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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Early Offer: No doubting OSU's Meyer

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Ohio State moves up three spots in the RecruitingNation Class Rankings after the addition of five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan, but the Buckeyes aren’t done in the South yet; Notre Dame also moves into the top 10 after landing the nation’s No. 1 tight end; and the NJCAA All-America team features a number of well-known recruits.

Ohio State makes Southern push
Shortly after Ohio State landed five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), I asked on Twitter if it’s time to stop doubting Buckeye coach Urban Meyer’s recruiting efforts. Of course, fans from other schools all over the country jumped in and said the jury is still out (and several other things that aren’t safe for print). But even then the biggest Meyer critics might have to change their minds if he is able to also land No. 4 receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) in the next couple of days. The Buckeyes currently have the nation’s No. 8 class and have some major momentum heading into the final push.

Here come the Irish
Also breaking into the top 10 at No. 9 is Notre Dame, which added three new commitments to their class over the past weekend. The headliner in the group is tight end Tyler Luatua of La Mirada (Calif.) High, who ranks as the No. 1 player at his position and the second-best recruit in the Irish class. RecruitingNation’s Tom Luginbill has a great look at how Luatua fits at Notre Dame, but let’s just put it this way -- he fits very, very well.

Juco All-Americans announced
The NJCAA announced its All-America team on Monday and the list looks like a who’s who of recruits on the ESPN Junior College 50. No. 13-ranked and Texas A&M offensive tackle commitment Avery Gennesy of East Mississippi, No. 37-ranked and South Carolina defensive tackle commitment Jhaustin Thomas of Trinity Valley Community College, and No. 38-ranked and Cincinnati receiver commitment Casey Gladney of Copiah-Lincoln Community College earned first team honors. No. 18-ranked and Ole Miss offensive tackle commit Fahn Cooper of College of Dupage, No. 22-ranked and Ole Miss linebacker commitment Christian Russell of East Mississippi Community College, and No. 40-ranked and Tennessee defensive tackle commit Owen Williams of Butler Community College were on the second team.