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Monday, February 3, 2014
Early Offer: Future is now

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Monday's offerings: With signing day two days away, most schools are already targeting 2015 recruits and having junior days, but some coaches question whether these early commits stick in the long run; and who would have thought we would see Mark Richt posing for selfies with recruits?

Juniors take center stage

With most schools having wrapped their efforts for the 2014 class, this past weekend allowed for schools all over the country to host junior days. Major programs such as Alabama, USC and Oklahoma all hosted elite prospects on campus, with a number of schools picking up commitments. Nebraska landed four-star cornerback Eric Lee (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) and four-star athlete Avery Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) as part of its big weekend. Alabama reeled in three-star offensive guard Lester Cotton (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central), and USC picked up corner Taeon Mason (Pasadena, Calif./Muir). Florida State and Texas already have seven 2015 commits, and 11 schools already have pledges from more than five prospects.

Will they stick?

The biggest question mark with these early commits -- not just with Alabama, USC and Oklahoma but with others, too -- is will they still be commits this time a year from now? One Big Ten coach doesn’t think so. “You have to have junior days so early now,” the assistant said. “I know we’ll take a kid’s commitment if he’s ready to do it. But with so much pressure on these kids to change their minds as the process goes on, I’ll bet we see a very high number of these recruits decommit. A commitment in February of a recruit’s junior year is really more like they’re leaning toward you than a real commitment in our view.”

Richt’s softer side

Georgia was one of the few schools that had some of its biggest recruits on campus this weekend with five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and four-star linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) on campus. And you have to give Georgia coach Mark Richt for pulling out all the stops to lure the impact recruits. This includes posing in a number of selfies with Carter and Allen-Williams. Social media has given recruitniks a great look into the recruiting process, and because of it you get to see a different side of Richt.