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Monday, December 2, 2013
Early Offer: Auburn is week’s big winner

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 standings released, we take a look at the biggest headlines of the top five teams from the recruiting trail.

No. 1 Florida State
FSU’s victory over Florida this past Saturday will help the Noles on the recruiting front. Florida and FSU tangle quite a bit in the Sunshine State, especially in South Florida, and the Noles will use the 37-7 victory to sell their program against the Gators. With the Noles in line to play for the national championship, the next few weeks will be big to help FSU close out a top-flight class that already ranks as the nation’s sixth best.

No. 2 Ohio State
Buckeye fans have Dec. 13 circled on their calendar. That’s when recruits will flock to Columbus for what is shaping up as one of the OSU’s biggest recruiting weekends of the year. The Bucks could host as many as 10 prospects that weekend, including highly regarded Cleveland Glenville teammates Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith. Lattimore, the nation’s No. 6 athlete, and Smith, the No. 15 safety, are two of the biggest targets left on OSU’s wish list.

No. 3 Auburn
History has told us prospects don’t make decisions based off of one game, but that was before the college football world witnessed the ending in the Iron Bowl. To say recruits were impressed and that Auburn has picked up a ton of recruiting momentum because of the victory would be an understatement. For example, linebacker Jeffery Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), an ESPN Junior 300 top-10 prospect, visited Florida on Saturday but tweeted Auburn was his top school after the Iron Bowl ended. Yes, it was that impressive of a victory.

No. 4 Alabama
The Tide is still on top of the recruiting world and one loss isn’t going to change that unless a number of prospects unexpectedly decide to jump ship. That simply isn’t going to happen. Despite the loss Saturday, the Tide did receive good news from No. 6 inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala./Carver), who took an official visit to Auburn even though he was a long-time Bama commitment. Hamilton, No. 102 in the ESPN 300, said he is now 100 percent solid with the Tide.

No. 5 Missouri
In front of a packed house of recruits, Missouri advanced to the SEC championship game with a victory over Texas A&M. One of the Tigers’ top remaining targets, Brian Wallace (St. Louis/Christian Brothers), was on his official visit this past weekend and came away very impressed. Wallace, the nation’s No. 13 offensive tackle, said he liked what he saw in Columbia and Mizzou put itself in a very good position to land him.