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Monday, December 30, 2013
Under Armour Early Offer

By Jeremy Crabtree

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily morning dose of recruiting.

Today’s Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour All-America Game. Here’s a sample of some of the top news from the event, including a look at who stood out on the first day of practices and a quarterback who hopes to make a big impression.

No. 1 preps for announcement
Seven of the nation’s top prospects will commit live during the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 (ESPN, at 4 p.m. ET), including the No. 1 player in the country, running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine). Fournette has stuck with his top two of Alabama and LSU and said both school’s hats will be in front of him when he announces. A Texas hat will be there too, but it’s down to the Tigers and Tide. Fournette said he’s tired of getting asked where he’s going to end up, but that thankfully will end in a few days. “It is just something I want to get off my shoulders,” he said. “Everybody has been nagging me about a thousand times. At the end of the day, it’s where I’m going to be most successful and most comfortable at.”

Cameron Sims
With his great size, Alabama WR commit Cameron Sims is already causing some matchup problems on the first day of practice at the UA All-America Game.
Crabby’s Fab Five
Here are five players who caught my attention at Sunday’s first day of practice: Alabama wide receiver commit Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) reminded me of Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. He’s got great size at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, and that caused a number of matchup problems. Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) is the No. 1 offensive tackle for a reason. He showed why with a crushing pancake of Texas defensive end commit Derick Roberson midway through drills. Let’s just say speedy is the perfect way to describe five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr). Olathe (Kan.) South offensive guard Braden Smith showed why he’s one of the most coveted uncommitted line prospects in the country with his play on Sunday. He’s tough as nails. I also really liked what I saw from Ohio State linebacker commit Raekwon McMillan. He simply has a great nose for the football.

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Peavey proving himself
Injuries at the quarterback spot gave Bolivar, Mo., quarterback Rafe Peavey an opportunity to play in the UA Game, and it’s a chance the longtime Arkansas commitment plans to make the most of. “I’ve worked hard to get this opportunity,” Peavey, the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback, said. “I’m looking forward to showcasing my talents this week. I’m going to go out and work hard on every snap, every rep and see how it pays off.” Just like the other quarterbacks on Sunday, Peavey had some good and bad moments, but many believe once he gets used to the speed of playing against the nation’s best, he could become one of the week’s breakout performers. “I might not be the No. 1 quarterback, but I’m confident in my game,” Peavey said. “I’m ready for the challenge of proving I belong right up there with everybody else.”