auburn and USC. Frazier's commitment comes as welcomed news for Crimson Tide fans. Alabama lost two ESPN 300 commits last week in Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Stephen Roberts (Opelika, Ala./Opelika). With Frazier's commitment, Alabama is now back up to 22 commitments, 17 of which are ranked in the ESPN 300.
No. 2 Florida State
The Seminoles are No. 4 in the class rankings, but FSU’s elite class took a little bit of a hit over the weekend when No. 12 receiver Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) flipped his commitment from Florida State to Ole Miss. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Pack switched his pledge while on an official visit to Ole Miss. FSU’s coaches had to have seen this change of heart coming because Pack had been looking around for quite some time. Pack’s status is why receiver has remained a high priority for the Noles.
No. 3 Ohio State
The Buckeyes had a large group of players in this past weekend for official visits, including highly coveted junior college target Chad Mavety of Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau C.C. Mavety is set to be a mid-December graduate and will join the program of his choice in January to go through winter conditioning and then spring football. He is slated to make a decision between Florida State and Ohio State in the very near future.
No. 4 Auburn
The eyes of the nation will be on Alabama and Auburn this weekend, with the Iron Bowl shaping up to be one of the biggest games in the historic rivalry’s future. For the Tigers, who are ranked as the nation’s No. 14 class, it will be a major opportunity to make an impression on recruits in both the 2014 and 2015 class.
No. 5 Missouri
The Tigers have continued to climb in the BCS and in the in recruiting rankings. Mizzou sits at No. 31 in the recruiting rankings with a class that's built on the foundation of players in the Southeast. The Tigers are hoping to hang on to fast-rising defensive end Jhonathon Williams (Berrien Springs, Mich./Berrien Springs) after he recently picked up offers Notre Dame and Michigan. On Sunday, Williams eliminated Michigan, but the Fighting Irish remain a major threat because he lives only 30 minutes from South Bend.